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“The nicest owners and some great food” 4 of 5 stars
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The Three Lions
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Stuckton, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 2HF, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Stuckton B&B and Inns
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“The nicest owners and some great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

We went to New Forest to do some long walks and this was a good starting place each morning. The owners bent over backwards to help us--everything from providing our dog (yes, they take dogs!) with a water bowl and towel, to giving us hiking maps and offering to pick us up from one of our walks or take us into town for dinner. We left behind one of our dog's toys and they even mailed it to us.

The restaurant is great---hands down the best food we had in the area.

The rooms are nothing fancy but were perfectly fine, and our dog loved being able to run around in their large yard.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a nice weekend away and wants a place with character and possibly the nicest owners I've ever met.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kew, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2009

We like our food and that is the main reason for visiting this restaurant with rooms. The food is superb, not truly gourmand or Michelin, but just consistently excellent fare. We enjoy the family friendly nature of the place and the distinctive eccentricity of the staff.

The rooms vary enormously: in the house itself they are twee and tight and well appointed. Outside round the courtyard they are generously large. The social spaces for guests are lacking: a goldfish bowl of a conservatory which is not very inviting, but then you do not visit the New Forest to sit in a conservatory.

There's a lot to do locally so dealing with the foibles of this place is not a problem.

Would we return, definitely yes. Is it the best place we have stayed - no, but its very pleasant.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, Wales, UK
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118 reviews 118 reviews
82 hotel reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the 3 Lions together with 5 other couples as part of a 2 night mid winter, mid week break. The venue was chosen on the basis of Trip Advisor feedback and in summary the 3 Lions and the feedback did not disappoint. We enjoyed a wonderful 2 night break with superb food.

Arrangements were made when booking that someone would be available to book us in around 4pm. That worked perfectly. We received a warm welcome from Rhys, had the opportunity to grab a drink and were offered the conservatory to unwind after our lengthy (40 minute) drive from the Badger brewery at Blandford St Mary where we had lunched – by the way in that we had made an excellent choice and it can be thoroughly recommended.

After a drink we retired to our rooms. Some of these were attached to the main building (we were located in one of these, the Ash Room) whilst others are located 20 yards or so behind in a modern garden block. All of the rooms were comfortable and well furnished. Our immediate reaction was that the rooms were cold. We spoke to a member of staff who upon investigation found that the heating had somehow switched off. He switched it on again and thereafter we had no problem.

Of the six rooms we occupied, three were attached to the building and 3 in the garden, the Ash was the smallest but adequate in size. The Oak next door to the Ash had a small balcony overlooking the garden and garden block and may be quite pleasant in the summer. The bathrooms had a bath together with what I am told is called a forest shower which was excellent. First minor niggle, the sink in the bathroom was a little small, more of a cloakroom basin than a bathroom basin but not a real issue. Towels were plentiful and changed regularly. Even towels to use in the garden jacuzzi but in January we gave that a miss.

Whilst I am on minor issues, the only other negative – draft beer was £4.00 a pint! This seemed a bit steep but fairly quickly we came to realise (because it was written on the wall) that this is not a pub as the name might suggest but most definitely a restaurant with rooms. Most definitely a restaurant because the food was absolutely fantastic. We had a dinner, bed and breakfast arrangement and were able to chose any items of the menu – highlights for me were the galette of smoked haddock, the wild turbot and white wine sauce, and the croissant bread and butter pudding. The wine list ranged from the affordable £15 ish upwards towards £100, and maybe beyond – I stop looking at £25.

Breakfast was of the continental variety with mini croissants, pain au chocolat and toast with cereals and fruit. A full English breakfast was available as an extra but quite honestly after a dinner at the 3 Lions a cooked breakfast the following day was a challenge too great to contemplate.

All the staff were very friendly and eager to help. Whilst we were there (Wednesday, Thursday night) there did not appear to be too many other diners – I think perhaps 3 other couples each night and maybe given that it was mid week, mid January, this was understandable so unless you go with company at this time of the year you may find it a bit quiet (or perhaps we picked a quiet week, who knows).

If you're reading this, many thanks again to Mike, Jayne and Rhys.

  • Liked — Food and the service
  • Disliked — £4 a pint, sorry but it has to be said
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent, England
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2009

Together with our dog Charlie, we have just spent 3 nights at The Three Lions. I can only echo other reviews. Everything was good but feel that I must make particular mention of the hospitality of Mike and Jane, the owners, and the front of house Rhys (sorry if I have spelt this wrong) and the food which is truly exceptional, possibly the best we have ever had in our travels
around the world. We will most certainly be back. Many thanks!!!

  • Liked — Hospitality and food
  • Disliked — Absolutely no problems
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

We have just got back from the Three Lions hotel where we stayed for New Years Eve. Our first impressions as we drove through the new forest was amazement, the moores were covered in frost and pony's grazed along the side of the road. When we reached the Three Lions (easily) we walked into the bar where an open fire was roaring away and the place was instantly welcoming. The front of house manager (sorry I cant remember his name) was excellent and so funny and Jane and Mike (who own the place) are lovely and cant do enough for you. We stayed in the Maple Suite and even took our two dogs, the heating had been put on before we arrived so our room was toasty warm and the room had everything you could wish for. Our evening meal was unbelievable and everybody we met was back visiting for there 3rd, 4th or even 8th year running. It is quite expensive but worth every penny.

  • Liked — Friendliness
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

We have just returned from our 3rd stay at the Three Lions and yet again it was a truely superb experience. From the warm friendly welcome, to the cosy comfortable accommadation and the brilliant food - everything was just perfect. As usual it was the food that was the real star. We both started with Asparagus and wild mushrooms, I then had lamb with crispy bits and my husband free range pork with crackling - finding just enough room at the end to share a lime parfait with passion fruit. Its not cheap but for food of that quality its definately value for money and I would recommend a visit to anyone. we liked it so much we booked a weekend in September before we left.

  • Liked — The food
  • Disliked — Nothing everything was perfect
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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colchester
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2008

What a treat!
a lovely quiet place which is within easy reach of the bigger towns and cities if you want, fantastic walking places with wild horses around you and we even came across donkies wandering down lanes!
rooms spacious, clean and well thought out especially the extra necessary items for us ladies.
The food is probably the best I have eaten and I just didnt want to finish it just to savour it for ever.
Lovely hosts who were obviously happy in what they were doing and willing to make that effort to make you feel at home.
The added bonus of being able to bring our dog Jake along was a lovely change and he was most disappointed that we didnt bring him any scraps from dinner like we usually do, to be honest I just couldnt leave anything for him it was too good to share.

  • Liked — SPACIOUS ROOMS AND BRIGHT AND AIRY
  • Disliked — towels could have been softer
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Stuckton, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 2HF, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park > Fordingbridge > Stuckton
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Stuckton
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Three Lions 4*
Number of rooms: 3
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