The Elderflower Restaurant
“Bright contemporary menu in old Lymington” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A Grade II listed building on a cobbled street close to the quayside is home to Andrew and Marjolaine Du Bourg’s restaurant, where regional produce gets to stand centre stage. The antiquity of the building is evident through the old beams, but there is a contemporary neutrality to the interior, a confident charm that is matched by the output from Andrew’s kitchen. Both the couple have experience in top-end addresses and they created their own in 2014, giving Lymington a restaurant with serious chops. Andrew is from Yorkshire (via South Africa) and Marjolaine hails from western France, and you may well notice evidence of this happy alliance on the menu, alongside a genuine creative streak. Via à la carte and two tasting menu options, expect winning flavour combinations such as crab lasagne with a delicious lobster bisque, or a celebration of Keyhaven lamb, with anchovy and celeriac purée and nori seaweed.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 52
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 9
- Cuisine style: Modern British, French
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About The area
Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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