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Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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
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We heard that this place was amazing so off we went. It was a good job we booked first as when we arrived it was fairly busy. The building was nice and staff friendly. I wasn't that bothered for a starter but as the wife wanted the "half pint of prawns" I decided to try the salad with poached egg... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We heard that this place was amazing so off we went. It was a good job we booked first as when we arrived it was fairly busy. The building was nice and staff friendly. I wasn't that bothered for a starter but as the wife wanted the "half pint of prawns" I decided to try the salad with poached egg... More 

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very popular pub as when we tried once before it was fully booked. We took a chance and called up and booked a table for yesterday evening. It was the last available table. We arrived and the team behind the bar were very helpful with our drinks order and showed us to our seats. The Landlord took our meal order... More 

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Having visited this pub within the last week I was very pleased with everything about the visit. I was welcomed by the lovely bar staff upon arrival and made to feel very at home. The landlord was knowledgable about the questions which I had on the menu. I ate one of the fish specials which was a delight. Very fresh,... More 

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Cambs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great food in a great little pub in the forest. The food was excellent, the staff friendly & helpful. They were fully booked which is always a good sign too. We took my aunt & she was very happy to see suet pudding on the menu, something she hadn't had for years - it was excellent & also so big,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Great country pub serving delicious food, I had sausage and mash was lovely my girlfriend had the ploughman's both brilliant

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Just last night I found out the nickname for the pub is the RAT which makes sense. Well such nice food really cooked well with good ales. The staff behind the bar lacked engaugement but it was busy even early on. Suggest you go and have look. Keeps improving since my last visit will be back for sure.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We visited the Rose and Thistle for lunch and found it to be one of the best pubs we have ever visited. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming, the beer garden was picturesque and the food was absolutely superb. We had a variety of light lunch food including Welsh rarebit, a crayfish sandwich, sausage and mash and a... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Couldn't really fault them at all, food was really nice, service was quick and friendly and I would say that it was great value for money.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We visited the Rose and Thistle on a warm summer evening and had dinner outside in the lovely garden. The staff were welcoming, the menu was varied with lots of choice, the food creatively presented and delicious. It is obviously well frequented by the local people who arrive greeting fellow guests. We enjoyed a perfect meal in a lovely setting.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Visited on a Friday lunchtime , service excellent , beer and wine selection very good and all the food we ordered was of a very high standard . We will return again

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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 - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 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: Doing business, 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 - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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