Who’s hungry? A spell away from home on holiday also doubles as an adventure for your taste buds. The day times on self-catering holidays are generally taken care of with a delicious picnic but when it comes to the evening meal most of us are looking for something that extra bit special. The New Forest has some excellent places to try out. Some may require you to book in advance too. With the New Forest’s location, sea food is readily available fresh from the ocean. Pork and beef are high on the menus too, so get ready for some gourmet treats on your holiday.
Here’s a small selection of New Forest eateries. Bear in mind this is just the tip of the food ‘iceberg!’
The Terrace at the Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu
The Terrace is a Michelin Star restaurant in the heart of Beaulieu village. It has a good reputation as one of the finest restaurants in the New Forest. The head chef is a Roux scholar, and that should be enough to make anybody want to sample the quality food on the modern menu. The restaurant has a kitchen garden for producing its own vegetables, fruit and herbs.
The lunch and dinner a la carte menu is legendary - or choose a three course meal from a list of interesting choices. Starters include: wood pigeon, or an oxtail lasagne amongst others. The main is a mouth watering collection of roast chicken, or lamb, turbot and vegetarian dishes. The menu is updated frequently and displayed online.
The Terrace is situated in the centre of the beautiful villages in the south east of the New Forest National Park, centred around a picturesque duck pond. The Beaulieu Estate is close by for a leisurely stroll to walk off the meal, if you are sampling The Terrace's considerable menu.
Early booking is advised - although there is a choice of restaurants at the Montagu.
01590 624467 / The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire. SO42 7ZL
The Jetty, Mudeford
Specialising in sea food, The Jetty at Mudeford is a real treat. With views across Christchurch Harbour to Hengistbury Head, this is a fantastic spot for a bit of alfresco dining on a warm evening.
All the fish and shellfish are landed at Mudeford Quay daily, so they are fresh as can be. The Jetty has won multiple awards for its fare and deservedly so. Whether its sipping wine on the terrace at lunchtime to enjoy some top quality sea snacks or dining from one of the popular ad-hoc menus, The Jetty is definitely a dining spot to include in your New Forest itinerary.
The menus mainly consist of sea food concoctions but there are other choices for those that don't partake. There is a delicious looking a la carte menu, a tasting menu, a vegetarian selection and the catch of the day - which could be anything for an Isle of Wight lobster, rock oysters from Poole Bay, to a whole sea bream. And this is only a sniff of what's on offer at this foodie destination.
Make sure you book a table early to avoid disappointment.
01202 400950 / The Jetty, 95 Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3NT
The Pig, Brockenhurst
If seafood isn’t at the top of your menu, try The Pig in Brockenhurst for its meaty and veggie menus. The Pig has a varied menu and a lot of the ingredients are sourced from its own kitchen garden, the eggs are from their own free-range chickens too. So whether your tastes are steaks or large roasts, gourmet burgers or pizzas, The Pig has you covered. There is also a great sea food and dessert menu.
The Pig is a big hit with families too and good reviews in the press keep the place on the New Forest gourmet map. It's well located, centrally within Brockenhurst, close to the railway station and bus stops. For late nights, it's easy to find a cab in town too - see our getting around
Book a table in advance if you can, especially at the weekend.
01590 622354 / Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QL
Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant, Milford-on-Sea
Verveine, in Milford-on-Sea, even has its own fishmongers. Specialising in seafood this place is another winner. Its menu is a good reflection of the unique mix of food sources that the New Forest provides being coastal and deeply rural. The fishmongers is also a big plus for those of you who are self-catering and would prefer to do the cooking for yourself. It is great to buy locally caught fish, frozen, to take back home on the last day of your holidays.
Verveine doesn't publish its menus, but it does offer the option to telephone the restaurant to enquire what's on the grill that day, or to discuss allergy requirements. The Verveine does off an expansive taster option, and Catch of the Day.
The restaurant is situated close to the beach and is tastefully decorated to make the dining experience memorable and enjoyable.
Again, advanced booking is required to avoid disappointment.
01590 642176 / Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant, 98 High Street, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. SO41 0QE
Le Blaireau, Brockenhurst
If you fancy a taste of Europe with a New Forest twist, Le Blaireau in Brockenhurst could be the place. Le Blaireau is the French word for badger for those who don't already know. This French restaurant has a great mix of regional French cooking with New Forest produce. There's also an opportunity to sample locally landed sea food alongside more traditional French fare. The menus are presented in the same format you'd expect to see in a French establishment. There is an expansive selection of entrees to choose from and vegetarians and pescatarians are also very well catered for. There’s every chance that you may feel like you’re in Paris when you’re really in the depths of Hampshire.
Located within Carey's Manor and SenSpa it's also got plenty of places to unwind, so why not enjoy a spa experience or a pre-dinner swim. Carey's is close to the centre of Brockenhurst and its railway station.
01590 623551 / Le Blaireau @ Careys Manor & SenSpa, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7RH
The Haven, Lymington
The Haven is an inviting seafood restaurant situated at the Yacht Haven Marina in Lymington. The waterside views of the Solent are incredible and the ambience of the establishment is one of class and warm sophistication.
Family run and owned, the delicious fresh fish and shellfish choice is accompanied with a varied and unique wine menu. It has a very good reputation as a one of the very best places to enjoy a relaxing evening meal along the New Forest coast. Make the most of its outdoor terrace in the summer months, as you watch the sun go down with friends and family.
Book in advance to avoid missing out.
01590 679971 – The Haven Restaurant, King's Saltern Rd, Lymington SO41 3QD
The Oak Inn, Lyndhurst
The Oak Inn is a welcoming country pub in the New Forest with an enticing and varied menu created to please. Well-known locally for its fresh New Forest and Hampshire sourced food and broad selection of real ales, The Oak is a great spot to settle into after a day of exploring the lush countryside or a for a good lunch.
The Oak Inn is a Fuller’s pub and there kitchen slogan boasts, ‘Every dish is our signature dish.’ By keeping the meals simple, honest and fresh with flare, they’ve successfully added a modern twist to traditional British pub food.
02380 282350 / The Oak Inn, Pinkney Lane, Bank, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FD
- The Jetty in Mudeford
- Verveine in Milford-on-Sea
- The Montagu in Beaulieu
- The Pig in Brockenhurst
- Le Blaireau in Brockenhurst
- The Haven in Lymington
- The Oak in in Lyndhurst
We hope we haven’t made you too hungry whilst reading this guide!
All of our holiday cottages are equipped with modern kitchens but for the occasions you’d like an evening out you’re never too far away from a quality eatery in the New Forest.