7 New Forest pubs you should visit during your stay

Food and Drink

Posted by Ruth on 19th November 2020

New Forest pubs

Not only is the New Forest rich in scenery and nature, but it’s home to some delicious local produce too – and where better to try it than in one of the many traditional New Forest pubs dotted around the national park?

Whether you’re looking for delicious pub food in the New Forest or want to sample some local ales in a sunny beer garden, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best pubs in the New Forest for you to visit on your next holiday.

And if you need somewhere cosy and close by to sleep off the feast when you’re done, take a look at our collection of New Forest cottages by clicking the button below.

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Country pub

Best New Forest country pub

High Corner Inn, Linwood

If you’re looking for country pubs in the New Forest, they don’t get much more off the beaten track than this! This traditional pub is tucked down an unmade track and is a bit tricky to get to, but it’s worth the journey. The surrounding countryside is rich with ponies, deer and other creatures, while the woodland nearby is perfect for walking off a big meal. The pub itself offers a menu packed with crowd-pleasing favourites and the garden is simply gorgeous in summer.

Good to know

  • Gluten-free and children’s menus available
  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s play area
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Telephone: 01425 473973

Stay nearby:

Rightmans Place, Linwood | sleeps 11 + 1 dogs


Dog-friendly pub

Best New Forest dog-friendly pub

The Drift Inn, Beaulieu

Due to the sheer number of walkies on offer, there are many dog-friendly pubs in the New Forest but this one will really set tails wagging. Surrounded by acres of heathland close to Beaulieu, The Drift Inn offers a warm welcome for both humans and hounds, with a fresh bowl of water, fluffy towel and even a dog treat for four-legged visitors. Boasting a menu full of local produce too, this is a great New Forest pub for all members of the family.  

Good to know

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s play area
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Telephone: 02380 292342

Stay nearby:

The Saddlery, Beaulieu | sleeps 6 + 1 dog


Best New Forest gastropub

The East End Arms, Lymington

One of the finest gastropubs in the New Forest, The East End Arms in Lymington has a menu bursting with local and seasonal produce, as well as a carefully curated wine list, all of which is sure to whet your appetite. Tuck into saddle of roasted venison, grilled ribeye steak or fillet of halibut paired with a glass of the finest English sparkling wine. The setting is exquisite too, with a cosy yet refined interior and a sunny beer garden too.

Good to know

  • Dog friendly
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Telephone: 01590 626223

Stay nearby:

Old Telephone Exchange, Beaulieu | sleeps 2 + 1 dog


Best New Forest seaside pub

The Ship Inn, Lymington

Overlooking the historic and picturesque Lymington harbour, The Ship Inn is one of the best pubs in the New Forest for a drink with a view. The waterside seating area is the perfect spot for a sundowner while, inside, the pub has a relaxed, contemporary feel. Menu highlights include king prawn, crab and chorizo linguine; Asian-style crispy duck salad and rotisserie pork belly and scallops, with menus for kids and vegans too.

Good to know

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s and vegan menus
  • Outdoor seating
  • Telephone: 01590 676903

Stay nearby:

The Sail Loft – Lymington | sleeps 2 + 1 dog


Best New Forest pub for Sunday lunch

The White Buck, Burley

There’s nothing like a traditional pub lunch in the New Forest, and Sunday lunch is the best of them all! The White Buck in Burley specialises in a Sunday roast done right – with a choice of Dorchester rib of beef, South Coast pork belly, Norfolk chicken or a vegetable pithivier with all the trimmings. If you’ve still got room, the pudding menu includes a local cheese board, apple and pear crumble, and a classic sticky toffee pudding. Add to this the refined interior and countryside setting, and you’ve got the perfect Sunday!

Good to know

  • Dog (and horse) friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Telephone: 01425 402264

Stay nearby:

Rosewood Cottage, Burley | sleeps 6 + 1 dog


Best family-friendly New Forest pub

The Waterloo Arms, Lyndhurst

This beautiful thatched pub, dating back to the 17th century, is one of the best family-friendly pubs in the New Forest, with something to please every member of your gang. The children’s menu includes firm favourites such as scampi, chips and beans; ham, egg and chips; and burger and chips, while the grown-ups can tuck into an array of traditional fare. While the chatter continues after lunch, the kids can stretch their legs in the huge beer garden.

Good to know

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Live music
  • Telephone: 02380 282113

Stay nearby:

Holmfield House, Lyndhurst | sleeps 7


Best historic New Forest pub

The Queen’s Head, Burley

This historic pub in the intriguing village of Burley dates back to 1685 and has a fascinating past. It was at the epicentre of the New Forest smuggling trade, but its role was only discovered recently when a secret cellar was unearthed during building work; it contained loot including coins, pistols, cutlasses and brandy bottles. Today, it’s a traditional pub with a mouthwatering menu, guaranteed to please hungry visitors and those on the hunt for a bit of history.

Good to know

  • Dog friendly
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Children’s menu
  • Telephone: 01425 403423

Stay nearby:

The Old Chemist, Burley | sleeps 5 + 2 dogs


The best New Forest pubs on a map


Stay with us in the New Forest

Is your mouth watering and your tummy rumbling? The New Forest is a brilliant destination for a foodie getaway, whether you want to dine out in the local tea rooms, pubs and restaurants or experiment with local produce in the kitchen of your holiday cottage. Start planning your next holiday by browsing our collection of New Forest cottages – simply click the button below to find your perfect base.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.