WE ARE PROUD SUPPORTERS OF FORDINGBRIDGE RFC LADIES TEAM.
A really friendly club, they are always looking to welcome new members, men, women, young and old.
THE PUB - It has a slightly quirky interior edging towards shabby with a bit of chic and an eclectic mix of stuff on the walls, two fireplaces and a screen showing old black and white movies. There is another more formal dining area where we can also hold private functions and business meetings. We are open all day Friday and Saturday from 9am so we can do business breakfasts. (pre booking essential)
Being a Marston's pub we can choose our ales from Ringwood Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Company, Brakspear, Wychwood, Jennings, Mansfield, Banks, Revisionist and of course Marstons. We normally have Ringwood Razorback and 49er on tap. SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO SEE WHAT THE CURRENT GUEST ALE IS. We also serve Fosters, Birra Moretti, Shipyard Pale Ale, Shipyard Rye, Guinness and Stowford Press cider. Sensible wine list. We love all well behaved dogs and children in equal measure. There are doggy treats, a canine trivia quiz, suggested walks and a bowl of water by the front door. Children eat half price.
THE ROOMS - There are four rooms, 3 doubles with en suite shower rooms and a twin with a bath and shower. (From £49 for single occupancy of the twin room, £59 during the week for a double.) They were originally stables so don't expect big, bright and glitzy; more, cozy and quiet. They have a TV, tea making facilities, cafetiere. If like us you have a dog, we are happy for you to bring them too, let us know in advance so we can put you in one of the right rooms - that open directly onto the gravelled courtyard. There are lovely walks just at the end of our road where we take Nixon, our rescue dog, for his daily walks.
THE FOOD - The food is amazing. Our chef Scott Bennett, was a head chef at Cary's Manor in Brockenhurst and has devised the most wonderful menu using seasonal produce from The New Forest and surrounds. It is a constantly changing feast, you can see sample menus elsewhere on this website, under MENUS funnily enough. OAP lunch menu Tuesday - Saturday. We don't have a specific children's menu but children eat half price and we are are happy to adapt dishes. Tragically, chicken nuggets are not on the menu. We also serve fantastic homemade pizzas and tapas. Don't forget, AJs is home to the best Knickerbocker Glory on the planet!
THE CAR PARK Odd thing to highlight but our car park is quite large so makes us an ideal destination or meeting place for classic car or motorbike clubs especially on Saturdays when the cokes and lemonades for drivers and riders are on us - just to keep you on the straight and narrow. If a large group of you are planning to come let us know in advance so we can be ready for you! (Classic car drivers; Saturday lunch - 2 for 1 main courses.(We are motorcyclists as are many of our regulars so responsible bikers are always welcome. We have nearby neighbours so we will not tolerate people who twat about and over rev engines and fire up before they are ready to ride off. My pub, my rules!)
TAKEAWAYS AND DELIVERIES - You can now TAKEAWAY or have delivered, several of our homemade dishes and gourmet pizzas during kitchen opening hours and Thai takeaway on Thai Tuesday....which is every Tuesday. See the JUST EAT web site or phone us direct 01425 652098.
Whether you are having a dinner party and don't fancy cooking and clearing up or a Party For No Reason we can take all the worry and stress away leaving you to enjoy the event and the company of your friends. Alternatively you can hold it here and we will close off part of the pub for you.
Augustus Edwin John OM RA (4 January 1878 - 31 October 1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher. For a short time around 1961, he was an important exponent of Post Impressionism in the United Kingdom.
Augustus was celebrated first for his brilliant figure drawing, and then for a new technique of oil sketching. His work was favourably compared in London with that of Gauguin and Matisse. He then developed a style of portraiture that was imaginative and often extravagant, catching an instantaneous attitude in his subjects. " He lived his last years from 1927 in Fordingbridge and used The Railway Hotel, as it was called then, after his frequent visits to London, His favourite stool remains in the bar and and on wild and stormy nights when all the guests have left.........
We wanted to continue the art theme so we have an ARTIST OF THE MONTH. Local artists and those from further afield display their talent for customers to peruse and purchase. Get in touch if you would like to put your wares on show - It's all free.
THINGS TO DO
We are in the New Forest Guide which has lots of interesting information. http://newforestguide.xara.hosting/pubs3.htm
Make sure you call in to see David at The Fordingbridge Bookshop in Salisbury Street (opposite Tesco). With a wide range of guides, books and maps he will be able to help you make the most of your visit.
Afterwards pop around the corner to the Tourist Information office and the Fordingbridge Museum - lots of info on Augustus John and when the railway was in town.
Take an open top bus ride round The New Forest. book it at http://www.thenewforesttour.info
Walking - either from the pub (we have maps that lead you to the most beautiful Hampshire countryside) or roam The New Forest.
You will probably have to book in advance but if you have even one ornithological bone in your body, a visit to see Great Bustards on Salisbury plain is a must. See http://www.greatbustard.org/
Cycling - Plenty of tracks and cycle hire at nearby Sandy Balls or Burley. We have maps showing some lovely rides round the Forest.
Salisbury - The most beautiful cathedral close described by Bill Bryson as one of the best places on earth.
Birdwatching - At Blashford Lakes and heaven on earth at Martin Down. The skylarks early in the morning are almost deafening.
Bournemouth - A wonderful place needs no introduction.
Horse riding - Arniss Stables at Godshill.
The New Forest Water Park for water skiing and other water borne sports. www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk/
Salisbury Plain off road buggy driving adventure. www.stonehengeatv.com
Roman history at the villa in Rockbourne. http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/rockbourne-roman-villa
World War Two history at Ashley Walk. There is a good little booklet available at the Fordingbridge Bookshop.
Jurassic Coast - Take a trip on the chain ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour to another world that is the Isle of Purbeck and beyond, progress as far as the semi tropical gardens at Abbotsbury and enter another world.
Compton Acres, Bournemouth - A world renowned RHS partner garden.
Fishing at Rockbourne. One of our suppliers.They will give you lessons, it's a glorious place to spend the day even if you are not the one fishing. http://www.rockbournetroutfishery.co.uk/
Golf - Various courses in the area including pay and play at Salisbury. http://www.salisburygolf.co.uk/bibury_course
Whatever your interests are, talk to us and will endeavour to point you in the right direction.
The Great Bustard Group. This magnificent bird has been reintroduced onto Salisbury Plain and you are now, with the help of a guide, able to see them. Not to be missed. See www.greatbustard.org for details. Just in case you missed it the first time!
Bryan Greenwood - Having had a portfolio career before it was trendy to call it so, Bryan has come back to the business he enjoyed the most. His last pub was The Sun Inn, Dunsfold, Surrey - a lovely village pub which he improved the fortunes of before the days of Facebook and mobile phones. In between times he has been a garden designer, artist, writer (wrote recently republished "Foliage"), radio broadcaster, did a few things in property, bird watcher, motorcyclist, hospital TV presenter and once a year quite likes to dress in women's clothing and strut about the stage in the name of panto.
Scott Bennett - Scott came to The Augustus John from Carey's Manor, Brockenhurst, where he worked for seven years, two of which were spent as head chef of the French bistro Le Blaireau. Before that he was at The Plough in Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire. It was here Scott discovered how good pub food can be without losing sight of the fact you are in a pub. Scott's passion for food is infectious and it was he who made Bryan's dream of serving the best Knickerbocker Glory on the planet a reality!.
PEOPLE WE LIKE
Premier Fish are based in Salisbury but their nets are thrown far and wide to catch the best fish. www.premierfish.net
Claytons Free Range Eggs do what it says on the tin. Not just hen's eggs either. www.claytonseggshampshire.co.uk
Country Fare. We like to use fresh, seasonal produce and Country Fare help us in our quest. www.countryfare.co.uk
Rockbourne Trout Fishery . A wonderful place to fish, they will give you lessons if you need them and they also supply us with some magnificent fish, www.rockbournetroutfishery.co.uk
Mr Price the Butcher supplies us with locally produced meat of the highest quality. www.pricebutcheruk.co.uk
Simon Drew. Nothing to with food - we just like his humour. We even have a cosy alcove and table dedicated to him. www.simondrew.co.uk
Loosehanger Cheeses. Make our cheeseboard what it is today. Wondrous stuff. www.loosehangercheeses.co.uk
Caffe Delizia. www.caffe-delizia.com Mike is passionate about coffee and really knows his stuff. We spent a morning with him tasting different coffees until we got the right ones - a delicious medium roast and a decaf which we serve in generous cafetieres . hhtp://www.deterracoffee.com.br/#/ids-ourcoffees-plantacoes
Purbeck Ice Cream Just the most beautifully made ice cream and a dazzling array of flavours. http://www.purbeckicecream.co.uk
Ashford Trout Farm Another business driven by passion for the end product; selling seems almost secondary. Their smoked trout is a work of art and their pate is ........well try it and be amazed, your taste buds will love you forever. You can buy their produce at Hampshire Farmer's Markets.
Olives et al. Not for us KP peanuts in little salt laden bags. These people supply us with the most wonderful nuts, snacks and of course, olives. http://www.olivesetal.co.uk/
Bakehouse 24. They bake the most wonderful bread and we love it. It is a young, enthusiastic company and we love 'em. Also have a rather good cafe. https://bakehouse24.com/
Edgcott House, Exford. The only place to stay if you are going to Exmoor. Bed and breakfast and a self catering cottage meticulously run by Penny and Simon. Last time we looked had a 100% rating on Trip Advisor. http://www.edgcotthouse.co.uk/
Pawsative Pet Training. We are dog friendly both for the pub and the accommodation. If you want a brilliant positive, professional trainer Linda is the person to see. http://www.pawsitivepetteaching.com/
Lake View Farm The most idyllic, peaceful camping site you re likely to find, Acres of fields and lakes to roam around, de-stressing guaranteed. http://www.countryandfishingholidays.co.uk/
Amy's Field. To be honest just as peaceful and idyllic as the above, just smaller and without the lakes and within short walking distance of us. New shower / loo block. Google for more details.
Forres Sandle Manor. Just a wonderful school - so wonderful we named one of our puddings after them. www.fsmschool.com/
The Clay Studio, Christchurch.
http://www.theclaystudio.co.uk/ A real fun time for children and grown ups. Mention The Augustus John and they will give you a free studio fee (£4.50 adults and £3.50 children).