Places to Eat

The New Forest is a compelling location that entices foodies with its variety of culinary treats. The New Forest is a treasure trove of flavours, including delectable free-range meats, freshly caught seafood, wild mushrooms, and aromatic herbs. The scenic surroundings make the ideal backdrop for foodies to indulge in farm-to-table experiences. The New Forest offers a gourmet experience that captures the essence of Hampshire’s culinary legacy, whether you choose to peruse lively farmers’ markets, eat at acclaimed restaurants, or sample traditional dishes at cosy country pubs. Browse our hand-picked selection of fabulous foodie destinations below…

The Snakecatcher, Brockenhurst

The Snakecatcher pub is the ultimate family-friendly destination, offering an array of amenities. With two spacious gardens and a playground to keep the kids entertained, as well as a pool table and games machines, there’s never a dull moment. The menu boasts a fantastic selection of food, including daily specials, and the drinks are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.

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Sleep: Windlass Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom cottage just a stones throw from the town quay in Lymington. This cosy cottage has a wood burning stove and a stunning courtyard garden- perfect for a morning coffee or cocktails in the evening!

Explore: After a cold beer or a hearty meal meal at The Snakecatcher why not take in the rest of the charismatic high street of Brockenhurst and it’s wide range of quaint cafes and tearooms.

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The Queens Head, Burley

The Queen’s Head has a rich history that goes all the way back to 1685 when it was first established as a blacksmiths. Even after 100 years, the pub has managed to preserve its original charm and features. It has always had a special bond with horses, and this connection is still evident today as wild horses and ponies can be seen freely roaming near the inn.

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Sleep: Little Hayes in nearby Lyndhurst is a jaw-dropping house that sleeps 14 in style! With unique interior design and a fabulous outdoor entertaining space Little Hayes is the perfect base to explore The New Forest and make memories with friends and family.

Explore: After a delicious meal at The Queens Head, why not take a walk through the stunning forest and heathland of the New Forest national park and admire the famous free-roaming New Forest ponies

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The Fox & Hounds serves fantastic cask ales and delicious fresh food from an historic former coaching inn. Sink into a sofa by the fire or bask outside on the glorious sun-trap of a terrace.

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Sleep: Little Hayes in nearby Lyndhurst is a jaw-dropping house that sleeps 14 in style! With unique interior design and a fabulous outdoor entertaining space Little Hayes is the perfect base to explore The New Forest and make memories with friends and family.

Explore: After a cold beer or a hearty meal meal at The Fox & Hounds why not take in the rest of the charismatic high street of Lyndhurst its it’s wide range of boutique shops and artisan eateries, ending with a touch of glamour at the Ferrari garage!

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A Grade II listed pub, The Gun Inn in the pretty hamlet of Keyhaven, just a mile outside Milford on Sea is making headlines in the local food scene with head chef, Mark Young championing the way.

Since opening in April 2021, head chef Mark, known as The New Forest Chef with his passion for local produce is firmly establishing this pub as a favourite with locals and tourists. Already it is becoming known for its ever-evolving menu, featuring the freshest local food, mostly cooked on a 3ft outside grill.

Sample dishes off the main menu, include Needles mackerel, Lymington crab, The Big Gun Dog and New Forest wild mushrooms. Then there’s the ‘Big Guns’ menu, with dishes ideal for sharing, including Hursley Lamb Shoulder, 4 Bone Rack of Blackwater Pork and a Whole Wild Seabass.

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Sleep: Meadow Cott is a beautiful 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom holiday home with lots of entertainment for all of the family including table tennis, table football and a huge fire pit oven. Meadow Cott is located just 10 minutes walk from Rays Italian Restaurant.

Explore: After a some stunning food and drink at The Gun why not take a sunset stroll out along the coast path along the atmospheric and nature-rich Keyhaven and Lymington marshes.

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Boasting over 250 five star reviews on TripAdvisor, Saltwater cafe is situated in the bustling seaside village of Milford on Sea.

Opened nearly six years ago in a building previously used as a bakery and a hardware store, the cafe can be found on the High Street, just off the village green and on the way to the nature reserve at Keyhaven and Henry VIII artillery fortress Hurst Castle, both with stunning sea views towards Christchurch Harbour and across to the Isle of Wight.

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Sleep: Meadow Cott is a beautiful 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom holiday home with lots of entertainment for all of the family including table tennis, table football and a huge fire pit oven. Meadow Cott is located just 10 minutes walk from Saltwater Cafe.

Explore: After a lovely lunch at Saltwater Cafe why not take a stroll out along the coast path at Milford-on-Sea or a shady woodland walk through The Pleasure Grounds located just a stone’s throw from the restaurant.

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The Pig restaurant in Brockenhurst is a culinary gem nestled in the heart of the New Forest, offering a unique dining experience that celebrates local produce and sustainability. With its charming country-house ambiance and rustic elegance, the restaurant immerses guests in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The menu is a showcase of seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, where dishes are crafted with care and creativity to deliver a farm-to-table experience.

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Sleep: Little Hayes in nearby Lyndhurst is a jaw-dropping house that sleeps 14 in style! With unique interior design and a fabulous outdoor entertaining space Little Hayes is the perfect base to explore The New Forest and make memories with friends and family.

Explore: After a fabulous meal at The Pig why not take a walk through the stunning forest and heathland of the New Forest national park and admire the famous free-roaming New Forest ponies

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