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Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant

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Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7XB, England
+44 1590 616253
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 60
    Poor
  • 42
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Food But...

We visited on a Saturday night and were told that the restaurant was closed because of a wedding party but we could eat in the bar. No problem for us, and when we got there at about 6.30pm the bar was empty. We had some drinks until we could order food at 7pm. The menu was not that extensive... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
Phoenixm34
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Cambridge
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a lovely walk from Beaulieu along the river we arrived at the Master Builders Hotel at Bucklers Hard. Wow what a wonderful gem. On entering the lovely bar with the log fire brurning we were delighted to find that at 2.30 the kitchen was still open. Great selection of food and something for everyone light bite or the full... More 

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1 Thank Car0lineS0uthampt0n
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Yachtsmans Bar - Thank you for your rave review. It was great to read that we managed to make your visit worth the walk from Beaulieu. The team will be pleased to read your feedback. More 

Holyhead, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at the hotel and wanted a pre check-in lunch (see separate review for hotel). The Yachtsman's Bar was too full with people waiting, so we put the dog back in the car and headed to the main hotel restaurant. We were offered a lovely table overlooking the Beaulieu River and felt welcomed by the head waiter (says... More 

Helpful?
Thank SnowdropGinger
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Riverview Restaurant - Thank you for your fantastic review. Jose and Edward will be really pleased with your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

recommend the boeuf bourgignon sitting beside the open fire at lunchtime - friendly bar staff and quick service

Helpful?
Thank Marcus186300
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Yachtsman's Bar - Thank you for your great review. Sounds like you had a great time - what more could you ask for! More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch; The menu was simple but covered a good range of options. My wife had artichokes and baby fennel for starters and thoroughly enjoyed it, whilst I was very impressed with the chicken liver and wild mushroom pate. For main course, my wife had Bouillabaisse, again very tasty, though it would have been better without the new... More 

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1 Thank Norman B
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Riverview Restaurant - Thank you for your detailed review. The menu does change on a regular basis so we look forward to you seeing you back to try our latest offering. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Been a few times with different guests. Great value for money in a beautiful and tranquil surrounding 😊

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1 Thank Michelleandneil
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We hope that you will return soon to enjoy the view. More 

Southampton
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60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I wrote a glowing report for this restaurant in May of 2015. We had our wedding reception here nearly 34 years ago so it has a special place in my heart. In October we went again for dinner. Living locally it has a been a place we head to regularly for any special evening or celebration. Admittedly it was a... More 

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2 Thank VictoriaCarole
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am so sorry that you did not receive a response to your original letter - it would appear to have gone astray. I can appreciate that this has soured your opinion of the Riverview Restaurant. I would be grateful if you could contact me personally to see what we can do regain your faith. More 

Cambridge
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night and were told that the restaurant was closed because of a wedding party but we could eat in the bar. No problem for us, and when we got there at about 6.30pm the bar was empty. We had some drinks until we could order food at 7pm. The menu was not that extensive and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Phoenixm34
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Yachtsman's Pub - Thank you for your review. I am sorry that a mistake was made with your bill, but pleased to hear it was sorted out promptly for you. The menu and atmosphere in the Riverview Restaurant is indeed very different from the pub. Hopefully we will be able to look after you in the restaurant next time, but... More 

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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Lovely pub. Good coffee and friendly staff. Great location on the water and nice atmosphere. Loved the open fire.

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Thank Monica J
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Yachtsman's Pub - Thank you for your great review. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Nantwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This Hotel /Pub is well positioned on the banks of the river @ Bucklers Hard Called in midweek for late morning coffee - Somewhat overpriced @ £3-00 per Cup. The Pub did appear to be dog friendly as a number of people with dogs came in and were made welcome.

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Thank John M
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Yachtsman's Pub - Thank you for your review. The pub is certainly dog friendly and the ideal spot to stop after a long walk. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Dropped in for a drink at the Master Builder's pub bar late in the afternoon and before the evening food service. It's an attractive & historic spot and a good place to recoup after visiting the museum, cottages on the site of Buckler's Hard after a walk down from the magnificent Beaulieu. Despite being the only customers we were surprized... More 

Helpful?
5 Thank EPM15
CliveWatts1, General Manager at Master Builder's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Yachtsman's Bar - Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you did not feel welcome or comfortable in the bar. I will certainly follow up your comments. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7XB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest National Park  >  Brockenhurst  >  Beaulieu
  • Phone Number: +44 1590 616253

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?