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“So good we've added it to the satnav”
Review of The New Inn

The New Inn
Ranked #4 of 6 Restaurants in Blagdon
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Description: off Church Lane
Havant, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“So good we've added it to the satnav”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The mixed reviews and the fear that the New Inn was 'new' and soulless discouraged us but we ended up on the doorstep and decided to have a look inside. 'New' actually means post-1700 as far as the main part is concerned, so there's plenty of character, including a large inglenook fireplace with active log-burner - greatly appreciated on a cold day. The lunch menu is varied, with pleasant variations from the normal pub list of dishes. We ordered 3 different meals and all came well-cooked and hot within a reasonable time, despite the place being pretty busy. Can't understand another reviewer's comment about locals being given preference over visitors - we had a non-English-speaking guest with us and we were speaking 'foreign' at the bar and at the table, so we were clearly not 'locals' but were served promptly by very friendly staff and owners, who were only too pleased to help with variations from the standard menu.
The wide uninterrupted view from the neat garden area over Blagdon Water is splendid, and we look forward to returning on a warmer day to eat and drink outside. We would have given an 'excellent', but the toilets are not really up to standard. Although there are currently works going on to improve things, it looks as though these are likely to bring them only to the 20th century.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank nwaller
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Koper, Slovenia
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68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Proper job!”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Proper English country boozer with proper English pub grub. This is where I take my Slovenian wife when we visit olde England. Out the back is a grand view of Blagdon Lake, where the trout on the menu comes from.
By the way, it's a pub, so don't be surprised if they don't serve kids. It's the law, no kids at the bar! (Al Murray would be proud).

Visited June 2012
2 Thank AGuyfromBristol
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not family friendly”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

It was a very quiet weekday lunchtime - the pub was not busy. They still refused to let our three generations have lunch there because they flatly refuse children. I won't be returning again - childless groups are welcome to it.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Anne9911
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Harpenden, Herts
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lunch at the New Inn Blagdon”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We celebrated a family gathering by having lunch at the New Inn in Blagdon. There were 12 of us, but it could have seated 16 comfortably, and we reserved "The Green Room". The staff were lovely and friendly, the food was delicious (recommend the Trout that is line caught from the banks of Blagdon lake) and the service excellent. Blagdon is on a hill overlooking the lake, so there are wonderful panoramic views over the lake and surrounding countryside from the pub garden.
There is a 5 mile walk around the lake (rough and meandering through woods and fields, so walking boots a must for muddy ground), so why not park at the pub at 10:00am, do the walk and arrive back at 12:30 for lunch.
Children under 10 years old not welcome. We had a baby in arms and that was ok as we had a private room.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank JohnofHarpenden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Unwelcome & unsympathetic!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

After a hideous morning driving around a flooded North Somerset on Monday 24th September 2012 it was time for lunch. We were a group of 15. We eventually found a pub that was open and doing food on a Monday lunchtime and all I wanted to do was get my children some lunch (2.5 and 4), but they were adamant that they wouldn't let children under 10 in. I was incredibly upset and can't believe people can be so uncaring and unsympathetic.

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1 Thank AGH1975
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