Ringwood Road, BRANSGORE, BH23 8JH
'Chocolate' and 'box' come to mind on first seeing this flower-adorned, thatched, 17th-century inn. In a south-facing garden, surrounded by fields, trees and grazing ponies, it's just beyond the edge of the New Forest National Park. AA Rosette-standard food is served in all five public areas, including the comfortable, fire-warmed lounge bar, offering Ringwood beers and cider from Burley, both nearby; look for mulled wine and cider in winter. There's a large outdoor terrace, a 60-seat restaurant and the oak-beamed snug offers biscuits and water for the dog. Menu favourites of spiced chicken Maryland, and steamed steak and kidney suet pudding, join specials of fish and lobster from the coast at Mudeford; braised rabbit with spätzle pasta; and linguine with buffalo mozzarella from ex-Formula One racing driver Jody Scheckter's organic farm. A cider festival takes place during the summer holidays, followed by a beer festival at the end of September.
Tel: 01425 672232
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St Austell Tribute, Ringwood Best Bitter & Fortyniner, Exmoor Gold, Otter Bitter, Timothy Taylor, Skinner's Betty Stogs & Cornish Knocker
All day all week
11-11 (Sun 12-10.30)
Coach parties catered.