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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 - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 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
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
brilliant food, brilliant landlord , brilliant staff

Nothing but praise for the Rose and Thistle. Nothing is too much trouble for the owner and staff and I'm quite difficult !! The food is amazing and the pub is so lovely .

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nothing but praise for the Rose and Thistle. Nothing is too much trouble for the owner and staff and I'm quite difficult !! The food is amazing and the pub is so lovely .

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Poole, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Excellent food in a lovely spot. We had a great Sunday lunch today having brought my mum for a birthday treat. All of our meals were fantastic and I was particularly impressed with the standard of the vegetables which were served. The service was also good. My only disappointment was with the cost of my children's food. For me, paying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I had lunch here with a group of girl friends recently and had a great meal. Not only is the food very good, but the service was quite exceptional for the UK - friendly and attentive! It is a lovely pub in a pretty village and well worth the journey.

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Bolney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I visited the Rose and Thistle last weekend after seeing the reviews on here, and I wasn't disappointed! It's a love country pub, in a rural location. The service was great, very attentive and friendly, and the food was fantastic; I had the RAT burger (100% beef!), and my partner had the smoked fish platter. We were both very impressed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wow! what a find and quite by accident. Thanks to other Tripadvisor's we were in the area at another pub with great food and decided to explore the area as we had never visited the villages around Fordingbridge. But just a few miles out in a beautiful village called Rockbourne we stumbled across this fantastic place. We only had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Sure as with many change of ownership (over six months ago now - how time flies!) we were apprehensive to see how things changed, worked out. After another adhoc eve meal tonight can report service & food still both v good - now eaten here 5/6 times under Chris's tenure. Food quality of sourcing maintained, delivery good & beetroot is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a really lovely pub serving some great beers. Its position is fabulous.... A great walking area so a good place to end up at. Food well worth a try....The burgers were excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This pub restaurant is in a lovely setting in Rockbourne. We treated ourselves to R.A.T. Burgers (Rose and Thistle) and were not disappointed. The hand cut chips were sublime. We shared a dessert of home grown rhubarb and apple crumble. The crumble was totally lovely. The staff here are really friendly and helpful and the young guy behind the bar... More 

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Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Just had a lovely meal in this beautiful thatched pub.Food was excellent and service 1st class. The landlord and his staff were all fab...well worth the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

I heard this pub changed hands relatively recently, and I was not disappointed. The food was lovely, and the service was impeccable, particularly from the nice young chap behind the bar. He was extremely chatty and helped give the place a warm atmosphere. I would thoroughly recommend a visit!

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Additional Information about Rose and Thistle

Address: Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
Phone Number: +44 1725 518236
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest National Park  >  Fordingbridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: British, Pub

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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: Entertaining clients, 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 - 8:00 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 - 11:00 pm

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