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Full Postal AddressThe Oak Inn, Bank, LYNDHURST, SO43 7FD [Map]
Telephone Number023 8028 2350Pub's Own Websitehttp://www.oakinn.co.uk/ 
Opening Times11:30-15, 18-23 MO-FR; 12-23 SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesCar Park, Evening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals

Jim and Roger outside the Oak Inn, May 2002

Tucked away in the trees the Oak Inn is buried deep in the New Forest about a mile west of Lyndhurst yet but a few hundred yards from the busy A35 trunk road permitting easy access by car. You could always hop on the bus, the X35 Southampton - Bournemouth bus runs every 2 hours Mon-Sat and stops at the end of the lane at the Bank turning on the A35.

It's a 17th century building which then became a cider house in the 18th century eventually evolving into the Oak Inn as we see it today. A simple pubby feel about the bar with bare board floors, beamed ceilings and wooden tables and chairs and hops festooned around the smart wooden bar. In the winter they've a wood burning stove to help keep you warm. The real ale here is excellent. Ringwood Best Bitter is their permanent beer with around four guest beers available at any one time. There's a bias towards local brews, so if you're visiting the area it's an excellent opportunity to sample some locally produced ale. They host two beer festivals a year, one in July, and one the weekend before Christmas.

They are also very well known for their high quality food and have won various awards for this. We enjoyed an excellent lunch one late spring Saturday. They specialise in fresh fish, and you should find two or three choices which might include sea bass, or my favourite, skate. You can park your horse outside if you wish and dogs are allowed in the pub only if they're on a lead and clean!

Jim and Roger finishing their beer and lunch in the beer garden, May 2002

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A Edwards, 2007
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Pocket Pub Walks Hampshire,
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AA Pub Walks and Cycle Rides: South Downs & the South Coast,
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Adventurous Pub Walks in Hampshire and the New Forest,
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Twenty circular walks varying in length between 7-12 miles and based around good local pubs including routes at Fritham, King's Somborne, Kingsclere, Cheriton, Hambledon and Lepe.

Pub Walks Along the Solent Way,
A M Edwards, 2002
14 circular walks which can be linked and used as a guide to the full Solent Way walk

New Forest Good Pub Guide,
M Power, 2001
Local expert Mike leads you around some wonderful scenery and classic pubs.

Pub Strolls in Hampshire and the New Forest,
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Thirty short circular walks based around good local pubs and pleasant countryside. Includes maps and colour photographs.

The Hidden Inns of the South of England,
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Part of the Hidden Inns series, this book contains eight chapters covering the counties of the south of England. Comprehensive information for each pub is included.

Pub Walks in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight,
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Thirty short circular walks based around good local pubs and pleasant countryside. Includes maps and colour photographs.

Pub Walks Along the Wayfarer's Walk,
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Pub Walks in the South Downs,
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