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The Montagu Arms Hotel

Palace Lane, BEAULIEU, SO42 7ZL

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A brick-built ivy-clad 17th-century house in an enviable New Forest setting, this sumptuous hotel near the Beaulieu National Motor Museum offers all the right country-hotel comforts. Overlooking a charming sun-trap courtyard and well-manicured gardens, the wood-panelled Terrace Restaurant is the setting for Matthew Tomkinson's inspired classical cooking, which makes good use of organic produce grown in the hotel's well-maintained kitchen garden. Schooled in classic Anglo-French techniques, the kitchen (refurbished and extended in early 2016) isn't afraid to adopt contemporary British ideas. A starter of ravioli generously filled with Isle of Wight lobster and organic salmon shows considerable balance and restraint with a sauce vièrge and Lymington crab velouté as accompaniment. A main course escalope of South Coast turbot with sautéed wild mushrooms, braised pearl barley, caramelised endive and cep sauce displays perfect timing and the lightest of touches. A fine selection of artisanal English and French farmhouse cheeses arrive on the trolley as a possible conclusion to a meal, possibly after a dessert of warm salted caramel fondant served with a playful 'cider lolly' sorbet and crème fraîche. The interesting and diverse wine list includes many biodynamic examples and a good range is offered by the glass.

Further information

Tel: 01590 612324
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Days closed: Mon
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Tue

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Matthew Tomkinson
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Children's portions.
No children under 11 yrs D.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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From M27 junct 2 take A326 & B3054 for Beaulieu
Nearest station: Brockenhurst

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