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.
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