The Oak Inn, Bank, Nr Lyndhurst 18/25

The Oak Inn 18/25  oak1oak (2)

Pinkney Lane
SO43 7FD

Tel: 02380 282350


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Own car parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

award.silver LWL Silver Award – Awarded August 2013 – Cost £££  Revisit May 2014

May 2014 We visited for Sunday lunch and were delighted. Their beef was mouthwatering. The accompanying vegetables were good, would have preferred the potatoes to be crunchier but as is the fashion they were served with everything piled on top of them! They still had a good flavour though. We did enjoy the table service for both food and drinks, very relaxing. This was a treat but think the roast is about £13.00. Update SM 

August 2013 Having enjoyed a 5 mile hike around Bank, our walking group stopped at The Oak for lunch. We were 12, had made a reservation and therefore were able to leave our cars in the car park before the walk.From an extensive menu we enjoyed, scampi and chips, rib eye steak, stuffed peppers, burgers and salads etc. averaging £11 per head. The food has much improved since our last visit. The portions are good, well presented and enjoyed by all.(Looking at the original review the last time we were here was in October 2005 and I commented “Since the lst October it is now totally non-smoking but there is a large garden, part of which is covered over so OK for smokers in all weathers” I was amazed that it is such a short time sine we were getting used to no smoking in pubs/restaurants, it seems like a lifetime ago!)

None of us had puddings but we all had coffee or teas served on a board with a delicious piece of nutty chocolate brownie, £2.10 each.

My favourite part of the visit was discovering a gin and “pink” tonic. Delicious! They use Tanquery gin, which is my preferred brand, together with the pomegranate and elderflower pink tonic water. It was served in a fab glass with ice and a piece of pink grapefruit, a treat at £6.85.   The tonic water is from a company called Bottle Green. Check it out for some interesting new mixers!

This is a busy pub, well worth a visit but on a sunny day, school holidays etc, booking is strongly recommended. They have a large garden. Do look at their website for menus, opening times and more details. Cost £££

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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 3/5
Variety of menu 4/5
Staff and service 4/5
Ambience & décor 4/5
Value for Money 3/5


Total Yummy Factor


Report: SM

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)