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East End Arms
Ranked #14 of 40 Lymington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Refurbished to a high standard with very comfy beds and quality furnishings and drapery. Good service, marvellous food and an unspoilt public bar all contribute to an overall feel good factor. Oh...and the breakfast was one of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. Beer was in tip top condition. Staff were helpful and efficient. Never got to meet the owner but obviously his days on the road have contributed towards the decor and character of the rooms.
Only drawback was that I couldn't get Dire Straits' 'Once Upon A Time In The West' out of my head for the entire stay even though it did not feature on the inhouse music system. (Which was, as one would expect of a very high quality).
Thoroughly recommended, we will return.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank marksw3960
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in June and couldn't fault the place . Rooms are modern, clean and the bed was the most comfortable I have ever experienced ! Breakfast is amazing and the pub is fab.... I would recommend the East End Arms to everyone

  • Stayed: June 2012
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1  Thank BenjaminPops
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We read about this place in BEER magazine - CAMRA's great little read. It sounded quirky and quality - and so it was! Owned and refurbed by John Illsley of Dire Straits, occasional guitar riffs drip through the speakers, and rock heroes of the past loom down at you from the walls in the restaurant below the bedrooms of this typical New Forest local's pub.

We stayed on the Sunday night over the jubilee bank hol weekend. We were warned on booking that the restaurant would be closed - so no dinner there - which was a shame given the fab food reviews below. However, they recommended the Red Lion at Boldre nearby and we had a great meal there, and saw a bit more of the Forest, so it was fine.
I'm reviewing because the room was so lovely and because I want to correct the dire breakfast reviews below. The breakfast here was better than the supposedly best breakfast in the New Forest we had at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu the day before. The cereals are now in special containers, and the fresh juices are jugged in the foyer by the restaurant. The cooked brekky was made to order, with a good range to choose from, or you could simply have the works and just choose which eggs you want. I must make a special mention of the chef-made marmalade - gorgeous, tart and juicy.
We had Room 2, the same room photographed in the 2nd review below. From the L'Occitane toiletries, to the large wall-mounted flat-screen TV, the fresh milk for in-room tea and coffee, to the bouncy carpet, the huge bed, perfect mattress and Egyptian cotton linen, to the motion-sensor lights, everything is beautifully and thoughtfully done.
£120 B&B for a large, tastefully-styled comfortable room for 2, in a quiet little spot near a (rare) beach access road in the New Forest national park. Bargain!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

We stayed here in May 2012 with my in-laws. We all thoroughly enjoyed the stay - especially the food, which was really gorgeous and the best we found during our trip around the south west. We would have happily paid twice a much at a top restaurant for our evening meals - thanks again to the chef, who I think has a great future!

The rooms were excellent and the staff all helpful, accomodating and freindly.

We took a walk down to the solent from here, which only took about 20 minutes. You'll find plenty of horses roaming about too.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank PatrickTC
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Firstly, we must apologize AGAIN about our dietary requirements. The staff were most understanding & accommodating. Thank you so much. Great atmosphere, gorgeous food & delighful staff. Did not get to meet John Illsley ... perhaps next time! We'll be popping through in April for a wedding on the Isle of Wight. Can we have the same room again please?

Many thanks

Sheila & Ian xx

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sheila O
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

Lovely staff great ale, brilliant food and a great location, ideal for touring the New Forest. You may be lucky enough like us to meet John Illsley former Dire Straits bass guitarist who owns the pub.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank veronica28
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

I had a great stay here in April. The location, rooms, bar and restaurant all met or exceeded my expectations. The staff with one exception were all friendly and helpful. But the manageress was abrupt, unsmiling and rude.

I had met someone from the area who had mentioned she was feisty, or words to that effect, so I was prepared for a businesslike and detached manner. But what we got was simply rude, unsmiling, abrupt and unwelcoming.

This is my first time leaving a review on tripadvisor. But I felt compelled to as I was saddened to see such a lovely establishment - with so much going for it - let down by such a simple yet important aspect of the service it offers.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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8  Thank Bellechasse
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Address: Lymington Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 5SY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park Hampshire > Lymington
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Ranked #14 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Lymington
Price Range: $158 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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