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“Fancy a hot Sunday lunch in front of a roaring fire?”
Review of The New Forest Inn

The New Forest Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Emery Down
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The pub is set in the heart of The New Forest and offers fresh homemade locally sourced food. With excellent wines and cask marque ales, ciders and lagers and array of soft drinks. With ponies idling past there is seating outside but also a fantastic beer garden. The friendly staff offer attentive service and aim to delight all customers
Reviewed February 4, 2013

There are a plethora of pubs in the New Forest and I've visited many of them. But if you are looking for a traditional roast Sunday lunch then book a table at the New Forest Inn in Emery Down, just on the outskirts of Lyndhurst. off the A35

The pub itself is very interesting indeed, lots of beams, brasses and nick-knacks, but not too over powering. There are plenty of tables but it is advisable to book. Part of the building is constructed by an old Romany caravan.

The family run pub (Debbie, Wayne and Sam) really do give you a warm welcome, there's nothing better than a friendly smile not to mention a friendly efficient service!

The roaring log fire is truly "A ROARING LOG FIRE" and on a cold day try and book table 9, it's right in front of the fireplace. And if you have dogs, (which are welcome) they will love the comfort and the warmth stretching out infront of the magnificent fireplace.

In addition to a comprehensive "a la carte" menu there is a traditional "Specials Board" where you'll find the Sunday Lunch selection.

I am a firm believer that hot food should be served on "hot plates" and it certainly is. And it is all genuinely home cooked and the slices of meat are certainly "off the bone" No pre-packed microwaved food is served here!! You will not go hungry at this pub !!

Because it's a popular Forest pub, you may have to wait a while, but I can assure you, it's worth it.

They also have a good selection of "Real Ales" and a variety of wines.
If the weather permits there is a large rea garden, with the added benefit of a hatch where you can order from, without having to go inside the pub.

At the front there are a number of wooden benches where you can watch forest ponies and riders amble past.

The Sunday that we visited they had the New Forest Hunt meet. That really is a sight to behold !

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Thank Lance M
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Absolutely loved the enormous roast I had here at the weekend. Excellant quality of meat and veg, the door step sandwiches are amazing too. Definately a place to go back to.

Thank KentSharon02
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The reviews for this place are generally pretty great, so we were absolutely appalled to have a really disgusting meal and terrible experience here...We have been meaning to dine at the New Forest Inn for a few months now and decided to head there this evening with friends to enjoy their apparently famous roast dinners.

The staff were rude and the service awful, we had to ask for knives and forks to eat our food, we had to ask to be served and their attitude was not what we expected... to be fair, not all of the staff were rude, but unfortunately for us, our main server was.

Our roast dinners arrived and we could hardly eat them...the food was cold, the vegetables were dry and had a very strange smell to them and their quoted homemade 'proper' gravy was most definitely bisto.

There are some beautiful pubs in and around the New Forest area, so dont waste your time or money on very poor food and very poor service.

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Thank Chelsea1129835
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Went here today for our friends birthday and after reading good reviews we were looking forward to it. It was awful. The waitress was very rude, abrupt and couldn't have been less helpful or friendly if she tried. We waited 20 mins for someone to come and take our order and eventually had to ask to be served, when she brought our drinks over she slammed the tray down on the table and walked off. The roast dinner promised "proper gravy" but it definitely wasn't (bisto or similar). The food was cold. They had run out of chipolatas and cut up one sausage into 3 and spread it between 3 meals. the vegetables tasted disgusting and were over cooked and dried out, and oddly smelt of semen???????!!!! When you are paying £13-15 for a main you expect better. We will definitely not be returning.

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Thank rachc1986
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countrysideaddict, Owner at The New Forest Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2013

I do find it a strange coincidence that your review is an identical one to another "so called" review put on the site, apart from your rather disgusting graphic opinion of the vegetables! As I have already replied to your other review I find it very difficult to believe that you have actually eaten at our establishment , as we do not offer or do table service so drinks would never be delivered to you or your order taken at the table. We pride ourselves on our amazing Sundays roasts and can only say that 200 customers week in and week out regardless of the time of year proves that we offer the best roasts in the new forest. Our staff are well trained and courteous, our chefs highly trained and talented in producing unbelievably delicious roasts and the gravy is the most traditional "stock pot" with bones, vegetables and herbs that has been described by one of our customers as "it's like wine you just want to drink it!". I feel sorry that you are under the impression that you have had a bad experience but we always ensure that we check all our customers are happy and indeed if there is not so much as a " it has all been exceptional and we will return" we query if there has been a problem and sort it out there and then, always to the customers satisfaction. We feel the best way to deal with any dissatisfaction is to be told about it there and then and we will rectify it immediately. We receive weekly many emails and thank you cards directly sent to us that unfortunately we ourselves cannot put on trip advisor . From these true, real comments we value our long standing, loyal, satisfied customers.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

My wife and I went out for the afternoon for a walk in the forest and drove past this place on the way through. We parked up after our walk and despite being very busy (always a good sign) we were given a couple of options for seating and proceeded to take in the warm atmosphere. We were trying to be good and have a light snack but after seeing a few roast's come out we had to get involved and I'm glad we did. Hands down the best roast I've had in years! Beef was lovely and tender and there was so much choice on the plate. Lovely! Staff were really friendly!

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Thank Dannybless
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