A cliff-top hotel, converted from a Grade 1 Victorian house, with views towards the Needles and the Isle of Wight, and a good restaurant to match (the oak-panelled dining room having views along the coast) - making it ideal for a romantic overnight stay; you can even have a stroll along the beach after supper.
Although dishes are modern French in character, as many ingredients as possible are locally-sourced. So this can mean an abundance of wild mushrooms and autumn and winter game.
Perhaps begin with 'Salmon & Crevette Terrine with Lemon & Mustard Dressing'; 'Pan-Fried Pigeon Breast with Parsnip'; 'Goats Cheese Pannacotta with Rhubarb Crisp & Sablé Biscuit' and 'Tomato Tatin with Mixed Leaves & Honey Dressing'.
This to be followed by the likes of 'Rosette of Beef with Wild Mushrooms, Roast Shallot & Turned Saffron Potatoes'; 'Seared Duck Breast, Carrot & Orange Purée and Dauphinoise Potatoes'; 'Pan-Fried Bass with Slow-Cooked Fennel & Broad Bean Purée' and 'Vegetable Roulade with Parmesan Beignet'.
Desserts maintain the high standard, with the likes of 'Chocolate Mousse with Turkish Delight' and 'Baileys Pannacotta with Poached Pear' on offer'.
A less formal Bistro operates at lunchtime.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-13.45; set L £15 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; 19.00-20.45; set D from £42; Tasting Menu £60
- Seats: 40
- Wine: an interesting, French-based, wine list kicks off at sround the £18 mark, but offers nearly a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, but no children under 12
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: New Milton
- Directions: See map at the top of the page - or leave the M27 at junction 1, take the A337, then the B3058. The hotel's on the cliff-top, just outside the centre of Milford.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: enquire about Christmas openings
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available