Best places to eat in the New Forest
The New Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed heath, forest and pasture in the densely populated South-Eastern part of England. It was created by William the Conqueror as a hunting ground, but now tourists visit for picturesque walks and countless attractions. You can also dine like a king or queen in one of the New Forest’s top restaurants.
Best restaurants in the New Forest
Verveine Restaurant can be found in the south of the Forest at Milford-on-Sea. Chef David Wykes uses seasonal ingredients and fresh fish from the restaurant's in-house fishmongers. Enjoy more local produce at La Perle, also at Milford-on-Sea. As well as this restaurant sourcing over 90% of its produce from Dorset and Hampshire, everything on the menu is made from scratch, including the sorbets and the butter. Lanes in Lymington is run by Peter and Nicola Leyland-Jones. This former church and school is now a romantic restaurant serving meals made from fresh, seasonal produce at affordable prices. If you would like to serve up meals such as these in your own home, then find out about the cookery school, where demonstrations and master classes are regularly run.
Best pubs in the New Forest
The Cartwheel Inn in Whitsbury is an ideal pub for a relaxing meal after a walk. Try pub favourites made from local ingredients, and take the chance to sample an ale from the Ringwood Brewery. Fox & Hounds in Lyndhurst is a place to enjoy al fresco eating during the summer on the terrace or in an old coaching barn. Live music is often performed throughout the year. For a picturesque and historic setting for your meal, head to the Rose and Thistle in Rockbourne. On sunny days, enjoy your meal in the pretty garden, while in the winter, a warm fire welcomes you in.