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The Drift Inn

Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, SO42 7YQ

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  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
  • The Drift Inn - Hampshire
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

Good food
friendly Waitrose
warm atmosphere
Had a great time

Wendy 13 January 2019
from Petersfield

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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

3.6 ((()* (based on 205 reviews)
75% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (104)
  • dinner (92)
  • child friendly (73)
  • views (57)
  • large parties (40)
  • value (39)
  • al fresco (31)
  • romantic (25)
  • afternoon tea (17)
  • breakfast (16)
  • private dining (14)
  • trendy (12)
  • business (6)
  • entertainment (4)
  • luxury (4)
  • ((((( 13 February 2019 by Margaret from Southampton

    We booked this meal to take some old friends out to celebrate the gentleman's retirement. We all enjoyed our meals, and the service was friendly.

  • ((((( 21 January 2019 by Lucy from Southampton

    Me and my husband stayed at the adjoining Beaulieu hotel for two nights and had breakfast at the Drift Inn. There was a good selection of cooked and continental breakfasts, the avians poached eggs being particularly good. In the evening we had guinea fowl and duck and both meals were excellent. The open fires make it a very warm and inviting atmosphere for a meal or a drink

  • ((((( 13 January 2019 by Wendy from Petersfield

    Good food
    friendly Waitrose
    warm atmosphere
    Had a great time

  • ((((* 12 January 2019 by Helen from Southampton

    Excellent bream on the 'Local' menu!

  • (((** 10 January 2019 by Tracy from Southampton

    Food was good but we waited over 45 minutes for mains for 4 and the pub wasn't busy. Restaurant manager made no hint of an apology and when we asked where our food was after 35 minutes he went to 'find out' then sent the waitress to tell is it would be at least another 12 minutes.

  • ((((* 3 January 2019 by Clare from Scotland

    Very good food, although duck dish would have been better with a sauce. Loved the scotch egg starter.
    Very understaffed, 4 staff for a 120 covers, poor waitress did a grand job, but there was a long wait to order and get food.

  • ((((( 24 December 2018 by Scott from Melksham

    Amazing food and fab staff made our dining experience brilliant.

  • ((((* 19 December 2018 by Ken from Ferndown

    I'm a great fan of the Drift but you nearly got it wrong this time. Our meals (2 roast beef, 2 roast pork) were barely lukewarm and there was no crackling with the roast pork. However, when we complained, the meals were promptly whisked away and replaced with hot ones, plus crackling and an extra dish of roast potatoes. We were also credited with free beers. The test of a good business is not that nothing goes wrong, but how they deal with it when it does. So full marks again for my favourite Forest pub,

  • ((((* 18 December 2018 by Terence from Rayleigh

    We had dinner on a Saturday evening. All the staff were very pleasant & friendly, and service was good. Food was very good - the only slight fault was the food could have been hotter and the plates at least warm. Good choice of real ales and well kept. Overall a pleasant evening.
    We also had breakfast three days in the Drift Inn, because we were staying at the Beaulieu Hotel. Very good service and food - apart from it could have been warmer (and the scrambled eggs not good!).
    I would definitely recommend the Drift Inn.

  • ((*** 27 November 2018 by Lynda from Abingdon

    Food we had was fine but disappointed that on a Tuesday evening they had no burgers available.
    Service by staff leaves a lot to be desired we were a table of 5 and two ordered a bottle of wine, the waiter reached across the table over the heads of two people to hand over 2 wine glasses and an unopened bottle of wine rather than walk round the table, we were left to open the wine (it was screw top).
    When food was served again plates were handed across the table by staff rather that brought round, there was plenty of room for them to walk around the table.

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