On 09-6-2011 milfordboy said :
"I HAD A MEAL AT THIS PUB LAST NIGHT AND FOR THE LIFE OF ME CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE LAST FEW COMMENTS MADE. THE RESTAURANT WAS FULL AND I OVERHEARD MANY GOOD COMMENTS FROM OTHERS EATING THERE. THE PUB WAS VERY CLEAN, AND IN LOVELY SPOT. THE STAFF WERE ATTENTIVE, FRIENDLY AND VERY PROFESSIONAL. MORE IMPORTANTLY THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS. THERE WAS AN EXTENSIVE MENU TO CHOOSE FROM. I NOTE THE COMMENTS FROM THE VEGETARIAN AND THAT IS UNFORTUNATE BUT THEN THIS PUB DOES NOT ADVERTISE ITS SELF AS VEGETARIAN. IT LIKE GOING TO A FISH RESTAURANT AND SAYING I DONT LIKE FISH. ALL ROUND AN EXCELLENT EVENING. I WILL BE GOING HERE AGAIN WITHOUT DOUBT."
On 25-5-2011 magdalenam said :
"Pub is situated in such a lovely and charming area but is a big shame for a quality of the food. Everything was tastless,-burger was dry, cold with no taste. My husband had a pork chop which smell bad wondering how chef could let this to leave his kitchan and serve to customer. Staff wasnt friendly at all when asked for cutlery when food came out, waitress just showed me station with cutlery told me "help yourself" deffinetly meal was overpriced for such a poor quality and service.Big shame cause pub has a big potential and beautiful surrounding.I will not come back there again."
On 13-9-2010 broadbean said :
"After many years dropping into this lovely forest pub for a drink we finally booked in to eat with the family on Saturday night. The menu has always been a cut above the average pub fare and this was no exception. As we sat down a nearby couple leaned over to inform us that the beef was tough and the potatoes hard and things did not improve. I had liver, one piece was well cooked, the other virtually raw. My daughter had tasteless trout and quite revolting boiled potatoes and my mother-in-law had a plate of unappetising pasta and chicken. The quality of cooking was poor and presentation amateurish. On complaining I was essentially told that they weren't interested and would certainly not compensate us in any way. In addition the serving staff made at least two mistakes. Unless some brave soul can confirm that this was a one-off I would not recommend the food at this place. One problem is that it is extremely popular and unless a lot of people complain things will not change"
On 19-8-2009 forestdaler said :
"Visited the Oak Inn on 18th Aug 09. In general a lovely pub, very attractive, very friendly, good atmosphere and clearly very popular. We had a meal there and i would like to comment on the food. As a vegetarian I often find there is rarely any choice of dishes and that the quality of vegetarian food is poor compared to the meat and fish dishes. There is usually one token dish and it's often disappointing. The Oak Inn was no exception. The only main course for vegetarians was a Greek Salad!! Not really what you'd choose when you go out for a meal in the evening when everyone else is tucking in to hot food. When i pointed out that there was only salad i was told i could have one of the starters as a main course, which i did. I had stuffed red peppers with feta cheese and cherry tomatoes and it was literally that. No sauce, herbs or onion or anything else to make it interesting. I was offered a roll with it or perhaps a salad but i opted for chips and green beans. (I wanted a dinner, not a lunch time snack!) While everyone else was commenting on how tasty their lamb or fish was i felt mine was mediocre and that as usual the vegetarian option was just a token gesture to placate these rather odd people!! Today in Britain there are a huge number of vegetarians and i think we should be better catered for. Anyone had similar problems? "
On 13-7-2009 buelligan said :
"It has been a several years since I reviewed this pub last so I thought it worth warning those that read these pages and visit the New Forest expecting may be what was once was..
The pub is now one of the many Fullers public houses in the forest and unlike The New Forest at Ashhirst is worse for the transfer of ownership.
Those that used to know the pub from days of old will notice the increase in prices, the bland service, the smaller yet more expensive portions, the stereo typical take advantage in the expectation that knowone will return corporate rip off tourist haunt.
The ale is the usual run of the mill "I know no better" ales at eye watering prices but the vast majority will be blissfully unaware of the truth that locally you can do much better.
T'is a shame that this used be one of the best in the forest and now a foreign run shame of a real ale pub.
On 12-3-2007 yateley said :
"A favourite watering hole in the New Forest which when ever we visit provides pub fare of restaurant quality and choice, a good selection of ale from the wood and fast and friendly service. Above all our rhodesian ridgeback dog is always made very welcome and is allowed to settle under our table while we eat. "