What started as the temporary home of the Aitken's flag ship restaurant, while their long-term-project Parkhill at Lyndhurst was being refurbished, as continued as a top-class restaurant. This talented chef as had many moves and upsets (including a serious fire) since cooking at the tiny original Le Poussin in Brockenhurst (now run as a junior sibling - 'Simply Poussin') - and has branched out considerably in other directions.
The hotel/restaurant is set in a former Georgian royal hunting lodge, and is set in secluded grounds.The comfortable dining room, candlelit at night, has splendid views towards The New Forest.
Begin with the likes of 'Bresaola of Beef with Fig, a Parmesan and Rocket Salad and a Truffle Dressing', 'Warborne Farm Pork Belly with Prawns and Lime Syrup' or 'Salad of Globe and Jerusalem Artichokes, Mixed Leaves and Truffle Dressing'; perhaps follow with 'Hand of Forest Pork, brined in beer, then slowly roasted and served with its own juices', 'Steamed fillet of Sea Bass on a sticky Bacon Fondant Potato', and a pickled Carrot Sauté.
Desserts are often intricate - perhaps 'Roast Clementine with Mandarin Sorbet, Seville Orange Curd and a mini-crèpe suzette'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.30-14.30 (Sun 15.00); mains about £8 to £26
- Dinner: all week 18.30-21.30; mains about £8 to £26
- Seats: 65, plus about 30 outside
- Wine: a top-class list, with some prestigious bottles, kicks off at £16.50
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Brockenhurst Rail
- Directions: from Brokenhurst, I mile along the Beaulieu . See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, adequate
- Outside eating
- Rooms available