Dining Out

The Neigh Bar at Careys Manor Hotel Brockenhurst
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Riding High at the Neigh Bar at Careys Manor Hotel Brockenhurst

Calling sun seekers and cocktail enthusiasts to the Neigh Bar: the stylish alfresco drinks and dining experience nestled within the lush surroundings of the gardens of Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst.

Lymington Seafood Festival

New Forest's Lymington Seafood Festival 2024 includes chef's stage and cookery school

You are cordially invited to join top chef Alex Aitken at the Lymington Seafood Festival. Enjoy unique Pop-Up Dining in the beautiful riverside setting of Bath Road Park, whilst soaking up the atmosphere and entertainment of this year’s Seafood Festival.

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Michelin starred chef joins Stanwell House Lymington

Lymington's culinary scene enters new chapter with Matthew Tomkinson at the helm of Stanwell House's Samphire Restaurant - exciting times for the fabulously renovated prime hotel in Lymington.


 

Lymington's culinary scene enters new chapter with Matthew Tomkinson at the helm of Samphire Restaurant

Lymington's culinary scene is poised for an exciting new chapter with the arrival of acclaimed chef Matthew Tomkinson at the helm of Stanwell House's renowned Samphire Restaurant.

Boasting over two decades of experience at some of the country's most esteemed kitchens, Chef Tomkinson brings an impressive pedigree to his new role. His illustrious career has seen him garner Michelin stars at two separate establishments, alongside multiple industry awards, including the coveted Roux Scholarship.

Having held his first Michelin star at The Goose in Oxfordshire, Chef Tomkinson's recent successes include the critically acclaimed relaunch of The Hambrough's restaurant on the Isle of Wight, where he demonstrated his adept leadership skills. Prior to that, he held the esteemed position of Chef Patron at Betony at The Kings Head, Whiteparish.

Hampshire holds a special place in Chef Tomkinson's heart, evident in his ten-year tenure as Executive Chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu. Winning the restaurant's coveted Michelin star, alongside three AA Rosettes, here he solidified his reputation as a master of refined cuisine.

At Stanwell House, Chef Tomkinson will now oversee all food and beverage operations. He will lead the talented kitchen team, leveraging his creative vision to craft menus that celebrate the finest local ingredients. Diners can anticipate fresh seafood from the coast, succulent cuts from New Forest farms, and an array of seasonal produce sourced directly from Hampshire's bountiful larder.

Lance Bartlett, General Manager of Stanwell House says of his appointment: "We are thrilled to welcome Chef Tomkinson to Stanwell House. His unwavering commitment to culinary excellence will further elevate our renowned Samphire Restaurant to even greater heights."

Matthew Tomkinson shares his own enthusiasm for this new chapter: "I am delighted to be on board at Stanwell House and eager to begin creating truly special dishes for its Samphire Restaurant. Hampshire's vibrant culinary landscape offers an abundance of inspiration, and I look forward to showcasing its incredible produce."

For those seeking an exceptional dining experience, Stanwell House under Chef Tomkinson's masterful direction promises to be an unparalleled destination. Beyond the culinary delights, the boutique hotel itself offers a charming ambiance and an ideal location within the heart of Lymington, providing easy access to the New Forest's picturesque wilderness and the South Coast's captivating charm.

To discover more about the Samphire Restaurant and Stanwell House, please visit their website at https://www.stanwellhouse.com/ or follow them on social media at @stanwellhouse.

Sunday Lunch at Cambium Careys Manor
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Sunday Lunch Launches at Cambium, Careys Manor, Brockenhurst

Enjoy the best that local roasts have to offer at Cambium's Sunday Lunch, and treat yourself to a Sunday of no washing up at Careys Manor Hotel Brockenhurst. ​​​​​​Read here.

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Afternoon tea in Lymington and the New Forest

Have you noticed how "Afternoon Tea" is increasingly a Thing? The words themselves conjure up a treat! Much more than a quick sip and bite of cake to fill the gap to supper, in some establishments Afternoon Tea has become the new Lunch: a meal of many courses including not only delectable finger sandwiches, scones with cream & jam and delicate little cakes and pastries, but delicious savoury courses too. Accompanied by copious quantities of whatever type of tea takes your fancy, with a glass of fizz as an optional extra. What a lovely relaxed way to celebrate a special occasion or simply spend time with friends, family or colleagues. It can be easily combined with a walk in the forest, too. A voucher makes a lovely gift (think birthday, anniversary, Valentine and Mother's Day), and if it's all too much to eat in one sitting, most places provide posh doggy bags!

Careys Manor Honey Afternoon Tea table set

Sweet As Honey Summer Afternoon Tea Careys Manor Hotel Brockenhurst

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa in Brockenhurst is pleased to announce a brand new addition to its mouth-watering afternoon tea menu this summer.

Chef Alex Aitken

Pop Up Dining Lymington Seafood Festival with top chef Alex Aitken

You are cordially invited to join top chef Alex Aitken at the Lymington Seafood Festival. Enjoy unique Pop-Up Dining in the beautiful riverside setting of Bath Road Park, whilst soaking up the atmosphere and entertainment of this year’s Seafood Festival

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Christmas party venues in the New Forest

Christmas party venues in the New Forest.

It's time to book a fabulously festive celebration for your business or group get-together!

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After two years of pandemic restrictions, take the opportunity to let your hair down with colleagues and friends!

Whether you are a small group wanting to share a big party atmosphere with other groups and offices, looking for a private Christmas party venue or considering something a little bit different for a change, there are some fabulous venues, offers and options available to you in and around the New Forest for Christmas 2022. These are not just open to businesses - gather together a handful of your best friends for a great night out!

Here we bring you our local favourites, highly recommended venues for festive party nights and Christmas celebrations. Whether you're looking for a venue for a large corporate party, a table at a shared festive event, a more intimate Christmas dinner or something completely wacky for a change, read on!

There are also plenty of ideas in our Events Calendar. And to keep up to speed with local events and news, subscribe for free to our Weekly What's On newsletter which is emailed every Friday. Don't miss out!!

 
 

Small groups looking for shared party nights in the New Forest

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Christmas Fest at The Lodge Kitchen & Bar at Balmer Lawn, Brockenhurst

Brockenhurst's iconic hotel has been hosting parties to remember since the 1800’s! The festive-meets-apres-ski Lodge Kitchen & Bar is open daily in December until 11pm, with a DJ playing festive favourites and sing-along classics every Friday and Saturday during dinner to get you up and dancing. Christmas Fest kicks off on Friday 25th November with a LIVE Michael Bublé tribute act, a show packed full of Bublé favourites, from soulful singalongs to big band classics.

Christmas Parties at Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

Exclusive use and shared Christmas parties are now available to book at the Balmer Lawn Hotel: start the evening at 7 pm with a drink on arrival (earlier drinks receptions also possible), then enjoy a decadent three-course meal followed by tea and coffee and stollen. Dance the night away to DJ entertainment until midnight. Balmer Lawn Christmas parties start from £57 per person, which includes half a bottle of wine. Stay the night afterwards (ask about the special rates available!) and enjoy the use of the leisure facilities and a delicious cooked breakfast, the perfect remedy for the night before.

  • Sharer Parties: Friday 9th and Friday 17th December 2022

  • Private Parties: throughout December

More information and book your event

Music Evenings at Pebble Beach Restaurant, Barton-on-Sea

Pebble Beach restaurant is holding a series of fun evenings over the coming weeks, ideal for groups to book a table, get their dancing shoes on and party the night away!

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Venues for private Christmas parties in the New Forest

Private Christmas parties at Chewton Glen

Make up for lost time and celebrate the Festive Season in style! Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for an office party or a gathering of friends. If the team's diaries clash over evening celebrations, then how about considering a festive lunch instead? To make a really special team event, combine it with something a little different - read on for some fantabulous ideas!

Luxurious festive dining at Chewton Glen, New Milton

Gather with friends, family, and colleagues for the ultimate in delectable festive dining this Christmas, at Chewton Glen. Visit The Dining Room from 26th November onwards and scintillate your seasonal senses with a finely curated festive lunch, indulge in a 5-course evening extravaganza, or opt for a fabulously festive afternoon tea, with plenty of fizz and bonhomie guaranteed.

More information and book your event

Intimate and relaxed private dining at Lime Wood, Lyndhurst

Lime Wood really is a great party venue, offering a personal, relaxed house party getaway; with private dining spaces that can seat from 8 up to 16. Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder will do the cooking, pulling together their much-admired signature styles into an indulgent Forest Feast. Sample Christmas Menu: £75 per person for lunch or £85 per person for dinner. For something extra special, book the Kitchen Table for eight and enjoy a fun sharing menu.

More information and book your event

Private Christmas parties at Beaulieu, Lime Wood or Rhinefield House Hotel

Party the night away at Rhinefield House Hotel, Brockenhurst

Rhinefield House Hotel will organise your private festive party nights in the run-up to Christmas, providing all the key elements to make your Christmas party memorable and fun - great food, great music and a wide range of drinks packages for pre-selection, so the Christmas spirit can start the moment you arrive. Private party nights include a welcome drink on arrival, a 3-course festive dinner, coffee or tea and mince pies and a disco until midnight. £65 per person (minimum of 60 guests). Put the taxi organising to one side and stay overnight!

More information and book your event

Soak up historical surroundings at Palace House and The Domus, Beaulieu

Make up for lost time and celebrate the Festive Season in style at the historic 13th century Abbey Domus, the perfect location for a Disco Ball. Gather your friends and colleagues, put your party outfit on and enjoy the Sparkling Spectacular where a warm welcome, good times, excellent food and a stunning setting bring out the very best of the much-missed party season. Alternatively, you are warmly invited to an Edwardian Christmas Evening at the historic Palace House with captivating trees, a roaring log fire, period costumes and a sumptuous banquet with a harp or carols capturing the opulence of a Christmastime gone by.

More information and book your event

Christmas parties at Pebble Beach Restaurant, Barton-on-Sea

Perched on the clifftop at Barton-on-Sea, Pebble Beach offers splendid lunchtime sea views towards the Needles and Isle of Wight and a welcoming festive atmosphere for dinner. Choose an intimate party in the Penthouse, a dinner party in the main restaurant or dinner in the warm and cosy Winter Lodge Bar. 3-course pre-Christmas menu £30.00 per person or 2 courses for £26.95 per person (pre-orders required)

More information about Pebble Beach, including booking details 

Family-tastic Christmas celebrations at New Park Manor, Brockenhurst

Groups looking for a family-friendly Christmas celebration should look no further than New Park Manor in Brockenhurst. Private dining for small groups: expect fine cuisine, impeccable hospitality and a bespoke approach. Oodles of charm with festive decorations and atmosphere. 

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Large parties and small gatherings at South Lawn Hotel in Milford on Sea

The Cornwallis Suite at the South Lawn Hotel is available for exclusive-use private parties for 50 up to 130 people. Eat, drink and be merry, followed by your own entertainment. Private hire is available for lunch, late afternoon or in the evening up until midnight, from £30 per person for a 3-course meal with a glass of wine, coffee and mince pies. For smaller groups, the festive menu in the Cedar Tree is available for lunch or dinner (Monday to Saturday). The Party Season Menu is available as either 2 courses (£24.50 per person) or 3 courses (£28 per person). Another option is festive ‘High Tea’ is available Monday to Saturday from 3.30-5.00pm. £19.50 per person.

More information and book your event


Something a little different! Informal Christmas gatherings in the New Forest.

Christmas Party Tapas at The Larder Lymington, New Forest Activities High Ropes, Kitchen at Chewton Glen

Tapas Evenings at The Larder, Lymington 

The Larder is hosting Tapas Evenings every Thursday and Friday - if you’ve not yet sampled chef Karl’s delicious tapas then you’re in for a treat! Gather friends and colleagues for a fun evening in the warm and atmospheric weatherproofed outside area and be transported to the Med! 6pm until 9pm, perfect for those who prefer an early night - or continue for drinks afterwards to one of Lymington’s many superb hostelries (we recommend the Bosun’s Chair!)

Find out more about Tapas Evenings in our Events Calendar!

Get cooking at The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, New Milton

How about a private chef experience or a cookery school party?! James Martin and his brigade have created a venue that is all about enjoying and creating food. Impress your family and friends by learning how to cook delicious dishes or celebrate important milestones together with a feast that you'll never forget. Find out more and book here.

For a more casual experience, The Kitchen utilises the best winter produce to create signature dishes combined together in delicious 3-course lunch or dinner set menus. So gather your friends, family or colleagues for the ultimate in relaxed festive dining. Lunch is available from Saturday 26th November to 24th December 2022.
 Dinner is available from Saturday 26th November to 23rd December 2022.

Find out more and book here.

Team Huddle Day with New Forest Activities, Beaulieu

Everyone likes a fancy meal in a nice restaurant, but why not try something different for this year's Christmas party? Enjoy a ‘Team Huddle Day’ with New Forest Activities. Combine fire lighting in the bushcraft camp followed by archery, BattleZone or High Ropes. Based in Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, the New Forest Activities team will help you to plan a Christmas party to remember! 

Find out more and book here.

Christmas Pizza at EatPIZZA, Lymington

Enjoy a change from a traditional festive menu with a gathering at EatPIZZA, where authentic wood-fired artisan pizza is the name of the game! Rumour has it that a new ‘Christmas’ themed pizza will be coming soon to tempt your tastebuds! EatPIZZA has space for 18-26 downstairs for private dining, available for reservation (except Fridays and Saturdays) Private parties for less than 18 people are also possible (an additional charge of £100 will apply).

Find out more about EatPIZZA including contact details for bookings.

A Taste of India at Rivaaz, Lymington

You’ll need to book well in advance at the multi-award-winning Rivaaz in Lymington, where you’ll find a modern and fresh approach to fine Indian cuisine. Rivaaz is the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘tradition’ and it is with this in mind that the menus have been crafted, bringing innovative ideas to traditional recipes, using authentic Indian spices to create unique flavours. Rivaaz is not your typical Indian restaurant, funky music plays in the background while you indulge in deliciously cooked Indian delicacies. Top tip: book your office gathering for January if you can’t get a table before Christmas!

Find out more about Rivaaz including contact details for bookings.

Sample locally brewed craft beer at The Monkey Brewhouse, Lymington

Come and check out Lymington’s very own microbrewery – housed in a beautiful oak-framed extension attached to the pub! The Monkey Brewhouse is now producing freshly brewed cask and keg beer, available on tap in the pub - perfect for sampling during your Christmas celebration. Enjoy a full-blown festive feast, a private party or a cosy dinner by the crackling fire. The Monkey Brewhouse Christmas menu can be preordered: £24 for two courses, or £30 for three (£30 deposit required to secure the table)

Find the menu here and click here for contact details.


Relaxed Christmas gatherings in Lymington and the New Forest

 Christmas Party Local Pubs The Haven, The Bosuns Chair, The Turfcutters New Forest

Spectacular lunchtime views at The Haven Bar & Restaurant, Lymington

Enjoy picturesque views of the Lymington River and the Solent Shore over lunch - and a great atmosphere in the evening! Festive Christmas lunch and dinner is available at The Haven from 25th November to 24th December: 2 courses £32.95, 3 courses £39.95. Come early and enjoy a mulled wine by the fire, you can even bring the dog and the team will find you a cosy table in the snug – just let them know when you book. Booking essential!

Find out more and book here.

Cosy up with great food at The Gun Inn, Keyhaven

Enjoy an informal gathering with excellent food at this traditional 18th-century pub with a cosy bar, low beamed ceilings and log fires. Expect fantastic original, seasonal, locally sourced produce and a warm welcome. More details about the Christmas menu to follow soon. 

More information about The Gun Inn.

Try the famous Christmas Pie at The Turfcutters Arms, East Boldre

The deservedly popular Turfcutters Arms in East Boldre offers a superb Christmas menu (from 1st December) in cosy, fireside informality at a brilliant price. Don’t miss the Turf’s legendary Christmas Pie! Festive menu: 2 courses £22.95 and 3 courses £27.95.

View the Turf's Christmas Menu

Friendly fun at The Bosuns Chair, Lymington

The Bosun's Chair provides a great atmosphere for an informal Christmas gathering, just a short stroll from Lymington High Street. More details about the Christmas menu to follow soon. 

More information about The Bosun's Chair.

Excellent food and cosy atmosphere at the The Silver Hind, Sway

Not yet discovered this cosy village inn and restaurant in the heart of Sway, a stone's throw from the station? The 2 and 3-course Christmas menu is available from 15th November (2 courses £22.95 and 3 courses £29.95) Parties above 8 people will be required to leave a £10 deposit per person.

View the Silver Hind's Christmas Menu

Homecooked and homegrown at Steph’s Kitchen at Fairweathers, Beaulieu

A delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings is available at Steph’s kitchen at Fairweathers Garden Centre in Beaulieu between Monday 28th November and Friday 23rd December. Highly recommended home-cooked food with vegetables from their ‘Patrick’s Patch’ over the road. Choose traditional turkey or see our specials board for available meat and vegetarian options.  We have a range of starters available and amazing desserts along with wines and beers to compliment your meal. £5 deposit per person when you book your table.

More information and book here.

 


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dining on two levels at the Silver Hind

Lymington.com Review leisurely lunch at the Silver Hind in Sway

A leisurely Lunch at the Silver Hind in Sway

A most enjoyable lunchtime spent in the light and airy welcoming Silver Hind Inn in the heart of Sway

silver hind dining area A quick debrief on a most enjoyable lunchtime, which we spent on a dull and windy day in the light and airy, comfortable raised dining area of the welcoming Silver Hind Inn in the heart of Sway.

Perfect for lunchtime

In a word, the Silver Hind is perfect for lunchtime. Put simply, most people who want to be able to eat again in the evening don't want a big lunch!

And between the starters on the main menu, the "Light Bites" menu and the Daily Specials, there are plenty of tempting alternatives between which to choose.

We chose to sit at the rear of the dining area, up a set of stairs and close to the window, which was just perfect. A "room with a view" in several directions, comfortably warm and cool at the same time and a good sense of light despite the weather being less than pleasant on the day of our visit.

Good quality food at a really reasonable price

From the "Light Bites" menu one of us chose one of the three "wrap" options which was recommended by Faye: the confit duck with hoisin sauce, cucumber and lettuce, priced at an extremely reasonable £8. The other opted for the chicken & bacon caesar salad which comes with a soft boiled egg, croutons and shaved parmesan and costs £15.

We also shared a portion of chips - always a smart move when you're assessing a place and these passed the "test" perfectly in fact - thin but not sticks, with just the right amount of salt already added (so much better and usually means less salt is actually consumed!)

silver hind hoisin duck wrap The puddings all at £7 looked extremely tempting, especially the orange and grand marnier creme brulee, but we resisted - remembering as above that we needed to be able to eat supper too!

(The Silver Hind's Platinum Card discount scheme means you get 10% off these prices: drink included in the discount too.)

Lovely people and great service

Everyone we met - Tup, Faye and Chloe - was very friendly and helpful, we felt very much at home and in our comfort zone. 

Easy access and facilities for the less mobile

I must add that for the less mobile the disabled access (and toilet!) is excellent, and there's another choice of tables at entrance and bar level.

Also that the main customer toilets are quality! Nearly took a photo in fact to show you, but thought perhaps not quite the thing!

Would feel very comfortable eating alone

silver hind bar with nibblesThe staff were so friendly and everything felt so relaxed, I'd have no hesitation in eating alone in this welcoming place. 

silver hind daily specialsRaising money weekly for local charities

Every Wednesday the Silver Hind holds a fun quiz night which is becoming Raising money weekly for local charities

Fun bbq for all on Fri 3 June

Mindful of its central village location the team has decided to host a welcoming fun bbq for all comers on Friday 3 June; exact time to be confirmed and will be added to the Silver Hind website.

Free drinks for dads on Father's Day 

There will be complimentary drinks for dads on Father's Day which this year is 

Supplying the beer tent for Sway Carnival Fete

Sway Carnival Week runs from 2 to 10 July and the Silver Hind will be supplying the beer for the Carnival Party on the evening of Saturday 9th. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for the lowdown about Sway Carnival Week.

A note about parking

Parking can be an issue in Sway at certain times of the day but not usually at lunchtime nor in the evening when you're likely to be visiting the Silver Hind. And, there's always the back up option to park at the Jubilee Fields which is only a few short minutes' walk away.

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Pick up a Platinum Card when you visit and get 10% off - food and drink included.

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Balmer Lawn: great food, excellent service and fantastic location in the New Forest

Balmer Lawn: great food, excellent service and fantastic location in the New Forest

Combine lunch with a New Forest walk at the dog-friendly Balmer Lawn Hotel's 2AA rosette Beresford's restaurant! 

Balmer Lawn cricketWell known as of the most iconic buildings in the New Forest National Park, the Balmer Lawn is perfectly situated on the edge of the Forest yet within walking distance of Brockenhurst village and mainline train station.

It's a great place to start and/or finish a New Forest walk, with the choice of open forest or a stroll around the nearby Pignal Hill Inclosure (which is also great for cycling!) Combine with some time at the Balmer Lawn Hotel, enjoying lunch in the 2AA rosette Beresfords restaurant or a cosy afternoon tea.

Emphasis on comfort and great service

Hotel Entrance Wellies at Balmer Lawn for Guest Use

Park in the spacious car park and on entering the Balmer Lawn you'll find a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional décor, ensuring the perfect combination of old-fashioned values with a modern twist, combined with a country atmosphere too - with wellies lined up at the front door for guests to use and a warm welcome to dogs as well as their humans!

You'll immediately get a sense of the feel and flavour of this lovely place. If you then turn to the right and along the corridor you'll find a wonderful selection of old photographs and other items which tell a long and fascinating history of both the hotel itself, originially built as a hunting lodge in the mid-1800s, and special, hugely popular part of the New Forest.

This family-friendly and dog-friendly hotel, restaurant and spa is privately-owned and renowned for providing the highest levels of customer service. Little surprise therefore that the Balmer Lawn team has won multiple awards, including 4AA Silver Stars and the New Forest Brilliance in Business 2019 awards for best in “Training and Development” and “Business of the Year." 

Lunch and dinner at Beresfords 2AA rosette restaurant

Beresfords light and airy 2AA rosette restaurant at Balmer Lawn New ForestBeresfords is the award-winning 2AA rosette restaurant at Balmer Lawn, where you'll find fabulous seasonal dishes selected by the Chef from the finest of local produce. Open every day for lunch and dinner, any dietary requirement can be catered for provided notice is given, and there is an excellent children's menu.

We particularly love the new Sunday Lunch menu - perfect to combine with a dog walk on the Forest!

Delight in a traditional afternoon tea

Balmer Lawn Afternoon Tea

At this time of year when cold, rainy and blustery outside, what could be better than snuggling down after a bracing walk to enjoy a sumptuous, traditional afternoon tea in the cosy lounge?

You'll love the delicate selection presented delicately on traditional country crockery, which includes finger sandwiches, melt-in-the-mouth scones with clotted cream and jam, then homemade cakes and biscuits. Traditional and elegant yet relaxed - it's a truly delicious way to spend an afternoon with friends and family.

March special offer stays at Balmer Lawn

March Special Offer! From 1-31 March to 31st March (not including Saturdays) when booking Bed & Breakfast in a Superior or Luxury room, you'll receive a complimentary 25 minute Spa Treatment. Find the latest special offers here!.

Expansion plans at the Balmer Lawn Hotel

Chris and Alison Wilson have owned the Balmer Lawn for over 23 years and have invested heavily with continual improvements. For the last two years they have been working on an expansion scheme to create an attractive two storey building that uses a lot of natural materials and will enhance the look and feel of the Hotel. The scheme allows for many new private terraces to the function rooms and Saltus Spa and the landscaping incorporated a dry riverbed feature and forest play area for younger children. An application for planning permission has now been submitted.

Balmer Lawn proposed expansion

"This application is crucial to the long-term viability of the Balmer Lawn, with ever increasing pressure from rising costs the current size of the Hotel is not economically viable as a single unit. This development will secure the long-term sustainability of the Hotel", said Chris. "Environmental impact considerations have been built into the scheme with a living roof plus solar and photovoltaic panels to reduce energy consumption. There is also an extensive landscaping and planting scheme including well over 100 new trees."

He added: "Over recent years the New Forest has lost close to 100 hotel bedrooms with the closure of the Watersplash Hotel in Brockenhurst and the Lyndhurst Park Hotel in Lyndhurst plus others. The new 38 additional bedrooms at this iconic property will go some way to replace these. The Hotel currently employs 60 full-time staff, this will increase to 72 and seasonal staff will increase by around 10 employees in the summer period."

Find out more about the Balmer Lawn here.

Balmer Lawn from the air

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