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Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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11:00 am - 11:00 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: 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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Stopped for a quick lunch to celebrate the new owners buying the pub... The mussels were wonderful accompanied by wonderful grainy bread and the sticky toffee is probably the best in England! Congratulations Chris and team, keep up the great work and best of luck for the future!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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  • Entertaining clients
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London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Stopped for a quick lunch to celebrate the new owners buying the pub... The mussels were wonderful accompanied by wonderful grainy bread and the sticky toffee is probably the best in England! Congratulations Chris and team, keep up the great work and best of luck for the future!

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Guernsey, Channel Islands UK
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you want something a little better than normal pub food but with the ambience of a traditional village pub, then look no further. Food, service, position and ambience all first class. Look forward to visiting again, when the new landlord puts his stamp on the place, which I'm sure will be a really positive stamp ! Good luck with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stopped to get a light lunch - chose Eggs Benedict which were super, and partner chose the Club Sandwich which was huge fresh chicken breast, smoky bacon - divine. Service was impeccable polite staff lovely setting quaint pretty village.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

An absolutely lovely lunch, served by friendly polite and very helpful people. The food was simply excellent, the pulled pork is to die for and with some exceedingly crisp but very moreish crackling! My peculiar dietary requirements were not viewed as a problem or a nuisance, in fact the opposite. We can heartily recommend this out of the way pub,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Have been a few times now and each time I have been the food has been wonderful, the crackling on the pork is something to behold. Staff are always friendly and the pub has a lovely cosy atmosphere.

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21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Actually situated in the village of Rockbourne, this 1600 row of cottages has been converted into a cosy restaurant and now run (he literally runs!) by the new owner from New Zealand. The food is great but the locals, well, the Range Rover and Lexus crowd to be polite. Don't expect much interaction with them.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Staying in a cottage in the village of rockbourne this inn was our Local for the week. We ate here three evenings and the staff were lovely and engaging without being obtrusive. A little bit pricey for pub food for us northerners but well worth the treat. The manager went out of his way to advise on the best mobile... More 

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Greenford, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I took my family to this pub/restaurant today as the reviews were good and the location is pleasant. However, on arriving we distinctly got the impression this was a pub for locals and seemingly aspiring aristocrats, the fact we had 3 teenage children did not seem to be greeted with a welcoming attitude, on asking for a table, we were... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

as a result of a search on Trip Advisor we booked Sunday Lunch at the Rose & Thistle in order to meet a relative at a half way spot. Situated in a pretty Village it made a great meeting place and we were not disappoint with food or reception by staff. The range of menue on offer from tradional roasts... More 

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

Thank you for such a wonderful review! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. You will have to visit again soon so you can enjoy one of our delicious desserts! More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A group of 16 friends turned up in some 'interesting' cars at about 12.45. The car park was almost full and so some had to park outside on the road, which was a bit of a worry with some large lorries going past. We hadn't ordered our food in advance but despite that the service was very prompt and nobody... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the Rose and Thistle. It was a pleasure to host your lunch and great to see all of your 'interesting' cars! We hope to welcome you all back to the Rose and Thistle again 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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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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