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Rose and Thistle

Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Second visit in three weeks lured by the Sunday Roast and wasn't disappointed ! Sat in the lovely garden on a summer Sunday and had A mouth watering Gazpacho soup to start then we had Roast Beef and Roast Pork with the intention of sharing....so good neither of us wanted to share ! Topped off with a raspberry Meringue.....is your... More

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bournenmouth
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Visited this pub/restaurant during the week for lunch in July after reading the reviews on TA. Excellent well worth the visit. Staff were friendly and helpful, Food excellent. We sat outside on the pretty pub garden.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Visited this evening for our anniversary and were very pleased with our choice. Staff were really friendly,food fantastic the steak and pork melts in your mouth. Lovely surrondings will definately visit again

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We found this pub via tripadvisor... interesting route from Southampton. Just lovely! Food was brilliant... carefully prepared and well presented. If you expect quick service, give this a miss. Lovely, friendly staff. All food freshly prepared, hence not quick but well worth it! oh.. and free wifi! :-)

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Visited for the second time Saturday night. They have quite a short menu which is always a good sign! Service was prompt and friendly and every course was delicious! We will definitely be back when we are in the area again. And spare some time to look around the village as it really is lovely.

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Ringwood
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stopped for lunch when out on a day cycling.Kerry the landlady made us very welcome and explained the specials to us. The pub is beautifully preserved and there is tons of history. The food was fantastic, the beer well kept and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back and try more of the menu. Yummy...

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roseandthistle2011, Owner at Rose and Thistle, responded to this review

Thanks Stuart for your great review - I am pleased you found us on your cycle route and enjoyed your lunch with us. I look forward to seeing you again in the future - hopefully your friend will have his normal bike back on the road by then! More

Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

No piped music or "themed" decor. Just excellent food served in very traditional village pub. The food takes a little while to arrive so not the place for those in a hurry or those who seek a bustling lively environment. Possibly the best pub lunch I've had for a decade or more. Small selection if lighter meals so you'll probably... More

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roseandthistle2011, Owner at Rose and Thistle, responded to this review

Thanks you for taking the time to write such a great review. I love the title you give the review as I believe it sums up everything we strive to achieve here from the standard of food to the atmosphere. Hopefully we will see you again soon. More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a lovely time on the occasion of my mother's 90th Birthday lunch. The location of this venue is very appealing, being in the heart of a very pretty village. The interior is authentic although not luxurious. Locals and Labradors mix with visitors like us in the bar, all creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The food was lovely. Beetroot,... More

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roseandthistle2011, Owner at Rose and Thistle, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review. It was a pleasure serving your family for your mothers birthday last weekend and we are all delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Hopefully now you have found us we will see you again. - although sadly there is not much I can do about the ceilings or car park entrance - the beauty of architecture from... More

Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have eaten there many times over the last few years and have rarely been disappointed. The pub is nice, the staff are friendly and the food is good. It is a bit expensive for a pub and the menu is a little limited, never much fish, but what you get is good quality food, well cooked.

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roseandthistle2011, Owner at Rose and Thistle, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review. I am pleased we have consistently produced quality food when you visit and appreciate the fact you keep coming back! Interesting feedback regarding not being much fish - we used to have a lot more fish options but found that we threw a lot away as we only use fresh. We decided to reduce our... More

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Eight of us had lunch here today to celebrate a 90th birthday. We'd never been before and relied on Tripadviser and it didn't let us down. The service was efficient and friendly and the food was delicious! Everyone was happy with their choices. The good reviews on here are entirely justified.

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roseandthistle2011, Owner at Rose and Thistle, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review - we are delighted you all enjoyed your meal and that you felt our previous positive reviews are justified. I hope that now you have found us we will see you again! More

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