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Rose and Thistle

Rockbourne Rd, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well if you like a bit of thatched roof, rose garden, genuine village atmosphere plus great food, wine, beer and service then this is the spot for you? We dined six of us with drink outside - good Chablis and nice hand pulled beer and...More

1  Thank mikecooke7
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a lovely country pub with a well kept beer garden, the patrons were excellent and friendly as was the food, the steak and kidney pudding was superb and comes highly recommended.

1  Thank Raymond R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped in for a coffee/tea after a walk. Such a warm welcome from the staff. Booked a table for later in the week. Different staff but just as friendly. Very helpful and had excellent meals. Locals friendly and welcoming too.

1  Thank steveEEZY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely country pub with great food, good real ale and a charming garden area set in a quintessential English hamlet. Good service and friendly staff. King prawns starter aren't to be missed

1  Thank Peter B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in a lovely lodge nearby, we strolled down to this pub three times during that week with our dog. The landlord was very friendly and made us welcome. Nice relaxed atmosphere

1  Thank Carl M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two of us ordered the salmon. One was fine but the other was a fraction of the size. The dish was reasonably tasty. My son ordered the burger which was very overcooked and underseasoned. For desert, the panna cotta was rubbery, the rhubarb topping was...More

1  Thank redfoxFordingbridge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We'd picked the Rose and Thistle based on TripAdvisor reviews and we were not disappointed! This was my favourite meal of our 4 night stay, which also included a meal at the Michelin star restaurant the Black Rat (and we love good food and Michelin...More

1  Thank Emma1979
Reviewed May 13, 2018

We arrived on a very busy Thursday lunchtime - only two people behind the bar and we had worried things would be a bit iffy - how wrong we were! The young couple were charming hosts, warning us that there would be a wait for...More

2  Thank P V
Reviewed May 7, 2018

We had lunch here yesterday with our friends, excellent choice! The food was served quickly, the guys had the rare Dorset beef, and the girls had the hake, both were excellent and washed down with a great pint of Doombar! WE did the bluebell walk...More

2  Thank davedonaldson
Reviewed May 5, 2018

Stopped here for lunch yesterday before having a walk through the bluebells of Rockbourne. This thatched pub with plenty of character is in an idyllic setting. Due to beautiful weather we were able to sit outside. The very pleasant bar staff came out to take...More

1  Thank smithie54
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June 20, 2018|
Response from threluja | Reviewed this property |
From memory I would think so but its been a while. That would probably fill it tho. Give them a ring, very friendly 👍
Mike R
April 23, 2018|
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good afternoon, We do offer a vegan menu, however, this menu must be pre-ordered. If you email us we can forward a copy. Kindest regards, Chris
March 23, 2018|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbourne Rd, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest National Park Hampshire  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1725 518236
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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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