It's been 2 years since my previous guide to eating in & around Lyndhurst, so I thought it was time I followed it up as some places have now gone and also we have tried some very nice new places.
I guess I should start with what has changed:
Imperial China - Very sad to say it's closed & still currently empty
The Curry Leaf - Closed but re-opened as Indian fusion - haven't tried it yet
The Haywain - The price of the carvery has increased to £4.50 now.
The Waterloo Arms - now participating in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 20% discount on food.
The Mailmans - participating in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 15% discount on food excluding Sun.
The Fox & Hounds - participating in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 15% discount on food.
The Oak - participating in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 15% discount on food.
The Swan - participating in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 10% discount on food Mon - Fri.
The Drift Inn - now participating in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 20% discount on lunch Mon - Fri.
So where else is good to eat in Lyndhurst ....
Anissa's Thai Kitchen (restaurant)
Situated in the High Street, at the bottom end opposite the Post Office. This place is amazing, the staff are so welcoming and can't do enough for you. The food is delicious, well presented and good value for money. It's all in door seating and it's not huge so I would recommend booking at weekends as they do get very busy. This is one of our favourite places in Lyndhurst.
The Stag Hotel (pub & restaurant)
A very prominent position on the High Street with its very distinctive curved turret like frontage near to the Ferrari garage. We eat and drink here a lot - the staff are always lovely, the food is great value and delicious with lots of tasty specials as well as a varied menu. They have a lovely rear garden which has a couple of swings tucked up one end. They have live music every Friday night & some times on a Saturday too, occasionally they have extra things like bouncy castles in the garden for kids. They participate in the Brand New Forest scheme offering 10% discount on food Mon-Fri
Del-Rio (Tex-Mex restaurant)
The newest eating place in the village - I think they opened in Nov 2016. This is a Tex-Mex restaurant with a good variety of spicy and mild dishes to suit everyone. It's located near the traffic lights at the top end of the High Street. We have already eaten here 3 times in 1 month as we all love it - even the kids. They are very accommodating, the decoration is great, the food is well presented with very good sized portions and reasonable prices. All in door seating. They have lots of Facebook special offers for you to look out for. Definitely gets our thumbs up.
Berties Fish & Chips (take away & restaurant)
Situated mid way in the High Street opposite Budgens. Can get extremely busy so be prepared to wait in the take away. The chips are hand peeled and chopped meaning that you only get the good bits of the potatoe. They do all the usual chip shop options and it's always fresh. The size of the fish is good and the chips are really good quality. A real bonus for me is that they do gravy and it's yummy. Just so that you don't get caught out, the opening hours do vary between summer & winter.
Close by in Brockenhurst
The Huntsman - formerly the Rose & Crown (pub)
This pub had a massive refurb & name change at the beginning of this year and although it was a bit controversial I think it does look lovely. Its always had the best pub garden in Brockenhurst anyway but the new decor really is lovely. A new addition which seems to be extremely popular is an in the pub pizza bar where you can see your pizza being cooked. Several of our guests had said how delicious the pizza's are. We are still waiting to try it as one of our kids is extremely fussy about pizza and we are still trying to persuade her to give it a go.
The Pig (restaurant)
This place is probably my favourite place to eat in the New Forest. It's located just outside of Brockenhurst in it's own beautiful grounds. It's an old country house that's been transformed into a very popular shabby chic restaurant & hotel, a sister hotel to the prestigious Limewood Hotel on the out-skirts of Lyndhurst. This place is a MUST book venue if you want to eat in the main restaurant. You can eat out on the patio or in one of the informal rooms without booking - if you can find a seat. It's a little bit expensive, but really for the quality of the food and the amazing setting it's well worth it, especially as a treat. The food is sourced either from the kitchen gardens which are immaculate or within a 25 mile radius. The menu changes by the moment as they really make the most of what is available in the garden daily and then when something runs out they just switch to something else. The food is amazing and you really should take the time to walk through the garden or even book yourself a pamper
We are always trying different places and will recommend when we feel its deserved, so look out for any future additions.