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King Rufus, Eling

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Recently re-opened under the stewardship of new owners Ray & Philipa Goold, as a pub,tea room and gallery. The decor is light and airy and decorated with the landlady's paintings. She also painted the new pub sign.
Hours are Thursday to Sunday 11am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm, closed Monday to Wednesday.
Serving Shepherd Neame beers with Whitstable Bay and Spitfire Gold on hand pump.
When I visited there was only tea and cakes offered in the way of food, but as the venture progresses the plan is to sell a wider range.
The garden, in the rear, is currently a 'work in progress' , with recently constructed raised beds.
jbsjazzer - 6 Jul 2016 14:00
The King Rufus shut several months ago.... The nearby Village Bells also closed and is now a house.

The Anchor in Eling shut for a short period and is now open again & very nice too.
Surreysmyler - 8 Nov 2015 10:10
Visited in March (bit slow on updating my reviews!) - this is a nice traditional boozer. There were not many people in there this Sunday lunchtime. Friendly landlord, nice layout, I had a few pints of a Hydes of Manchester seasonal beer in good condition.

There is another pub directly opposite! 7/10.
Old_King_Cole - 25 Jul 2011 20:51
this Is the best local pub gary who looks after the celler knows what hes up to and produces great beer with 3 geust ales this ones a must no juke boxes or fruit machines or pool tables its out of the way but get down there also great food with hell of a range
blackbess - 16 Jan 2011 16:37
a good ale pub thought i have noticed the food is not as it once was, though its still better than some others in the local area
Another60skid - 30 Jul 2009 21:49
Went here for a Sunday Lunch just after Christmas. Although the Ale was as good as ever, the old adage ' familiarity breeds contempt ' springs to mind. Won't be returning anytime soon.
dotball - 10 May 2009 13:04
Friendly staff and pretty good food (Sunday Roast) the vegetarian nut roast was also rated highly by the 3 vegetarians in the group. There was (see other review) a smell of fried food / chip fat when we went in but it wasn't too bad.
pgh - 7 Sep 2008 19:29
Were recommended to go but why I have yet to fathom. The locals seemed a happy bunch as did the numerous dogs. Felt like interlopers as we inched our way to a table with the regulars most put out as they made way for us. The bar person was positively surly. A pleasant but uninspiring lunch. Can't remember how good the beer was. A pub for locals - nothing wrong with that and a good thing - but some don't have a pub within walking distance. Perhaps we chose a bad day?
hoppie - 15 Feb 2008 14:46
lovely atmosphere and been there plenty of times after cricket and also with my GF. 4 Ales ALWAYS well kept and a varied,tasty Menu.Sunday Lunchtimes are very popular,so call to book.Recommend it to everybody!
dotball - 26 Jul 2007 19:02
good beers
loveadrink - 7 Apr 2007 21:43
Good range of beers and nice staff but unfortunately pub smells of chip fat,we spent time having a few drinks but left smelling very strange I dont think the chip fat has been changed in the fryer in a while. Shame really otherwise good pub.
housewifefav - 7 Apr 2007 21:16
Nice little pub great for a quiet drink after a brisk walk up the hill. Friendly staff with a good selection of ales (hubby liked them)good food too. Well worth the walk.
Momcat - 6 Feb 2007 23:39
Beer ok d'int try food worth a detour
Earlie - 1 Jan 2007 17:09
Usually has 4 real ales. Always Ringwood (can't have everything) and 3 guest ales. Worth a visit. Welcoming atmosphere
saintnick - 1 Jan 2007 12:38
This is a quaint little pub on the edge of the New Forest in quiet surroundings.It serves good ales (always at least 4 guest real ales),it also serves good food(with the home cooked touch),all served by very friendly staff,have been going there for years,well recommended.
Rickywallis - 13 Dec 2006 08:07
possibly you may have been rude yourself mr or mrs ANON this is agreat local pub with great staff allways friendly GREAT BEER AND GREAT FOOD
blackbess - 5 Dec 2006 20:24
The staff certainly didn't seem rude when I visited. For a small out of the way pub, there was a good selection of real ales too. Four different ones: Eden project bitter, Thwaites bomber, Ringwood bitter and one other (summer lightning?). Excellent quality beer, well worth a visit. Didn't try the food, but that looked excellent too.
MonkeyHanger1968 - 25 Aug 2006 08:38
The staff in this pub were so rude we left.
anonymous - 14 Mar 2006 08:45
Not that easy to find unless you know the area. A traditional pub with scrummy food and its right opposite another boozer which we did not visit.
Ryan - 1 Aug 2004 06:29

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