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The Drift Inn

Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, SO42 7YQ

((((* British
Average
Main course: £13
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 21:00
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:30

Great restaurant in the middle of the New Forest next to the Pony coral's. Good for walker's, dog friendly with towels for muddy paws.

Terry Gould 17 April 2017
from Bournemouth

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With saddlebags full of charm and original features, The Drift Inn in Hampshire is set within the vast open heathland surrounded by national parks. Taking residency in former stables, the inn pays homage to its former use through its carefully-selected décor, complete with timber frames and open log fires.

Keen supporters of local produce, the Drift Inn menu offers a plethora of classic pub dishes, including Ringwood ale-battered fish and chips, and chargrilled bubble and squeak burger, served with coleslaw and chips. Jam-packed doorstep sandwiches include bacon, brie and cranberry, while ploughman’s platters include honey roast ham and pate with local ale chutney and fresh, crusty bread.

Quirky décor completes the dining space, including mis-matched furniture and reclaimed tables. Exposed brickwork, horse-printed wallpaper and steel low-level lighting adds to the kitsch and cool vibe.

A quirky and quintessentially British countryside eatery, The Drift Inn in Brockenhurst sits 1 minutes’ walk from Beaulieu train station.

The Drift Inn

Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, SO42 7YQ

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Customer reviews for The Drift Inn

3.8 ((((* (based on 105 reviews)
79% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (60)
  • dinner (46)
  • child friendly (42)
  • views (30)
  • large parties (24)
  • value (23)
  • al fresco (17)
  • romantic (13)
  • afternoon tea (10)
  • private dining (7)
  • trendy (6)
  • business (5)
  • luxury (3)
  • breakfast (2)
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  • ((((( 24 April 2017 by Sharon Mcandrew from Bournemouth

    Absolutely great

  • (**** 20 April 2017 by Alistair Thompson from Southampton

    The Drift can be hit and miss. Unfortunately this time it was a miss, with cold food and patchy service.

  • ((((( 17 April 2017 by Terry Gould from Bournemouth

    Great restaurant in the middle of the New Forest next to the Pony coral's. Good for walker's, dog friendly with towels for muddy paws.

  • ((((* 16 April 2017 by Martin Tooley from Zandvoort, Netherlands

    Excellent menu; food cooked to perfection; good choice of beers/wine; dog friendly; helpful staff although we felt a bit forgotten/overlooked after the menus were left at our table. We had to go & find someone to take our order.......apart from that, service was good.

  • ((((* 15 April 2017 by Sara Hamilton from Southampton

    Lovely food in relaxed surroundings. Staff friendly.

  • ((((( 15 April 2017 by Karen Bagley from Southampton

    Great meal friendly staff

  • ((((( 11 April 2017 by Kevin Smith from Cowplain

    Glad we booked as it was the hottest day of the year and the pub and garden were packed. Food and service were excellent. The only let down was the small number of tills which were trying to deal with taking orders and taking diners' payments. Would definitely return.

  • ((*** 5 April 2017 by Andrew from Southampton

    As a family we look forward to coming here. The Sunday roast is one of our favourites but on this occasion our experience was ruined by the bar staff.
    After queuing for 40 mins to get a drink, I was told I was in the wrong queue and told to move to the next one which I did. After another 5 mins I was told that this also was the wrong queue. At this point I said I'm not moving again after waiting all this time to which she snapped (I will serve you here then). Her attitude whilst serving me was terrible not what we have come to expect from the Drift Inn.It ruined a lovely Sunday roast.

  • ((((( 2 April 2017 by Katrina Davies from Southampton

    Great location, great look and great food what more could you ask for.

  • ((*** 28 March 2017 by Catherine White from Southampton

    Had lunch here on Mother's Day, what a disappointment! The service was slow and some of the food inedible. I had the Roast Chicken dinner, as did four others in the party, it was impossible to eat the chicken which was a dried out breast portion. Clearly cooked first thing in the morning and kept warm, a knife struggled to cut through it! My daughter sent hers back and changed it for beef but the rest of us don't like beef so just left it!
    I have had lovely meals here in the past so what went wrong on this occasion I cannot imagine.

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