White Buck Inn, Burley

Burley is a village with a unique character, with connections to witches, smugglers and dragons (yes dragons, no it’s not a typo). The relatively modern White Buck Inn, Burley doesn’t let it’s lively and historic village down. Built at the turn of the 20th century it has a story or two of it’s own.

We had just driven through the colourful heathlands of the New Forest, where ponies and cattle roam freely. Burley village, in fact, still practices ‘Commoning’ the traditional practice of allowing the animals to graze openly.

So, as we entered the driveway of the White Buck Inn we already felt unwound by this old and special custom.

We stroll in and find the reception area flooded with light.

White Buck Inn, Burley

Today’s Inn is named after a white Buck that was seen in the area, said to have startled the previous owner on his way cycling back from the golf course.

White Buck Inn, Burley

The theme is a good one and they use it to full effect. Antlers create the overhead lighting.

White Buck Inn, Burley

A white Buck stands proud above reception and makes me long for Christmas when, I bet, this place dresses up beautifully.

The white Buck Inn, Burley

There are glass etchings on the doors of the bar.

White Buck Inn, Burley

The bar itself is pub like, selling award winning ales. Opposite, the doors are open to a large lawn, where there are tables for drinking and dining.

White Buck Inn, Burley

Generously they place a (rather lovely) water butt for you to help yourselves. Either that table is leaning or I am!

White Buck Inn, Burley

To the side of the bar is The Gun Room, a small cozy space with a few intimate dining tables, sofas and a fireplace.

White Buck Inn, Burley

This beautiful deer lords over the room, tho’ it might put you off your food if you don’t appreciate being stared at.

White Buck Inn, Burley

Else where the rooms were open plan. Built at the turn of the 20th century (by a rather romantic sounding John Witherby), this country house has seen many changes and the rooms reflect that.

It is suspected that the house was taken over by the WW1 war effort. During WW2 is was used by a Tank Regiment Army and was part of a hospital complex. Thereby it became a target and got damaged by German airforce machine gun fire.

In the 50’s the house was left derelict and was taken up by the local wildlife for a time.

The late 50’s saw it restored and turned into a hotel where the owner used his showbiz connections to engage performances where the lower restaurant is now (Diana Dors and Billy J Kramer among others).

White Buck Inn, Burley

It seems as if every table was different. This large restaurant manages to keep a very homely country house feel.

White Buck Inn, Burley

We were seated at a solid country house table and felt very much at home.

White Buck Inn, Burley

They use country kitchen plates which add to the charm. The odd chip to the ceramics doesn’t faze anyone here – it adds to the home from home feel.

White Buck Inn, Burley

The menu focuses on locally sourced Hampshire produce. I chose the Cider Braised Hampshire Belly of Pork, as they donate to the New Forest Trust. Well, that and it sounds delicious.

White Buck Inn, Burley

White Buck Inn, Burley

My daughter Charlotte and I came here with my lovely Aunty Sand and her husband Paul. It was Paul who got the history printed off by reception for me (for us actually).

White Buck Inn, Burley

Lunch arrives and the Ale battered cod and chips looked just as you’d hope and came with homemade tartar sauce.

White Buck Inn, Burley

The Fish Chowder special was rich with smoked Haddock.

White Buck Inn, Burley

My Cider braised Hampshire Belly of pork with Fuller’s black pudding & potato cake had warm savoy
cabbage and bacon with a roast apple jus.

White Buck Inn, Burley

Chocolate cheesecake with passion fruit sauce and marshmallow. I’m yet to find a chocolate/passion fruit concoction I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. They are a match in heaven.

White Buck Inn, Burley

As we leave feeling happy and satisfied, people are still enjoying the large outside space for drinks and dining.

White Buck Inn, Burley

There is a proper place to ‘park’ your horse in the car park. It doesn’t feel at all American West. This is undoubtedly a very English New Forest experience and a horse lovers paradise.

White Buck Inn, Burley

We had a great time at the White Buck, Burley and would recommend you book a meal and saddle up to the New Forest. We were left with huge smiles and feeling utterly relaxed by the experience.

The White Buck
Bisterne Close
Burley
Hampshire
BH24 4AZ
Tel
01425 402264

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