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The Bell Inn, Lyndhurst

A welcoming 18th Century family and dog-friendly coaching inn, this New Forest hideaway combines good food with bags of charm

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Close to the coast with miles of beautiful New Forest countryside right on the doorstep, The Bell Inn is a brilliant spot for a weekend getaway. Flanked by two 18-hole courses that’ll suit golfers to a tee, the historic coaching inn is just a mile from the M27 but feels like a world away.

The pub came under new ownership in August 2021 and had a sympathetic refurb. Inside, oak-beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors and other character features are blended with contemporary country interiors, creating a welcoming dining area.

The seasonal menu and specials in the restaurant make use of fantastic local produce – look out for the Sunday roasts – and there’s a great selection of wines by the glass, too.

Upstairs, there are 26 characterful rooms with creature comforts. Look out of the window and you’re likely treated to a regular procession of free-roaming ponies on the road below that also act as handy groundskeepers on the golf course. When you’re out and about, look out for the odd pig or two, snuffling out acorns in the Autumn pannage season.

Family-friendly with a warm welcome for children and dedicated menu in the restaurant, conveniently, New Forest attractions like Paulton’s Park for Peppa Pig World, The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Longdown Activity Farm are all within easy reach of The Bell Inn.

Don’t want to leave your four-legged family member behind? Not a problem – pet pooches are also very welcome in dog-friendly rooms and dining areas, with loads of walks to enjoy right on the doorstep and a sneaky jar of treats if you bark nicely. Pawfick.

Fancy a festive getaway? Until 31 December 2021, The Bell Inn have a special Midwinter Midweek Offer. Stay from Sunday – Thursday (excluding Boxing Day) for £149 in a cosy double room, including two course dinner, mulled wine and late check out of 12pm.

Gin and Jazz? Sounds right up our street. Join in the fun at 6 pm on Friday 17 December for an evening of live music, three course dinner and complimentary cocktail, expertly created by a guest mixologist.

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The Bell Inn, Brook, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7HE
023 8081 2214

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