The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel
“Direct, purposeful cooking in the heart of the New Forest” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Our Inspector's View
The Montagu Arms sits in a prime New Forest spot, and takes its name from the blue-blooded family who live across the river on the Beaulieu estate. It’s the quintessential wisteria-draped, 17th-century country hotel, and the sumptuous comforts within – including a spa – do not disappoint. With its oak panels, linen-swathed tables and French windows opening onto a sun-trap garden, the Terrace Restaurant sets a suitably elegant tone for some fine-tuned and innovative cooking from new-broom head chef Matthew Whitfield, who took the helm in 2019. Exemplary use of local produce defines a dish of New Forest asparagus with a slow-cooked hen’s egg, burnt onion powder and Hampshire rapeseed oil mayo, while main-course duck comes honey glazed and pointed up with Szechuan pepper and ginger, alongside heritage carrots, stuffed cabbage leaf and potato purée. To conclude, top-flight pastry skills add lustre to a caramelised custard and rhubarb tart, deftly flavoured with a hint of lemon balm and matched with zippy rhubarb sorbet.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Modern European
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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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