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“faultless” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hartnett Holder & Co

Hartnett Holder & Co
Lime Wood Hotel Beaulieu Rd., Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park SO43 7FZ, England
023 8028 7167
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Ranked #11 of 42 Restaurants in Lyndhurst
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Hartnett Holder & Co is a relaxed, stylish and comfortable upscale restaurant - full of character, yet unpretentious. Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder, with their team, create locally sourced English dishes with a respectful nod to the seasons and to Italian culinary ideologies. This collaboration is reflected in their fresh, confident approach ensuring that this is "fun dining, not fine dining". Open all day.
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“faultless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Four of us visited Lime Wood for lunch today. We had eagerly awaited the opening of the Hartnett Holder &co restaurant and were not disappointed. The hotel itself is lovely, beautifully appointed with not a whiff of stuffiness. Staff were welcoming and very knowledgeable about the food on offer. The lunch itself was delightful. Of particular note were the ham broth with smoked cheese on toast, the halibut with cockle broth and the lemon with curd jelly dessert. Very, very yummy. We will be back!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Extremely disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I have visited Limewood before, but not since the opening of the new restaurant. We wanted to book somewhere special for an early Valentines meal, on Wednesday, after a heavenly spa day at another nearby hotel. Limewood is our local restaurant and we knew from experience that we could expect good service and quality food in a relaxed ambience. After a relaxing and enjoyable day, our evening began when we arrived half an hour early to have a drink in the bar before dinner. We were welcomed warmly by the lady at reception, who took our coats and led us through to the bar. We took a seat and ordered two cocktails. Unfortunately, this is where the evening we had been looking forward to started to deteriorate. While we were sat waiting for our drinks at the bar, a very awkward exchange occurred between a senior member of staff on our side of the bar and the bar man. The more senior member of staff continued to berate the bar man for the 10 minutes that we were waiting for our drinks and it made for very uncomfortable viewing! The poor bar man remained professional and polite throughout, but was continually and publically insulted. Our drinks were delicious, but we were not keen on spending any longer in the bar and were pleased when an offer came to be seated in the restaurant. First impressions about the restaurant were good. The decor was modern, but not too formal. My husband didn't like the chairs, as you could not sit back in them and had to perch for the whole meal as if on a stool. The backs were very low and at an angle, so that if you did choose to try to lean against the chair, you would almost be lying down! We tried this, which did at least produce some laughter. Although the restaurant itself was pleasant, the atmosphere was not. Staff were rushing around in frenzied panic, clearly terrified of making any mistakes. We were nearly numbed into several times, just trying to get to our table. This was like nothing we had seen before and we both felt we couldn't fully relax. The restaurant manager/ head waiter later stopped by our table and informed us that the managing director of the company was sat on the table opposite, (a table of approx 10 people) so this may go some way to explaining why the staff were so on edge. Our waitress was polite and helpful taking our drinks and food order. After this, it was not long before our wine arrived. My husband tried it and I could immediately tell something wasn't quite right. The waitress asked if it was ok and my husband told her that it was ok, but warm! (It was white and it wasn't the cheapest bottle of wine either!) my husband said it would be ok if it was chilled. The waitress then said that she would just pour a tiny drop into each of our glasses, which she proceeded to do, before pulling another empty, used bottle, presumably from the earlier occupants of our table, out of the wine cooler and putting ours into it. The wine hardly chilled at all and the waitress came back just once throughout the evening to top up the glasses with a tiny amount again! We had expected a much higher level of service and instead, my husband refilled our glasses throughout the evening with warm wine! The bottle should have been immediately replaced with a chilled one and the previous occupants wine bottle removed before we were seated. We then moved on to our food, which was unfortunately only set to add more disappointment to our experience. It was nothing special or memorable and the portions were very small. My husband had a quail ravioli starter, which was ok and I had a burnt mushroom pizza type arrangement. For the main course, my husband had chicken, which was again, nothing special and I had lobster spaghetti. The flavour of my dish was good, but the portion was extremely small. We were asked whether we would like dessert or coffee, which we kindly declined, as we actually wanted to get home to a more relaxed and comfortable environment, with a decent bottle of chilled white wine! We paid the bill, which wasn't cheap for such a disappointing evening. We regularly eat out (1/2 times a week) and I can't remember the last time we have been as disappointed as we were last Wesnesday. Needless to say, we won't be returning to Limewood.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
“Absolutely superb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Lucylucifer must have had the devil in her for that last review. Eating just one day later we had a fantastic, unhurried, enjoyable meal in great surroundings. A brilliant addition to the New Forest and up amongst the best of places we have been to in recent times. Our experience was so far removed from the previous review that I'd begin to doubt whether they'd even been to the same place!

Having had our own issues with Valentine's Day (Hotel du Vin, Poole, not so good), this evening was a terrific & spontaneous opportunity to try the new revamped restaurant opened by local chef Holder and Gordon Ramsay's protege Hartnett. The only thing I'd agree with Lucylucifer on is the menu language - a bit too inaccessible (well, you need to understand that torte is about equivalent to tart) but it came over a tad pretentious. That aside there is a good choice and it is not that expensive.

Setting is beautiful. The old house that is the hotel sits proud on land rising above the forest and fields around it. Gorgeously decorated, open fires, plenty of rooms to snuggle up in, relax with a drink and unwind. The restaurant itself has a lovely feel, buzz and quite a vibrant atmosphere. It's true smart casual with a wide range of couples, familes with older children, locals (like us) and those staying for the weekend.

The staff were brilliant. They knew the menu, the wine list, were attentive without being overbearing and able to comment, recommend and discuss all of the items. Portions were good size and of the highest quality.

Starters - between £6 and £12. Milanese risotto was sublime, with as much freshly grated parmesan and black pepper as you like. The mushroom pizetta was crisp, with oodles of mushrooms and that deep garlicky flavour that goes so well.

Mains - there is the traditional rib eye steak (more than enough for two), flat iron steak (for one!) but we veered away. I had the pumpkin/chestnut/nanny blue risotto, divine and filling. We also tried the creedy carver chicken which was succulent, tasty and perfect with a green leaf salad. Both mains were £14 - £15 with prices rising to up to £23 each for sharing a cut of meat. Only slight downside - sides do come at a price, £4 - £5 as I recall.

Desserts - this was where the menu went a bit awry, needs more description to "sell" the desserts and give you a complete idea of what might be coming....there again seems to be half the art of being in a restaurant understanding what the ingredients might actually make! Anyways tort is pretty much tarta so no confusion there, hazlenut/chocolate tart was perfect, the vanilla tart equally good.

Wine and drinks list is extensive. Would find it hard to choose a wine much below £25 but there is a good selection by the glass. As one would expect plenty of top wine. Disappointing to find that some were already out of stock notwithstanding it only having been opened a week.

Service - exceptional from the moment we walked in and to when we left. A nice touch, no doubt to free up tables, is to find you a space to relax by one of the many fires with coffee after the meal. On a cold Friday night the place was full. We'd been there 3 hours enjoying our meal, relaxing and then having coffee. Perfect.

So, yes the scullery part of the hotel is now there simply for breakfast and private dining. Change is needed if businesses are to move ahead, grow and provide new experiences. Holder and Hartnett is bang smack on with what they have done. Top drawer, brilliant and I'd simply ignore the last review - whilst respecting an opinion it simply does not chime with anything we or anyone else around the restaurant today experienced in any shape or form.

Yes, this is a more expensive restaurant. £110 for 2 including tip for three courses and a bottle of wine. For a great experience this is up there with the best in the area. Very sure we will return, with friends and recommend to all we meet.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“harnett and hodder make over at limewood”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

this place been open since 11th new refurb, we went there last night for valentines, my hubby and i went there before in the scullery and we obviously wanted to go back again for valentines but because of the make over we tried the new menu, YUK! nothing like the scullery, small portions, pathetic menu, 3 prawns for a starter, my hubby hadthe meat started smaller than his liitle finger a joke for £11 the £45 we spent on a steak to share was just a steak nothing with it and small portion and cooked badly, the bone was bigger than the steak, the pudding we thought we would share was smaller than what a kid would eat for £7 and you could taste the ice particles. Basically we will NOT be going back there again until the scullery opens again. the widow was open where we sat and I froze all night during my meal and we were called a week before to be prompt as it wld be busy and we arrived early there was no one there but 3 couples and loads of tables empty what a load of posh no good waste of time we went home hungry and the food tasted awful never again sorry youve lost a customer! Bring back the Scullery Good hearty well cooked food and a menu you could understand. RIP OFF and AWFUL FOOD!no romance no valentines menu so no theme a waste of a night out. Very disappointed.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Hedge End, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 81 cities Reviews in 81 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
“Perfection improved...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

When we read the pre-opening reviews for the new Harnett Holder & Co restaurant we were worried that everything we loved about the old dining room was now gone. So we were feeling quite anxious as we entered the hotel today, wondering what it would actually be like. The minute we arrived at the inside courtyard our fears evaporated in an instant. We always loved the courtyard the way it was and were just amazed at how they've managed to transform it into something even better! Gone is the "patio" style furniture in neutral colours and in its place is soft low seating in warm "country" colours. Even more amazing is that they've managed to incorporate a good size bar as well that gives the place a better feel.

The actual restaurant itself is a completely different place than it was, again full of soft furniture and warm colours, a whole new layout, and another new bar. The whole place has so much more of a buzz about it and everything feels very much more relaxed, not that it it ever felt stuffy, but now it somehow feels more fun than before.

The menu is very different than before but all the choices are just, if not more, tempting than they were. The prices all seemed to be reasonable so we didn't feel as if we were paying for all their big changes. For starters we had Young Vegetable Salad and the Mackerel; both were delicious and were good sized portions. For mains, we had the Hake and the Red Mullet; again both we're excellent in all respects. You need to order side dishes separately and each is fine for two to share. I didn't have room for a dessert but My wife had the Semifreddo which was also apparently excellent. I did get a bit caught out on my wine choice. I asked for a glass of Chardonnay - there were two on the "wine by the glass" list - and I got given the vastly more expensive one of the two. To be fair it was my mistake as I should have checked, but the wine was very nice so I didn't feel too bad about it.

Service, as far as we were concerned, was excellent as always and we had absolutely no complaints with anything. Everyone that served us was completely helpful, friendly, and efficient which we think is one of Limewood's biggest assets. That and its consistency.

This has been our favourite restaurant ever since it opened four years ago and nothing about the changes have altered that feeling. In fact they have made something that we thought was already perfect into something that's even better, in just about every respect.



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