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Rockbourne, New Forest National Park, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 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
  • 211
    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
Most recent review
First Class - now one of my favourites

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
TravelmanBasingstoke
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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261 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Very impressed. Lovely service. Melt in your mouth roast beef. Sumptuous puds. Good value as kids portions were a descent size.

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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 that you were very impressed by your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I recently visited the Rose and Thistle with friends, after exploring the country walks around Rockbourne. This beautiful thatched pub has everything you want and more- a diverse menu, extremely tasty and good quality food, a lovely atmosphere and friendly and accommodating staff. We all chose different options from the menu for our lunch, and were delighted with the presentation... More 

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

Thank you so much for such a brilliant review of the Rose and Thistle. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We are always looking for new places to eat with good friends and the Rose and Thistle (RAT) was highly recommended. I can see why as the food was excellent. We booked a stable for four and were warmly greeted upon our arrival. The restaurant is small and at one end of the building, which gives it a very cosy... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review of the Rose and Thistle. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us. I would firstly like to apologise that the impression you got from your waitress was that your feedback would not reach the Chef and Management. I can assure you this is not the case at all, all... More 

bath
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

As locals that ate regularly with previous owners we looked forward to trying with the new staff - the place had no atmosphere two young girls working who seated us quickly one of which had her unkept hair down which she kept playing with - the starter quite a few mussels were strong smelling and off - the suet for... 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. I was shocked and saddened when I saw your review. Please can you contact me at your earliest convenience so I can discuss and learn more of your experience. Kindest regards, Chris 01725 518236 enquiries@roseandthistle.co.uk More 

Ringwood, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a lovely dinner at the Rose and Thistle. The food was delicious, the service very good and a cozy welcoming atmosphere. We will definitely return.

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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. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. More 

Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We booked here for dinner on a Friday night and were greeted with friendly smiles, great service, a roaring fire and a gorgeous typical country pub. The food was delicious, well presented and not too expensive. It was a real find!

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

Thank you for your review of the Rose and Thistle. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us and found the food delicious! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went to the Rose and Thistle after reading all the reviews on Trip Advisor, and it was by far the best food we have had from a pub! They were really accommodating, helpful, kind and the food was exceptional. Such a beautiful atmosphere, with a cosy setting, beautiful log fire and stunning location. We shared a starter, which was... More 

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

Thank you very much for such a fantastic review and for adding some pictures of your experience too. It gives all our staff such a boost to hear they are doing their jobs well. The team and I look forward to welcoming you to the Rose and Thistle again soon. More 

Portsmouth
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My boyfriend and I came here for lunch on Saturday and were blown away by the first class service and food. The venison and steak and kidney pudding were both excellent and the seasonal veg were equally delicious. The Rose and thistle is at the top of its game and was one of the nicest pub meals we have uever... More 

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

I am glad to see you enjoyed your time at the Rose and Thistle. Thank you so much for such a superb review. Both the Venison and Steak and Kidney Pudding are firm favourites on our menu. We hope to welcome you back soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It was a happy surprise to be welcomed by two smiling faces from behind the bar. The interior is just how you imagine an old and friendly pub should be with a roaring fire. Not being able to decide which of two red wines to choose, the landlord quickly provided two half glasses of each wine to sample. Class. The... More 

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

Thank you very much for such a lovely review of the Rose and Thistle. It was a pleasure to meet you both and the team and I hope to see you again in the near future. 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?