The greatest asset of TMA is it's staff, who are brilliant. We received a very warm welcome and from the moment we entered the building were treated like royalty. A special mention for the Maitre D, who is charming and the Breakfast staff, who are just great. Room No 22 was smallish, but overlooked the garden and was very quiet. Perhaps the room and public landing areas are a little dated but this didn't bother us too much. The food in the Terrace Restaurant was very good, I especially enjoyed my Roe Deer on the first evening, which was tender and juicy. We both enjoyed the duck on the second evening, although were a little tired of the greens which were served both evenings. The puddings were lovely and I had the light as air lemon merigue pie on both nights. On the third night we ate in Monty's, our steak and fish and chips were fine. Just two little reasons why I didn't give TMA an absolute perfect score. The scallop starter ran out on the first evening when we dined at 7.30pm. The next day the scallops were still off the menu, although the Maitre D was very apologetic. A restaurant with this reputation should have reprinted the menu, not difficult these days, or added another fish or vegetable starter as the starter menu was a bit meat heavy. The TMA serves a water called House Water, which is charged at £5 a pop in the restaurant. The bottle in the room appears to be unsealed, there was condensation in the top of our unopened bottle. I'm no making any accusations from either the hotel or guest point of view, just suggesting you order free tap water which tastes fine. Apart from that a lovely stay and I would recommend TMA to my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Montagu Arms Hotel offers luxury accommodation in the quaint village of Beaulieu in Heart of the New Forest. The Michelin Starred Terrace Restaurant makes it the venue of choice for indulgently delicious fine dining with a taste of tranquil country life. The 18th Century Hotel is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, walking holiday or a midweek break; oozing traditional charm with its open brick fireplaces, oak panelling and impressive gardens. The historical village of Beaulieu is just 30 minutes from Southampton Cruise Terminal making us the ideal base both pre and post your cruise. The Terrace Restaurant has held its Michelin Star for 5 years running and pays homage to both tradition and innovation; whilst Head chef Matthew Tomkinson uses the finest seasonal ingredients available to create award winning dishes. We are not ones for passing fads, every ingredient has to deserve its place in our dishes. No gimmicks, Just great food.For a more relaxed meal, Monty’s offers wonderful home-cooked classics or country fare, whilst delectable Afternoon Tea can be served in our conservatory or gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montagu Arms Beaulieu
- Hotel Montagu Arms