This splendid dining room, styled as 'The Armada Restaurant' after the magnificent carving of the Armada on the fireplace offers a menu befitting its surroundings.
Chef Kevin Hartley has a rather elaborate way with words, and some of his menu descriptions are heavy with their use of adjectives to the point of being almost pretentious (so we have omitted these). But the end results are good, making it unnecessary to leave these walls if staying at this comfortable hotel.
An early Spring menu brought 'Rhinefield House Soft Goats Cheese Salad, with Smoked Pancetta and Fritham Heather Honey'; 'Pressed Roast Vegetable and Foie Gras Terrine with Oregano Flat Bread' and 'Portland Scallops with Cucumber Salsa and Caviar Beurre Blanc' among the starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Monkfish with Chorizo and Cavallo Nero and Mussel Cannelloni'; 'Poached Guinea Fowl with Spring Vegetables and Truffle Froth' or 'Spatchcocked Poussin with Aioli or Green Peppercorn and Cognac Sauce'.
All the dishes are beautifully-presented and you'll have to be strong willed not to succumb to like likes of 'Banana Soufflé with Pecan Nuts' or 'Passion Fruit infused Carrot Cake with Carrot Sour Cream Sorbet' from their list of desserts.
Service is both friendly and professional.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.30-14.30
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-22.00; set D £37.45
- Seats: 58
- Wine: an impressive list, has firm prices
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Brockenhurst
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes, adequate
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available