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Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 220
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful Country Eatery

Fantastic Easter Sunday lunch, food was perfect - from starters to pudding, all were delicious. Really nice menu choice, not massive but perfectly balanced in variety to suit all - including our 2 children (7&8 years). Definitely recommend and will be returning 😀

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Julie W
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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270 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Northampton, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Fantastic Easter Sunday lunch, food was perfect - from starters to pudding, all were delicious. Really nice menu choice, not massive but perfectly balanced in variety to suit all - including our 2 children (7&8 years). Definitely recommend and will be returning 😀

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Our first visit to one of our favourite pubs since it has been under the new ownership of Chris - who is fantastic. He gave us a wonderful warm welcome the minute we stepped into the gorgeous cosy bar. We had our dog with us (equally warmly welcomed) so sat by the roaring log fire in the bar. Lunch was... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review and kind words about our ‘charming bar staff’ and myself. It was a pleasure to serve your party. I hope we will welcome you back to the Rose and Thistle in the near future. More 

England
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Visited today with some friends and we were not disappointed. The staff were friendly and there was a good selection of dishes on the menu. I ordered the R.A.T burger,a s well as tasting delicious it was massive. The only downside was I couldn't fit in a sticky toffee pud! We will definitely be back.

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

Thank you for scoring us 10/10! It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed your experience at the Rose and Thistle. I hope to welcome you back soon so you can try our Sticky Toffee Pudding! More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This was our first visit since Chris has taken over from Kerry and we were a little apprehensive as it used to be so good and we'd heard things had deteriorated. NOT ONE BIT! The food was as great as our last visit and the service was friendly, efficient and welcoming. If you haven't been......GO!

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

Thank you for a great review of the Rose and Thistle. I hope to welcome you back soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We were warmly welcomed by Chris, who seated us by the log fire on a wet Monday evening in March. My cod was perfectly and lightly cooked and complemented by a mix of delicately cooked vegetables. My partner had the steak and kidney pudding. Generous portions which were elegantly presented. To follow we had fruit crumble ( Apple , pear... More 

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

Thank you for such a wonderful review of the Rose and Thistle. It was lovely to meet you both and I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience. I hope to welcome you back soon, hopefully, (depending on how soon!) you will be able to see the update our ‘retro toilets’ will have had. More 

Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great food excellent service, now my favourite 'food pub' can't wait to go back! I went a year ago, but decided to go back as I heard it had new owners. I must say I think its got better, amazing food attentive service that you would expect from a high class resturant.

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

Thank you for such a wonderful review of the Rose and Thistle. It is lovely to hear we are your favourite ‘food pub’ We hope to welcome you back soon. More 

Alton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I picked the restaurant from Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. The food was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It was a lovely touch that all mums received a small bunch of daffodils as it was Mothers Day. My only minor complaint was that a fairly large dog was allowed to wander around the bar and... More 

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

Thank you for such an excellent review of the Rose and Thistle. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on Mother’s Day. We do usually ask that all dogs are kept on leads whilst there are guests enjoying food in the bar area so I am unsure why this wasn’t the case on the day... More 

Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Delighted to advise that the Rose is still as good as ever but beware the sticky toffee and date pudding. It's terrific but I'm not sure that my arteries appreciated it!

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

Thank you for your update on the Rose and Thistle. It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your time with us. The Sticky Toffee and Date Pudding is a firm favourite with many of our guests and I am glad you enjoyed it too! More 

Oxford
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is a great pub with the most incredible food. Really reasonable pricing with massive portions - we both had the pork belly and couldn't finish it. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and I can't wait to go back! Recommend booking before you go which I did by email and they replied the same day.

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

Thank you for such an amazing review! It’s great to hear you enjoyed your pork belly and found our staff welcoming and friendly. We would always recommend booking in advance to save disappointment! I hope to welcome you back to the Rose and Thistle in the near future. More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This beautiful, thatched country pub is fantastic. First visit but now is on my favourite list and already looking forward to my next visit. Greeted warmly on arrival (table reserved in restaurant), shown to table and coats taken. Extremely polite, attentive and felt a valued customer. After the drinks order, it was decision time, what to order. There were a... More 

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

Thank you for such a fantastic review of the Rose and Thistle. I am glad your wife and you both enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back soon. More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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