First class lunch for a very reasonable price at the Terrace.
New lunchtime table d’hote menu at the 3AA Rosette Terrace Restaurant, Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu.
Perfect for both for the time (if not cash!) rich and for a business lunch within the hour’s break
Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson is rightly highly regarded for both the excellence and creativity of his cuisine and his strong support of local producers and suppliers when he chooses the ingredients for his menus.
In Matt’s words:"The New Forest is my larder and what a larder it is!”
Now it’s possible for us mere mortals to savour not just the amazing dining experience but also the beautiful surroundings and unique ambience of the outstanding 3AA Rosette Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu.
The Terrace Restaurant has recently introducted a new Table d'Hote lunch menu, enabling an elegant and delicious pause in the middle of day - perfect for a business lunch or for to while away an hour or so with friends and family. The menu changes regularly and reflects the changing produce of the seasons.
It was lunchtime on a working day when my colleague and I visited last week and our tipple was tap water – so whilst we would have liked to taste from the lengthy wine list, on this basis there are no extras for drinks. (Coffee served with petit fours is extra but after a very satisfying three course lunch it’s really not necessary!)
There are two options for starters so between us we tried them both and can report that both were exceptional – and as with every dish set in front of us, exquisitely presented. The celeriac veloute with smoked belly bacon, celeriac remoulade and summer truffle provided literally an explosion of flavour in the mouth and although it does contain cream, served as a sensible portion size it was a relatively “light” starter too.
My colleague’s carpaccio of Pondhead Farm beef fillet with crisp brisket croquette, garden beetroot and capers was a little more filling and with its fabulous array of different tastes and textures an utter delight.
A selection of delicious, homemade rolls accompanied the starters, each temptingly chosen to compliment the flavours of the veloute and the carpaccio.
It took us a while to choose from the three main courses as all sounded divine! The cep mushrooms had been and gone early this year so my honey roasted Alresford partridge was served with roasted chestnut mushrooms which were equally delicious, on a bed of white bean puree with local greens and lightly picked blackberries - an inspired accompaniment and quite sublime!
My colleague meanwhile was delighted with her escapalope of day boat Cornish cod with squid ink gnocchi and a fricassee of pancetta, peas and spring onions. Richly satisfying yet not too heavy - and perfect for dining at lunchtime with the prospect of a busy afternoon's work ahead.
We were both tempted by the third main course option which looked equally appealing: homemade saffron linguine with saute wild mushrooms, confit tomatoes, grilled broccoli and cep veloute – so a veritable feast for the vegetarians amongst you too.
Desserts were obviously a necessity when they looked as tempting as warm pear and almond tart with brandy cream and raspberry sorbet, and dark chocolate delice with cherry sorbet and almond tuile. Fortunately we were in agreement in terms of who preferred which, and were both absolutely impressed and satisfied (more than!) by this wonderful culmination to an out of the ordinary lunch!
Service from Pierre and his team was impeccable, the weather was warm enough just for the doors to the terrace to be open making us feel connected not just with France but with the outdoors too - and the lovingly tended garden is a yet another delightful feast - for the eyes! The atmosphere at the Terrace is warm and welcoming, elegant yet relaxed.
At two courses for £18.50 or three for just £23.00, “dining at lunchtime” is an affordable and brilliant way to enjoy the whole experience of the Terrace – in fact the garden view is better by daylight too. Exquisite cuisine, in relaxing surroundings at a reasonable price. We wholeheardedly recommend lunch the Terrace.
In fact, we both agreed that we would be back for more!