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Rose and Thistle

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Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in...
The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in the picture postcard village of Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Outside is a lovely cottage garden to while away sunny days and watch the world go by. Inside is the perfect place to spend any time of year with the traditional interior of beamed ceilings, carved wooden benches and cosy log fires in the winter. Colin Beck our head chef works with local suppliers to create a traditional menu sourced locally and seasonally where possible. Our beef and pork come from the New Forest and our game is from the village, with Manor farm pheasant, pigeon and rabbit together with venison from the local game keeper. Fish is delivered directly from the south coast and vegetables are from local suppliers. The menu changes regularly but always includes favourites such as our famous home made steak and kidney pudding and slow cooked pork belly along side seasonal specials. We also offer a good range of bar snacks and lighter meals including Welsh Rarebit, Sausage and Mash as well as The Rose and Thistle sandwiches including rare roast beef, smoked salmon with watercress and the famous RAT burger with smoked bacon, emmental and hand cut chips! The Rose and Thistle, built around 1580, was originally 3 cottages and became a bakers which then later started to retail liquor. The first listed landlord was Richard Pope in the early 1890's whose photo can still be found on the gentleman's toilet door. The pub has had several colourful landlords over the years one of whom is rumoured to still haunt the building. In the 1970's the place was made famous for its seafood by Pete and Pam Reid and people flocked from all around to taste the lobster. A consortium of villagers then purchased the pub who later sold to Tim Norfolk all who maintained the places great reputation for food over the last 20 years. Tim retired in June 2008 when Kerry arrived, taking the pub from strength to strength. In late 2014 Chris took over the reins, with his friendly attitude and fantastic team you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious freshly prepared food.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely Food, pleasant staff, great time

The Rose and Thistle is a pretty thatched pub in a small village about 2-3 miles from Fordingbridge. They pride themselves on local food and drink, so it is Ringwood beer and meat and veg from local farms. Both the main menu and the specials are excellent and reasonably priced. Small warning... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Danny T
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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  • Doing business
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

heard great things about this place and first impressions were good but sadly it was an age before we got the food, which was good to be fair but over priced for what I expected. Bit cramped inside but it is an old pub so not their fault so we sat outside in the end. Food better else where for... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Rose and Thistle is a pretty thatched pub in a small village about 2-3 miles from Fordingbridge. They pride themselves on local food and drink, so it is Ringwood beer and meat and veg from local farms. Both the main menu and the specials are excellent and reasonably priced. Small warning, the pub is small and people arriving in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Service was very good, good beer and the food was great. Absolutely hit the mark in terms of quality, good atmosphere and service 👌

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A real find , lovely food and beer , smashing fire going , it's August and it's pouring ! Nice staff , will definitely return

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hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went to the Rose and Thistle for an impromptu lunch. I would say that I had one of the best burgers I have ever eaten. The beef was tender and beautifully cooked, the balance of meat, pickles and cheese was perfect and it was served in a delicious brioche bun.On the side was a generous tub of perfectly cooked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Only reason I gave this place 5 stars is because there isn't an option for 6. Absolutely fantastic food and service and there was genuinely nothing to fault. Can't recommend this more highly. Thank you to all the staff for a fantastic evening.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This really is a gem of a pub with great beer and very good food. It is very picturesque and rustic which adds considerably to its charm. It is so pleasant to find a decent village pub that hasn't had a corporate gastro makeover!

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A fine meal above average food.....good beer and pleasant surroundings and local too!! Will definitely fill my belly here again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautiful food in an amazing country setting staff are very friendly and make you feel like you are one of the locals. Would definitely go again

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great. I agree with comment that it does not cater for young children but there are plenty that do. Great food and service but not for "fast foodies". A civilized oasis in a desert of mediocrity. See previous review for comments on food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest National Park  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1725 518236

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business

Description

The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in the picture postcard village of Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Outside is a lovely cottage garden to while away sunny days and watch the world go by. Inside is the perfect place to spend any time of year with the traditional interior of beamed ceilings, carved wooden benches and cosy log fires in the winter. Colin Beck our head chef works with local suppliers to create a traditional menu sourced locally and seasonally where possible. Our beef and pork come from the New Forest and our game is from the village, with Manor farm pheasant, pigeon and rabbit together with venison from the local game keeper. Fish is delivered directly from the south coast and vegetables are from local suppliers. The menu changes regularly but always includes favourites such as our famous home made steak and kidney pudding and slow cooked pork belly along side seasonal specials. We also offer a good range of bar snacks and lighter meals including Welsh Rarebit, Sausage and Mash as well as The Rose and Thistle sandwiches including rare roast beef, smoked salmon with watercress and the famous RAT burger with smoked bacon, emmental and hand cut chips! The Rose and Thistle, built around 1580, was originally 3 cottages and became a bakers which then later started to retail liquor. The first listed landlord was Richard Pope in the early 1890's whose photo can still be found on the gentleman's toilet door. The pub has had several colourful landlords over the years one of whom is rumoured to still haunt the building. In the 1970's the place was made famous for its seafood by Pete and Pam Reid and people flocked from all around to taste the lobster. A consortium of villagers then purchased the pub who later sold to Tim Norfolk all who maintained the places great reputation for food over the last 20 years. Tim retired in June 2008 when Kerry arrived, taking the pub from strength to strength. In late 2014 Chris took over the reins, with his friendly attitude and fantastic team you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious freshly prepared food.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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