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Fisherman's Rest, Lymington

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user reviews of the Fisherman's Rest, Lymington

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Lunch for 4. Beer was excellent, well stored and good pipes. Food was very usual. The Sunday "roast" menu was pretty huge on the plate and just because it is not listed does not mean the chef cannot produce it! All in all a very good excursion out of a rainy day.
plumbpudding - 3 Oct 2010 18:23
Had dinner here tonight and it was enjoyed by most of out party.
Very small dining area which can feel a bit cramped if all the tables are occupied. However the atmosphere is very cosy and friendly.

Seemed to be understaffed though there were 3 women on front of house and there aren't really that many tables.

Food was well presented but my main criticism is the lack of vegetarian food. There was only one vegetarian option of blue cheese risotto which did not appeal.

However, if you like upmarket dishes such as lobster thermidore or sea bass then you will enjoy eating here.
skbarron - 20 Feb 2010 22:39
I agree with the comments made by forcam. We only pop in for a 'Seafarers' these days. The interior is nice - nautical bits and bobs. The staff are friendly. A pub I have visited on and off for years. The atmosphere on Christmas Eve when we popped in was excellent. Really good. Mince pies going round, music. Looking forward to a similar atmosphere this year!
Jonnysaint - 10 Jul 2009 13:42
Popped in as passing by. Excellent pint of Seafarers Ale filled to the brim. Full measures seem to have been the norm for some time now. Stopped going there about a year ago because of the short measures and no interest in the customers by the staff. Much friendlier now.
forcam - 16 May 2009 22:48
had a christmas get together with friends here. the food was ok but i am not convinced it was homemade, didnt have that individual look. everything average really, all ok but not special.
fourforestfriends - 10 Jan 2009 17:57
Interesting to note that there have been no postings since August 2007.
We found this pub a few months ago and first impressions were that it was a nice frendly place. The first time we had their crabs claws they were excellent. thereafter for the next three times they reduced in size somewhat and literally had no meat in them. A disaster. Even the "Chefs" curry seemed watered down.

Main critisism though is about the service. DIABOLICAL. I went to the bar to order some drinks and stood there and stood there while three girls were helping each other to work the till. Literally, I was 1m away from them and it took 2.5minutes for one of the girls to realise that someone was waiting. I loked at one of the regulars sitting there and he said "just can't get the staff these days"

At out table, we waited a full twenty minutes for someone to come over and take our order watching what seemed to be a new landlady or a relief who was more interested in brushing her hair with her hands (very good advert for helth and cleanliness) and making small talk with the three regulars in the bar. We gave up in the end and went to the pub round the corner which was very busy and friendly. This pub I feel could be quite a goldmine but with the lack of direction from the top and poor quality of staff it will never compete with others in the area.
TheBadPubCritic - 7 Aug 2008 12:10
Well the food is OK, the beer is fine; but the cost, blimey.
anonymous - 11 Aug 2007 22:18
Nice place but more of a Bistro than a pub. Friendly staff and good service but you are paying restaurant prices for the food. Good selection of beer. Shame it's so expensive.
steviec1211 - 27 Jul 2007 17:40
Great food and friendly staff make it one of the best to eat in the forest. Some of the tables are a little close together but I suppose this makes it feel more cosy. Pretty good all in all.
p.s. the fishcakes are good and the steak and kidney chefs special is great.
bigforestdave - 29 Mar 2006 20:48
We arrived here desperate for a Sunday lunch, only to discover we were 10 minutes late, we must have looked terribly pale and thin as they offered us Sunday Roast and while it was being prepared gave us a bowl of rosemary roast potatoes to munch on ..YUMMY!

More expensive than anywhere else round the area but I would pay double to receive that service again.

pubcustomer - 10 Aug 2005 18:20
I agree quite strongly with Russell on this one. Ringwood Best is a good session beer, and its hard to beat an ESB! It was full of the nicest, talkative and friendliest people and the traditional English food is real treat to any American traveller passing thorugh such as myself! Fantastic welcoming place indeed.
Al McKinna - [email protected] - 12 Apr 2004 16:27
Serves quite simply the best pint in all of Lymington (and I should know....) Ringwood best is a great 'session beer' or Ringwood 49'er provides a real kick. Food is always very good and the service is second to none. Its a real locals treasure.
Russell Hockley. - 9 Dec 2003 23:57

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