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“Excellent lunchtime pint”
Review of Royal Oak Pub

Royal Oak Pub
Ranked #1 of 1 Nightlife in Lyndhurst
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I popped into the Royal Oak a couple of days ago, not for the first time. Customers were a mixture of (slightly horsey) locals, visitors, and old codgers playing dominoes. Drinking and eating areas surround a straight bar; one room has an open fire; there is also a marquee and garden. The pub keeps an excellent selection of real ales, served by gravity; my pint cost £2.90, good value for the New Forest. Food looked appetising, with a speciality of locally sourced ingredients.

Well worth the effort of leaving the A31 or taking country roads from Ringwood. Not for nothing has the pub featured in many editions of the Good Beer Guide.

3  Thank saffronsBournemouth
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Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

We went to this pub for lunch as it was recommended by the owner of the cottage we were staying in. The food was delicious, locally sourced and excellent value.

I had a pork pie with salad and coleslaw and my wife had the soft cheese ploughman's made from local soft cheese.

The menu is pretty much limited to a selection of ploughman's, pork pies and sausages, but this really didn't matter as this is what we fancied and as I said, was delightful.

The pub had a fine selection of real ales, from which I chose the plum ale which was delicious.

The service was excellent, and the welcome was very warm from both the staff and locals, 2 of whom who kindly invited us to share their table as the pub was full.

It's the kind if pub that gets you thinking about how nice it would be to live nearby and have it as your local. It would be a wonderful place to spend a lazy afternoon, sampling the many ales, sitting by one of the two log fires whilst chatting with friends and locals about life and their dogs, but alas with a 1 year old in tow this wasn't to be on this occasion.

2  Thank GST2003
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We found this pub by chance as we were taking the dogs for a walk at the nearby pond, just through the woods and forest.

We decided to stop for lunch and were not disappointed, the no chips or sandwiches policy suited us and encourages people to try the excellent home-made and local produce.

The sausage roll, quiche and pork pie were superb and the cheese and ham ploughmans was also lovely. Couldn't fault the meal despite its simplicity. The Real Ale chutney was delicious.

Unfortunately the pub doesn't take card which was initially a little frustrating. The manager however allowed me to pay by cheque by return of post - a very trusting gesture and very refreshing to see someone take this attitude rather than turn away business.

Excellent pub with great selection of real ales, good food, a fantastic location for walking and warm hospitality. Would certainly recommend.

2  Thank N1VBN
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

This tiny pub is a great find, right in the heart of the New Forest. The pub itself is small and fairly basic but that all adds to its attraction. The limited menu provides wonderful home made food. A nice place to relax over lunch after a strenuous walk in the nearby forest.

2  Thank petite100
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Have visited this gem of a pub on many occasions. A good selection of real ales and lovely home-made food, using fresh locally sourced produce. There are a couple of specials on t he menu each day. The ploughman's is a goodie. A standard of excellence that most other pubs might usefully emulate, and at reasonable prices.

The pub is small, although there is a large garden, so arrive early as it can get crowded quickly. Nice location in the New Forest.

Best of British. Highly recommended.

3  Thank chemistatlarge
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