Back in the summer, my sister and I had a lovely Afternoon Tea at The Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest. We had such a lovely time that I came home and booked a table for two on the first Saturday night they had free. It’s testament to how amazing this restaurant is that I had to wait about two months for a free spot on a Saturday night!
The hotel is just outside of Lyndhurst in the New Forest. It’s set in the middle of beautiful rolling hills and moorlands. As Mr & Mrs Smith says: “Originally a medieval hunting lodge way back in the 13th century, this New Forest manor was reclaimed for royalty by the Duke of Clarence in the 1740s. Since then, Lime Wood hotel has had another extravagant makeover, giving this stately pile a serious air of perfection, with primly landscaped grounds, devotedly designed interiors, a super spa and two tantalising restaurants to prove it.”
Tom had a smoked meat platter to start (I skipped the starter so I could save room for desert!), then for mains we shared a steak for two with sweet and sour carrots, potatoes and black cabbage. I had a hot chocolate pudding with mascarpone for pudding and Tom had a cheese board. Washed down with a bottle of prosecco and a couple of desert wines. Delish!
They have a whole “Boot Room” full of Hunter wellies so guests can explore the local area (a really nice touch as wellies are quite often a must-have in the New Forest, but who has room to pack their own pair when you’re going off on holiday?!).
They also have smaller rooms off the main restaurant which can be used for private dining events. This room below looks so warm and cosy. It’d be lovely to have a private dinner party here to celebrate a birthday/retirement/engagement etc.
So all in all a lovely (if very expensive) night out.