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Rose and Thistle

€€ - €€€, British,
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crevettes” (8 reviews)
“pork belly” (26 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Food
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Value
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LOCATION
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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1 - 10 of 614 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped at the Rose & Thistle for Sunday lunch whilst driving through the New Forest. The reviews looked great so we thought we’d give it a go and were so glad we did. We didn’t book in advance so were very lucky to get...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank jessrhennessy
Reviewed 3 days ago

Five of us visited for Sunday Lunch on 09.12.18 during a family visit to the New Forest. We were blown away by the food - simply amazing. Starters: two Ham hock terrine; two Soup; one Pasta Mains: two Pork Belly; one R.A.T burger; one Beef;...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank debja21
Reviewed 4 days ago

My daughter and I were visited by an old friend and we decided that we would have lunch at the RAT. We only had soup and a sandwich, but the soup was homemade and very tasty and the sandwiches were quite the best that we...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank WilliamRodney
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Decided to give to give this place a go as was passing through the area as staying close by. Was immediately drawn in by this beautiful building. Decorated with lovely Christmas lights. Wasn’t disappointed by the interior or the food either. Highly recommend and lovely...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank MarkJEbanks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten at this pub on a number of occasions and always had an excellent experience both in terms of food quality and friendliness at the bar before or after our meal. This is a small pub which can get pretty lively when the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank PapaDuff2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed excellent dinner. First visit for us. Booked table in the bar, Great atmosphere including log fire. Very attentive staff. Food first class, We had starters of: mackerel, soup of the day, olives and bread. Main courses: Lamb, sirloin steak with black pepper sauce, steak...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Linda B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food, brilliant selection of drinks and great service, could not fault it. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Beautiful style pub, clean and friendly.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank jasmine d
Reviewed 9 November 2018

We had dinner here on a Saturday night. There was a good choice of food, nothing too unfamiliar, but much better prepared and served than the usual pub fare. My steak was cooked exactly as I had asked for it. The service was friendly and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Resort816757
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Amazing food, great atmosphere, friendly staff. I can eat there will the time! And great beer! Strongly recommend

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Justyna S
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Had afternoon drinks & went back for an evening meal. The staff were very friendly & efficient, the food was outstanding & the pub had the most amazing atmosphere. Thank you for your wonderful service, we will be back.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Lesley G
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Questions & Answers
Lollyjstevenson
20 October 2018|
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Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Hello! Dogs are allowed in our bar area but not the restaurant. You are more than welcome to dine in our bar area but we would recommend making a reservation as it is only small.
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Lynne E
22 August 2018|
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Response from smurf382017 | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes there is a car park 😄
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 18:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Saturday
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
Description
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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