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The Old Cottage Restaurant

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14 West Street, New Forest, Ringwood BH24 1DZ, England
+44 1425 474283
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

1. We called here on Market Day in Ringwood expecting to find it very busy as the restaurant is only a couple of hundred yards from the Market Square. Business was slack, perhaps indicating the feeling of the dozens of people passing along the street outside. The meal was average and the standard of service likewise.

Thank AV1939
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We attended the restaurant on a Saturday evening for a 70th birthday celebration. It was a very nice setting, with very low beams so ducking most likely required. The space we were in was very intimate which was lovely to begin with but once others arrived it felt a little restrictive. Service I can see why other reviewers are critical... More 

Thank laceyd872016
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Beautiful old cottage restaurant, all cosy and warm inside when it was miserable and cold out. Attended very well in the cosy room. Food of a really good standard, serving lovely traditional food, we had warming lamb casserole, ideal for the time of year. we all really enjoyed our entire meal and the atmosphere.

Thank Karen D
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant today with my partner and we were immediately greeted with a lovely smile. Fantastic cottage building did not disappoint, lovely deco. The food was delicious! For starters we had the prawn and garlic bread which was a very decent size and amazing! My partner had the duck for main course and I had the lamp. Both very... More 

Thank sarah8616
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

We went here for a 70th birthday meal and were most impressed, warm welcome, brilliant service and lovely quaint building.

Thank mattsdad2
Verwood, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We visit the Old Cottage fairly regularly and we have never been let down. The food is always excellent and the staff give you an extremely friendly welcome. Considering we were a party of 15 and the restaurant was quite busy, the food was served on time and was delicious. The Old Cottage is a very special place for my... More 

Thank Judie Y
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We first visited this restaurant back in 1989 and have been back many times since then. There is a vast choice of dishes, a number of which are locally caught/shot fish and game, and the portions are more than ample. The food is always excellent and the staff (particularly Marilyn & Carol) are very friendly and helpful. The owner/chef (Paul)... More 

Thank David P
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Stumbled across this by chance after passing so many fast food places, and this one is definitely not. Cranky old fashioned building; should be after 4 or 500 years!!! Cosy, very welcoming and helpful staff, food cooked to order and dish of the day, freshly shot pheasant casserole was superb. When next in the area will go back.

Thank k9ken
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I have been to this restaurant for several years now, and each and every time I've been amazed by the food served. The love and care that goes into preparation and presentation can't be replicated in the big franchise chains, which results in a wonderful taste sensation with every meal.

Thank Wesley B
Nuremberg, Germany
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Together with friends, I had the pleasure to enjoy several meals at the Old Cottage restaurant over the holidays. The selection of game and fish meals is impressive and the quality of the meals was delightful!

Thank Michael S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 West Street, New Forest, Ringwood BH24 1DZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Ringwood
  • Phone Number: +44 1425 474283
About us

A warm welcome awaits you at The Old Cottage, a well established family run restaurant in the market town of Ringwood. The restaurant is one of the oldest buildings in Ringwood.

Thought to be built around the 14th Century it is full of Olde Worlde Charm with warm fires in the winter and riverside dining in the summer.

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Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?