A family-friendly inn near Salisbury is offering “everything for everybody” since being taken over by new owners in 2022.

After being closed for four years, the Woodfalls Inn came under the ownership of a local family.

Helping from day one was operations manager Matt Carter, 40, who also works in the Three Lions in Fordingbridge.

He said: “When we first came here, it was run down. The priority was to refresh. We wanted to build the community around the pub and bring people together.

“I must admit, it’s blown us away how successful it’s been. Hotel rooms are full all the time - we know rooms are a massively important part.”

After opening the bar and restaurant in December 2022, rooms were not reopened until May 2023, giving the team time for a refresh and refurbishment.

Salisbury Journal: A room at the Woodfalls Inn

The inn boasts nine rooms, including one three-bedroom suite, as well as a bar and restaurant, multi-purpose function room and outdoor space.

Particularly special about the inn is its proximity to nearby attractions, being just nine miles from Salisbury, and minutes from the New Forest.

New general manager, Chris Gill, 44, has a background in business management, including bars, nightclubs and hotels.

He plans to extend the use of the function room – which already has a darts board, outside space, skittles and televisions – to host more events like karaoke, and large gatherings.

Salisbury Journal: The function space at the Woodfalls Inn

He said: “The fact we can put on functions, and have large parties and groups of people – we’ve got the space.

“Very soon there will be even more events planned on the social media and website.”

The team pride themselves on accommodating all requests as much as possible, whether that be regarding group sizes or food preferences.

Matt added: “We were asked “would you do a BBQ for 100 people?” and we go “yes no problem.”

“Come and see us and talk to us – come and see for yourself!”

Salisbury Journal: Outdoor space at the Woodfalls Inn

In May, they hosted a “psychic and prosecco night” that 70 people attended, with some people travelling from outside of the Salisbury area.

As well as the function room, downstairs compromises a snug, wood burner, dining space and bar. 

The menu offers home-cooked food, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as lighter options like coffee and cake.

Salisbury Journal: Bar at the Woodfalls Inn

At the front of the inn, they have added an outdoor seating space and bike rack.

Matt said: “The outside space was never used before – it was used as an extension to the pavement.

“Now you can sit outside, and even put bikes out there."

The Woodfalls Inn also uses a number of local suppliers, such as stocking Downton Brewery “Honey Blonde” and Ringwood “Razorback” Craft Ale in the bar, and using a New Forest toiletries company to stock the rooms.