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The Drift, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

The Drift

2.8
2.8
364 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Part of the New Forest Collection and set right in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, our family and dog friendly pub restaurant boasts a country style cosy bar for relaxing with a drink, and extensive gardens for al fresco dining.

Open all day, the kitchen team freshly prepare flavoursome home-cooked food that showcases New Forest produce at its best. Expect modern British classics such as Slow roast shoulder or Romsey lamb, tempting daily specials and mouth-watering puddings including bread and butter pudding. We’re also passionate about hand-picking a range of drinks from local distilleries, brewhouse’s and vineyards to proudly feature behind our bar.

Family friendly, we offer great value children's meals, colouring packs and an outdoor play area to keep them happy. Plus, dogs are welcomed with delicious dog biscuits, water bowls and towels for muddy paws.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 07:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 07:00–23:00 Sun 08:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    023 8029 2342

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mwai Ndunda

  • Area

    Lyndhurst

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

2.8
2.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3Food
  • 2.7Service
  • 2.8Ambience
  • 2.6Value

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  1. HL

    HayleyL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    We had a beef roast. They meat was like a shoe insole. The roast veg must have been cooked the day before along with the potatoes. I couldn’t even cut them. The kids meals however, were fab. But £18 for a roast that’s probably up there with one of the worst I’ve ever had. They have us 30% off the bill which was appreciated.
  2. SP

    SophieP

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The service wasn’t great - a team of clearly inexperienced staff who didn’t seem to be given much guidance from management. We had to ask for things a couple of times including water and a knife and fork… Everything I wanted from the menu was sold out even though we went for an early booking. Pretty underwhelming given that it was recommended to us. Nice location though! Went for a lovely walk before and afterwards.
  3. J

    Jimbob

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Family lunch following a lovely walk in the surrounding New Forest. Limited menu - no burgers, hot dogs or various salads. Wedding at the hotel next door apparently had used all these for their bbq-as a private arranged function you would have thought this would have been planned alongside the pub’s requirements. Whilst sat in the bar area a family were complaining about having to wait over an hour for their meal and one of the orders missing. Of the food we ordered we have never seen such poor portions for the prices charged; Salt and Pepper Squid starter £12.50 - 6 nugget pieces of deep fried squid and some salad leaves. Meat Sharing Platter for 2 £24.50 - 3-4 bits of continentals (I think) meat hidden by a bowl of olives, 2 stuffed pepper dews, salad leaves and 2 slices of bread halved. Chicken salad £14.50 - bed of iceberg lettuce with a pale looking chicken breast dumped on top covered in grated cheese. To be honest we were appalled at the poor quality provided for such premium prices. When we asked the bar staff and manager would they be happy receiving it - they replied “no”. Apparently it was down to the chef! Meals were not eaten, refund provided and we left - hungry, sad and shocked about the whole experience.
  4. ML

    MillieL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Wasn't much food choice on the menu. Sadly service was very slow, we was 1 of 4 tables and had to wait 20-25 minutes to order our drinks.
  5. HS

    HannahS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very average food. Menu didn’t describe the food well - for a kids ice cream sundae we were given a scoop of chocolate ice cream (we were not asked for choice of flavor). Roast was fine but not particularly tasty. Kids hated theirs. Very expensive. Had to try hard to get servers attention while they chatted amongst themselves. Very expensive, would not recommend or return.
  6. C

    Carole

    Surrey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Wouldn’t come back, ordered soup for 3 people came out cold. Another table had the same problem. By the time it returned we’d eaten our bread. Main course was fine, very limited menu. Staff was great, seating not particularly comfortable either.
  7. MD

    MrandmrsD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Don't really want anyone to know how good it is. Very polite and friendly staff. Delicious food. Excellent facilities. Stunning location. Well done
  8. RT

    RobynT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    In the past it is the best pub but this last visit it was extremely under staffed which ruined the experience.
  9. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Poor service on reception and at table. Food ok and over priced. Very visible and noisy interactions between kitchen and service staff NOT conducive to a pleasant evening meal. Very disappointed, won’t be back and definitely wouldn’t recommend.
  10. C

    Chris

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    On the first night, half our food did not arrive (still charged for, no apology!) - food was placed on the table and the waiter rapidly left - no offer of sauces etc. Drinks all flat. We thought we'd give them a second chance given they had a wedding on at the same time ... what a mistake that was! Arrive, after 15 minutes still no menus ... then told the day menu is being served (no reason given) but that half of it was not available - choice of salad, something with chips or a £30 steak. Another 15 minutes pass ... Not even an offer of a drinks order! Needs a serious overhaul of management and staff attitudes!
  11. AH

    AbsH

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Located in a beautiful location within the New Forest. Service was slow and items missing from menu selection. Staff needed to be reminded of some things missing from order by ourselves and other tables waiting long amounts of times for drinks. When the food eventually arrived the starter was served at the same time as the main but worth the wait, it was very good and full of flavour.
  12. A

    Alia

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We were the first there for an early sitting with small children. After ordering it took 10 minutes to tell us no salads were available but everything else we’d ordered was fine. It was a further 15 minutes before they said the other two meals weren’t available either. They failed to bring the advertised colouring for the children despite being asked 4 time. The food took ages to come and when I complained they weren’t apologetic, they just said they were having problems. They brought the childrens included desserts but never even offered a menu to the adults. The plates took so long to clear I nearly did it myself. It was a special birthday meal and it was awful. Complained at length and we were given a 50% discount. Would not recommend at all.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    There wasn’t a lot of choice available due to The Drift having a food delivery issue. I’ve worked in a restaurant before so I can understand this, and so wasn’t too bothered. However, I can’t accept how poor the service was, especially because they didn’t have a lot to get right and there wasn’t a lot of people there for 3 staff members. What was worst though, is the service I received for breakfast the following day. I booked a table at 10AM with the General Manager. When we arrived a young waiter greeted us, explaining in a ‘I’m not bothered tone’ that there isn’t a booking for us and breakfast finishes at 10AM. He said, if we picked our food now and ate it quickly he can fit us in. Excuse me…NO! My partner and I were not happy and left straight away. We were also hotel guests so checked out straight away. Absolutely awful service! What I will say though, the food we did get was very good so kudos to the chef. Front of house staff though…awful!
  14. C

    Connor

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food was very overpriced for a small awful roast dinner, i had a burger and chips to which the chips were still hard.. very disappointed because it looked lovely. Ive had better mcdonalds.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We found it very expensive. A small crayfish and prawn cocktail, three lettuce leaves and a slice of bread…. £11.50! Although everything else was good ( service etc) I wouldn’t go back because of the price!
  16. ES

    EmmaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    A lovely location. My daughter loved the play area. We ate burgers and hot dog which took 45 minutes to be served. Hot dog was just a tinned frankfurter which was disappointing for the price. Burgers were nice but overpriced. Not good value for money despite the location.
  17. RE

    RebeccaE

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Great pub for a drink in a wonderful location, but I wouldn’t eat there again until they improve the menu, the food quality was poor and very overpriced, £18.50 for a very average burger. Shame.
  18. RC

    RichardC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Nice staff but Very limited menu . Waited 40 minutes for a £12 cheese sandwich with fries.
  19. D

    Debbie

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely country pub in New Forest, have been a few times before and always good. Unusually quiet when visited on sunny Saturday lunchtime in restaurant, but we normally sit in the bar so maybe different. Food excellent as always (fish & chips/steak/puddings). Follow up service a bit slow for dessert and the requested ketchup for chips got forgotten, but not a problem as we were happy to adapt, relax and chat, and there was a wedding reception in preparation next door so no doubt staff were busy. Will be back again.
  20. MB

    MrsB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Beautiful location atmosphere non existent really disappointed Was meant to be a special birthday treat emailed to advise this when booking was made
  21. DB

    DeniseB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The service was inattentive, the food was moderate, nothing to recommend, portion size poor, two carrots batons, no choice in either what came with the mains or even what we could order, limited menu, noisy, dark and dingy , will never return as it is
  22. C

    Churchy61

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We waited ages for our starter. We were told that there was a large party of diners but all we had ordered was bread, so no excuse. When the bread arrived there was only Flora spread or olive oil. When asked, we were told that they had run out of butter. There were no fresh limes for a Lime & Soda, they had also run out. The Yorkshire puddings were dry and tasteless. The beef was cooked very well, the gravy was sparse and the meal wasn't hot. The only dairy free dessert was Sorbet.
  23. GL

    GemmaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The most lovely setting for a wonderful meal, all the staff were so lovely and helpful, they could not do enough for us! Overall an amazing experience and will be coming back
  24. LB

    LyndenB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The menu is very minimal and quite expensive service was slow on the night we went. Lovely setting and beautiful resultant
  25. P

    Pb123

    Dubai

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Not much choice on the menu, food took ages and we must have been over charged.
  26. MC

    MrsC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Took half an hour to get drinks ordered, they came out at the same time as the food which was over an hour and it wasn't even busy. Starters came out at the same time as the main meal, one of them forgotten and didn't even get it when i asked. The child's meal was a rip off and it included a ice cream sundae for the pudding, no sundae a bowl of 2 scoops vanilla ice cream. Overall pretty poor service def would not go again or recommend to anyone. Better service at McDonald's
  27. HA

    HelenA

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Food was lovely and service was great.
  28. VS

    VikkiS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Inattentive staff, had to ask if we could order drinks and food. took 40 minutes for the food to come out, by this time we hadn’t even been served drinks. Food was stone cold! Disorganised chaos and it wasn’t even busy!
  29. PB

    PaulineB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good tasty meal although service a little slow. Nice restaurant and welcoming to our dog! Could do with a bit more signage as to where the car parks are. We parked in a forest car park across the road not realising there was a large car park at the back!
  30. MR

    MatthewR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Food okay. Really poor service, didn't pay us any attention even though it was empty. Didn't offer sauces, drinks, desserts unless prompted and they even overcharged us compared to menu and additional drinks we didn't have
  31. HB

    HannahB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Long waits to order and receive drinks/food then one drink was wrong and one completely forgotten. Very rude manager and basic overpriced food.
  32. SJ

    SarahJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Food was nice but the staff were terrible. Had to ask after being seated for 15 mins for drinks order to be taken then waited another 20 mins for drinks then again had to ask for food order. When the food came only 3 of the roast dinners came and a rude gentlemen in a suit asked if I had ordered food. Of course I had. Ten mins passed then my roast finally came out no apology just plonked in front of me but again the rude gentleman in a suit. The food was nice and hot and tasty but service terrible. Had to ask for more drinks and to order deserts no one asked if food was ok just basically left. Would not return.
  33. JC

    JessicaC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Food was lovely just a shame on the service. Only offered one drink and took 30 mins to get our second drink after flagging the servers. We weren’t offered desserts, I wouldn’t say they were really busy so wouldn’t expect this. Again the food was very good just service.
  34. M

    Monty

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Awful slow non existent service and had to remind the staff we were sat down waiting to be served
  35. DK

    DonnaK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Service appalling- young staff very pleasant but obviously lacked training or had poor training. We had to chase everything - the drinks, cutlery ( dessert spoons used for soup as we gave up waiting for anyone to pop by so we could ask for soup spoons), then more drinks - my husband went to the bar to ask when they were bringing them) then dessert spoons - then the bill - which we gave up waiting for. We eventually cleared and went en masse to the till to pay - which included 10% service charge for the 'service' -it would be hilarious if it wasn't so shocking! Won't ever go there again!
  36. J

    Jakub

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Slow service in empty restaurant, food was terrible, unprofessional staff
  37. NF

    NewForestGuest

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It is a pretty restaurant in a stunning location and they welcome dogs.
  38. IH

    IanH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I didn’t complain cause it was my wife’s birthday starters took about 45 min to come out main then took about another 45 mins the the desert took out another 45 mins food was cold and all this when there wasn’t any other customers eating £122 that cost me gutted cause I’m not one to moan or have controversy
  39. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Although the main course was tasty, the crackling on the pork wasn't crispy and so was inedible. The service was incredibly slow, with several waiters asking the same questions such as 'Would you like the dessert menu?' and then not bringing it. Even why we tried to pay the bill, there was no action from the staff.
  40. JB

    JonathanB

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    There were too few staff working when we were there. The food was good but could easily be improved, my burger needed a relish or chutley and the haddock needed some extra veg

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

The Drift offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 023 8029 2342.

The Drift is rated 2.8 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Drift

Beaulieu Road Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO42 7YQ

Additional information

  • Area

    Lyndhurst

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 07:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 07:00–23:00 Sun 08:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mwai Ndunda

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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