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Rose and Thistle

€€ - €€€, British,
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:00 - 15:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely country pub., with a very large car park through a narrow entrance. Very quaint place and has a really extensive range of drinks. Very good food and service. The menu provided has quite variety of options to choose from. The food served was...More

1  Thank Hungry-Thirsty69
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went for lunch got the opportunity to sit outside. Very pleasant can get a quite a few cars going passed but didn't spoil the atmosphere. Staff very friendly. We had the ploughmans for 2 people which was just enough for a lunch time.

1  Thank nicstuabroad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely pub. Full of character, pretty garden, great food and excellent staff. Lots of customers even mid week We enjoyed a sunny lunch in the garden. Tried trout pate (which was delicious), cod loin and RAT burger. All great. Lots of locally sourced...More

2  Thank MrsBWooster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An absolutely charming country pub. Had been highly recommend to us by our neighbours as we are new to the area. We will most definitely be returning and bringing along family & friends too. The staff ( 2 ladies) were extremely friendly and very welcoming....More

2  Thank V W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the New Forest definitely check out R.A.T. Great food, lovely oldy worldy bar. Lots of games to play too if that’s your thing. Garden at front is beautiful. Food recommendations: Steak and Kidney Pudding (even in 27 degrees heat!!) and the...More

1  Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a long time since we have found a pub like this. Old but not old fashioned. Friendly but not sycophantic. Good beers and wine, great food and excellent service. Worth a visit.

1  Thank Cooksy6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited for a meal twice during a shot holiday nearby and loved this place. Real old fashioned charm inside with a beer garden in the front. Staff were friendly and helpful. We had a good choice of dishes on the menu. As a vegetarian...More

1  Thank SueWkg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in on our way home from a short holiday in Dorset. Although we had not been here for about four years, everything looked just the same - your quintessential English country pub. The staff were super friendly and the food was brilliant!

1  Thank juddrolfe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The RAT has maintained its olde world features but boasts modern clean toilets. Car park around the back and beer garden to the front. We had dinner on a very hot June evening so even though the thick walls keep it cool we ate in...More

1  Thank rogerp761
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cycled over and stopped for lunch at this lovely pub in the beautiful picturesque village of Rockbourne. There is a lovely garden and we sat outside under an umbrella as it was very hot. The young lady who was behind the bar was very friendly,...More

1  Thank GinnieJoe
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Questions & Answers
20 June 2018|
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Response from Jack K | Reviewed this property |
At a squeeze and you’d probably have to hire the whole space
Mike R
23 April 2018|
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good afternoon, We do offer a vegan menu, however, this menu must be pre-ordered. If you email us we can forward a copy. Kindest regards, Chris
23 March 2018|
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Response from Jack K | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1725 518236
  • E-mail
The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in the picture postcard village of Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Outside is a lovely cottage garden to while away sunny days and watch the world go by. Inside is the perfect place to spend any time of year with the traditional interior of beamed ceilings, carved wooden benches and cosy log fires in the winter. Colin Beck our head chef works with local suppliers to create a traditional menu sourced locally and seasonally where possible. Our beef and pork come from the New Forest and our game is from the village, with Manor farm pheasant, pigeon and rabbit together with venison from the local game keeper. Fish is delivered directly from the south coast and vegetables are from local suppliers. The menu changes regularly but always includes favourites such as our famous home made steak and kidney pudding and slow cooked pork belly along side seasonal specials. We also offer a good range of bar snacks and lighter meals including Welsh Rarebit, Sausage and Mash as well as The Rose and Thistle sandwiches including rare roast beef, smoked salmon with watercress and the famous RAT burger with smoked bacon, emmental and hand cut chips! The Rose and Thistle, built around 1580, was originally 3 cottages and became a bakers which then later started to retail liquor. The first listed landlord was Richard Pope in the early 1890's whose photo can still be found on the gentleman's toilet door. The pub has had several colourful landlords over the years one of whom is rumoured to still haunt the building. In the 1970's the place was made famous for its seafood by Pete and Pam Reid and people flocked from all around to taste the lobster. A consortium of villagers then purchased the pub who later sold to Tim Norfolk all who maintained the places great reputation for food over the last 20 years. Tim retired in June 2008 when Kerry arrived, taking the pub from strength to strength. In late 2014 Chris took over the reins, with his friendly attitude and fantastic team you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious freshly prepared food.
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