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The Shoe Inn 4 stars

Salisbury Road, SO51 6EE Plaitford Show map

Score from 40 reviews   6.5/10 6.5

This 15th-century coaching inn, situated just on the edge of the New Forest on the A36, has been welcoming hungry travellers ever since 1430 and is steeped in history.

Today it is a family-run free house with an elegant rustic interior and a pretty terrace garden. The Shoe Inn is renowned for its quality home-cooked food and is the perfect retreat for a relaxing weekend away or a comfortable overnight stop.

Each charming en suite bedroom is situated on the first floor, and is equipped with a colour TV and tea/coffee.

The Shoe Inn offers a very wide range of quality dishes, including pasta, fish, steaks and Thai curry. It serves food every day, from 12:00 until 21:00. There is live music/karaoke on some Saturday and Sunday nights.

Rooms: 5


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The most recent booking for this hotel was made on 25 Jul at 19:37 from United Kingdom.

Facilities of The Shoe Inn


  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Darts

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Common areas

  • Terrace
  • Games room

Business facilities

  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Fax/photocopying


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating


WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.


Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

Policies of The Shoe Inn

These are general hotel policies for The Shoe Inn. As they may vary per room type; please also check the room conditions.


14:00 - 23:00 hours


08:00 - 11:00 hours

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type.

Children and extra beds

There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.


Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.

Accepted credit cards

  • American Express
  • Visa
  • Euro/Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Solo
  • Switch

The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel information

Your hosts at the Shoe are Kerry and Kevin. Every lunchtime and evening there is an appetising choice of homemade soups and starters, varied main dishes and some irresistible homemade desserts.

In good weather, you can enjoy your meal in the attractive beer garden. The Shoe Inn is a free house and has a good selection of draught beers and lagers. At any time, you ‘ll find up to 3 real ales on tap and an extensive choice of wines, spirits and all the usual popular beverages.

Entertainment includes pool, dominoes and varied music on Friday nights, and some Saturday and Sunday nights.

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar.

Room information

All rooms are suitated on the 1st floor and fitted to a high standard quality.

Extra bed only available in Twin Room or Large Double.

Area information

New Forest (opposite the Shoe Inn) - 92,000 acres of ancient woodland and heath, famous for wild ponies

Paultons Park (4 miles) - Family theme park

Salisbury (12 miles) - Beautiful historic City with famous Cathedral

Stonehenge (22 miles)

Swimming Facilities:
Indoor swimming pool - 8 miles
Croquet and Golf
18 hole Golf Course - 2 miles, 3 miles and 5 miles

Water Sports Facilities:
Canoeing - 10 miles
Outdoor swimming pool - 8 Km

Tennis Facilities:
All-weather Tennis court - 8 miles

Equestrian Facilities:
Equestrian Centre - 2 miles

Fishing and Shooting Facilities:
Course Fishing - 3 miles
Clay Shooting - 5 miles

Falconry - 6 miles

Travel information

Leave the M27 at junction 2. Follow the signs to Salisbury (A36), we are on the A36 about 4 miles down on the right hand side. From the West Country follow signs to Salisbury, then pick up the A36 to Southampton, we are 12 miles out of Salisbury on the left hand side of the A36

Nearest Motorway or Main Road, M27
Junction No., 2 - 5 miles
Airport, Bournemouth - Hurn - 26 miles
Airport, Southampton - Eastleigh - 12 miles
Nearest Port/Ferrycrossing, Southampton - 15 miles
Nearest Port/Ferrycrossing, Portsmouth - 31 miles
Nearest Major Train Station, Salisbury - 12 miles
Nearest Local Train Station, Romsey - 7 miles

Important information

The Shoe Inn accepts all major credit cards except American Express and Diners Card.

Please note that The Shoe Inn opens at 17:30 on Mondays. For earlier check-in, please telephone the hotel in advance, or ring the side gate for assistance.

Please note that the inn has live music every Friday, and occasionally on other nights. Some noise may be heard in the rooms.


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