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Hartnett Holder & Co

Lime Wood, Beaulieu Road, LYNDHURST, SO43 7FZ

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If you go down to the woods today, the New Forest specifically, you could hardly do better than to find a beautifully renovated Regency manor house built on the site of a 13th-century hunting lodge, imaginatively redesigned as a modern country hotel. Lime Wood's interiors have been created with great panache by in-demand designers David Collins and Martin Brudnizki, the expansive dining room all burgundy leather and parquet, the walls crowded with artworks, with seductive views over the grounds and water features. There are lodges tucked away in the forest, a classy spa, and attention to detail is evident from top to toe. The name represents the conjoined authority of Angela Hartnett (of Murano) and head chef Luke Holder, who between them devise and execute menus that spotlight regional produce including south coast seafood and the tempting output of the hotel's own smokehouse. Hartnett's Italian orientation is in evidence, producing a starter of flawless cavatelli pasta as a base for mussels and clams in parsley, garlic and chilli. Main course partners a pinkly roasted breast of duck with Jerusalem artichoke purée and anchovies, or sets red mullet in colourful sharp contrast with crab and pink grapefruit. If you've the capacity to do things the Italian way and fit in the full four courses, you might start with glorious antipasti such as game terrine with pumpkin jam, or creamy smoked cod's roe partnered with crackling, radish and rye crackers, and wrap things up with alluring desserts such as coffee pannacotta with mascarpone ice cream, or poached pear with saffron, goats' yoghurt and lime. Bargain hunters should pop by for the unarguable value of the two-course set lunch menu.

Further information

Tel: 023 8028 7167
& 8028 7177
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Italian
Chef: Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder
Number of seats: 70
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £19.50
3 Course lunch from: £25.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Hartnett Holder & Co, Lyndhurst
  • Hartnett Holder & Co, Lyndhurst
  • Hartnett Holder & Co, Lyndhurst


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A35 through Ashurst for 4m, then left in Lyndhurst signed Beaulieu, 1m to hotel
Nearest station: Brockenhurst

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