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Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Christchurch Road, NEW MILTON, BH25 6QS

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There's no shortage of country-house hotels in the UK, but few are quite as special as Chewton Glen. Just a short distance from the sea and on the edge of the New Forest National Park, the gracious red-brick mansion looks splendid as you pull up in the flower-filled courtyard and hand over your car keys to the valet. As first impressions go, it's right up there, and when you step inside, your expectations are perfectly met by the elegant modern country-house décor, and the unfailingly courteous, efficient, warm and welcoming staff. The look in the restaurant, Vetiver, is similarly chic and contemporary, with lime-green banquettes, black-velvet covered chairs, black and cream walls and large windows looking out onto the lovely gardens (there are 130 acres in total, including an orchard, beehives, and a walled kitchen garden providing vegetables, herbs and salad leaves). The restaurant is spread across five rooms, including two light-filled conservatories which open out onto the terrace for alfresco dining on warmer days. The flexible, crowd-pleasing menu offers something for everyone, whether you simply want a steak from the grill, or a bowl of pasta like Poole Bay mussel and clam linguini with preserved lemon and parsley, or a full-blown three courses. Classic French technique and first-class ingredients, many of them sourced locally, underpin every dish. The twice-baked emmental soufflé is a fixture, and very good it is too, while Scottish scallops - faultlessly cooked - with apple, raisins and mini onion bhajis provides a more of-the-moment alternative. Roast grouse with confit legs, braised lentils and smoked chocolate is an inspired main course that shows a good deal of technical skill, while Thai-style lobster curry with jasmine rice is rich and fragrant with a generous proportion of fresh, meaty lobster. There are some traditional elements to the service style, such as grilled Dover sole filleted at the table, and a daily-changing roast from the trolley. Indecisive types might struggle at dessert stage, when the likes of passionfruit soufflé with mango ice cream, and warm chocolate fondant with lavender and salt caramel emulsion, compete for your attention with tipsy plum pudding with brandy cream. The set lunch menu is a steal at £25 for three courses, and do make use of the sommelier's expertise when it comes to choosing from the extensive wine list.

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Tel: 01425 282212
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Luke Matthews
Number of seats: 164
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £25.00
Sunday lunch: £35.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New milton

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A35 (Lyndhurst) turn left through Walkford, 4th left into Chewton Farm Rd
Nearest station: New Milton

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