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Snakecatcher, Brockenhurst

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In the village for a football match. Hard to see what was on the casks, stacked directly behind the bar, but the Ringwood Best was good. My comrade had something slightly darker - I don't recall what, but it was also a Ringwood job - and it also met with approval.
Nice pub. Slightly pokey upstairs bit around the bar; more spacious bit half a flight of stairs down and to the rear, with tables more suited to eating, a pool table round the corner and a dartboard that was out of commission as it was above the seating. Fair beer garden outside the lower section.
MarlingSnallard - 20 Oct 2015 20:59
My wife and I called in for a drink a couple of weeks ago. Perfectly adequate pub - friendly barmaids , Ringwood range of beers , nice building and layout. No reason not to go back if around the area again.
philanders - 6 Nov 2013 17:08
Further to my daytime visit in May 2011, I paid a return visit to this pub last night and was pleasantly surprised in the difference. The place was packed with locals and holidaymakers. Most were eating, the food smelt and looked delicious. Had a pint of Ringwood Best Bitter aptly renamed "Snakecatcher" This pub had friendly efficiant bar staff and A visit is recommended if in the area.
Bitter_Man - 25 Aug 2012 10:36
Lovely pub, fantastic staff and great accommodation. The food is very good and the location is wondeful. Outside seating was fine also. Will go back for a weekend when in the area next year. Fantastic place.
rmadefc - 3 May 2012 02:17
Visited this pub Fri & Sun last. On both ocassions there were enough staff for the busy sessions. All staff showed me and my 2 children (14 & 10) courtesy and attention. Tamar (a bar maid) was particularly attentive to our food requirement in the very bust kitchen on Saturday. There was a delay because of them full and most customers eating, Tamar kept us informed. The only small dissapointment was the dessert, a bit over priced for the size of the potion. Keep up the good work all staff & Tamar !
DerekinSomerset - 16 Aug 2011 22:18
Large pub close to station with plenty of outdoor seating and good range of Ringwood beers. Our party of ten was served with decent and reasonably priced meals promptly and efficiently.
rentaquote - 5 Jul 2011 22:20
Had a reasonable Pint of "Snake Catcher" (Really a renamed Ringwood Best Bitter) and a really nice Tuna & Onion Roll. The other food looked good as well. I was there at 14:00 and there was only one Bar Staff on Duty who was trying to do everything, Serve Drinks, Wait on Tables, Answer Phone and 101 other things. Result a LONG Wait for our food and the first choice was not available but was only discovered after I had paid for the required dish and the Kitchen had received the order from the Electronic Till.This place needs MORE STAFF and better communications. Very Clean Toilets but more like a Gastro pub or Wine Bar. With its bare wood flooring. Would go back again but not in a hurry!!!!
Bitter_Man - 24 May 2011 18:03
I visited this pub twice over the summer holidays. The first time I was told that food stopped at 830., slightly surprised but the food we observed ( my two boys 8+ 10) looked good and appealing. I has a decent pint of ale and then left. Returned the next night and had some really good food and some good cask ale; I think it was Ringwood Best, all well kept.. My 10 yr old son noted that the mural art work depicted the legendary Harry Mills ( the snakecatcher of the New Fotrest) as having croaked in 1905 on the wall but 1902 in the menus and his last dink had changed from ale to rum.

'Whatever' may be the cry but sloppy atention to detail. However, that said the ale was good, the food was excellent and they charged my phone behind the bar.
dadster53 - 13 Aug 2010 21:17
My suspicions are always aroused when I read a gushing review submitted by someone who only registered the previous day, has made no other postings since and in addition, hides their profile details - it invariably indicates that said reviewer is either the owner/manager of the establishment or someone who works there, and I'm sure my old chum and fellow reviewer, "Biker" will bear me out. This will be further confirmed should the reviewer report this posting for removal. As for not many pubs doing four largers, I don't know of one, let alone what a larger actually is!

The Snakecatcher, which in time gone by was called The Railway Inn, is named after Harry "Brusher" Mills ( q.v.) - the local 19th century snakecatcher, and a lot of wall space is dedicated to him. It is, perhaps, a little too bright and airy as a result of the refurbishment, but I do not think that detracts from the character too much. I arrived very shortly after 11.00 and found a couple of staff members who had just finished the cleaning and obviously having had their customer service skills honed, possibly as a result of previous posting, received a very quaffable pint of Ringwood "Best". Also on offer were "Top Hat" ( 4.8% ), Marston's "Merry Monk" ( 4.4% ) and Ringwood "49er".

If you're waiting for a train to take you to Lymington and fancy a pint, you could do a lot worse! 6/10.
5thearlofwimbourne - 23 Jun 2010 07:50
excellent pub , well worth a 49er or two , great food also !
what happened to that chippy opp ?
walls_have_ears - 8 Jun 2010 16:06
I LOVED this place. Recently refurbished, and they have done a really good job of it. i was staying in the area for a couple of days. I had tried other pubs in the area and thought that they were ok, but when i went here, i realized what a mistake i had made going to the other ones. They had FIVE different ales available and FOUR largers. not alot of places do that. The food was AMAZING. There was so much choose. I was that impressed that i went back the next day for lunch and then dinner. The service was top quality also. Smiles all round. Deffinetly recommened! A******
Bambini.no1 - 13 May 2010 00:02
This pub has recently had a makeover, but for the money spent on it, they could have put aside a little for staff training. Two young ladies behind the bar with not an ounce of customer service or bar knowledge between them! Not exactly welcoming and then there were the meals... very ordinary indeed, unappealing in both presentation and taste. T

The pub itself lacks atmosphere and there is obviously a lot of work to be done, to bring the establishment up to the standard of its shiny new look. Hey guys, its not all about how its "looks". Invest some time and money in staff training and a new cook.
Mikkaau - 2 May 2010 13:28
Allegedly the pub changed hands about a year ago and has ecently just reopened following a substantial (tasteful) refurbishment. It now has a much better arrangement and generally more welcoming feel about the place than our previous visit. Admittedly some of the staff are inexperienced but they rectified an error without fuss. We decided to call back for lunch the following day. Five cask ales were available, two Ringwood ales from hand pumps, a third Ringwood and two guests from kegs stacked at the rear of the bar. Our home made burger, chunky chips and Greek salad were plentiful, enjoyable and good value. Very promising.
Hellskitchen - 30 Apr 2010 18:37
pub looks nice, before staff havent got a clue & food is awful! they served up raw chicken & was the worst onion gravy i have every tasted. steer clear of this place.
guyb - 25 Apr 2010 20:33
pub looks nice, before staff havent got a clue & food is awful! they served up raw chicken & was the worst onion gravy i have every tasted. steer clear of this place.
guyb - 25 Apr 2010 20:33
Pub has just had a major refurb, linking the lower bar with the upper one, and a new front door location. Had Ringwood Best, 49er, boondoggle, which had run out, and Marston's current 'guest' ale.
justdarkbeer - 21 Apr 2010 23:30
Walked in and the barman completly ignored me, walked out.
trebor1 - 21 Jan 2010 20:29
Oh dear. First, we were seated by a member of staff and then asked to move by another (who said the table was already reserved).Then we ordered some very basic pub food. Which was disgusting. It's pretty hard to get ham and eggs wrong but this place somehow managed it. Go here for a beer if you're desperate but definitely avoid the food.
sarah_a - 15 Apr 2009 13:44
young untrained staff - young man seemed to be confused by the request for a bloody mary and wanted to give me just tom. juice and vodka - he didnt know what tabasco was and a legthy trip to to the kitchen revealed none in the place. we had a sandwich which was just ok -but this is not a pub - the atmosphere is that of an amateur wine bar run by trainees.
fourforestfriends - 2 Mar 2009 15:04
Popped in for a quick one yesterday. Ringwood Best was good, if expensive. The whole place smacks of pretension and ideas above it's station. Won't be back.
RDJM - 12 Nov 2008 11:49
Stopped in here for a quick one. The place was nearly empty inside but the tables were full in the beer garden. The beer garden is much smaller and less well-situated than the Rose and Crown. My impression was neither bad nor stunning, really.
gypsygrrl - 30 May 2008 12:17
Not good.. all the locals now drink in the Foresters you only drink here if your bared!
Garimoth - 10 May 2008 20:02
The girl behing the bar served me a pint that had seen better days it was warm and tepid and horrible in taste.Garden allows your dog but I would not go back in a hurry.
hogshead - 25 Feb 2008 19:31
Looked a bit 'locally' from the outside, but staff/atmosphere were friendly enough. Hobgoblin was perfect but the Brakespere was off. A friend got an upset stomache from 2 gulps.
popiellajones - 23 Feb 2008 19:46
Stopped off here on bikes for a Bank Holiday Sunday lunch. Not too busy, basic beer garden, relaxing atmosphere (with non-smoking section), friendly, helpful staff and a good choice of food and drink (even for Vegetarians like myself).
armcurl - 8 May 2007 11:14
Good pub been a local here a long time,
better than the foresters across the road ( full of suspicious sorts ).
Good food friendly staff
where_did_he_come_from - 23 Mar 2007 22:02
ventured in on a recent camping trip. have to say that it is a rather odd place, some slightly odd people frequenting it, can't say whether this was a typical saturday night thing as i didn't go in again. however on walking past it, it always seemd empty. the foresters round the corner was a much better bet.
race_faster - 12 Sep 2006 14:42
Over-rated pub with a long narrow bar which we thought awkward-especially at the weekend when we there and had to push through to get into the pub.Drinks were good but overpriced as all Brock pubs seem to do in the Summer.Don't know about the food but seemed ok.Small but quaint pub garden right next to main road.Very noisy!
localacceptedgrokel - 1 Sep 2006 17:11
Im a regular at this pub, and I have to say it has the most friendly atmosphere in brockenhurst. The foresters arms, i always feel looked down upon if i dont buy a drink within 5 mins, and its the same with the Rose n Crown. The snakecatcher has VERY friendly barstaff, and is very well priced.
Trix - 18 Apr 2005 23:04
Staff aren't very friendly the bar is quite long but the room isn't very wide so it always feels empty. They have bowles in the larger back area sometimes hired out for events but in order to play you need a large group of people and a family on holiday is not enought it also quite dark, the only thing going for the pub is the garden in that it has one but if it rains you may as well leave and cross the road to the Foresters Arms.
whitegoldice - 16 Apr 2005 19:57
Love the evening food, and also the carvery roast on a Sunday is excellent. Comes highly recommended.
Sarah - 19 Aug 2003 16:07
Very friendly Pub - very accomodating to our meeting room needs.
Bernie Rainer - 25 Apr 2003 18:05

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