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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 - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good old Engligh country pub

The menu has a nice selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options on offer and a great selection of starters and classic deserts. Food is very nicely prepared and presented. Waitress is very friendly and attentive and we didn't have to wait long for the food. Open fire kept us... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Adair1969
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Devon
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The menu has a nice selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options on offer and a great selection of starters and classic deserts. Food is very nicely prepared and presented. Waitress is very friendly and attentive and we didn't have to wait long for the food. Open fire kept us warm. Price of food and wine is towards the higher... More 

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Thank Adair1969
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty pub, dogs welcome, favoured by locals for both bar and cooking. Restaurant is on the pricey side but bar meals available and Sunday roasts are excellent. Good beer and some good wines. Pleasant staff and some good walks through to Whitsbury and around.

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Thank Vansittart
New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all loved the atmosphere in this good old unspoilt village pub. Friendly staff & locals, 'real' decor. We didn't go for a meal - but ended up ordering some of the amazing puddings! Menu looked inviting, and if the puds were anything to go by should think it would be a great place for a meal...

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2 Thank Harry F
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We lunched here first time this January temperature about 3 centigrade, after 6 mile walk roughly 12 had lunch or coffee. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly and the food was very good well presented and cooked I had a bacon sandwich and it was enormous very nice. Pub is olde worldwide along with the village... More 

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1 Thank David B
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for somewhere for a light lunch on our way to the New Forest and saw the good reviews on TripAdvisor for this country pub. The twice cooked cheese soufflé was excellent, as was the rare beef and horseradish sandwich. The wines by the glass were also of good quality. We will return for a more substantial lunch next time... More 

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1 Thank Patricia6048_10
London, United Kingdom
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We had a lovely new year lunch here - really good, well-sourced food was washed down with a nice selection of ales and ciders. Everything you want from a country pub! Alastair Sawday does it again (if you haven't already paid the £2.99 for the Sawday's app, do not hesitate - probably the best app that I've paid money for)!!... More 

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3 Thank Nick S
bournemouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Depends on what you are looking for in my book doesn't get much better than this as in a quintessential English country pub great ales fantastic pub setting superb food maybe on the pricey side. just don't go on the motorbike and get caught in downpour on the way home as I did!

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3 Thank steve h
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I had heard that this pub was a really nice place for drinks and/or a meal and it is so true! On a rainy day, we went for lunch and was delighted that we did! The wine list is varied and broad with everything from a pleasant house Pinot to a lovely and reasonable Saint Veran at a very reasonable... More 

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3 Thank bently1614
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

very charming pub in a beautiful village. a cosy family feel of a locals pub with a very warm welcome to anyone who comes through the door. great real ale and food. We only had a sandwich but they were much more than your average pub lunch sandwich - delicious! really friendly service.

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2 Thank JewelsF2
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We had a lovely family Sunday lunch here. Everybody enjoyed their food and the service was excellent. We have eaten here several times over the past year and have never been disappointed. The food is freshly cooked and locally sourced plus there is an excellent selection of real ales at the bar. We will be returning soon.

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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: Business meetings, Special occasions

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 - 6:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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