Montagu Arms Hotel wins restaurant of the year

The Terrace restaurant in Beaulieu has again scooped a top regional award.

Matthew Tomkinson Head Chef at The Terrace Montagu Arms Beaulieu New ForestThe three-AA Rosette restaurant at the Montagu Arms Hotel in the heart of the New Forest has won Restaurant of the Year at the Hampshire Life Food and Drink awards – voted for by the public.

Run by one of only 34 Roux Scholars, Matthew Tomkinson, the Terrace is renowned for using seasonal, free-range ingredients sourced from carefully selected local suppliers and its own kitchen garden.

Matt, who will be celebrating his 10th anniversary as Head Chef at the Montagu Arms next year, creates a seasonal, enticing menu capturing a delicious and exciting range of flavours, textures and aromas.

Matt said: “We are pleased that our efforts to make the Terrace the best restaurant in the region have been recognised with this award.

“The commitment to the perfect dining experience drives everything we do and the whole team works hard to give our guests an experience to savour.”

Dishes at the Terrace include spiced diver caught Scottish scallops with cauliflower puree, apple and coriander or steamed Cornish ‘fish of the day’ with crispy mussel kiev, saffron fondant potato and crab butter sauce or salted caramel fondant with ‘cider lolly sorbet’ and crème fraiche.

The Montagu Arms country house hotel is in the beautiful, historic village of Beaulieu. It is set in beautiful gardens inspired by Gertrude Jekyll and has 24 en-suite bedrooms, some with four-poster beds and two brand new hay loft suites.

The Hampshire Life Food and Drink awards are designed to showcase the great and the good in Hampshire, and reward the hardworking people behind them, including suppliers and producers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers.

Read our review of dinner at the Terrace at the Montagu Arms Hotel

Read our review of the excellent value table d'hote lunch at the Terrace

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