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The Waterloo Arms, Lyndhurst - pub details

Waterloo Arms

Address: Pikes Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7AS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 37750) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Ashurst - New Forest (2.6 miles), Beaulieu Road (3.9 miles), Brockenhurst (4.4 miles)

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Did a good real cider ('Rabbit' something) and my vegan wife approved of the range of vegan dishes on offer. My beefburger was good. Large garden.
jgurney1 - 30 Jul 2018 23:40
I can't better any of the descriptions of this attractive thatched pub, I found it very welcoming. Only stopped for a beer, Ringwood Bitter, which was on good form, so I can't comment on the food.

It is a bit hidden away but worth seeking out as it's not too far from the centre of Lyndhurst. It does have a reasonably good sized car park, unlike a lot of the pubs in the area.
ferend - 7 Jun 2013 17:05
Went for a drink, the 49 was in good condition. Nice atmosphere in the bar area, there were plenty of dining patrons on a Saturday night in the eating area. However, the menu was not extensive, prices were higher than I expected and I was unable to judge the quality of food or standard of service. OK for a quiet pint.
Feed - 25 Jul 2012 08:55
15 July 2012. Sunday late lunchtime, with my daughter (13). It's an attractive place, both inside and out. Although it wasn't overly busy, it took an age to get served with some drinks. Pint of Ringwood 49er, and a large coke. "That's seven pounds forty." Cough, splutter. The coke -- not from a bottle but just the usual squirty dispenser -- was �3.65. Fortunately I was able to put it on a tab. Back to the table. The 49er was lovely. So, to choose some the food.

The range on offer wasn't exactly extensive, and only the Sunday Roast (beef, lamb, chicken, pork, nut) was under a tenner (at �9.95). (There was a small chalkboard on the bar informing me what the soup, pie and curry of the day were, but not how much.) Call me old fashioned, but I begrudge paying evening meal prices for lunch, so two roast beef it was. Oh well, it'd better be good, I thought.

Back to the bar. When after another age the girl finally got to me again -- poor love was rushed off her feet with one other customer -- I was redirected to the food hatch area of the bar about six foot away round the corner (which to be fair had a clear sign... above it, and it was hidden from where we were). Another wait for a different girl to show up and take our order. She, however, couldn't do me another pint, so back to the main bar I went for a bit more standing around.

Finally seated, we waited for the food. And waited. This was, remember, the tail end of a Sunday lunchtime, we were ordering a standard Sunday roast, and the place wasn't heaving. How long to put some beef on a plate? (I estimate that, including my hanging around at the bar, the answer is 'just over half an hour'.)

Delivered by a waitress who was completely on autopilot (or just plain vacant), the food finally arrived, and we could see where our money went. On the place's pretension. Large white square plate, food decorated with a sprig of flat leaf parsley. Two slices of beef, two soggy roast potatoes (well, two pieces -- between us, I think we got a whole potato). And, in a novel twist on the traditional Sunday roast beef, there was also a pork chipolata and small slabs of two types of stuffing -- sage and onion, and something sausage-meat-ish. Balanced precariously on top was a plate-dominating, dried-up Yorkshire pudding, which the small puddle of gravy on the meat couldn't hope to moisten. More veg arrived in a separate boat-like dish: mashed swede, broccoli, carrot and new potatoes, all of which were hot and apparently fresh.

It was all reasonably tasty, but nothing to write home about; the beef, while far from tender, did at least yield to firm use of the blunt knife. But if the meal needs further review, I'll mention that my daughter is an absolute fiend for roast potatoes, regularly munching down what looks like her body weight in them at home. She left one of her two pieces.

Since nobody asked if everything was okay, the opportunity for more desperately needed gravy never arose. I suppose I could have waited at the bar...

The loos, surprisingly for a fair sized establishment, were extremely 'compact and bijou', and lacked hot water.

So in short: highly disappointing. Good beer, but mediocre overpriced food and lackadaisical service. If you fancy an ale, go for it. For any other reason, I'd try somewhere -- anywhere -- else.

3/10, for the well-kept beer.
EarlOfEmsworth - 18 Jul 2012 10:45
Extremely poor service, accompanied by pretty inedible overpriced food. This is the kind of place that lets down British tourism. Avoid
gileyboy - 16 Aug 2010 12:59

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