The Drift Inn, pub restaurant

3.4
193 reviews
£25 and under
British
Set right in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, our family and dog friendly pub restaurants boasts a country style restaurant, a cosy bar for relaxing with a drink, and extensive gardens for al fresco dining on warm and sunny days. There's even a garden bar too.

Open all day, the kitchen team freshly prepare flavoursome home-cooked food that showcases New Forest produce at its best. Expect modern British classics, tempting daily specials and mouth-watering puddings.

We’re also passionate about hand-picking a range of drinks from local distilleries, brewhouse’s and vineyards to proudly feature behind our bar, including Flack Manor Brewery’s selection of cask ales, Warner’s range of epic gins and Hambledon Vineyard’s English sparkling wine.

Family friendly, we offer great value kid’s meals, colouring packs and an outdoor play area to keep the kids happy. Dogs are welcomed with delicious dog biscuits, water bowls and towels for muddy paws.

Support The Drift Inn, pub restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 193 People Are Saying
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3.4based on recent ratings
3.5
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3.3
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3.3
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3.3
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58% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SuzyL
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Drift is a wonderful little place and certainly gives you that warm, welcome feeling when you are in there. Food and service was great, really lovely afternoon and no washing up!!

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service, quality of the food and venue were all very good but range of food was disappointing. The menu had two vegetarian options, one of which was vegan - vegan mud pie - but was then not available. We were advised it was replaced by a vegetable Wellington. However this was served with cauliflower cheese and a beef gravy, identical to that served with my roast beef. Far from vegan.

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SHAZZA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, friendly. Food was very nice with good portions and well presented . Service efficient and helpful.
Would highly recommend.

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Onlygoodfoodwilldo
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely country pub with a warm feel. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here

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JackieG
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a very nice meal as always when we done here

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Bikersue
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very quiet mid week, expected during covid but only one other table. Very warm, friendly welcome though by Joseph. Food good and good value as always. Good covid measures in place. Will return, a lovely restaurant.

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SARh
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch. Attentive staff. Safe covid set up.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great spot but we ordered the veggie burgers and chips. The burgers were poor and the chips were poor quality.

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TracieB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Staff and food were lovey but it was so cold ..... and we were sat next to the fire! With the heating on/turned up! It would be a lovely little pub for lunch xx

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NinaL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were lucky to be able to eat at The Drift just before lockdown began. The food was lovely and our waitress was great - so friendly and welcoming. It was understandably quiet than usual but we were not alone there and the atmosphere was still very welcoming.

We love that we can take our dog with us when we go out for the evening and she was made a fuss of by the staff.

Overall it was a really lovely occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great portions, great service, happy customer

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MichelleW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely roast dinner in nice surrounding s and excellent service. I felt safe with the covid measures. Only thing that could be better is the price as quite expensive for a Sunday roast.

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Susie
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The evening staff are very efficient, attentive and helpful. Our food was delicious.
We stayed at the Beaulieu hotel so the Drift Inn is next door.
Our evening meals here were very enjoyable but breakfasts were a different matter.
Different staff and long wait times even though we booked a time slot.

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Dkno
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service and overpriced. Only us and one couple in the whole place and we got mistakes, cold food and all the staff were chatting in a group by the kitchen as we left. The management should be on top of this at a key time for business like now.

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Kerrie
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu sounded very promising and a good variety especially on the children's menu. Unfortunately a few items off the menu were no longer available. We did have to wait quite a long time for the first course to arrive. However the food was delicious and the portions a reasonable size apart from the adult ice cream dessert, £6.95 for 1 ball!! Would definitely recommend for a cosy, family meal in the heart of the New Forest.

JM
JenM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The food and drink were very expensive and a service charge was automatically added, despite only being a table of two. My fish and chips were barely cooked and soggy- really would not recommend the food.

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LauraE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit disappointed that the menu changes/reduces on a Sunday. But the food is still delicious so not disappointed enough to not give it a 4 star rating. Lovely location, lovely children's play area, lovely food.

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EbonyT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very disappointed after travelling to visit here, the service wasn’t great . 3 out of 4 waiting staff were rude and quiet. Only one person was polite. Took ages to take our initial order although it had only been open 15 minutes aid there was only one other table. Just overall really disappointing!

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Pete
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was good but my open prawn sandwich wasn't the best.

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Familyvisit
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Main meal was great. But let down by the desserts, the sticky bannoffee pudding had raw caramel...you could still taste the sugar grains.

The staff were OK. Helpful but you were left kn your own most of the time.

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Celbridger
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well organised and efficient service combined with good quality food

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CharlotteK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was a little disappointed with the fact that the staff were unsure on a few things! Knowing the menu is key!

Everyone was super friendly but so many different people served us that it was all so confusing! The food was average. The setting was the best part about it, spaced out tables and Covid covered!

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vipSteaksrus
Kent
24 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcoming staff, friendly service, tasty food served quickly with good beer.

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Nxxxxxx
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Temperature taken at door which was good, female server was so friendly and welcoming, really made an effort to make the experience pleasant.
Prawn starter was bland, roast beef was delicious.
Expensive for a run of the mill family pub.

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Visitor1487
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was fine, nothing to complain about and nothing to rave about. I think the staff were great, they couldn't have gone above what they were doing. Its just a little soulless inside. Its a pub with guaranteed new forest visitors so it's cruising along and that's okay.

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Robyn
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The setting is great - beautiful actually. It was very quiet (almost too quiet) due to a lack of customers (which is not the pub’s fault - we went quite late and obviously people are still scared to go out due to COVID-19). There was no Estrella on tap left (disappointing, because all four of us wanted this) and the bruschetta was...weird - it just didn’t taste great...maybe we should stick to only ordering it at an Italian restaurant in the future?! We all had burgers - two beef, two vegan, which were perfectly fine but nothing special, but it’s presentation was good. We asked for ketchup and mayo and only received one small pot of each between the four of us (not great for limiting the spread of COVID considering we don’t all live together...) and it didn’t take long before we had to ask for another one as it was all gone very quickly. For the price (£112ish between the four of us), it seemed expensive for not the best meal ever. We shared the two bruschettas between each couple so two in total, had a burger each, and 2-3 beers/ciders each (one person only had two half pints). Not great value and not great quality but love the pub so will maybe try again at a Sunday lunchtime for a roast - hopefully that’s more their speciality?!

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swissgirl
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were kept quite a while waiting at the door which I hate but once we got inside all went well. Service was a little slow but the food we had was very tasty. The Covid measures were good and we enjoyed our visit after a morning walking in the New Forest.

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Preet
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away by the amazing service and food. One of the best chocolate brownies I have ever tasted! The main meal was amazing too and I can't recommend this place enough!

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AG1993
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good food, nothing like the pictures on their website

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SamA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Great garden and plaground with good views and walks into the forest straight from the pub. Food was just about okay pub food which was a shame. Kids loved it however.

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Purplepatches
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pleasant meal in the circumstances. Not much choice for vegetarians though. Kitchen had also put tomato relish, which she hated, on my daughter’s burger unasked for and not on menu. Nice venue and pleasant staff.

CG
ChristineG
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We expected that due to covid 19, service would be slow but thought that almost an hour from ordering was unreasonable.
The salad with smoked salmon and prawns was good as was the burger The fish from fish and chips was undercooked and the curry appeared as plain minced beef with minute amount of spice.
The staff also had no idea about the various coffees, - a flat white became a cappuccino and was served cold. This problem was eventually rectified.
On the whole the meal was poor value

CS
CallumS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Poor selection not well cooked bling bling food we would say. Staff service very good

GD
GeorgeD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good tasty meals in a very safe environment.

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TraceyW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived earlier than booked, no problems, able to sit down at a table.
Food was delicious, service with a smile (behind masks!) Great value as we took advantage of the eat out to help out deal.

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RachelR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Cold main, daughters meal also incorrect, both sent back. charged incorrectly for wine. and service charge already added on. staff very good and attentive. however marred due to the food .

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KeithS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had an OK family lunch. Very Covid aware dining. Only 4 children at a time in playground. Lots of dogs with their owners. Noisy coffee machine, depending where you are seated.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

The staff were really friend but the service was not great (we had to ask for tap water 3 times before we finally got it). I had an open sandwich which was pretty terrible, some of the ingredients (e.g. the avocado) was so cold it was as if it had been frozen.

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Disgruntled
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The steak was good but the burger meal was terrible. Over priced and very poor quality. Two members of staff very unhelpful, fortunately the lady waitress understood and gave as much discount as she could and was very apologetic. In all honesty the burger should have been a full refunded as it was quite disgraceful.

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KateS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The service was excellent. The staff were friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Unfortunately, the food was not great. The portion sizes were very mean and the quality was drab and uninteresting. It really was not good value for the amount of money they charged. It was a bit quiet and didn't have great ambience but I think it would be unfair to put that down to the venue or the team as Covid is spiking again and there were only a few tables with customers. Sadly I wouldn't be recommending this place to my friends.

FAQs

The Drift Inn, pub restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 023 8029 2342.

The Drift Inn, pub restaurant is rated 3.4 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

The Drift Inn, pub restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thedriftinn.giftpro.co.uk/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.