Sitting outside with an ice-cold beer, a glass of the sharpest cider or a cheeky prosecco – and something lovely to eat - is the summer dream.

Here are some of the best New Forest places to live it!

The Trusty Servant…perfect for groups

Tucked into the village of Minstead, the Trusty Servant is a great place to meet if there’s a few of you joining up. With easy access from the A31, they have a huge back garden with plenty of tables, real ales, and a menu featuring yummy Lyburn cheese soufflé, Philadelphia pizza, and breakfast panini.

The Bell Inn…perfect for lunch out

There’s plenty of outdoor space at this inn with rooms near Bramshaw in the forest’s north. If it’s snacks you’re wanting, try their pork scratchings with apple and ginger sauce, or their freshly-baked sourdough with marinated olives. They also do Lymington crab.

The Royal Oak at Hilltop…perfect for local food and a walk in the forest

The Royal Oak happily welcome muddy wellies from walks in the forest, and even horse riders with 5 horse corrals outside! Head out to the flowery sun-trapped garden out the back and enjoy some delicious food & a refreshing drink from the enticing menu.


The New Forest Inn – perfect for relaxing in a secluded garden

Go Al Fresco at The New Forest Inn! With a gorgeous covered terrace and a large secret garden, it’s the best place to be. You won’t be stuck for choice on what to eat or drink with their amazing local menus, including their popular New Forest Chicken stack and Ringwood Ale Battered Fish & Chips!