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“Location, Food, Ambience, Friendliness - ticks all the boxes”

The Mayfly Riverside Pub
Ranked #9 of 26 Restaurants in Stockbridge
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lymington, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Location, Food, Ambience, Friendliness - ticks all the boxes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

Having heard this was a good place we made sure to arrive early for a Sat. lunch. It is stunning with the Test running right at your feet, a lovely arched road bridge a little upstream and the pub itself nestled alongside. We enjoyed a warm welcome, very good service and delicious food.
Try the baked cheese if it's still on the menu when you go! The pub is also one of the few I've found where there is allocated no-smoking outside as well as inside so if you are a non-smoker you can still enjoy the outside seating without being smoked out.

Parking was easy (The pub is on the A3057) but we noticed a fair few walkers using it as their lunch stop as they negotiated the Test Valley Way. Having arrived early-ish we were lucky to nab a two seater `cosy' in the window so could see the river and the people coming and going.

Definitely heading back there again.

  • Visited May 2014
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Andover, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Visiting regularly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

It is located on your right hand as you travel from Andover to Stockbridge, just beneath the road-bridge along the river Test.
We have visited many times and each time we enjoyed the views and the trouts jumping out of the water. Be prepared to find it crowdy on sunny weekends as the outdoor seating is superb!
Thumps up for the fresh food and the cocktails!

4 stars because it gets a little breezy in the evenings but it has nothing to do with the restaurant itself.

  • Visited May 2014
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Preston, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“More expensive than London”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Absolutely flabbergasted£4.30 for a pint of Gales HSB! Average food ,a lovely location spoilt by
money grabbing owners
What looks like a lovely country pub ,once inside feels like it might be a Weatherspoons anywhere in the country.

  • Visited May 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Duck or Grouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

This stunning Riverside pub on the Best Trout river in the UK (The Test) is welcoming to all who visit families, couples or friends, the ambience is good the outside seating area is fantastic with Ducks at your feet [should something slip off your plate] they will tidy up for you.

Food is excellent as is the rang of guest beers and their wine list is also very interesting.

We have visited many times and are never disappointed

  • Visited May 2014
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uk
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

we recently spent a pleasurable evening in the garden of the Mayfly, we didn't book,but it was not a problem, even though it was quite busy. The staff were very pleasant and efficient. The food arrived promptly and was very good. We noted that the relaxed atmosphere was a definite plus, helped along by the gorgeous views of the river. We will definitely return!

  • Visited May 2014
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