A beautiful market town surrounded by outstanding natural beauty; this world renowned sailing resort, retaining the flavour of a Georgian river town, must be one of the loveliest towns in the country.
Set in the heart of the New Forest, amid some of the loveliest unspoilt heath and woodland in the area; newcomers are often surprised to find themselves walking along village streets with ponies, cattle or donkeys!
Meaning “wooded hill growing with lime trees” you may imagine William the Conquerer galloping across the heathland and you are sure to find Alice in this wonderland-the capital town of the New Forest.
This beautiful and picturesque village is abundant with fantastic things to do and see from the world-renowned National Motor Museum to the spectacular Abbey and gardens.
Come and discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a spit. Commanding the entrance to the Solent, Hurst Castle offers one of the best views in England. It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries. With plenty of open space for children to explore and fantastic views of the Isle of the Wight from the top of the Tudor keep, Hurst Castle is a great day out for the whole family.
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Delightful castle to roam around with breathtaking views of Isle of Wight. Lots to look at and enough stairs, tunnels and exhibitions to keep the children interested for a couple of hours. The ferry ride over wasn't too long either - about 15 minutes.
Very enjoyable visit to Hurst Castle. We had a return trip on the ferry. Lovely views to the Isle of Wight.
This pub is thought to be the oldest pub in the New Forest, and it is believed to have been serving drinks since the 11th century! Today it makes for a cosy spot to refuel when enjoying some of the beautiful walks around the picturesque village of Pilley, in the heart of the New Forest.
The Fleur de Lys (T: 01590 672158) Lymington SO41 5QG
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Lovely pub - we visited twice during the week for a light lunch. The food was good and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Lovely Sunday roast
Excellent foodie pub, very friendly, exceptional food, do not miss the lamb - stunning!
Fantastic food, cosy interior and friendly staff - we went there on 3 occasions during our week's stay
A smart and stylish riverside restaurant surrounded by beautiful ‘Art Gardens’ full of stunning flowers, sculptures and art exhibits. Take a stroll through the gardens then sit down and enjoy a menu brimming with beautifully presented seasonal local produce, along with dedicated gluten free, vegetarian and children’s menus.
Gordleton Mill (T: 01590 682219) Lymington SO41 6DJ
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We recently enjoyed Sunday lunch at The Mill with friends. Despite arriving early we were made to feel very welcome choosing to be taken to our table on arrival of the whole group. The food was amazing and of ample portion size - the roast beef in particular melted in the mouth. There was a good choice of desserts - the cheesecake and also the crème brulee can be recommended. The live music added ambience to the experience without infringing on the conversation. The staff were polite, friendly and attentive. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Mill and would certainly return when holidaying in the area in the future.
Really nice place, gardens are good fun with the kids and something different that's free... meal was really nice, servers really friendly, although we did have to chase a couple of things, thoroughly enjoyable lunch
The Crown is a lovely village pub with pretty, outdoor beer garden. Inside, it’s cosy with traditional wood beams, brasses, low ceilings, nooks and crannies. Service is welcoming, fast and friendly, and there’s a good selection of unusual wine, lagers and well-kept ales. Food here is absolutely delicious, consistently winning rave reviews from both locals and visitors. Dog friendly.
The Crown Inn (T: 01590 642655) Everton SO41 0JJ
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Loved this pub, we went for a Sunday lunch and were very accommodating for us. Loved the food and went back again later in the week for a spontaneous lunch, again same level of superb service. Would highly recommend.
Good food and friendly, shame about opening hours still being limited and shutting early in the evening.
Low beams, horse brasses and a crackling log fire can be found in this 15th century gem! Outside is a large and spacious beer garden, just perfect to sip on a pint of delicious local ale, larger or wine. Menus change according to season, and daily specials boards highlight local game, vegetables and seafood. Dog friendly.
The Red Lion, (T: 01590 673177) Boldre SO41 8NE
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The food was good and staff friendly but there were no high chairs available for my 2 year old grandson
As far as we're concerned, this is the best pub in the Forest. A really snug, typical and 'pubby' pub with good food, good staff and good beer! Definetely worth a visit!
Excellent service, food plentiful, lots of choice on menu and very tasty. Highly recommended
Very friendly. Food was excellent, sorry to have missed Friday Pie night, hopefully it will still be on when we return
One of the nicest pubs in the New Forest. Had a fantastic meal with wonderful beer, all set in a wonderful cosy atmosphere. Will definitely be back next year.
Overlooking the pretty town quay in Lymington, this relaxed, friendly café serves delicious artisan coffee and homemade cakes, as well as healthy smoothie bowls and Buddha bowls - all made with fresh, local produce. Open Tuesday - Sunday.
Coffee & Drift (T: 01590 678287) Town Quay, Lymington SO41 3ET
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This was an efficient and friendly local coffee shop. Great location and tasty fresh cakes
A lovely place on the quayside to enjoy coffee and cake with friendly, helpful staff.
Lovely spot for coffee.
Great coffee, excellent service.