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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
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
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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England
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Great beer, pleasant staff, let down by the over-privileged self-satisfied landed gentry types whose brash banal banter intrudes on what otherwise would be a lovely country pub.

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Milford on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

I tend to eat out a lot, however this was the best meal that I have eaten out in 2014! The service was exemplary and the food was exquisite. I highly recommend this pub to everyone and I will be returning shortly!

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Hampshire, UK
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We had a table booked here for a Friday evening. The bar side of the pub was packed creating a lovely atmosphere but the restaurant side was busy but calm. We were greeted warmly and sat promptly at 8. The menu had a good choice of excellent sounding things which made choosing hard. I went for the smoked fish starter... More 

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Bournemouth
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I organised to eat lunch here after a walk with friends. We booked a table in the bar by the fire which was perfect. There were three very good beers to choose from and Aspalls Cider for the women. I chose steak and kidney suet pudding for my main and it was absolutetely delicious. The girl behind the bar was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Friendly staff who just deliver. Great wine list, flavoursome food. Best Sunday roast I've eaten in a long time. Well done guys :)

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

Thanks for your fab review - we are all delighted you enjoyed your time with us on Sunday. Hopefully you will be back for more! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We travelled over half an hour to get to this wonderful little pub after reading the reviews on tripadvisor. It was well worth it. The food was fantastic, and we recommend the homity pie.

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

Thank you! I am delighted you were very happy with your meals and I am very pleased you liked our vegetarian option of Homity Pie. I hope to welcome you back soon. More 

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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

It has been a while since we came here but I am very pleased to say that it has not changed one bit! The menu is still really interesting with quirky dishes all which are presented well and taste amazing I feel this chefs passion in his plates of food... Cosy fires and friendly service made our day when it... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Really tasty food, a bit different from the normal pub grub, along with a lovely atmosphere. Excellent, attentive staff.

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Beaulieu, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My son and I had lunch here last week. A cracking pint of Butcombe bitter for me and a funny stuff I believe they call lager and the young ones drink. I ordered a pork belly with my son having a 'rat burger'. Both very satisfying and tasty with prompt and friendly service. The pub is a quaint old thatched... More 

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

Thanks so much for your very kind review we are really pleased you enjoyed your Pork and Butcombe and your son enjoyed his RAT burger and fizzy stuff!!!! I am sure we will see you again and that the Rose and Thistles reputation will continue in safe hands! More 

Berkshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a perfect country pub, set in a beautiful quiet village location. The staff were very pleasant and friendly. I have to say we didn't eat here, we had walked over from Coombe Bisset and had to walk back. We were looking for simple pub grub, the menu here is like something out of a Jamie Oliver high shelf... More 

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

I am contented that we provided the ideal mid-way stopping point for your walk and that you liked how we have retained the character of the pub to this day. I hope that we have succeeded in tempting you back to try some of our menu next time. See you soon! More 

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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

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