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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 - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

A small and intimate restaurant, only about 8 to 10 tables in the restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive. We had the parfait and the croquettes to start, both large portions and very flavoursome. For mains I had the traditional homemade steak and kidney pudding, excellent when properly prepared, and this was, my wife had the pork belly, also... More

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London
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We really like this place and will return! We received a genuinely warm welcome and although we only stopped for a quick sandwich we were impressed by the quality of the ingredients and the presentation. And the Sauvignon blanc is better than many served in more average pubs. The menu included all the classics plus a few more imaginative dishes... More

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Stony Stratford
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Met quickly by staff in the restaurant and offered complimentary water instead of over priced Ho2. I plumped for the Fordling seafood plate as did my friend, light and refreshing. For mains we had Steak and Kidney Suet Pudding and Pulled Pork in Brioche with Chips. Both were ample, tasty and served promptly. The only criticism would be the side... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Returned with friends and it was excellent. Lovely food, well kept ales and ciders and a vibrant pub. Made to feel very welcome. We will be recommending it to visitors.

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

Thanks for your review - I am so pleased that you returned and enjoyed your experience even more than last time, it is truly gratifying for myself and the team that we make everyones experience excellent and good feedback is always very much appreciated. I hope to see you again soon! More

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Myself and four other guests stumbled across this little gold mind whilst camping in the area and WOW. We walked in half an hour before the end of service to be greeted with open arms and accommodated with the warmest of welcomes. We were seated and offered the hugely selected menu filled with a local, well chosen spread of foods... More

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

Paul, Nick, Tom, Kayleigh and Vic... What can I say but thank you so much. Such glowing feedback after the standing ovation you gave your food is truly gratifying for myself and the whole team. I do hope that if you are ever in the area again you will call in for another meal! Kerry More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We've just visited The Rose and Thistle following a recommendation from a friend and we are very happy that we did. Every person in our party (there were 6 of us) thoroughly enjoyed each of the three courses that we had for lunch. The croquettes, roast beef and homity pie were outstanding. The service was genuinely friendly and helpful and... More

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

Thanks for your lovely review - it was a great Sunday last Sunday customers make our days easier and your party were great to meet and serve. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your meals so much and will look forward to seeing you again soon! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We came here for Sunday lunch after trying a few weeks ago when it was fully booked. My partner is a chef and we have been trying to find the perfect Sunday roast for months now only to be disappointed everywhere we go. I can safety say that our quest has now come to an end! We went to the... More

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

Thanks for the great review - it was really nice to meet you both last Sunday and even nicer to get up on Monday morning to such lovely feedback. We are all very pleased that your search for the perfect Sunday roast has come to an end and look forward to seeing you again soon for more! More

Javea, Spain
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a lovely old pub with brilliant food. So busy we could only get a table in the bar so evening slightly spoiled by noisy group of young guys. Try to get a table by booking well ahead in the main restaurant. Well worth a visit.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a great review - we are so pleased you really enjoyed your food with us. Apologies that your evening was slightly marred by the bar being busy it is very difficult to predict when drinkers are going to be in. As you say it great to book well ahead and get a table... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

This is the second time that we have eaten at the Rose and Thistle and I can honestly say that I have never had better food in any other pub. As a veggy there is always something different and tasty to order which is refreshing as normally veggy menus can be so very boring. Charming surroundings and honest, extremely tasty... More

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

Thanks Sally for another great review! I am so pleased you enjoyed yourself a second time and that I had the staff a bit more under control!! I am also really pleased you enjoy our veggie offering. Nigel our chef works hard to have more interesting dishes on for all diets. We look forward to seeing you again one day! More

Christchurch, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have visited the Rose and Thistle many times, the food is faultless and the staff very friendly and welcoming. Weather your sitting inside the cosy pub on a cold winters day by the fire or in the lovely garden on a summers evening it never disappoints! If your a cider drinker I definitely recommend a pint of the Black... More

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

Ah a fellow Black Rat drinker!!! Its nice that the work put into the cider choice is as good as the food!!! Thanks for your lovely review - we are so pleased we are a favourite of yours and look forward to seeing you again soon! More

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