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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 - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Myself and my husband visited the Rose and Thistle this evening we booked over the phone before hand. Our total bill for the evening was £71.40 this was for 2 soup of the days 2 venison dishes 1 Warm Chocolate brownie 1 becks lager 1 amstal cider 1 rekorderlig & 2 coffees The pub has a very warm and friendly... 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 to hear you and your husband had such a lovely time with us. Please accept my apologies that the butter was slightly too hard, we do try to ensure it is taken out of the fridge before we begin service, I do apologise that this... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I travelled for miles to come here after a family member recommended it... Wow is the best word to describe the food,the staff,the atmosphere,the service..... We visited 2 years ago on the annual 'visiting family' trip and found this time was a different experience!! We had pork....amazing.... and the salmon that melted in my mouth!

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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'm glad to hear you had such a wonderful experience after travelling so far! We hope you will join us again soon on another annual family visit! More 

Cornwall
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had pre-booked a Sunday lunch here after having read the TA reviews. The pub was in the next village to our holiday cottage and we thought it would be a nice end to our long journey from Cornwall. A lovely warm welcome from the staff and an even warmer real log fire to sit by! Our starters were very... More 

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

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of the Rose and Thistle. I am glad you enjoyed your lunch with us on both occasions and hope you had a lovely stay in Fordingbridge. Our Sunday roast is a firm favourite will lots of our guest and I am glad to hear you liked it. I look forward to welcoming... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I took my boyfriend to the Rose and Thistle for his birthday after I read some excellent reviews about the pub. I called and reserved a table by the fireplace a few days in advance. When we got there at lunch time on a Sunday the pub was busy but we still got a warm welcome, however we didn't get... 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 would like to apologise that you did not get to sit at the table you wished on the day of your visit. I have looked back in our reservation dairy and cannot see a request for a table by the fire. Since your visit I have implemented a system... More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Last visit was over 2 years ago, when Confit Belly of Pork was a great hit. This time the pork, described as before,was a roll of Pork, and not Confit. It was tough and my elderly friend could not cut into part of his. To be fair, when asked if everything was ok the feedback we gave went to the... 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 and thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss your issue with you on the day. Our new menu will start on Friday 16th January, we look forward to welcoming you again soon and will await your next review on the latest menu. More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

What a gem! I had a Christmas lunch with colleagues here and it was just fabulous. A roaring log fire - in fact two! Fabulous food and the service was fun and attentive. Really enjoyed, will visit again and would recommend.

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

Thank you for such a lovely review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Christmas lunch with colleagues and hope to welcome you to the Rose and Thistle again soon. More 

Bournemouth
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My freinds and I have used this pub/restaurant for a few years now.The misery has gone and the New Blood that has arrived is like a breath of fresh air.The new owner is young and with lots of ideas to come.The food is even better than before. There is a promise of new menus and most of the produce is... More 

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

Thank you for such a delightful review! It was just over a month ago now that I took the pub on and after a baptism of fire over Christmas my feet are almost under the table! Our new menu will start on Friday 16th so we all look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My partner and I first came to this pub a couple of weeks ago for the first time after being recommended by a friend. Well what can I say, if you want the most cosy and welcoming village pub then this is the place for you. The food is outstanding with service to match. We have been back twice since... More 

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

Thank you Simon for such a wonderful review! It is lovely to hear that you have visited us on a few occasions recently. The team at the Rose and Thistle and I look forward to seeing you again and getting to know you and your partner better. More 

Lymington, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's refreshing to walk in somewhere and get a warm welcome whether you're wearing wellies with 2 scruffy dogs or your best jeans with a sparkly top!! Both occasions we were welcomed warmly and always well looked after throughout the experience!! Good ales & sandwiches. Great food & restaurant service. How lucky to have found somewhere that offers both!! Can't... 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. We think a warm welcome is a very important aspect of eating out and are pleased to hear that you were well looked after by our staff. Colin’s new menu will start from Friday 16th so we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Just stayed in Fordingbridge for Christmas and at the end of our road was a Delightful pub. We took our French Bulldog and was treated so well by the staff. The food here is amazing and worth every penny. If your passing this pub you would be a fool not to stop and soak up the atmosphere of a real... More 

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

Thank you very much for such a fantastic review! I am glad you enjoyed Christmas in Rockbourne and visiting us here at the Rose and Thistle. It was a delight to meet you all (especially Crinkles) and we hope you will visit again when you are next in the area – We’ll have some sausages waiting for Crinkles! Kindest regards,... More 

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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 - 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
Cuisine: British

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