Great places for lunch or dinner in the New Forest
We bring you the best in fine dining, cosy pubs, oriental delights, family friendly lunches and restaurants where your dog is welcome too!
Looking for an excellent restaurant, cosy bistro, foodie pub or café where you can have a great meal out? We really are spoilt for choice in the New Forest, with a huge number of fantastic eateries offering a broad variety of gastronomic delights, with prices to suit all budgets. So, whether you are looking for fine dining for a special occasion, a family friendly treat, a good lunch after a dog walk or the perfect venue for a working lunch, you'll find the perfect answer in our recommendations below!
The Terrace - Montagu Arms Hotel - Beaulieu
The restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu is a hidden gem. Set overlooking a stunning garden at the rear of the hotel, you'll find a warm welcome, exceptional service and superb cusine. The winner of a number of awards, including 3AA Rosettes, a member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 2018, Hampshire Life Restaurant of the Year 2018 and Gold for 'Best Bistro and Restaurant' at the Beautiful South Awards 2018 to name just a few. Undoubtedly the focus of every guest's visit is enticing modern menu designed by innovative Head Chef Matthew Whitfield, who returned to the Montagu Arms in January from the three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park in New York. Read our review. Find contact details for The Terrace.
Cambium - Careys Manor - Brockenhurst
The restaurant at Carey's Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst has 3AA Rosettes and an AA Notable Wine List, with one of the biggest collections of English wines in the country. Relaxed refinement is the name of the game at Cambium. Unwind in chic yet comfy surroundings and experience delicious cuisine inspired by the enchanted New Forest. The food, service and sommelier are all exceptional - as are the finishing touches. Read our review. Find contact details for Cambium.
The Dining Room - Chewton Glen - New Milton
The Dining Room at Chewton Glen offers lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and was recently awarded 'Most Innovative Wine List' by Condé Nast Johansens in 2018, alongside many other distinguished awards. The menu combines classic British and European with global flavours and excellent variety across a broad menu. Many of the ingredients used by Head Chef Simon Addison, Executive Head Chef Luke Matthews and their talented team have travelled less than 100 yards from the Chewton Glen's own kitchen garden. Impressively elegant, any visit to The Dining Room is a real treat! Find contact details for Chewton Glen.
Stag Restaurant - New Park Manor - Brockenhurst
The Stag Restaurant at New Park Manor offers elegant fine dining in the evenings, with friendly service and sophisticated menus using fresh, local ingredients. Feast on venison from the New Forest or wild mushrooms from local woods. Savour fish freshly caught from the nearby coast and dishes flavoured with locally grown vegetables and herbs from New Park Manor’s own gardens. By day things are more relaxed and informal with an emphasis on family time - definitely one of the most family-friendly places to eat in the New Forest! Find contact details for the Stag Restaurant.
Beresfords - Balmer Lawn - Brockenhurst
The elegant yet relaxed Beresfords restaurant within the Balmer Lawn Hotel serves a fabulous blend of the finest seasonal dishes selected by the Chef from the finest of local produce. This award winning 2AA rosette restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner with a choice of starters, main courses including 2 chargrilled steaks, desserts and a cheese board that has to be seen to be believed. Any dietary requirements can be catered for provided notice is given, and there is an excellent children's menu. Al fresco dining too, when the weather permits. Find contact details for Beresfords.
Armada Restaurant - Rhinefield House Hotel - Brockenhurst
The 2AA Rosette Armada restaurant at Rhinefield House combines a historic setting with an unfussy menu of classic British dishes that have been enhanced with a contemporary twist by Head Chef James Verity. A focus on provenance ensures much of the menu is sourced from trusted suppliers based in and around the New Forest. Find contact details for the Armada.
La Perle - Milford-on-Sea
La Perle is a small family-run restaurant, where the menu is completely governed by the British seasons and what can be sourced locally. The Good Food Guide has highly commended La Perle, praising Chef Sam Hughes for the fact that he deals with small producers in Hampshire and Dorset and readers praised the generosity of the food, as well as its pretty plating and big flavours. Sam represented Milford-on-Sea in the TV series Professional Master Chef a few years ago and as a young chef trained under Raymond Blanc. Find contact details for La Perle. Read our review of Lunch at La Perle.
Etain - Stanwell House Hotel - Lymington
Recently refurbished, Stanwell House Hotel's 2AA Rosette restaurant Etain overlooks the hotel garden. New Head Chef Robert Key creates menus full of vibrant colour and excellent flavour - British á la carte dining at its best with the majority of produce sourced locally. Find contact details for Etain.
Hartnett Holder & Co - Lime Wood - Lyndhurst
Chef Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder do the cooking, pulling together both of their much admired signature styles, to create Hartnett Holder & Co, the hotel’s relaxed and stylish Italian restaurant. Hartnett and Holder’s food comes with the much loved Italian approach to eating - where sharing and provenance is everything. The style is chefs’ home-cooked food not chefs’ food cooked for restaurants. Both Angela and Luke are famed for their informal, grounded style of cooking and their respect for local produce. For an extra special experience book the kitchen table for 10 and dine amongst the atmosphere of the HH&Co kitchen. Find contact details for Lime Wood.
Burcher & Co - Stanwell House Hotel - Lymington
Overlooking the hustle and bustle of Lymington's high street you will find the informal dining space that is Burcher & Co at Stanwell House Hotel. Menus incorporate the freshest and best seasonal produce championed from local suppliers who work closely with Head Chef Robert Key, showcasing the very best of the New Forest. Locally caught game, fresh fish from the Solent and seasonal vegetables form the foundation of Burcher’s extensive menus. Find contact details for Burcher & Co.
The Haven Bar and Restaurant - Lymington
With glorious views straight down Lymington River and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight this has to be the prime spot in Lymington for coffee, lunch, tea or dinner! Now under close management by the award winning Lymington Yacht Haven, its superb location between great family and dog walks along the sea wall in either direction with its relaxed, comfortable ambience, excellent food and great service, the Haven offers a winning formula and a whole experience hard to beat any time of the year! Read our lunch review. Find contact details of The Haven Bar & Restaurant.
The Bell Inn - Bramshaw
The Bell Inn is an 18th century coaching inn in Bramshaw to the north of the New Forest, proud of its four-star AA Inn and 1AA rosette recognition. Sourcing produce locally, their pub menu and dining experience showcases natures larder which is on their doorstep with an impressive selection of tempting seasonal dishes as well as daily specials. With an informal feeling throughout and dogs more than welcome in this New Forest pub, guests can choose to eat wherever they want in up to four areas including the light and airy Garden Room or the warm and intimate Oak Room. Winner of the 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Award in the Restaurant category! Find contact details for the Bell Inn.
The Kitchen at Chewton Glen - New Milton
The perfect location for foodies, The Kitchen is a relaxed restaurant with a fantastic cookery school supported by celebrity Chef James Martin. The diary is filled with classes to suit all abilities - the perfect place to eat, meet, create and cook. The Kitchen delivers stylish, informal, family-friendly dining in a beautiful purpose-designed space (plus al fresco when weather permits), with views over the Chewton Glen estate. The seasonal menu has been created to showcase local suppliers and produce grown in Chewton Glen’s kitchen garden. Choose from casual classics with a luxurious twist, including wood-fired pizzas, chargrills, gourmet burgers, superfood salads and deliciously indulgent desserts. International wines, craft beers, local spirits and an extensive cocktail list. Find contact details for The Kitchen.
Cedar Tree Restaurant - South Lawn Hotel - Milford on Sea
The newly renovated and modernised Cedar Tree Restaurant (named because of the enormous cedar tree in the grounds of the South Lawn) offers a very pleasant dining environment in which thanks to generous soft furnishings it's easy to have a conversation - a rarity these days! With views over the gardens, the Cedar Tree offers traditional and international cuisine with a wide range of fine wines to complement your meal. Find contact details for the Cedar Tree Restaurant.
The Bosun's Chair - Lymington
Originally a coaching inn, the Bosun's Chair is conveniently located very near to Lymington Town train station, Lymington High Street, the quay and marinas. It is also very close to the Isle of Wight ferry. The kitchens serve good home cooked traditional pub food, with a good roast on Sundays during the winter months. The pub boasts a large, secluded garden - a wonderfully peaceful oasis in the summer months, with real charcoal barbecues at weekends. Child and dog friendly! Read our lunch review. Find contact details for the Bosun's Chair.
The Turfcutters Arms - East Boldre
The focus of the menu at this traditional New Forest pub is real ales and home cooked food. The menu is varied and exciting, using the freshest, seasonal and local produce that can be found from producers here in Hampshire. Some of our favourite menu items include; home made pie of the day, veggie quiche of the day, home cooked chilli and lasagne, and home cooked Hampshire ham with free range eggs and chips. Well behaved dogs and children are welcome! Child sized portions are offered on a selection of meals from the menu, bring your dog to the bar where they’ll get a tasty treat! Winner of the 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Award in the pub category. Find contact details for The Turfcutters Arms.
The Monkey House - Lymington
Monty’s Inn - Beaulieu
A taste of the Orient
Koh Thai Tapas - Lymington
Now well established on Lymington High Street, Koh Thai Tapas is an award winning beautiful low-lit restaurant. A place where the incredible holy flavours of Thai cuisine can be shared and sampled tapas-style with fiery cocktails, far-flung beers and world-class music. The irresistible cocktail menu features expertly designed cocktails all created and honed by bar tenders from Koh. Find out more about Koh Thai Tapas.
Zen Garden - Brockenhurst
This unique restaurant, located at the SenSpa, offers an authentically Thai dining experience. The Thai chefs serve freshly prepared Thai dishes using organic and locally sourced products where possible. Whether you visit the Zen Garden Restaurant for a 3 course dinner or just a freshly made smoothie, you will find the atmosphere relaxing and friendly. The restaurant offers a range of dishes catering for all tastes. Read our review. Find contact details for Zen Garden.
Rivaaz - Lymington
Multi award-winning Rivaaz offers fine Indian cusine in contemporary surroundings in the centre of Lymington. The dishes are prepared using the freshest and best ingredients. Consistent winners of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Booking in advance is recommended - or opt for a takeaway and enjoy at home. Great buffet on Sundays, which is very family friendly! Read our review. Find contact details for Rivaaz.
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Le Blaireau - Brockenhurst
Set in the grounds of Careys Manor Hotel, Le Blaireau offers authentic French cuisine inspired by traditional regional cooking, with a selection of fine wines to choose from and a vibrant informal atmosphere. There is a very welcoming and relaxed feel to the restaurant where you will enjoy the simple delight of delicious and flavoursome food and excellent service. Celebrate here Beaujolais Nouveau and Bastille Day without having to cross the channel! Find contact details for Le Blaireau.
Lanes of Lymington
Formerly a church and school, Lanes Restaurant is tucked away down a quiet cul de sac, just off Lymington High Street in the centre of the town, near Elliotts. The split levels, small intimate alcoves, balconies and an open plan ground floor are stylish and what you’d expect from a fashionable top London eatery. The excellent food is prepared daily by owner and chef Peter Leyland Jones, using plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients and offering an exciting and varied menu. Find contact details for Lanes.
Steff's Kitchen - Beaulieu
One of the most popular places to eat in the New Forest, with its warm and friendly welcome and home cooked food. From warm scones straight out of the oven to hearty soups, everything is freshly prepared. Local ingredients are used wherever possible, including local free range eggs, sausages and ham. Vegetables are largely sourced from within the New Forest area and often taken direct from Patrick’s Patch over the road. Described as one of the New Forest’s hidden gems, it is an ideal spot to start (or conclude) a wander along Beaulieu’s quaint High Street - and perfect for a relaxed family lunch. Find contact details for Steff's Kitchen at Fairweathers.
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Updated March 2019