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Family-friendly New Forest inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Kids play area
Dog friendly

This inn is surrounded by the glorious New Forest National Park. The word 'drift' refers to the centuries-old, twice a year, round-up of the 3,000-plus free-wandering ponies. Beers from Ringwood on the western side of the forest and a guest ale are served in the bar, while in the restaurant the menu lists tandoori rubbed salmon with Bombay-style potatoes; seasonable vegetable Wellington with creamed garlic and parmesan mash; shepherd's pie; and a selection of sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes. Outside are two children’s play areas and large gardens, although no one minds if you come inside wearing walking boots or wellies and with your dog in tow.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 10am-11pm (Saturday 9am-11pm Sunday 9am-10.30pm)
  • Lunch: all week 12-3 (Easter to October 12-9)
  • Dinner: all week 6-9 (Easter to October 12-9)

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Ringwood Best Bitter, Old Thumper and Fortyniner, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival
  • Cider festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Lyndhurst take B3056 (Beaulieu Road) signed Beaulieu. Cross railway line, inn on right

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