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Rose and Thistle

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Rockbourne, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Kettering, England
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What drew us here, for lunch en route to somewhere else, was the prospect of ordering the specialite de la maison: suet steak and kidney pudding, that famous dish of old England. Well, the pudding was the best yet, a feast of lean meat and rich gravy, and was promptly served with friendly, carefully- trained, unobtrusive expertise. What we had... More 

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Range of really wonderful food. It's relatively expensive but great for a treat. I was struct by the friendly and high quality service. Aĺl staff appeared happy and professional. Would be good for romantic dinner.

2 Thank rogerp761
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this pub using good pub guide on journey to somewhere else. A great find! A thatched roof pub in an enchanted village with old thatched cottages. It was sunny so we sat outside and had lunch in the lovely garden out front (ample carpark at rear of people pub). We ordered s plough and lunch. Real ale and a... More 

1 Thank johnfC2688WJ
Brecon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a stroll through one of the prettiest villages in all England and you will come upon one of its finest public houses and restaurants. We were fortunate enough to visit on a gloriously sunny day and sat out in the pubs cottage garden, cloaked in the perfume of roses and lulled by the gentle hum of bees. Everything about... More 

3 Thank Willsquared
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe a Monday night is not the best night to judge this (or any pub) by because we had high expectations based on the reviews that were not met. The pub is traditional in decor, the garden is pretty and the service friendly. The steak and kidney pudding was very good but the fish, originally advertised as plaice but corrected... More 

2 Thank Fussym00
Rochester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three of us wanted somewhere to eat whilst staying close to Fordingbridge and found this pub in the AA PUB GUIDE. What a find!! Delightful pub in small village - great staff - fabulous food - so good went back again two days later and just as good. Would recommend you to go there if you are in the area.... More 

2 Thank Linda T
Camborne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guy who served us was brilliant - and the chef very understanding of my dietry needs. Salmon moist and perfectly cooked - planning on going back. Dogs loved it - really lovely and unspoilt inside.

2 Thank Mark O
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49 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This local pub is the heart of the community and you can see why, with the locals all endorsing it. We went on the Queens Birthday weekend and were treated to live music which was a real treat. We ate in the restaurant part and highly recommend the food. Soufflé to start, steak and kidney pie...... does it get any... More 

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Axmouth, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Have known this glorious Rockbourne pub for many years, although not visited for some time. Nothing changes & The Rose & Thistle is still a lovely unspoilt pub. Great food & ales with a fantastic homely atmosphere. All our party were most impressed.

2 Thank george b
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

First time I had eaten at this pub, I chose it as it had been recommended for providing a good selection of gluten free options. One of our party has to follow a gluten free diet and she wasn't disappointed with the choice. This was a meal for a family get together and the food was absolutely 5 star. I... More 

2 Thank Ali J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free
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
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 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, 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
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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