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“A bit of a disappointment”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Crown Stirrup

The Crown Stirrup
Ranked #28 of 51 Restaurants in Lyndhurst
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Description: The Crown Stirrup is a country pub in the heart of The New Forest serving classic pub food, grills & just good grub! We offer a range of drinks in our fully stocked bar & a large menu so there is plenty to choose from. We have indoor seating with an open fire plus a large forest garden which leads you onto many walking tracks through the New Forest. We are family friendly with a scrumptious kids menu and we also are dog friendly throughout (even a few bites to eat for our four legged friends).
New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom
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“A bit of a disappointment”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I live nearby and have never been into this pub before but decided to give it a try at lunchtime a few weeks ago. It has been under new management for about six weeks. My first impression of the bar is that it is a bit lacklustre. It needs to be made more welcoming.

We ordered pate and toast with onion marmalade. We got a good size portion of pate but had to ask for more bread because there just was not enough. This was provided without a problem. The beer was fine and my wine was chilled. I was a bit concerned that the waitress was patting visiting dogs and giving them treats and then served our food. I hope she washed her hands first!
We have so many good pubs in the New Forest that pub staff have to go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

It was okay but I will drive past and will be in no great rush to eat there again.

It may be that the new owners are still sorting out the pub and I'm sure holidaymakers will love the fact that dogs are allowed. It is a very old pub inside but they just need to improve the décor and atmosphere. The food on other tables looked good with decent portions and well cooked.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Middle of the road”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

We only dropped in for a quick drink and a light lunch, and it was quite late too (about 3:00pm).
Pretty quiet in there and not much atmosphere - one of those pubs where there is nothing particular to dislike but no compelling reason to return.......
Quite a good sized garden at the rear which would be fine for children

Visited April 2013
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“Dreadful.”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Whilst on a short break in the New Forest we cycled to the Crown Stirrup as we had done a year before. We went expecting the same level of service and quality of food as we had previously had, obviously should have read the reviews on here first.
Anyway the food was dreadful, microwaved and overpriced, the beer was cloudy and expensive and the pub was dirty!
To be fair at least the garden was as we remembered it! No wonder it was quiet! If the pub carries on like this it won't last long which would be a shame as it could be good again.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Jackene
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“Rip Off”
Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

After reading the recent reviews we were really excited about visiting this pub!
Stay away we wish we had! There was only 3 other customers in the pub when we arrived whom I presume we're locals. One of which was clearly drink and swearing loudly in the bar area.
Anyway it was lovely weather so we ordered and sat outside! The food arrived in less than 10 minutes and was clearly microwaved! However not microwave prices!
Small portions, tasteless food, the most expensive of the 4 pubs we visited and the most unwelcoming!
Stay away!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Sarashep
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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“Good food & atmosphere”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Have only been to the Crown Stirrup twice but have loved it both times, the first time was for a car club breakfast meet and had the best bacon roll ever, but on the second visit also for a car club breakfast meet had a full breakfast which was divine, can wait for the evening meet which is coming up in May, this such a friendly pub and eating house I would recommended it to anyone, just get there early though as the parking is a bit limited.

  • Visited April 2013
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