The Angel: Almost As Good As My Own!
Although the Angel is a town centre hotel, with 12 rooms, it still has very much a pub feel to it assisted by the fact that it has a distinct public bar area. This is, of course, where I met the crazy ladies but even without them the place, with its series of connected rooms, is pleasantly informal. Staff are friendly and efficient and the outside patio in the rear courtyard welcoming for us smokers.
Favorite Dish: After the crazy ladies had jumped into their taxi I had a quick look at the menu which is quite extensive with a mix of the familiar and touches of the exotic and all very reasonably-priced. But I'm not really a "menu" person and the Crispy Belly Pork on the "Specials" blackboard was just what I was after on a dank December evening.
This came as advertised - well-flavoured meat, just fatty enough to be mouth-meltingly succulent and topped with perfectly crisped, but tooth-breaking, crackling. The sauteed apple slices were a nice touch, the gravy tasted of meat juices and the accompanying baby potatoes and sweet & sour red cabbage combined to make this pretty much perfect.
If I remember correctly it was less than a tenner and so value for money too.
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The Ship Inn: Right on the waterfront.
A typical old English pub, dating back to the early 1700's, with a large area set aside as a restaurant. Tables outside are great on a warm evening.
The location is perfect, right on the waterfront overlooking the international yacht marina in the historic part of town.
Food ranges from pub snacks such as fresh sandwiches to three-course meals.
Favorite Dish: Traditional, simple dishes such as steak pie, gammon steaks, fish&chips. A bit 'formula' but still good.
As it's a pub, the range of drinks to have with it is endless.
The Rising Sun.: Excellent pub food.
Not too far from Lymington, this is a large village pub in and overlooking the open forest. As with all pubs in England, the locals use it as a place to socialise.
There's a large garden at the back with plenty of tables, some tables out the front from where you can watch the ponies grazing, plus tables inside.
They serve a variety of very good food including curries, lasagne, pies, and have traditional Sunday roast.
Favorite Dish: Mine is the steak pie, Geina's is the Chicken Tikka Masala but there are plenty of other excellent dishes to choose from.
It's a pub, so there's a big choice of beers, a good selection of wine by the glass, plus coffee and soft drinks.
The Ship: The Ship
The Ship has changed beyond all recognition since my last tip about it, in which I said I didn't like it. They've ditched their 'pub chain' look and gone for the "olde worlde quayside packing company" look. They have a new chef, new menu, etc and I've heard that it is pretty good.
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