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Rose and Thistle

€€ - €€€, British,
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:00 - 15:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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1 - 10 of 522 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Friday dinner, really enjoyed our dining experience. Sunday Lunch equally enjoyable. Great pub atmosphere, really nice service, attentive, friendly staff. Not the cheapest or best value for money but loved our weekend visits.

Thank Timlet1909
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lunch with friends. Warm and friendly welcome, nice atmosphere, excellent food. Hadn't been there for a few years because way back I thought the atmosphere and service was poor: but this has changed I am delighted to say! Well worth a visit.....I will definitely be...More

1  Thank Paul B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are regulars at this pub when visiting family. Our return this time was rewarded once again by great food and service. So we will go back again!

2  Thank TherealJoe90
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We frequently visit and are always impressed by the warm welcome, cosy atmosphere, and good honest fare. This is a proper village pub. Well run with a great balance of restaurant versus village pub. Food locally sourced where possible and good ales. Very pleased to...More

2  Thank Dave F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cozy open fires, low lights, old stuff. Gorgeous cottagey front garden. Low ceilings. Great staff. Lots of , people eating ( a v good sign ) warm and friendly. Comfy sofas A far cry from light, gastro bleach scented pubs of today. It’s like stepping...More

2  Thank scottyr333
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just had a delicious dinner (Sat 21 Oct 2017) to celebrate my husband's 65th birthday. Romantic dinner for two. Starters were creamy garlic mushrooms and the sun blushed tomato and ricotta tart; main courses whole plaice for him and oven roasted hake for me....More

2  Thank Janet W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my mum came here for dinner and were not disappointed. The host was polite and attentive and the food was lovely, I had the mushroom crepes with feta (instead of parmesan as I am vegetarian!) and my mum had the Duck Confit and...More

1  Thank flappyfletcher
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Only writing this in response to the rave reviews on here, in need of some balance. As much as I liked the atmosphere and the excellent service my meal was of very poor quaility indeed. I wish I'd taken a picture, or sent it back...More

1  Thank StretchBreatheUnwind
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed a first class meal here with friends. Very congenial welcome and attentive service throughout. Warm atmosphere provided by staff and a lovely log fire. Recommend visiting this well run venue.

2  Thank Gillnchris2017
Reviewed 29 September 2017

The Rose and Thistle is set in a beautiful part of The New Forest. Thatched cottages and country lanes to die for. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and the atmosphere was just right. The food was first rate, as good as anywhere we...More

3  Thank Michael R
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Questions & Answers
Suzanne T
23 October 2017|
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good afternoon, We offer an a la carte menu on a Sunday, one of the options is roast beef at £15.95 We would always recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment. Kindest regards, Chris
24 August 2017|
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Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good afternoon, Sample menus, which show our vegetarian options, can be viewed on our website, the link can be seen at the top of our TripAdvisor page. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact us... More
Julia W
12 September 2016|
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good Afternoon Julia, Dogs are more than welcome to join us in our bar area. You are more than welcome to dine in this area as well but we would recommend to make a reservation in advance as we do get very busy and only... More
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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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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