The Plantation lives up to its name: it’s a stunning pub done out in colonial style, complete with conservatory dining room, potted plants and wrought-iron furniture. Since late 2014, it has been part of the Upham Group, an exciting young pub and brewery company based in the South Downs, which is responsible for its stylish upgrade. Upham is building a portfolio of pubs with personality and charm, which also includes The Winning Post in Winkfield and The Bunk Inn. Much of The Plantation’s appeal comes from its location, within walking distance of the blue flag beaches of Branksome Chine and Sandbanks, and the glorious gardens at Compton Acres. Back at the pub, there’s an impressive selection of real ales, as well as wines at the bar and top-notch food that, like the pub itself, hints at colonial influences in its ingredients and dishes in ever-changing menus. The beds and funky decoration add a hint of luxury in the large, bright, contemporary rooms. Doubles from £74.
Do: It’s all about nature here. Whether it’s a trip to one of the award-winning beaches nearby or the beautiful New Forest.
Eat: In the summer there’s an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and grill – don’t miss it for delicious steaks and pizzas.
Buy: Some of the Upton Brewery Punter bitter.
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