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“Royal Oak Fritham” 5 of 5 stars
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Royal Oak Pub
Fritham, Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park SO43 7HJ, England
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Lyndhurst
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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New Forest, UK
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“Royal Oak Fritham”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is a pub. Pure and simple. Well managed cask ales await your drinking pleasure, and your glass gets filled by hand directly from the barrel. What's more, the price is the best around! No fruit machines/ no pool table, no sky TV. Fantastic ! You have to talk to each other in here and it's a real ale / proper pub atmosphere. No food sold in the evenings and all the better for it. Friendly staff to boot. The best little secret in the New Forest.

Visited May 2013
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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“Popular hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Cycled to Fritham on a hot, sunny day to check out this little place on a friend's recommendation.
We weren't disappointed. The pub itself is tiny, with barrels racked up behind the bar. The garden is huge with plenty of tables and even an ice cream shack. With having 13 miles to ride back we just stuck to shandy, but will return to samples the ales. We had ham and chicken ploughmans and pork pie salad and it was all lush. The limited menu means they focus on really great ingredients and serve your meals super quick. Will be back.

Visited July 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Real ale real history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We were taken to the pub for lunch for the first time by our friends Les and Kay, who was born in the village. Being told the history of the village including the gunpowder factory story made the visit really special for us.
From our perspective the pub conjured up images of life in the past in this once remote country village. Seeing horse riders arrive and corral their horses before going in for a lunch also added to the uniqueness of the setting. We arrived around 11:30am and settled into the garden for our lunch. It did not take long to realise that the expanse of tables and seating was for good reason. Not only did horse riders arrive but also a large group of cyclists and of course the car visitors.
Ordering our food we could see that the feature was “homemade” with lovely pork pies and quiches. The food was well presented and very enjoyable. To add to the meal I also selected ale from the barrel made with Elderflower.
Take time to visit Eyeworth pond, although there is little evidence of the gun factory it was once a large production unit supplying gunpowder around the world for small firearms.
This pub is well worth a visit when in the New forest.
There is some information on the factory on these websites
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritham
http://www.newforestexplorersguide.co.uk/heritage/history-in-the-landscape/eyeworth-pond.html

Visited July 2013
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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“Cycled passed glad we stopped”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

only had one drink but on appearances picture postcard as they say, stunning location friendly staff next time we camp in the new forest this WILL be our first port of call

Visited July 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Another pleasant visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

It's one of life's pleasures sitting outside the Royal Oak on a sunny day with a pint and a couple of plates of their super food: ploughman's made with local cheddar and bacon quiche on this particular day Consistently good and worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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