With an array of pubs and restaurants offering a warm and comforting refuge after a busy day of exploring, you’ll be spoilt for choice at where to head first. Many walking and cycling routes include a variety of pub pit stops, and there are plenty of unmissable spots located just outside of the forest for those looking to venture further afield.
This thatched 17th-century inn, which welcomes you with its cosy and comforting ambience, offers award-winning cask ales and irresistibly inviting food. In the warmer months, head to the terrace or garden lawn, where you can take in the gorgeous countryside… and spot a pony or two! Horse owners are more than welcome to bring them along, as they can be tethered with a refreshing bucket of water. For those up for a bit of traditional and competitive fun, there’s a pantaque court next door.
Contact number: 01425 672232
For those looking to travel a bit further afield and catch a glimpse of Christchurch’s glittering harbour, The Boathouse offers panoramic views of the Quay, River Stour and the marshes. Serving an array of dishes and refreshments, from coffees to three-course meals, this is the perfect place to enjoy the best views of Christchurch. With a crazy golf course, The Boathouse is the ideal place to bring the family for some post-exploring fun.
Sun – Thurs 9 am – 9 pm,
Fri – Sat 9 am – 10 pm
Contact number: 01202 480033
Nestled within Christchurch’s characteristic high street, Koh Noi is just moments from the stunning harbour. Serving the rich flavours of Thai cuisine, as well as mouth-watering cocktails and beers, Koh Noi offers world-class dining in an authentic, yet unpretentious, manner. Their complete dining experience, which pays close attention to every minor detail, ensures unbeatable service with every visit.
Opening times: 12 – 3pm, 5:30 – 10pm,
Contact number: 01202 477923
Situated in the heart of Ringwood, a historic and charismatic town located not far from the New Forest, Koh Thai boasts a relaxed, yet sophisticated, approach to Thai cuisine. With its bar-lounge atmosphere and al fresco dining area, Koh Thai offers all of the charms of the New Forest and delectable dining all in one.
Mon 5:30 – 10pm,
Tues – Thurs 12 – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm,
Fri 12 – 3pm, 5:30 – 10:30pm,
Contact number: 01425 471717
If you’re a lover of fine wines, craft beers and speciality spirits, The Cave is an unmissable spot to add to your New Forest Glamping trip. As well as offering only the most exceptional drinks menu, The Cave is known for serving deliciously irresistible tapas to satisfy your rumbling tums after a busy day exploring.
Located opposite the Milford on Sea Village Green, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome from their friendly staff. From fine dining and specialist wines to beers, spirits, and coffee, The Cave has it all.
Tues – Sat 12 – 11pm,
Sun 12 – 10pm,
Contact number: 01590 642195