The White Buck Pub with rooms in Burley, Hampshire

Prices from:
£80 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Grand house hiding informal inn
  • Country-chic style; relaxed vibe
  • Menu: classics & modern dishes
  • Fab rooms ooze charm & style
  • Dogs & kids – big welcome
  • Forest trails on the doorstep

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Overview

The White Buck Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4AZ

The personal touch

The White Buck is quite unlike any other Fuller’s pub, it’s a splendid former Victorian country house set in two acres of tranquil grounds, hidden away on the edge of Burley in the heart of the New Forest. Accessed via cattle-grids – yes, it’s that close to miles of forest and heathland trails – it was built as a grand home called Holmehurst at the turn of the 20th century and used as a hospital during war before being left to fall into disrepair. It was restored as a hotel in the late 1950s and in recent years Fuller’s have transformed the place into a stylish and informal country inn, without losing the period charm and character of the building. From the dramatic entrance hall, with its lofty ceiling, fine staircase and upstairs gallery, you enter the light and airy bar and dining rooms, where big bay windows, oak floorboards, log fires and high-beamed ceilings create a laid-back feel in which to relax with pint and the daily papers. The cosy Gun Room with its deep green décor, wood panelling, leather sofas and chairs and crackling log fire is place to hunker down after an invigorating winter forest walk. Money and style have been lavished on the rooms providing the perfect retreat for country lovers with golf, fishing, horse riding and stunning walks and off-road cycling trails right on the doorstep.

Sticky fingers

The White Buck is a great place for kids – there’s a big garden with adventure playground; fresh food on a decent children’s menu, plus an outdoor pizza oven; under 3s stay free is using an existing bed or travel cot; and z-beds are available for 4-16 year olds (£30).

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar (water bowls and bones) and in selected bedrooms as long as they are well behaved (£15 per night; max 2 dogs).

Alfresco

Extensive, sheltered front patio and garden with picnic benches and brollies – perfect for alfresco imbibing after an invigorating forest walk.

 

What’s the Damage?

20 twins/doubles; £80-£170

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 18)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area & ground floor Rufus room
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The White Buck Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4AZ

Do not disturb

Climb the impressive wooden staircase to locate the 20 beautifully refurbished rooms, which radiate out from the first-floor gallery and ramble across two floors. All are named after places in the New Forest and come in three different types, Cosy, Comfy and Indulgence rooms, with the latter offering loads more space, period features, added extras (slippers, bathrobes and room hampers) and relaxing garden views. The décor and general attention to detail is spot on – all are very smart, most ooze a stylish country-house feel with a splash of colour, others are bold and contemporary (plank headboards, statement wallpaper, quirky furniture, baths in the room), but expect big beds topped with the best linen and down, retro lighting, phones and chairs, Nespresso machines and Smart TVs. Each room has a complimentary bottle of London Pride. Equally comfortable bathrooms have white bevel-brick tiling, posh Cole & Lewis toiletries, and huge walk-in monsoon showers. Book super indulgent Holmehurst and soak in the round tub in the bay window.

 

What’s the Damage?

20 twins/doubles; £80-£170

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 18)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area & ground floor Rufus room
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The White Buck Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4AZ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£8; Main Courses: £13-£25; Desserts £6-£9.50)

The kitchen delivers an interesting and varied menu, one that features well-cooked pub classics alongside more adventurous main dishes. Expect honest food prepared from local seasonal ingredients, including meat from Owtons Butchers in Hampshire, trout from the River Avon and New Forest venison. For starters there may be potted duck with spiced pear chutney, or goat’s cheese and pumpkin tart with walnut salad. Main dishes range from venison casserole with blue cheese and leek dumplings to Fuller’s Frontier battered haddock with homemade chips and tartar sauce, and braised lamb shoulder with rosemary rösti, sautéed kale and redcurrant jus. Try one of the excellent 35-day aged steaks, served with triple-cooked chips and peppercorn sauce. Leave room for Vintage Ale sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and Laverstoke Park Farm salted caramel ice cream. Watch your pizza being cooked in the wood-fired oven in the garden on warm summer days. To drink, expect the full range of Fullers real ales and craft beers and lagers, a top selection of premium bottled ciders, beers and soft drinks, a raft of boutique gins, Scottish malts and American whiskeys, and 13 wines by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (4pm Saturday; 12 noon – 8pm Sunday)

Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11 pm (12 noon – 10pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

20 twins/doubles; £80-£170

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 18)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area & ground floor Rufus room
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The White Buck

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River Test Smokery, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6AZ

A smokery using traditional methods where fish, meat and game is sourced locally where possible and smoked over English oak chippings. Salmon and rainbow trout are also on sale here, while duck, pheasant and other game are on offer during the shooting season. Products can be collected from the site via pre-arrangement and there's also a mail-order service.

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Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Landford SP5 2DN

Prize-winning producers of artisan cheeses such as Old Winchester and Stoney Cross, made on the farm using milk from their own dairy herd. Also available is an organic veg range, including lettuces, broad beans, sugar snap peas, pumpkins and squash. Pre-booked evening farm tours are offered during July.

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Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

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Ringwood Brewery, Ringwood BH24 3AP

Founded in 1978, Ringwood brewery is well known for ales such as Forty Niner and Boon Doogle. Stock up in the shop located in the brewery yard and time a visit for one of the brewery tours that include a complimentary drink in the Pin Room.

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Setley Ridge Farm Shop & Vineyard, Brockenhurst SO42 7UF

A family-run business set in the middle of the New Forest, Paul Girling and his wife Hayley grow the grapes in their vineyard, from which they produce five different varieties of wine. These are stocked in the oak-framed farm shop, along with other produce from local suppliers, including jams and chutneys, cheeses and cakes. The farm shop is open seven days a week.

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Walking Picnics, Frogham SP6 2JA

Fancy exploring the glorious scenery of the New Forest and then enjoying a three-course home made gourmet picnic at the end of it? Nigel Owen leads the 3-4 mile guided nature walks, while his wife Christine is in charge of the picnics, made up of a light starter, home made pies or quiches and a choice of cakes or puddings. Summer season walks run from Easter through to September. During winter months they also run 'souper' walks, with a mug of homemade soup replacing the picnic.

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Beaulieu Chocolate Studio SO42 7YA

Having previously trained as a baker and chocolatier in France, owner Trevor Smith set up the chocolate factory in 2006, taking over what was the village patisserie. His successful range of 30 different filled chocolates, along with bars and gifts are all made, displayed and sold on site.

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Cranborne Manor Garden Centre BH21 5PP

The cafe is the hub of Cranborne Garden Centre, a small private garden centre set in the pretty walled gardens of Cranborne House and specialising in old fashioned roses. The cafe is the perfect place to relax with a cappuccino, cake or other fresh homemade goodies. It is renowned for stocking freshly baked bread and tempting treats from local bakers 'Let Them Eat' and draws devotees from afar!

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Kimbridge On The Test Farm Shop, Romsey SO51 OLE

Tucked away in idyllic countryside, this farm shop has high quality produce supplied by local farmers, including smoked trout, lamb, pork and beef and their on-site butcher can offer advice on cuts and how to cook them. Their restaurant also offers a tranquil dining experience.

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Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE

Owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, this little gem is a deli, fishmonger and cafe all rolled into one. Amongst its wide-ranging produce, it stocks artisan breads from the Hoxton Bakehouse and also offers Friday night ‘fish and chips’, which you can wash down with a glass of wine or ale.

13

New Forest Food & Drink Festival

Week long celebration of everything food and drink across, with various foodie themed events at a host of locations, including the Bell Inn, across the New Forest. Late October to early November.

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Sopley Farm Shop, Sopley, Christchurch BH23 7AZ

Edge of the New Forest farm growing over 20 different fruit and vegetables, including the delicious asparagus served at the Bell Inn, which can be bought at the Farm Shop, or Ringwood Farmers’ Market. Pick your own fruit & vegetables in season.

15

Minstead Village Shop & Café, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7FY

It’s worth seeking out this thriving village shop and café for delicious breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas, all freshly prepared using New Forest produce; everything is sourced with 15 miles of Minstead. Their foods are also on sale in the shop.

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New Forest Lavender Farm, Giles Lane, Landford SP5 2BG

If you pop in to view the fragrant lavender fields and the excellent nursery, then you must not leave without trying the delicious lunches and cream teas, which may include cheese and lavender scones and homemade lavender shortbread, naturally.

18

Hockey's Farm Shop

Wander around the farm to see their collection of rehomed domestic animals, the farm animals, the sheep, and the specialist British Lop pigs, then head to the cafe and farm shop for their own and other locally sourced meats and produce.

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New Forest Cider

Based in Burley, visit the New Forest Cider Farm and indulge in some traditionally brewed cider straight from the barrel.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The White Buck

Activities

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Burley Manor Riding Stables, Burley BH24 4BS

Try a hack through the New Forest, one of the loveliest regions in the south of England. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, the Burley Manor stables will ensure you have a great day in the saddle.

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Fly Fishing, Burley BH24 4HS

A bespoke service is offered with a range of over 70 beats on more than 20 rivers. Expect grayling, sea trout and Atlantic salmon. There are few places in the UK where you can access some of the best and most sought-after private estate fly fishing in the world, but this is one of them.

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New Forest Bus Tour SO42 7RX

Enjoy an open-top safari through the New Forest National Park, see the local scenery at its best and witness the region's fascinating wildlife at close quarters on a bus ride with a difference. From the top deck the backdrop is a spectacular mix of open heath and ancient woodland. Hop on and off as you wish.

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Calshot Activities Centre, Calshot SO45 1BR

Situated on the shores of the Solent and one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain, Calshot offers an excellent choice of exciting water and land-based activities in the country's most popular watersports location.

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Bramshaw Golf Club, Brook SO43 7HE

For guests wishing to play golf in the New Forest, the Crosthwaite Eyre family also own the two award-winning golf courses directly behind the Bell Inn in Bramshaw - it's the oldest golf club in Hampshire. The two diverse 18-hole courses stretch across the undulating heathland of the National Park, offering golf holes of great interest through the trees and the fairways are shared with the wildlife and livestock that roam freely through the Forest.

Shopping

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Wilton Shopping Village, Wilton SP2 0RS

A short drive from Salisbury, in a pleasant riverside setting, this courtyard development in the village of Wilton is the perfect spot for a bit of out-of-town shopping, with restaurants and an antique centre included.

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The Butler Tray, High Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AS

Hand-painted furniture, stylish home accessories, vintage finds, home fragrances, handcrafted greeting cards and baby and nursery gifts are just some of the items on sale at Butler Tray in Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forest.

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The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6HE

A contemporary art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and ceramics from many well-established artists, as well as work from some very exciting younger artists. Solo, group and themed shows throughout the year.

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Stockbridge SO20 6EY

Take a stroll along Stockbridge's handsome High Street and you'll immediately spot a wide variety of individual, independent retailers - from art galleries and boutiques to specialist food shops as well as a butcher, greengrocer and fishmonger.

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Romsey Beer Emporium, 15 Bell Street SO51 8GY

This independent beer shop is in the centre of Romsey. Inside, you'll find over 250 bottles of beer, cider and perry from local and national brewers. Books, glasses and home brew kits are also available.

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First Floor Gallery, 46 The Hundred, Romsey SO51 8BX

Expect a wide variety of goods and services at First Floor Gallery in Romsey - from professional bespoke framing to picture movement, installation and restoration. Original paintings, prints, ceramics, gifts and cards can also be found stocked here.

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Coastal Gallery, 4 Southampton Road, Lymington SO41 9GG

This Lymington-based independent art gallery specialises in modern artwork by contemporary artists and designers, including abstract art, landscape and fine art photography, printmaking, studio ceramics and sculpture.

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Salisbury SP1 1EJ

The historic city of Salisbury never fails to offer a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience. Among its quaint old streets, you’ll find an impressive array of quality retailers and independent shops – especially in the vicinity of Winchester Street, Catherine Street, Fisherton Street and High Street.

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Norris & Sons, Beaulieu SO42 7YG

Based at Beaulieu in the New Forest and boasting 130 years’ experience, Norris & Sons is just the place for country, shooting, outdoor and equestrian clothing – from coats and wellington boots to brands such as Pikeur, Horseware, Ariat and Musto.

Places to visit

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Stonehenge SP4 7DE

This World Heritage Site is at least 5,000 years old and is the most famous prehistoric monument in Britain, perhaps. No one knows its exact purpose or how the smaller bluestones were brought here from Pembrokeshire. From every angle Stonehenge looks stunning but especially from a distance when the ancient stones blend into the timeless downland setting.

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Wilton House SP2 0BJ

Home of the Earls of Pembroke, Wilton House was designed by Inigo Jones in the 17th century, replacing the original house, which was destroyed by fire, and later remodelled by James Wyatt. Inside is the Double Cube Room, which contains a famous collection of Van Dyck paintings. Look out, too, for the former riding school, a Tudor kitchen and a Victorian laundry.

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Salisbury Cathedral SP1 2EJ

Its spire is the tallest in the country, immortalised in John Constable's famous painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, painted in 1831. The cathedral was begun in 1220, finished about 1280, and includes a medieval frieze and an original copy of the Magna Carta.

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Kingston Lacy, Wimborne BH21 4EA

Magnificent Kingston Lacy is described by the National Trust as an Italian palace in the heart of Dorset. Inside you'll find paintings by Rubens, Titian and Tintoretto and the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK.

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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont SO51 0LP

This 12th-century former Augustinian priory became a private house after the Dissolution. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont includes a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler and a superb walled garden containing one of the finest collections of roses in the country. A tributary of the Test flows prettily through the grounds.

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Longstock Water Park Gardens, Stockbridge SO20 6JF

Open to visitors on the third Sunday of the month during spring, summer and autumn, Longstock Water Gardens, just a couple of miles from Stockbridge, comprise three hectares of woodland with lakes and interconnecting islands and was voted the finest water gardens in the world by the International Water Lily Society.

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Broadlands, Romsey SO51 9ZD

Renowned for its fine Palladian-style architecture and open to visitors during the summer months, Broadlands was the home of the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. It was here that the Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first three days of their honeymoon in 1981.

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Exbury Gardens, Exbury SO45 1AZ

Exbury Gardens, a short drive from Beaulieu and created by Lionel de Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family, are renowned for their outstanding collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. There are also superb woodland gardens and peaceful walks down to the banks of the picturesque Beaulieu River.

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National Motor Museum, Beaulieu SO42 7ZN

Just a stone's throw from the Master Builders you'll find one of the world's largest collections of vehicles and motoring memorabilia dating back more than a century.

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Breamore House & Countryside Museum, Breamore SP6 2DF

Breamore is an Elizabethan manor house and countryside museum on the western edge of the New Forest. Expect paintings, porcelain, period furniture and a rare James I carpet. The museum includes one of the finest collections of steam-powered farm machinery.

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Paulton's Park Home of Peppa Pig World

Paultons Park is a much loved family theme park with over 70 exciting rides and attractions. Paultons is home to the UK exclusive and world’s first Peppa Pig World. There is an amazing variety of things to see and all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park.

Walking

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
For keen walkers, Hampshire is surprisingly varied and rewarding: there are still many tracts of unspoiled countryside and downland. The jewel in the county’s crown is undoubtedly the New Forest, now a National Park, and vast network of woodland paths and tracks awaits you on the doorstep of The White Buck. Hampshire can also claim several picturesque river valleys, including the Test (aka the queen of the chalk streams) where the walking (the Test Way) is particularly enjoyable.

Cycling

www.hants.gov.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban paths make Hampshire a great place for getting in the saddle. The New Forest also has more than 100 miles of off-road routes that are ideal for cycling, with exciting trails radiating away from The White Buck. If time allows, head over to the Isle of Wight and enjoy an exhilarating cycle ride along quiet lanes and tracks accompanied by glorious sea views and magnificent scenery.

Events

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
In September there’s the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show at Broadlands near Romsey, one of the oldest in the country, having been staged here annually since 1842. Another popular annual event is the New Forest and Hampshire Agricultural Show, which runs for three days and takes place at Brockenhurst. Or try the Winchester Hat Fair, a long-running street festival that offers four days of events and art installations. Head over to the Isle of Wight for the highly successful Walking Festival in May, or experience Cowes Week in August, when the entire Solent becomes a breathtaking cavalcade of colour and spectacle.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Burley is signposted from the A31 at Picket Post and from the A35 south west of Lyndhurst. The White Buck is located south east of the village at the junction of Bisterne Close and Cott Lane

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Brockenhurst (7 miles; 15 minutes by taxi) for direct trains to Waterloo

Address:

Bisterne Close, Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4AZ

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