- 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
Overall very good
14 March 2018
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
(**** 19 March 2018 by Stuart Collier from Southampton
Absolutely dreadful - eaten at the Drift on several occasions in the past and it’s been superb - Mother’s Day meal a whole new experience. Soup starter was cold... complained ... 3 main courses were far from warm.. burnt Yorkshire puddings... hard potatoes and beef I wouldn’t give to the dog ! Extremely disappointed. Left the majority of the meals, paid up and left...
(**** 19 March 2018 by Kristen Woods from Lyndhurst
Unfortunately our experience at the Drift Inn was not great on Mother's Day - particularly for the price. The food arrived barely warm and was cold very quickly and the dessert was simply ok. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.
((((* 14 March 2018 by Sam Shepherd from Brighton
Overall very good
(((** 28 February 2018 by Richard Andrews from Southampton
The pub is lovely and food was good. However the service was lacking, unfortunately the waiter didn't know the difference between halomi and chicken! And when asked if could have some extra custard with pudding, completely ignored and had to ask waitress. Also when came to paying asked waitress to split bill in half and she said her maths wasn't that good. Think a little staff training required for waiter and waitress.
(**** 27 February 2018 by Riaan De bruyn from London
Food is ok, but service is terrible. So many waiters walking around, though never taking orders, delays, wrong orders, ommissions etc. With poor attitudes. Wouldn’t return.
((((* 24 February 2018 by Carol Baker from Brisbane
Great food and service in a lovely forest pub. My only criticism is that they had the perfect red wine glass on the table but when ordered by the glass they replaced it with a little glass full the brim!
(((** 17 February 2018 by Sheila Rumsby from beaulieu
As a Valentine Dinner venue it was a bit too pub/rustic to be romantic so we were a little disappointed. The food was reasonable so I might come again for lunch in the summer but not for dinner in the evening.
((((* 30 January 2018 by John Gudgeon from Norfolk
Used during 3 night stay at Beaulieu Hotel. Excellent all round though service a bit slow at Sunday lunch (rammed). Also dog friendly at weekends hooray, hooray.
Beware, starters are generous and very tasty.
((((* 3 January 2018 by Sarah Ross from Marchwood
Salmon was fantastic, hunters turkey was lovely, dessert was tasty eggnog cheesecake, food excellent.
(((** 28 December 2017 by Margaret Bridgland from Eastleigh
We thought the food was good and very tasty. Even though there was a fire in the restaurant I and my husband both felt a little cold and the radiator close to us was off. We also thought the room lacked a festive look, apart from a garland at the desk there was nothing else, the only nod to Christmas was the party at an adjoining table had crackers and were wearing hats! Our comments to each other as we left were, " what a shame the overall ambiance didn't match the food". Overall the staff were very attentive and friendly but we were on the verge of wondering if they had forgotten our desserts when they appeared. Would we come back, not sure, maybe in the summer.
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