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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

Very beautiful environment, in the middle of the New Forest, surrounded by trees, ponies, donkeys...
Food was excellent and service was really nice

Florent Vandenbergue 14 May 2017
from London

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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

3.7 ((()* (based on 112 reviews)
78% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (63)
  • dinner (48)
  • child friendly (45)
  • views (30)
  • large parties (26)
  • value (23)
  • al fresco (18)
  • romantic (13)
  • afternoon tea (11)
  • private dining (7)
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  • breakfast (2)
  • ((*** 24 May 2017 by Matthew Senior from Eastleigh

    Parking was very limited on first arrival with just a dozen spaces. We parked int he carpark opposite although later saw an additional hotel car park that most people parked in.
    Roasts were very poor. Chicken was overcooked and beef extremely fatty. Veg was hard to say the least. Childrens meal was good quality. Neat presentation of food. Kids Ice cream served in a mug (???!!!). Choc Brownie was OK but did look nice.
    Service was very quick but not massively friendly. I hunted for a high chair but couldn't find any. Asked as the bar. Gent behind the bar asked a waitress to find one and bring one to our table. She huffed when she found out what table it was. Staff should smile more
    Bit of a "country" smell in the air unfortunately but a nice garden tucked away and very quiet. Kids play park was good with one for bigger and one for smaller kids. Very popular with families. Would contemplate visiting again for a pint in the garden but unsure if would eat again

  • ((*** 22 May 2017 by Mark Davage from Southampton

    went on a Thursday evening, so not very busy but tables not cleared , went for fish and chips with sparkley, seemed to wait for ages for our drinks ! not sure why as not busy, food came and looked amazing big bit of fish but unfortunately it had no taste at all, it must of been frozen ? wish we had gone to local chippy, half the price and much better flavour. I would say very overpriced , even though it was an offer .

  • (**** 19 May 2017 by Nichola Long from Southampton

    Food was very greasy. Tables were dirty

  • ((*** 16 May 2017 by Catherine Pattison from Bournemouth

    Roast dinner wasnt that great! Desert was really small for nearly £7.00!! Disappointed

  • (((** 15 May 2017 by Iain Smith from Southampton

    It was fine except both my wife and I did not get a Yorkshire pudding with our roasts.
    Just assumes they'd ran out but then saw every single other roast come out with a Yorkshire.

  • ((((* 14 May 2017 by Florent Vandenbergue from London

    Very beautiful environment, in the middle of the New Forest, surrounded by trees, ponies, donkeys...
    Food was excellent and service was really nice

  • (((** 13 May 2017 by Beth Richmond from Beaulieu

    It was lovely evening

  • ((((( 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.

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