East End

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East End is a small peaceful hamlet to the south of the New Forest, nestled in picturesque rural landscape, yet just 10 minute's from the coastal town of Lymington.

About East end

Surrounded by open forest, yet only a mile to the Solent Shoreline, the hamlet of East End encapsulates the serenity of a New Forest holiday. The rural beauty of this part of the forest is quite stunning, offering peace and relaxation throughout the year - even in the height of summer. There are endless walks and tracks for cycling through the woods, past ponds and streams frequented by free roaming ponies, donkeys, cattle and the odd pig or two. The coast is a fabulous spot to spend some time and offers glorious views to the Isle of Wight.

The closest shop is in the next village – East Boldre. For more shops and supermarkets, the pretty Georgian marine town of Lymington is just 4 miles away. You won’t have to get in the car for a wonderful meal though, The East End Arms owned by John Illsley of the Dire Straits is a short walk away. It’s a friendly pub with superb food and drinks.

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Walhampton Golf Course
(3 miles)

A nine hole golf course in a tranquil New Forest setting, Walhampton Golf Course is an informal environment with a friendly clubhouse.  The accessible links course welcomes all ages and abilities to take part on the course with green fees starting at £12.50 for visitors.

http://www.walhamptongolf.org.uk

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Hatchet Pond Course Fishing
(3 miles)

Fishing is a popular pastime in the New Forest, and at Hatchet Pond Course Fishing, open seasonally, it’s your chance to fish for Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp, Pike, Pearch, Eels and Rudd.  You can buy day or weekly tickets from £7.25 a day.  Turn up and enjoy in peace and quiet.

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Lymington Sea Water Baths
(3 miles)

A vital summer attraction in this famous town, the Lymington Sea Water Baths have been welcoming visitors since 1833.  These days the options are a little more varied with water sports including kayaking, paddle boarding, aqua jousting, zorbing and children’s splash pools all available.  There is a cafe on site, all necessary facilities and entry prices depend on the activities you want to take part in.

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Puffin Cruises
(3 miles)

Puffin Cruises in Lymington is a fun and exciting way to explore this part of the world and see its natural beauty from the water, whether you’re merely enjoying the ferry service, taking a 30 minute river cruise or opting for an hour long picnic or sunset cruise - there’s something for every mood.  Trips run daily from the town’s historic quay, weather permitting!

http://www.puffincruiseslymington.com/#box1

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Hurst Point Yacht Charters
(3 miles)

Offering you a coastal experience from Lymington and Hamble, Hurst Point Yacht Charters give you a five star service on the Solent, navigating the marinas and quays and taking you to beautiful bays or creeks such as Newtown and Wootten - perfect for dropping anchor and sipping cocktails in the sun.

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East End Arms
(Less than a mile)

A really friendly pub bought by John Illsley, bass guitarist of Dire Straits in 1990. It’s still very much a local pub to pop in for a drink with the villagers. The pub wins well deserved rave reviews for its superb food, well-kept ales, wines and lovely staff.

East End Arms (T: 01590 626223) Main Road, East End, SO41 5SY 

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Really good pub with pricing along metropolitan 'gastropub' lines - backed up by the quality of the food and surroundings. The weather for our stay was perfect so we could sit in the garden with our dog for our meals. On a rainy day it wouldn't have been so comfortable as the bar (the only other places dogs are allowed) is only tiny.

July 2018


Great lunchtime treat with reasonable kids menu and lovely grown up food. Home made ice cream went down very well too.

November 2017


Always excellent choice and calibre of food each time we have visited.

July 2017


Friendly pub, always busy. Not so good if you have a dog - they are welcome but space is limited. Luckily we had good weather & sat in the garden. The food was excellent & staff friendly.

June 2017


The Turfcutters Arms
(2 miles)

A traditional New Forest pub with roaring fires in winter and with a large pub garden for the warmer months complete with children’s play area.  Well known locally for serving up outstanding food at reasonable prices along with a good selection of real ales and other drinks.  Dogs welcome. 

The Turfcutters Arms (T: 01590 612331) East Boldre SO42 7WL

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We ate here on our first night in the New Forest. We booked in advance but it was not too busy. The menu is typical pub food but of a good standard. The vegetarian 'Homity' pie was appreciated by one of our party. Staff were friendly. The pub is an easy walk from the cottage.

August 2018


What a gem of a pub! Lovely people, lovely food!

July 2018


A lovely 'local' with good food, great selection of ales and a friendly owner / manager and staff. They even had dog biscuits for our hound!

July 2018


A good honest pub with good cider and a good range of meals on offer.

June 2018


Excellent food a great pub and helpful staff.

March 2018


Excellent

January 2018


Great dog friendly pub. Staff / landlord were super accommodating and lovely atmosphere at weekend. Fish and chip takeaway was excellent value along with the other food on the menu.

October 2017


We had a lovely evening meal at the Turfcutters - proper home made food in a real country inn - brilliant!

August 2017


This is a lovely pub! The staff are very friendly, food is good honest pub food, with some lovely 'specials' available too. Very dog friendly!!! A must visit for anyone staying close by! Will visit again next time we're in the area.

June 2017


Great pub, friendly staff and in the heart of the New Forest. Make sure you plan a visit and enjoy the garden, food and a few drinks

April 2017


Walhampton Arms
(3 miles)

A big, bright and spacious free house serving a good selection of well-kept real ales, wines and spirits. A popular haunt for the locals, who gather for the notorious daily carvery.  There’s a main menu with all the usual dishes, or pick from the Specials Board which showcases local produce.

Walhampton Arms (T: 01590 673113) Walhampton Hill, Lymington SO41 5RE 

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Very friendly staff. Child friendly. Large portions. Serve food all day. Have high chairs.

December 2017


The Ferryman
(3 miles)

The Ferryman is a stylish country pub situated on the far side of Lymington's harbour, on the edge of the New Forest, with a good choice of well-priced food served from either a fixed priced lunchtime menu or a la carte. Vegetarians will be glad to hear there’s also a menu just for them. Dogs welcome.

The Ferryman (T: 01590 672517) Lymington SO41 5SB

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We stayed in the Lymington area during August, and enjoyed our visits to the Ferryman. A couple of excellent meals, along with numerous visits for the odd G&T! Staff extremely friendly and helpful.

August 2018


Do not go there if you have to be somewhere else to bewithin the hour as the service was very very slow (and that was on a quiet day). However, all off the staff were very friendly, and very helpful.

June 2018


A lovely bar and a welcomed stop for refreshments following our IOW ferry trip.

April 2017


The Fleur de Lys
(3 miles)

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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Fantastic food, cosy interior and friendly staff - we went there on 3 occasions during our week's stay

January 2018


Lepe Beach
(6 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Milford on Sea
(7 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Barton on Sea
(9 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(10 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(13 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018

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