We did a circular New Forest walk starting at Linford Bottom and stopped at this pub half way round for lunch. Although we were early (12 noon) the pub was already busy, all the tables were taken or reserved but there were some seats outside under parasols which had infra red heaters fitted so it was fine.
The pub is in a wonderful forest setting with plenty of parking but clearly gets lots of walkers, all are welcome including dogs and muddy boots.
Inside the pub we ordered a round of drinks and then asked to order food but were told that there was a separate area for food which we hadn't realised. The queue for food was fairly long but moved quite quickly and the menu did offer a good range of hot and cold food from snacks to a three course meal. The staff were young and friendly.
We chose a jacket potato with cheese, a burger and chips, tuna and mayo sandwich and a bacon and brie sandwich. We did want to order soup but they had run out which was a pity.
The food came quite quickly despite the pub being so busy and the sandwiches were amazing, the biggest doorsteps I have ever seen - that is to say very thick cut bread from a lovely fresh loaf and lots of filling. There was also a well dressed side salad. The sandwiches were so big we couldn't finish them. The other meals were very good too.
On site they have a micro brewery and produce their own beer aptly called Muddy Boot and very good it is too.
Checked out the toilets and these were clean although there was a queue in the ladies due to there only being two cubicles.
Overall a very nice place to visit but it does get busy.
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