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15th-century pub for all seasons

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
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Mentioned in the Domesday Book, The Red Lion sits at the crossroads in the ancient village of Boldre. The rambling interior contains cosy, beamed rooms, log fires and rural memorabilia; the rooms glow with candlelight on antique copper and brass. Expect a genuinely warm welcome and traditional values, with Ringwood ales on offer at the bar. The kitchen places an emphasis on traditional meals made using the very best of the forest’s produce. Typical starters include tea-smoked Hampshire trout with home-made potato salad; and twice baked goats’ cheese soufflé, then lamb shank slow-braised with redcurrant, rosemary and honey, mash and root vegetables; and free-range chicken supreme, crispy bacon, smoked cheese sauce and chunky chips. In the summer, you can eat outside on the herb patio.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-3 5.30-11 (Sunday 12-8) (summer Saturday 11-11)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-8 (summer Saturday 12-9.30)
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9.30, Sunday 12-8 (summer Saturday 12-9.30, winter Monday to Thursday 6-9)

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Ringwood Best Bitter and Fortyniner, Guinness, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


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

Getting here

M27 junction 1, A337 through Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst towards Lymington, follow Boldre signs

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