BROOK, SO43 7HE
Owned by the same family for generations, this lavishly furnished inn is more akin to a country house than a pub. Stately in its dimensions, it has a garden with forest views, comfortable dining areas, a huge bar and accommodation for those just can't tear themselves away. In the bar you'll find local ales from Ringwood and Romsey's Flack Manor Brewery, and the AA Rosette menu has its focus firmly on modern British dishes of fresh, local and seasonal provender. Start perhaps with Lymington Bay crab cakes; continue with a trio of lamb rump, rack and faggot; and finish with warm carrot cake, or apple crumble parfait.