This popular neighbourhood restaurant is, unusually, housed in a converted police station but once in, all is relaxing.
Chef/proprietor John Egan offers a seasonally-changing menu, that mentions provenance when appropriate, fish & seasonal game figures prominently. An early summer snapshot included 'Home-Cured Dill & Brandy Salmon with Wuails Egg, King Prawns, Salmon Rillette & Sweet Mustard Sauce'; 'Blue Cheese Pannacotta with Black Figs, Smoked Duck Breast, Beetroot Brunoise, Toasted Pine Nuts & Sundried Tomato Crostini'; 'Isle of Wight Asparagus with Baby Spinach, Shitake Mushrooms, Chive Butter & Puff Pastry' and 'Mussel Soup with Thai Green curry Spices & Coriander' among the starters.
'Wild Sea Bass with Asparagus & Parmesan Risotto & Champagne Sauce'; 'Monkfish, Scallops & Tiger Prawns with Creamed Spinach, Meaux Mustard & Somerset Cheddar Sauce'; 'Hampshire Fillet Steak with a Mushroom Medley, Béarnaise, Rosti Potato, Roast Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes and Port & Madeira Sauce'; 'New Forest Marinated Venison with Parsnips Cooked Three Ways, Peppercorn & Redcurrant Sauce' listed among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Chocolate Tart with Cointreau Ice Cream' or 'Rum Baba with Exotic Fruit & Praline Cream'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00; set L £12.50 (2 courses) to £14.95; mains £14 to £19
- Dinner: Tues-Sat mains £14 to £19
- Seats: 50, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at about £14
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Lymington Town Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, 10 days from 25th Dec.
- Outside eating