The Drift Inn, pub restaurant
4 oz Burger and Fries
Fish & Chips, Garden Peas
Great Sunday lunch spot, lovely helpful staff. Good food. Beautiful setting, Would definitely recommend.
looked at web site.roasts were advertised..very upset that only basic menu was available,burger,chips etc. served up on disposeable plates and wooden knife and fork..then we were given bill within seconds of finishing it...
Pandemic rules, seating / service in the garden only. There was very little provision for the weather, which was heavy showers interspersed with sunshine. The small table parasols did not prevent the seating from getting very wet and we had to ask for them to be dried off. We then provided our own covers to sit on as the sun reappeared. We asked why more protection from rain was not provided in the garden if they expected customers to eat outside in all weathers. We were told that there was no incentive to invest in more permanent outside structures to protect customers from inclement weather, surprising given the British climate. The menu was also very much reduced and disappointing, food reasonable, but wooden knives and forks were pretty useless to use. The staff did their best in the circumstances, not their fault. The management / owners need to wake up to care more if they expect customers to stay and eat in pouring rain.
Lovely lunch. Excellent, friendly service. Vegan and gluten free options which was excellent.
We were eating outside because of the Covid rules and it started to rain heavily when we were eating under a parasol. This was a forecast which did not predict rain at that time of the day. Despite this we kept reasonably dry and the attention of the waiters was very considerate.
I would come again.
Very welcoming friendly staff. No wait for service. Food really nice, reduced menu but something for everyone. Lovely outdoor seating area. A shame it was a little raining but the umbrellas at the table stopped that being a problem
Good effort during Covid restrictions, service was good and Covid arrangements were good. Only let down was food in that menu choice was limited incl. no Sunday roast on a Sunday lunchtime and v limited choice of deserts and brownie was cold with ice cream. Over however it was an enjoyable experience
I have been to the Drift Inn twice since it opened on the 17th April. The first time I went the overall experience was disappointing - there are no drinks menu's, and the server did not know the drinks available. He pushed us to have wine because he didn't want to go inside to check. When our drinks came, there was dirt floating at the bottom of the glass where I am assuming they hadn't been cleaned over lockdown. We ordered cheesy chips and we received a very small portion of poorly cooked french fries. I went again the next week, hoping that the poor experience was just because they were still finding their feet. The experience was even worse - again no drinks menus. We were told we couldn't have cheese on our chips this time (which we could), and that we could only have french fries (even though the table next to us had chunky chips with their food). The server was not very helpful and for two drinks for three people, and some chips, the bill was £51, including a £5 service fee for very poor and limited service - we should have been able to decide whether to leave a tip, especially as we were not having a meal. I used to really like The Drift Inn but I will definitely not be returning or recommending the pub to anyone.
Lovely spot for lunch. It’s not the cheapest here and sometimes I find the portions are a little on the smaller side for the price but it is a very lovely spot and I think that makes up for it. My husband and I had lunch with our 3 year old and my husband also had 2 pints as well as me having a Diet Coke and it was £40.
Lovely place, food was very nice but a little expensive for what it is and the cost of a pint 🤯 Service was good however they over charged us for drinks (by £5) and could not refund (something about this has to be done at head office?) They seemed at a loss so we ended up with 2 takeaways teas that we didnt want..... This should have been dealt with better as seems ludicrous it could not be refunded. Otherwise it was lovely and a bit of a shame the system seems strange here refund wise. Apart from the overcharge staff were very pleasant.
Lovely experience! Can definitely recommend for those Londoners who want to get out of the city, the train stops right next to the pub and there is lots of nature and walks in the area (with wild ponies all over!), and the pub/restaurant food, drinks and service was amazing!
Been here previously on 2 occasions when camping in the new forest. Felt it had gone downhill. Staff were friendly but overall it felt a bit faulty towers. Food missing from the order and the tiniest piece of bread with the ploughman’s. The curry was tasty and the fish was ok. Had to ask for our dessert several times, as did other diners. Overpriced for the quality of food and service.
Good pub grub in a pleasant garden made even better by the sun shining-the burger and fries was very tasty and the staff extremely friendly. There’s a play area for smaller children and the kids meals were a decent size, more than adequate for a hungry 10 year old. The customer loos could have done with a bit of tlc and due to Covid we didn’t see any of the other internal areas but we will definitely be going back to enjoy lunch followed by a forest walk
Improvements need to be made at the drift, the sandwich for the price was below average with bread that seemed very dry as if had been left in heat in the kitchen, the side of fry's were completely cold these were at an extra cost, the original chipped crisps mentioned were missing altogether from the plate.
The gentleman serving was polite and attentive and the coffee was good.
Had to wait a long time to order even a drink! Appears quite short staffed! Drinks took a while to come out. Chips were skinny fries, dry and cold and just like oven fries I cook at home! Quite expensive for a burger and cold fries we thought!
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!!
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.
Excellent atmosphere, friendly. Food was very nice with good portions and well presented . Service efficient and helpful.
Would highly recommend.
Lovely country pub with a warm feel. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here
It was a very nice meal as always when we done here
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.
Lovely Sunday lunch. Attentive staff. Safe covid set up.
Great spot but we ordered the veggie burgers and chips. The burgers were poor and the chips were poor quality.
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
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.
Fantastic food, great portions, great service, happy customer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Food was good but my open prawn sandwich wasn't the best.
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.
Well organised and efficient service combined with good quality food
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!
Welcoming staff, friendly service, tasty food served quickly with good beer.
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.
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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OpenTable ダイナー207名によるThe Drift Inn, pub restaurantの評価は3.4☆です。