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The Drift Inn

Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, SO42 7YQ

((((* British
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

excellent food, wine and service.

Richard Brook-hart 03 January 2017

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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 76 reviews)
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  • dinner (31)
  • child friendly (30)
  • views (22)
  • value (17)
  • large parties (15)
  • al fresco (12)
  • romantic (11)
  • afternoon tea (8)
  • business (5)
  • private dining (5)
  • trendy (4)
  • luxury (3)
  • breakfast (2)
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  • (**** 3 January 2017 by Kevin Parker from Brighton

    Poor......again. Booked a table for 5, waited 1 hour for any food, surely service, so so food. Blamed missing chef, but then took another 30 minutes to order a coffee? Luckily, this would not happen where I live as it would close down with all the great competition, but this place has a great location with no competition. Pity.

  • ((((( 3 January 2017 by Richard Brook-hart from DURBAN

    excellent food, wine and service.

  • ((*** 2 January 2017 by Pauline Chiari from Southampton

    I booked a table for seven people for lunch on 26 Dec. There was a wait of half hour to one hour which was ok considering it was a busy time of year & there were many in the bar. However, the food, the special starter of the day Game terrine, when it arrived was embarrassingly poor. It consisted of two small end pieces of unappetising-looking plastic which looked as though it had arrived off someone else's plate and the toast consisted of one untoasted thin slice of white bread with a knob of frozen butter placed on top. I returned the dish & there was no argument, but when it arrived back it was minus butter & chutney, but hey the bread was toasted. The same applied to another dish, the Forester's board which had the same problem - one slice of thin white bread, no black pudding or selection of local cheeses as advertised. Suggestion - if you are unable to properly serve up that which is advertised on the menu it is better to say so beforehand. Nice pub & location. Shame about the food.

  • ((((* 30 December 2016 by Jennie Chapman from Southampton

    Busy day, food was well cooked. We had two ham egg and chips abc eggs were perfect. Sausage and mash looked good too with a nice serving of mixed veg.
    I would like to come back with my husband midweek lunchtime which should be much quieter . I think he will enjoy it and a walk in the forest too.
    Will like to try morning coffee too. Thank you.

  • (**** 29 December 2016 by Kathryn from Dibden Purlieu

    Having eaten at The Drift and always had a good meal with you we were looking forward to our Christmas lunch. What a disappointment it was to us especially to my elderly father-in-law whose treat it was. He was given, as a starter what we believe to be a pate which was hard and bread + butter which was most unpleasant. The sorbet that followed would have taken about five minutes in the microwave to make it soft enough to eat. The fish in his main course of monkfish was good but the vegetables that came with it were burnt and unedible. Finally, hi s desert, which was creme brulee, came with a caramelised topping that was so hard it would have broken your teeth trying to eat it. I'm afraid, as a result of all these things, our Christmas Dinner was not a very happy one and one that makes us think twice about coming back.

  • ((((( 29 December 2016 by Gill Attwell from Southampton

    Very tasty sausage sandwiches and delicious chestnut and celeriac soup. The service was quick and the waitress was pleasant and friendly.

  • (((** 27 December 2016 by Tracy Burden from Southampton

    Very nice meal

  • ((((* 15 December 2016 by Catherine White from Southampton

    Cosy, welcoming restaurant with an excellent and extensive menu. Let down slightly by the fact that we had to go looking for a waitress after waiting a very long time to order coffee. The food was perfectly cooked and delicious

  • (((** 11 December 2016 by Dawn Akers from oxford

    Good menu. Good food . Nice service. couldn't find anyone to pay at the end - all the staff seemed to disappear.

  • (**** 6 December 2016 by linda from Brighton

    Good points waiting staff friendly and polite. Manager apologetic and willing to compensate. Bad points no vegan dish on the menu and a chef unable to offer anything substantial. New potatoes and vegetables are considered part of a main course not The main course. 2 small baked mushrooms were drowning under a glutinous gravy. The manager explained they did not receive a note that one diner was vegan even though this had been requested during the booking process. I said I did not want to pay £12.50 for the 'vegan' meal and that was removed from the bill. A complimentary round of drinks was served which was a nice gesture and I felt the manager had done his best in the sorry circumstances. 2 other meals were bland and seasoning and sauces needed to be added to make food interesting enough to eat. The diner who ordered cod was satisfied with his meal.

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