Great places to eat out in Lymington and the New Forest

Fine dining, cosy gastro pubs, oriental, family friendly, cafes with great cake...

Looking for a restaurant, pub or café where you can have a great meal out or just a cafe for a break from the shopping? We’re spoilt for choice in and around Lymington and the New Forest, with a variety of restaurants offering different styles of gastronomic delights, with prices to suit all budgets. 

Fine Dining

MarmsLocal Apple DessertThe Terrace - Beaulieu

The restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu is a hidden gem. Set overlooking a stunning garden at the rear of the hotel, you'll find a warm welcome, exceptional service and superb cusine. The winner of a number of awards, including Best Loved Hotel in the South 2016, Hampshire Life Best Hotel Restaurant and “Small and Boutique Hotel of the Year” at the Beautiful South Awards to name just a few. Also awarded 3AA Rosettes for its food. The enticing modern menu designed by innovative Head Chef and Roux scholar, Matthew Tomkinson, is undoubtedly the focus of every guests visit.

Read our review or find contact details for The Terrace.  Christmas Menus here 

Waterford Restaurant - Lymington

At the Waterford Restaurant at Elmers Court you will experience great British food amidst the most spectacular location. The Waterford offers a classic British menu with fine seasonal ingredients and an impressive wine list, using seasonal British and organic ingredients where possible. The Restaurant is open daily from 7pm and closes on selected nights during the winter season. Find contact details for the Waterford Restaurant

Cambium Restaurant - Brockenhurst

The restaurant at Carey's Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst was awarded with 3AA Rosettes earlier this year. Relaxed refinement is the name of the game at Cambium. Unwind in chic yet comfy surroundings and experience delicious cuisine inspired by the enchanted New Forest. The food, service and sommelier are all exceptional - as are the finishing touches. Read our review or find contact details for Cambium.

Stag Restaurant - Brockenhurst

The Stag Restaurant at New Park Manor offers elegant fine dining in the evenings, with friendly service and sophisticated menus using fresh, local ingredients. Feast on venison from the New Forest or wild mushrooms from local woods. Savour fish freshly caught from the nearby coast and dishes flavoured with locally grown vegetables and herbs from New Park Manor’s own gardens. Find contact details for the Stag Restaurant.

La Perle - Milford-on-Sea

La Perle

La Perle is a small family-run restaurant, where the menu is completely governed by the British seasons and what can be sourced locally. The Good Food Guide has highly commended La Perle, praising Chef Sam Hughes for the fact that he deals with small producers in Hampshire and Dorset and readers praised the generosity of the food, as well as its pretty plating and big flavours. Sam represented Milford-on-Sea in the TV series Professional Master Chef a few years ago and as a young chef trained under Raymond Blanc. Find contact details for La Perle. Read our review of Lunch at La Perle.


Cosy Gastro Pubs

turfcutters arms east boldre pubThe Turfcutters - East Boldre

The focus of the menu at this traditional New Forest pub is real ales and home cooked food. The menu is varied and exciting, using the freshest, seasonal and local produce that can be found from producers here in Hampshire. Some of our favourite menu items include; home made pie of the day, veggie quiche of the day, home cooked chilli and lasagne, and home cooked Hampshire ham with free range eggs and chips. Well behaved dogs and children are welcome! Child sized portions are offered on a selection of meals from the menu, bring your dog to the bar where they’ll get a tasty treat! Find out more... 

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The Royal Oak - Downton

A traditional country pub, the Royal Oak offers local ales and a well priced menu of home cooked food using mainly locally sourced, fresh quality ingredients. Gluten free options, super Sunday Roast, special senior citizens' and children's menus. Plenty of comfy seating in very attractive setting. On a fine day the sun streams through the south facing windows and for chilly days there's a warming dual facing woodburning stove. Families with children are welcome. The fully enclosed pub garden has a large play area. There is a dedicated children’s menu and you can also order many dishes off the main menu to be more appropriate for older children or adults with smaller appetites. Find out more... Find out about Christmas at the Royal Oak.

Monkey House LymingtonThe Monkey House - Lymington

The Monkey House is one of the last standing free houses in Lymington. Family run, the restaurant brings all the elements of the classic British pub which everyone can enjoy; combining home cooked food with cosy log fires, great pub garden and excellent service. The extremely talented head chef and his team prepare daily specials that will definitely tickle your taste buds, including the famous Sunday Roast. Find contact details for the Monkey House... 

Monty’s Inn - Beaulieu

The Montagu Arms Hotel's charming Inn offers a rustic country fare of traditional English favourites, a wide range of beverages including the award winning hand-pulled Ringwood ales and a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Delicious home-cooked dishes from fresh, organic, local produce, enjoyed in a relaxed, comfortable setting - including roaring fire when appropriate! Find contact details for Monty's Inn... 


A taste of the Orient

zen gardens thai restaurant brockenhurst 1Koh Thai Tapas - Lymington

Now well established on Lymington High Street, Koh Thai Tapas is an award winning beautiful low-lit restaurant. A place where the incredible holy flavours of Thai cuisine can be shared and sampled tapas-style with fiery cocktails, far-flung beers and world-class music. The irresistible cocktail menu features expertly designed cocktails all created and honed by bar tenders from Koh. Find out more about Koh Thai Tapas.

Zen Garden - Brockenhurst

This unique restaurant, located at the SenSpa, offers an authentically Thai dining experience. The Thai chefs serve freshly prepared Thai dishes using organic and locally sourced products where possible. Whether you visit the Zen Garden Restaurant for a 3 course dinner or just a freshly made smoothie, you will find the atmosphere relaxing and friendly. The restaurant offers a range of dishes catering for all tastes. Read our review. Find contact details for Zen Garden.

Rivaaz - Lymington

Rivaaz offers fine indian cusine in contemporary surroundings in the centre of Lymington. The dishes are prepared using the freshest and best ingredients. Consistent winners of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Booking in advance is recommended. Read our review. Find contact details for Rivaaz.


Have you discovered...?

shipyard fish market lymington restaurant 1Le Blaireau - Brockenhurst

Set in the grounds of Careys Manor Hotel, Le Blaireau offers authentic French cuisine inspired by traditional regional cooking, with a selection of fine wines to choose from and a vibrant informal atmosphere. There is a very welcoming and relaxed feel to the restaurant where you will enjoy the simple delight of delicious and flavoursome food and excellent service. Find contact details for Le Blaireau.

The Shipyard Bar & Kitchen - Lymington

A short walk from Lymington quay you'll find The Shipyard Bar & Kitchen, complete with neighbouring fishmarket. A collaboration between fisherman and chef, the Shipyard gives guests the opportunity to either take home local fresh fish or have it cooked for them. Chefs Paul & Liam only source the finest local and seasonal produce, cooked honestly and with the respect it deserves allowing the natural flavors to speak for themselves. Find out more...

The Haven Bar and Restaurant - Lymington

With glorious views straight down Lymington River and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight this has to be the prime spot in Lymington for coffee, lunch, tea or dinner! Now under close management by the award winning Lymington Yacht Haven, its superb location between great family and dog walks along the sea wall in either direction with its relaxed, comfortable ambience, excellent food and great service, the Haven offers a winning formula and a whole experience hard to beat any time of the year!

Cedar Tree Restaurant

The newly renovated and modernised Cedar Tree Restaurant (named because of the enormous cedar tree in the grounds of the South Lawn) offers a very pleasant dining environment in which thanks to generous soft furnishings it's easy to have a conversation - a rarity these days! With views over the gardens, the Cedar Tree offers traditional and international cuisine with a wide range of fine wines to complement your meal. Find out more about the Cedar Tree Restaurant...  

Lanes of Lymington

Formerly a church and school, Lanes Restaurant is tucked away down a quiet cul de sac, just off Lymington High Street in the centre of the town, near Elliotts. The split levels, small intimate alcoves, balconies and an open plan ground floor are stylish and what you’d expect from a fashionable top London eatery. The excellent food is prepared daily by owner and chef Peter Leyland Jones, using plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients and offering an exciting and varied menu. Find out more... 


Lunch or Afternoon Tea with a Swim!

New Park Manor - Brockenhurst

By day at New Park Manor things are relaxed and informal with an emphasis on family time. Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the Stag Restaurant with a dip in the heated outdoor pool. Find contact details for New Park Manor.

Elmers Court - Lymington

Elmers Court's outdoor pool is open daily for non-residents and non-members, who can buy a daily pass. Whilst you're there, enjoy lunch at the Scottish Steak Club. Find details for the Scottish Steak Club and find out more about the open air pool.


Take a break from shopping!

salmonOskubox - Lymington

Oskubox is the wonderful new Nordic café in St Thomas Street at the top end of Lymington. A great place to enjoy breakfast, coffee and pastries, lunch, tea and cake. Traditional nordic cuisine created from fine ingredients, including meatballs, quiches, fresh fish and breads...we particularly enjoy the Smørebrød. Oskubox has a delightful play area for young children, taking the stress out of stopping for a pitstop. Find out more... 

Steff's Kitchen - Beaulieu

One of the most popular places to eat in the New Forest, with its warm and friendly welcome and home cooked food. From warm scones straight out of the oven to hearty soups, everything is freshly prepared. Local ingredients are used wherever possible, including local free range eggs, sausages and ham. Vegetables are largely sourced from within the New Forest area and often taken direct from Patrick’s Patch over the road. Described as one of the New Forest’s hidden gems, it is an ideal spot to start (or conclude) a wander along Beaulieu’s quaint High Street. Find out more...


Updated 2 August 2017