It's the picturesque thatched pub in the heart of the New Forest.

The Fish Inn in Ringwood, nestled on the banks of the river Avon has been serving publicans for almost 500 years.

Managed by the Karelus family the Wadworth owned pub, had a major refurbishment two years ago that mixes sees the 16th century exterior mixes with a more contemporary edge inside as huge mirrors and modern sofas marries with original exposed beams and wooden floors. Needless to say, fishing is the theme throughout.

landlord Simon Karelus said: " During the refurbishment we got rid of a lot of stuff and decided to go back to basics, taking out the carpets and going back to wooden floors in the bar and creating a more unified feel while keeping the fishing theme throughout."

Simon and Jude Karelus have been managing the bar for the last four years, as well as as their son Charlie who started working in the kitchen when he was 16.

Simon Karelus said: "I have been in the pub game for the last 20 years. Before coming to the fish I managed the Red Shoot for 10 years. then this came up because the old manager was leaving and the brewery asked them who would be a good fit to take it over and they recommended me. So I didn't really have a choice, but i was looking for a new challenge so it worked out perfectly."

I like to fish so it's handy during the summer months with the river right outside. We get a few fisherman that come in regularly to have a meal after a day on the river."

The pub keeps a selection of four Wadworth ales and one Ringwood Brewery alee on tap at all times as well as a large selection of spirits.

The Fish also has annual gin, and rum festivals every summer with over 30 gins, and rums to choose from.

Meanwhile, the menu covers a range of traditional pub favourites complemented by a selection of daily specials including plenty of fresh fish dishes. Smaller portions are available for lighter appetites and children.

All dietary requirements can be accommodated for and the pub is the only one in Ringwood that is accredited by Coeliac UK.

During the winter months publicans can enjoy a real log fire and during the summer the Fish has a large beer garden for alfresco drinking and dining while watching the River Avon flow gently by.