From the moment we arrived, the friendly staff made us feel very welcome and we were taken in by the partially rustic but at the same time elegant atmosphere of the stately country home.
After short deliberation we decided to go for hot smoked trout and garden shiso and spiced coley skewers for starters (£3.95 each), and Lymington dressed crab with fries (£19) and whole Cornish bream with spinach and smoked chilli butter (£22) for mains.
The starters arrived very quickly and we loved the flavours. Especially the trout rolls were very delicious. We also enjoyed our mains. The sea bream could perhaps have been seasoned a bit stronger and both dishes could have used more side dishes, but no complaints from our side, a lovely meal.
What impressed us most was perhaps the quirky, unusual atmosphere of the restaurant and the bar areas, it’s just such a great mix of traditional and modern with plenty of original interior design ideas, especially in the bar area. It was very busy when we visited, but still not too noisy or hectic, and the service was very quick, attentive and friendly. We’ll definitely be back during our next stay at the New Forest. 3.75 out of 5 in our book.
Looking for more reviews of restaurants in the English countryside? Check out our posts on the Fig, Chipping Campden, the Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold, and Michelin-starred Neptune in Hunstanton, Norfolk.