If you want a delicious lunch, cake or an ice cream, then maybe visit 'The Potting Shed' at Hyde, which is a 25 minute walk, a quick cycle or a 5 minute drive away, They are open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sundays (closed Mondays)
Hockey's Farmyard Cafe is also a mere 5 minute drive away or a 10 minute cycle and provide takeaway bacon and egg rolls along with burgers, toasties and suchlike....they are the place to go if you want to buy some beef-burgers or sausages for the BBQ, their farmers rear their animals in a traditional way allowing their stock to roam and graze freely in lush green pastures.
Or even better!! A delicious afternoon tea, scones, jam and cream, flapjacks, brownies and a myriad of other treats delivered to your tent or Shepherds hut - At Elm Bakeaway, everything is freshly home baked by our daughter-in-law (a patisserie chef) and delivered to Greenfields for when you would like it.... If you have a special occasion while you are with us Ellie can deliver a fantastic celebration cake baked to your requirements.
I can absolutely recommend everything she bakes, the cheesecake with berry compote is to die for... take a look at Ellie's FB page, Elm Bakeaway, for maybe less biased recommendations :)
PUB FOOD - We are spoilt for choice in the New Forest, there are so many good pubs....
The Royal Oak at Gorley is literally a 10 minute walk from our gate, picturesque pub with great food and no need to drive.
The Foresters Arms at Frogham (aka the donkey pub) is a good walk or cycle ride away, or go in the car if you want to take it easy. They have some great Gins and a varied food choice from sarnies to seasonal favourites. I can particularly recommend the cheese soufflés if they are on the menu.
The Alice Lisle, is a short drive away and has a big garden and children's play area.
A little further afield, but a lovely 15 minutes or so drive, is the Redshoot Inn and the Highcorner Inn, both great Forest Pubs, and the Redshoot has it's own microbrewery.
The George in Fordingbridge has good food with lovely views over the river.