Eating out at Christmas time in the New Forest
Family friendly venues for family and friends get togethers over Christmas
Restaurants and pubs serving Christmas menus in Lymington and the New Forest, many with winter walks close by
It's a pleasure to eat out sometimes over the Christmas period, give the host and hostess a break and everybody a chance to have a really good chat while someone else does the cooking.
Lots of our favourite New Forest restaurants and pubs have special festive special menus for Christmas suitable for all celebratory occasions with family or friends.
And some of these restaurants and pubs are also in brilliant locations either with their own grounds to explore or with fabulous winter walks close by - another essential ingredient of family Christmas time!
So make this the Christmas to try one of them out whether small group or large!
Comfortable and excellent value Christmas dining in atmospheric Tudor building in beautiful surroundings a stone's throw from Lymington, with views of Lymington River and the Solent and lots of outside space for younger diners to take a break during a long family gathering, in fact it's a wonderful place for a multi generation stroll around the fabulous grounds. There's a lot of value on offer with Elmers Court's traditional menus over Christmas time.
New Park Manor - Brockenhurst
This lovely family friendly hotel in its idyllic forest location tucked away behind the Polo Club and Showground at New Park, Brockenhurst welcomes locals to share its cosy comfy sitting areas and relaxed dining room.
Afternoon tea is a particular feature and special event, and non residents are also welcome to lunch informally and fine dine in the evenings. The service is friendly service and fresh ingredients are all sourced locally.
Special Afternoon Tea offer until 22 December
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!
The Haven is now under close management by the award winning Lymington Yachthaven, the whole experience of this amazing location between perfect winter family walks along the sea wall in either direction together with relaxed, comfortable ambience, excellent food and great service, what more could be wished for this Christmas!
The Turfcutters Arms Pub - East Boldre
A roaring fire, warm welcome and cosy atmosphere always greet you at the Turfcutters and being right on the forest there are of course plenty of great winter walks nearby too Their Christmas Menu is being served all through December and is fantastic value
Montys - Beaulieu
The olde worlde surroundings of historic Beaulieu Village create a wonderful Christmassy atmosphere, it’s as though this village were designed especially for Christmas! And then the cosy atmosphere at Monty's Inn part of the Montagu Arms sets the scene for a relaxed yet a little classy too, Christmas get-together with friends, family or colleagues. A special Christmas 3 course meal with a selection of craft ales, locally distilled Gins and an extensive wine list is on offer.
Le Blaireau French bar and bistro in Brockenhurst is part of Careys Manor Hotel and offers an alternative Christmas menu and also Christmas day lunch with delicious French cuisine. It's a great place for families with lots of space and a fun atmosphere. For letting off steam afterwards "Brockenhurst Beach" (beside the river!) is just along the road and much less crowded in winter! Christmas Day menu here...
Experience the irresistibly rich and authentic flavours of Thai cuisine this Christmas, with the delicious festive menu at Koh Thai Tapas.
You can dine for just £27.95 pp on the premium two-course Thai Tasting, including a chilled glass of prosecco to welcome you on arrival.
This is a really convenient destination especially if you live or are staying in the centre of Lymington, and offers something a little different for the tastebuds over the Christmas break - perhaps especially when you've had enough of turkey and tradition!
Take a leisurely Christmas stroll around the alleyways and courtyards of Lymington afterwards, you'll be amazed to discover all the little nooks and crannies and see the backs of the historic buildings of the town centre - which you never normally notice marching up and down the High Street!
Gorgeous little restaurant in the heart of Milford on Sea which serves simply stunning food! La Perle is offering festive lunches and dinners all through December, and Christmas Parties for up to 36 guests at once.
And it’s not far to the seafront ,for a bracing walk great for working up appetites or digesting large meals!
The Monkey House Pub commands a strategic position at the gateway to Lymington from Brockenhurst and the main routes in from the North. There is parking next to the pub and the Monkey House can always be relied upon to provide a warm proprietor's welcome, carefully selected always delicious menu options, friendly professional service and not forgetting the crisply laundered white napkins. Enjoy some fresh air and let the children play and the dog have a run, beforehand or afterwards at Buckland Rings.
For Christmas menu click here
This historic hotel in its own lovely grounds is also in a convenient location on the main road into Milford with ample adjacent parking. Dining is in the recently totally refurbished Cedar Tree restaurant, with lovely views over the gardens including the stately cedar tree! Good for families and friends and well priced menu. Always gets rave reviews! Christmas brochure here