Pennington

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Located between open forest and the shoreline, the lively village of Pennington offers a good array of shops (and four pubs!), and is well positioned for exploring the beautiful New Forest and the stunning South Coast beyond.

About Pennington

Located between open forest and the shoreline, Pennington is a perfect village to stay for exploring the area. The village has a good array of shops including a Tesco Express, One Stop Convenience Store with Post Office, bakery, butchers and pharmacy. The village also has a petrol station and Church. If you fancy having a takeaway back to your cottage, there are plenty of options including a Chinese, fish and chips and Indian takeaway. There are more amenities in Pennington’s neighbouring town Lymington, only a mile and a half away.

There are four good pubs in Pennington. If you just fancy a drink, try The Wheel Inn. Originally a blacksmith’s workshop, it was converted back in the 1800s to a quaint country pub. The Musketeer is a popular haunt with locals who enjoy well-kept beer and good, honest pub food. The pub often has live music, quiz and theme nights. The White Hart is a wonderful 200-year-old traditional Inn, with a solid reputation for hearty portions of well cooked, delicious food. You’ll find huge log fires flickering in the winter months and a large sunny beer garden in the summer. The pub holds regular quiz nights and hosts its own beer and cider festival. The picturesque Chequers pub dates from the 16th Century, inside you’ll see the pub has kept its strong nautical links. They offer fabulous seasonal food with a great selection of real ales and wines. Live bands often play at weekends during the summer on the outside patio.

Whilst in Pennington, you should make a visit to Vibrant Forest Brewery. This little microbrewery has a shop and small bar, where you can come for a tipple of their gorgeous creations and sample beers before you buy. 

There are plenty of events that take place in the village including a village fete, a fun fayre and beer and cider festivals. The circus comes every year followed by fireworks night and Christmas fayre with real reindeer!

Pennington is surrounded by some superb walks and cycle routes which take in woodland, open fields, marshlands, rivers, hedgerows, streams and Lymington Nature Reserve deemed an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

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More Than a Tour
(Less than a mile)

Founded by people who are passionate about the beauty and preservation of the New Forest and surrounding area, More Than a Tour brings you a range of all inclusive New Forest tours, designed to show you around just as they would a friend.  Walk, kayak and explore on a tailor made trip whether you’re looking for adrenaline, culture, history, or a mix of everything.

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St Barbe Museum
(Less than a mile)

St Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. The hands-on displays provide a fascinating journey of discovery for all ages, charting Lymington’s development as a market town and port and looking at the smugglers and boat builders who have used the Solent shore. The art galleries host an exclusive programme of exhibitions that regularly works on loan from national and regional collections.

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Really interesting small museum packed with information and an exceptional display in the art gallery

October 2018


Extremely interesting museum, enjoyed the art,. Very welcoming reception and good cafe. I fully recommend a visit

June 2018


Hermit Charters
(2 miles)

On a skippered Luxury Flybridge Motor Boat, Hermit Charters gives you the opportunity to take a small party of friends on a luxury experience on the water without breaking the bank.  For families or private parties, it’s a delightful way to head out fishing to catch bass, plaice, black bream or needles cod, or simply to enjoy the view from the water.  You can even take the family dog on board!

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Escape Yachting
(2 miles)

Offering you a chance to explore the Solent like never before, Escape Yachting is a luxurious opportunity to get out on the water on charters, day trips, corporate events and group getaways run by an experienced team who pay careful attention to detail.

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Puffin Cruises
(2 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!

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The White Hart
(Less than a mile)

An endearing 200-year-old inn which welcomes families and dogs. A great place for a drink or bite to eat. You’ll find a selection of excellent real ales and drinks which can be taken outside to a large, pretty beer garden, equipped with big play area for the youngsters. If it’s a nippy, inside is a huge log fire to keep you warm and toasty. Food at The White Heart is really good, with menus offering some exciting alternatives to the usual pub classics. 

The White Hart (T: 01590 673495) 17 Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 8DF 

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The White Hart wasn’t as bury as expected when we visited on Friday night. The staff were very friendly, the food was delicious with generous portions and a decent price. We would definitely eat here again.

October 2018


The Musketeer
(Less than a mile)

A friendly informal pub with open fires and outdoor seating. The Musketeer stocks a good selection of real ale, cider, wines and spirits. A pleasant spot to stop off for a drink although they do serve staple food such as curries, soups and sandwiches. Dogs welcome.

The Musketeer (T: 01590 676527) 26 North St, Lymington SO41 8FZ 

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The Mayflower
(Less than a mile)

A large, stylish gastro pub with coastal views and a sunny garden for al fresco dining.  Commited to all things British and local, the menu is full of excellent local and seasonal fare accompanied by locally sourced ales and quality wines and spirits.  

The Mayflower (T: 01590 672160) Lymington SO41 3QD

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We called in here on our first night , and not expecting too much the whole family had one of the most enjoyable meals we have ever had. My daughters can be quite fussy but this time no complaints at all. Helpful staff ,thank you

September 2018


Great pub right on the marina, fantastic for kids with a big garden out front with a wooden climbing gym and play area. Highly recommend when the weather is nice and especially if you have kids. Food was very nice and they even made breakfast solely for us when we arrived a bit late one morning and they'd already stopped service. Very appreciated!

July 2017


The Fisherman's Rest - Lymington
(Less than a mile)

Once a popular haunt for smugglers, the clientele are a bit less rowdy at the Fisherman’s rest these days and come to enjoy the friendly atmosphere, good food and real ales.  Choose from a menu of well-cooked pub classics to enjoy inside in the dining room or outside on the terrace.   

The Fishermans Rest (T: 01590 670754) Lymington SO41 8FD

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We went 3 or 4 times during our stay in Lymington. It's a very welcoming little pub with a small but very nice outside area. Kids are welcome and the food is fantastic. Possibly the best burger I've ever eaten! Would definitely recommend.

July 2017


We enjoyed an early evening meal at thus pub. It was very convenient to our cottage. Everything was lovely. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The food delicious and the wine list pretty reasonable too. The ambience was good. It's a pretty traditional pub in its decor and that is meant to be positive because it helped create a very warm, comfortable and inviting environment. We will definitely return if we come back to Lymington.

June 2017


The Chequers Inn
(Less than a mile)

Popular with walkers due to its location to the salt marshes and sea wall, just outside Lymington. This is a pretty 16th Century pub with stove to warm you up in the winter and veritable sun trap in the walled garden in the summer months. Food here is really good. You’ll find familiar pub favourites alongside an exciting specials board, making the most out of local produce. Check out the great selection of real ales and don’t miss live music on summer weekends. 

The Chequers (T: 01590 673415) Lymington SO41 8AH

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friendly staff quick service and good atmosphere.

September 2018


A great pub. We stopped by for a drink during our bike ride. We arrived a little early before opening time! The landlord was very helpful and friendly. Beautiful garden at the rear, not to be missed.

September 2017


A very homely, characterful sort of pub. Very big if you include the two marquees on either side of the pub where they have big screen TVs to watch sport. We went early on a Saturday morning to watch a Lions test and they were so well set up. Coffee mugs and big flasks on the bar, help yourself at £2 a cup, plus bacon rolls at half time. Very impressed! Food is touch and go but on the whole not bad. Definitely worth a visit.

July 2017


Milford on Sea
(3 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
(5 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
(7 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
(9 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


Lepe Beach
(10 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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