This weekend I visited The White Buck Inn with my family. There are plenty of idyllic country pubs in the New Forest, but this is one I hadn't previously eaten at. It is a beautiful building, looking more like a stately home than a pub at first glance. As the sun was set to, "EVER SO HOT", we headed straight for the garden. There are plenty of tables and a children's play area to keep the kids happy while you sit down with a nice cold drink and realise that there aren't many better things than sitting in a pub garden while the sun shines down on you.
There were plenty of interesting meals on offer, generally at just over £10, but strangely, we all had a hankering for a burger. Me and Rachel choosing the chicken breast version, George opting for the regular cow variety. Both were served simply with chips. At this point I would nudge the idea of a few onion rings or a bit of coleslaw. Think of it as a little bonus which makes the experience of eating that little bit more interesting.
Lack of sides put to one side, the food was very good. The chips were nice, and came with a pot of tomato relish. It was far superior to your standard ketchup, it almost had a pineapple twang to it. Without doubt though, the burger was the main event. As well as the burger/chicken breast, the bun held within it's floury grip, sliced tomato, onion, lettuce and gherkins. I myself am horrified by the idea of tomato in my burger, so mine was swiftly removed.
This is a wonderful example of a thriving country pub. The food is good, and even on a busy Summer weekend, the staff are friendly and the food is conjured up in good time. If you find yourself in the New Forest while the sun is shining, and you happen across the village of Burley, be sure to hunt down The White Buck Inn, you won't be disappointed.
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