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The Drift Inn

Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, SO42 7YQ

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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

Food was excellent, we particularly liked the main courses

Gary 04 October 2016
from Lymington

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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

Contact +44 2380292342

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Customer reviews for The Drift Inn

3.9 ((((* (based on 61 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (37)
  • dinner (28)
  • child friendly (25)
  • views (19)
  • value (14)
  • large parties (12)
  • al fresco (11)
  • romantic (10)
  • afternoon tea (6)
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  • private dining (3)
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  • entertainment (2)
  • luxury (2)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((* by from Solihull

    Very good Sunday roast.

    Good that dogs are welcome

  • ((((( by from Dibden Purlieu

    Great service from the moment we arrived, lovely Sunday roast - we will be back for more! Yum!

  • (((** by from Reading

    Overall we enjoyed the food in a lovely setting

  • (((** by from Southampton

    Nice food, pleasant waiting staff but very sloooow service. Waited an hour for Sunday lunch, having even pre-ordered the food several days before.

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    We went for a Sunday roast after going for a dog walk in the New Forest, we did have about a half hour wait for food (understandable being a Sunday and a lovely day) as it was busy but when it arrived it was lovely the best roast dinner I've had in a pub! The only negative was the table we were sitting at - we had a table for 4 and there was another table for 4 behind us which was making it a little difficult for the waiting staff to get around us plus two dogs and also for the people on that table to get in and out passed us too, apart from that we had a lovely dinner and desserts! Lovely staff and lovely atmosphere :) This is also a dog friendly pub in the bar and restaurant area.

  • ((((* by from Poole

    Everyone seemed a little rushed when we first arrived, though once at our table the staff were very attentive and the food was excellent.
    A little hiccup with our order but very quickly rectified and enjoyed the meal.

  • (((** by from Southampton

    The food was very nice. But the service was very slow even though we were the only customers in the pub. Especially when waiting to be asked for puddings we had to ask the waiter even though he had clearing seen us waiting for over 20 minutes

  • ((((* by from Lymington

    Food was excellent, we particularly liked the main courses

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    Beautiful pub in fantastic setting. Food was fantastic and great portion size. Thoroughly recommend the rib of beef. There is a great park for the kids too

  • (**** by from bishopstoke

    After ordering the food we had a long wait before it arrived. We weren't told about this at the time we ordered. Also having two young children in our party of 6 meant this wait was challenging. About half an hour in one of the waiting staff asked us if we 'wanted anything else' - I think she assumed we had already eaten! After asking where our food was we were given some colouring books for the kids which would have been really useful from the start and we were informed that we should have been told about the wait on food when we had ordered.

    Some of the food arrived between about an hour after ordering, a large group of people who had ordered after us had almost finishde their food at this point. Two of our party had ordered chicken breast with potatoes, on one of these dishes the potatoes were cold so we had to send that back. One of the other dishes, 'beef roast' didn't arrive (presumably forgotten, although not admitted to). The chicken came back hot, with an explanation that a cold sauce had been put on the potatoes hence making them cold. That didnt really make sense given the other chicken was fine. After a good wait the beef roast arrived.

    The food overall was very tasty, My beef rib was delicious. The kids roast was huge, My son's sausage and mash had slightly burnt sausages.

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