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The Hare and Hounds – The Local Pub

01590 682404

The closest.  Only short walk away at the top of the road.  Serving a very good range of traditional English meals including daily specials.  Food served form 12 to 9:30 Monday to Saturday.  Sunday roasts are served from 12:30 to 9pm.  Will get busy on holiday weekends and need to book..  Children’s play area in the garden.   

The Silver Hind

Station Road, Sway, SO41 6BA - 01590 683900

A family friendly Restaurant and Village Inn that in the middle of the Sway, that also offers a takeaway!  Pub is small.  Restaurant is consistently good.  Particularly good roasts.  Christmas menu was excellent.  Again it would be advisable to book, especially during the holidays.  Takeaways include Pizza, Fish and chips and Burgers all cooked to order form the Chefs own recipes if you are late home from the beach yet fancy eating in.

Brockenhurst Restaurants and Takeaways

  • Dynasty Indian Cuisine 01590 624088
  • China Chef 01590 623731
  • Rainbow Fish Bar 01590 622747

The Mill at Gordleton

Silver Street, Hordle, SO41 6DJ - 01590 682219
With its lovely restaurant overlooking the river, arrive early, as tables outside cannot be booked!  The chefs pride themselves on making everything they can onsite including soups, bread, sauces, ice creams and puddings using locally sourced ingredients where possible

The Filly Inn 

Hearty walk across the Setley Plain to the Filly Inn, real ales and tempting food all with a warm welcome.

Further Afield

You are spoilt for choice as long if you don’t mind a short drive.  Here are some of our favourites, starting local, finishing with Bournemouth and Southampton if you’re striking out further.

The Pig 

Brockenhurst.  Quite high end.  Absolutely rave reviews all over the press:  now very well known and popular.  Book ahead.  Up market brasserie style specialising in local produce. 

Lime Wood

Lyndhurst.  High end.  We never understood how delicious Tarte Tatin can be until we had a proper one here.

Pebble Beach

Barton-on-Sea.  Very good menu and always some interesting unusual wine on the wine list.  Particularly good sea food choices though plenty of non-fish choices too.  Fairly large and typically quite busy.


Milford-on-Sea.  Personal favourite.  Tiny restaurant, only about ten tables.  Intimate, friendly and delicious.  Very seafood orientated – the front entrance is a fish monger where you can buy fresh fish and shellfish – but has some other choices too.  The tasting menu is always superb – who would have thought liquorice sorbet with homemade sherbet could be so good?  Great for a romantic meal.

The Marine 

Milford-on-Sea.  Big, bold white building right on the beach.  Made national news on Valentine’s Night 2013 when the sea got far too close and the wind was outrageous.  The Army had to be called to evacuate diners who were being battered by stones picked off the beach by the wind and hurled in through the windows!
Choice of eating:  wholesome, tasty café type food on the ground floor or restaurant fare on the first floor.  Benefit of upstairs is outstanding views of the Isle of Wight.  Family friendly throughout.

The Raft 

Milford-on-Sea.  Brasserie style restaurant and bar.  Good food and good atmosphere too.  Family friendly.

The White Buck

Bisterne Close, Burley, BH24 4AT -  01425 402264
A great place to lunch if you arrive to the forest early.  Best pub in Burley by a mile these days, so best to book.  Big place but will be busy in summer. Recently renovated and now feels quite upmarket, but still very New Forest.  Food normally excellent.  Good menu with range of local food.  Large garden with children’s play area.  Directions:

  • Head for Burley
  • Look for Bisterne Close on the right about a mile before you get to village – if you get to the golf course, you have gone too far
  • Turn into Bisterne Close.  The pub is 200 yards on the left.

The Kings Head

1 Quay Hill Lymington SO41 3AR
Bottom of the high Street in this busy town pub, traditional pub feel.  Good food, roaring fires.

The Mayflower 

King’s Saltern Road, Near Lymington Yacht Club SO41 3QD
Big pub, busy in summer.  Very good garden for eating out.  Wholesome pub style menu.

Lanes of Lymington Restaurant and Bar

01590 672777

An exceptional restaurant tucked away offer romantic and exceptional, yet affordable dining to suit all tastes.

Rivaaz Indian Lymington

01590 67999, 7 St Thomas Street
Stylish contemporary Indian restaurant. Excellent Indian food, beautifully presented.  Only a bit pricier than an average Indian, but well worth it.  

The Oak Inn 

Pinkney Lane, Bank, near Lyndhurst, SO43 7FD
As New Forest as it gets.  Bank is a tiny village just this side of Lyndhurst (so you don’t have to brave Lyndhurst traffic to get there) and the Oak is a very traditional feeling pub with low ceilings, local food and outside seating for the summer.  Great starting or finishing point for a Forest walk or maybe a cycle on mountain bikes to Brockenhurst and back.  Directions:

  • Head for Lyndhurst on the A35
  • A mile before Lyndhurst, turn sharp right into Pinkney’s Lane, signposted Bank
  • The pub is on the right as you enter the village

The Beach Hut 

Hengistbury Head/Mudeford.  Hengistbury Head is where you can buy your own beach hut if you have more than £200,000 to spare.  We rent (!) and when we’re there we cook for ourselves.  But if you’re visiting for the day and haven’t taken a picnic, the Beach Hut restaurant is very good.  Get there by ferry from Mudeford Quay or walk in from Hengistbury Head car park.

The Noisy Lobster

Located on Avon Beach in Mudeford.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   BH23 4AN 01425 272 162

Chewton Glen

New Milton.  Very high end.  Very good of that’s what you like.

Fish and chips 

Sometimes nothing else will do.  You can find decent fish and chips locally in Brockenhurst in a parade of shops set back on the on the left as you head out of the High Street towards the station.  Best fish and chips for miles though is in Stanpit, on the road between Mudeford and Christchurch.  This can be the perfect end to a day on the beach.  Turn left out of Mudeford Quay, Stanpit Fish and Chips is about a mile on the left.  You’ll find it when you see the queueing locals.  It changed hands a couple of years ago, but so far has maintained its quality.


Lymington.  Standard format and family friendly.  If you like that kind of thing, this is the closest.  There’s another Prezzo in Lyndhurst, another in Ringwood and yet another in Christchurch.


Many restaurants to choose from.  Two sister restaurants that stand out are both called Kuti’s – one is a Thai down near the docks and one is an Indian on Oxford Street.  Both worth visiting if you are in Southampton for any reason.  The Thai has two floors:  downstairs buffet is ok, but the a la carte upstairs is very good.  The Indian food in Kuti’s on Oxford Street is absolutely excellent.


Again, many to choose from.  Two that stand out near the pier are Aruba; large restaurant at the pier, standard brasserie fare, but family friendly, efficient and great location; Westbeach, just along the promenade to the right of the pier as you look out to sea, beautifully presented excellent food – especially the sea food specials and great atmosphere being right on the beach.


The house is beautiful and the beds are so comfortable that we all slept better than at home!
The Buxton Family

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