The History Of The New Wheel Inn

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The Fall and Rise of the Wheel Inn

The Wheel Inn has history traceable to 1770 on this location where it began life as a blacksmith's workshop. A century later in 1871 this was converted into a public house - still greeting weary travellers but for different reasons. The pub continued to trade prosperously into the following century before gradually falling into a slow decline in the early years of the 21st Century. Eventually with the decor and fittings requiring refurbishment the pub was taken over by the local community who rallied to save the pub and restore it somewhat to it's former splendour. This project took over in early 2018 and was making excellent progress whilst working purely voluntarily to keep their local facility.

The New Wheel Inn About - Blacksmith
The New Wheel Inn About - Beer

However, the outbreak of coronavirus early in 2020 which was an unforeseen and unprecedented epidemic forced the difficult decision to close the pub through economic reasons - one of many which suffered a similar fate. The story could have ended there - but one of the group, a local regular, John Pyatt refused to accept defeat and purchased The Wheel Inn late in 2020 with a view to taking the effort further. John has a lifetime of happy family memories linked to this location and pub so the decision was largely based on sentimental reasons for him and became a labour of love.

The New Wheel Inn About - New Bar Area
The New Wheel Inn About - New Restaurant Area

Today the newly named New Wheel Inn has undergone further refurbishment with the entire bar area being modernised and 5 guest rooms created on the first floor to a good standard. Now boasting a large family room plus 4 double/twin rooms the New Wheel Inn has placed itself as an ideal location for a base to enjoy the New Forest and everything it has to offer.