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16th century Filly Inn at Brockenhurst transformed by £1m refurbishment

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A SIXTEENTH century New Forest pub is welcoming guests again after being "completely transformed" during a £1m project.

The Filly Inn at Brockenhurst now boasts seven new en-suite bedrooms, open fireplaces, polished dining areas, cosy corners, and a spacious and verdant rear garden. It has a classic but striking decor, with walnut timber panelling, soft velvets, buttoned leather upholstery seating, and eccentric finishing touches.

Partner Nick Ranhem said: "This huge investment has truly restored the pub to its former glory, retaining the unique charm and quirky character that the community are so fond of.

"We’re looking forward to showcasing everything this great pub has to offer and creating plenty of memories with locals and visitors alike."

Operations director Robin Belither described the Filly Inn, which had been shut since January 2020, as an "an absolute gem".

"We have reimagined a traditional coaching inn for guests to relax and stay the night in," he said. "The outside space is epic, with stretch tent, fire pits, festival seating, wildflower meadows and fabulous dining terraces.

"This amazing space can be enjoyed by guests as wild New Forest ponies roam by. We believe the pub now nestles seamlessly into the idyllic great British countryside."

Run by independent pub operators Punch Pubs & Co, the Filly Inn is a regular haunt for dog walkers and ramblers alike.

Guests can expect an eclectic menu of quintessential British classics and modern bistro dishes, as well as plenty of small plates for nibbling on with drinks. Locally sourced seafood specials are also featured.

For the seasoned drinker, there is a broad wine list, a list of carefully curated cocktails, local beers and quality real ales.

For more information or to book a table or room, go to https://www.fillyinn.com

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