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Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park Hampshire SO43 7FZ, England
+44 23 8029 2342
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10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Southampton
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We reserved a table at the Drift Inn for Saturday evening as we were hosting a celebration with a couple of close friends, we were shown to our table, not ideally located but OK but after that it was all downhill. Having waited for several minutes no menus were offered to us and we had to go to the desk... More 

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Thank Terry4959
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having booked well in advance for my wife's birthday lunch on arrival being told that we would be sat in the bar area right next to the fire exit door which everybody seemed to be using for there smoke breaks.Waited over an hour for our food which was well below average for the price we payed and my son's gammon... More 

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4 Thank Rcmandsam
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in today after a walk in the forest. Sat in the garden for a drink. Staff at the bar helpful and sat us at a table when we came in from the garden. We all chose the roast beef and it arrived was absolutely delicious large portions and extra veg! All staff friendly. Desserts also delicious. Was really what... More 

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Thank Georgia W
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you in the future. Kindest regards The Drift Inn Team More 

Hythe, United Kingdom
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538 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked in the New Forest Marchwood Enclosure then drove nearly 3 miles to this pub/ hotel next to the Beaulieu Road station. It was Saturday at 2 pm and we were given a table in a busy pub. Lots of groups of people who looked they had also been out walking. The pub welcomes " wellies, walkers and dogs"... More 

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Thank Susan B
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review us, we are pleased to hear you liked the property and your visit and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kindrest Regards The Drift Inn Team More 

Bawtry, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i personally love this place just a great location the soup is reason i go back its the best , we went twice in 4 days the food is top notch and not the silly little portions sometimes given proper filling and delicious thankyou great bar staff and a lovely couple of pints to wash it down ,see you in... More 

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Thank Jon H
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Many thanks for your review, I will pass your comments on to our kitchen team. We look forward to seeing you again in the summer. Kind Regards The Drift Inn Team More 

Europe
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving through the forest, happened upon this place whilst looking for lunch, which looks inviting from the outside. A few customers around, no greeting from staff. Got my own menu. Walked out after seeing a BURGER costs £12.95! Seriously. I've lived in the New Forest for 20 years and I know what it costs, and that really is fleecing the... More 

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Thank AdrianJF
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are sorry to hear you did not stay to dine with us yesterday. All of our food is freshly cooked to order and made on site using only the finest, local, new forest produce. This does reflect in our prices. We do hope you will try us again in... More 

Ringwood, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a busy weekend.have been here before in the week and the food was delicious so we came back with more family! Don't expect microwaved food here everything is made fresh to order so although there is a slight wait it's well worth it. The specials are fantastic I had the Thai salmon,absolutely amazing and the chef adapted it... More 

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Thank dhack65
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review, our gluten free desserts have only just been introduced so its great to hear such positive feedback on them. Our chefs can adapt most dishes to be gluten free, as you know, we cook all food fresh to order. I am pleased to hear this will be your favourite place to dine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just had a roast dinner at the drift inn. It's was great. We hadn't booked and they managed to fit us in. Dinner was large and we had a plate of extra vegetables. Staff were all very friendly and Shelley our waitress was very attentive . Will definitely be back.

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Thank Derek W
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Sunday roast and you found the service to be friendly and waitresses attentive. I will pass on your kind words to shelley and we all look forward to seeing you again very soon. Kind Regards The Drift Inn Team More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at 7.40pm, having just checked in to the hotel after a long drive. When we went in, we ordered a drink and asked for a menu (which clearly indicates intent to purchase food, does it not?) After getting the fire going and deciding on our food choices, my partner went up to order (at 8.03pm) to be told... More 

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1 Thank gingernutblonde
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Unfortunately we do stop serving food at 8pm on Sunday evenings and this is clearly stated in our opening hours. Reading your review on the hotel it is apparent your experience was bad from the start. I do not tolerate any kind of verbal abuse in the pub towards my staff... More 

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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a drink in the bar in the afternoon and waited along time to be served in what seemed like lots of young inexperienced staff. In the evening we had a belated Valentines meal here as didn't want to have to get a taxi in to Lyndhurst. We found the food to be very tasty, good size portions and... More 

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1 Thank Cyfugi
Sasha H, Manager at The Drift Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Drift Inn. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your food and can only apologise for the length of time you had to wait. I can assure you my Assistant Manager was working Saturday evening until close and there is always a manager present on every shift. Unfortunately we did have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $21
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park Hampshire SO43 7FZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest National Park Hampshire  >  Lyndhurst
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8029 2342
Description
Pub set in the middle of the New Forest, serving freshly made food cooked on the premises. Where possible we use local produce. We serve a range of cask ales and other drinks.

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