Bowls at Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst, brilliant for buffet

Brilliant Bowls at Balmer Lawn!

A glorious early autumn wedding party at multiple award winning Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

Bowls of buffet food ready to serve at Balmer Lawn HotelOn a recent sunny Saturday we attended a gloriously happy wedding party at Brockenhurst's Balmer Lawn Hotel.

This was a VERY big party of 180 people and the food was brilliantly served in small portions in bowls, buffet style. 

It was delicious food. And depending on appetite some people sampled several different meals!  (Another advantage of buffet bowls because others were happy to finish just one bowl with no waste and not feel too full!)

Regardless of numbers though, this style of buffet is perfect for a party where people are making the most of every minute to catch up with family and friends and don't want the formality of being seated - and stuck for a long time - in a specific spot at a table.

And - commercial dishwashers deal with the washing up!

The party took place in the Beaulieu Suite which opens out into the beautiful gardens at the side of the hotel. Although this particular occasion was blessed with wonderful weather, this combination ensures that even in inclement times you'd be indoors with a view of and connection with, the outdoors too.

At this time of year the added attraction is the very likely sight of pigs by the roadside as it's pannage season and there are always a few pigs here! (See below for more about pannage.)

For those who choose to stay over in the hotel before or after a big event, the experience of The Lodge Kitchen & Bar is also not to be missed. It's open every evening  and at weekends often with live music too. The clear weatherproof walls provide amazing views of the New Forest whilst ensuring everyone is kept snug inside. 

Book a table at www.balmerlawnhotel.co.uk!

Click here to find out about all the upcoming Christmas events at the Balmer Lawn

The interior of the Lodge at the Balmer Lawn HotelThe only privately owned hotel in the New Forest

The Balmer Lawn Hotel is the only privately owned hotel in the New Forest and has been owned by the Wilson family for 25 years.

The hotel dates from the 1800s when it was a private lodge and residence. It was used as a field hospital during WW1 with the coonvalescents ofte being transported from Brockenhurst Station on luggage trolleys! During WW2 it was used as a staff college. Famous guests who stayed at Balmer Lawn include King George V, Sir Winston and US General Dwight Eisenhower.

After the war, the hotel was extended and was one of the first hotels in the area to offer "private rooms with bath"!

The hotel overlooks Balmer Lawn which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. 

Today it's still a fabulous, iconic building and all surrounded by landscaped gardens, rivers and native wildlife.

With wonderful welcoming atmosphere as soon as you set foot through the front door (past the wellies available for guests to borrow!) thanks to the Lodge it also now boasts two dining venues with different menus and atmospheres, an award winning spa and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

The Balmer Lawn is the holder of multiple awards including 2019 winner of the highly coveted New Forest Brilliance in Business overall Business of the Year Award. (See https://www.lymington.com/87-business/1545-balmer-lawn-brilliance-in-business-2019 for the details!)

Locals - if you haven't paid a visit to the Balmer Lawn lately it's high time to do it!

Read about brilliant business Balmer Lawn, here

Read about pannage, here.

Read a unique perspective on ponies and drifts, pigs and pannage, here. 



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