Find this excellent hotel/restaurant, in a 200 year old building, at the bottom of the High Street.
Chef Matthew Tomkinson offers a short menu which follows the seasons, and relies heavily on the New Forest's abundance of seasonal game and seafood from the local boats.
Expect to find the likes of 'Pigeon Consommé with Pigeon Croquettes'; 'Fillet of Seabass with an Onion and Orange Confit' or 'Warm Pheasant Mousse with Morel Cream' among the starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Roast Rack and Braised Shoulder of Lamb's Sweetbreads and a Parsnip Purée'; 'Fillet of John Dory, Pepper Mousse, Shrimps and Saffron Potatoes' or 'Berkshire Pork with Pease Pudding and Deep-Fried Sage'.
Desserts maintain the high standard each one having a recommended 'pudding wine' listed as an accompaniment. 'Chocolate Pitivier with Warm Morello Cherries' and 'Passion Fruit Soufflé with Mango Ice Cream' set the style. Or finish with some of their excellent English cheeses.
Smart casual dress required, and definitely no denim or trainers.No mobile phones in the dining room.
There's also a less formal brasserie (Monty's) offering a less ambitious menu.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; set L £25 (2 courses) to £30 (3 courses); set L Sun from £32.50 (2 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.30; set D £70 (3 courses); Tasting Menu's from £80 (5 courses)
- Seats: 50, plus 25 outside
- Wine: an interesting list, with fair prices for some prestigious bottles, kicks off at around the £28 mark
- Children's portions: No children under 12 at Dinner
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Brockenhurst Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available