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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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