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The Rose & Thistle

Pretty, quintessentially English pub

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

A spectral presence is occasionally abroad here; hardly surprising that the spirit of a former landlord is loathe to leave such an idyllic thatched pub at the fringe of the New Forest. For mortal visitors it's the lure of the local beers, top-notch home cooking and the shrubby cottage garden that will detain them. In chillier weather they can settle inside by huge log fires. A lunchtime snack might be crayfish tail sandwich with avocado and salad; or a Welsh rarebit; but for something more substantial choose steak and kidney steamed suet pudding; confit pork belly, celeriac and honey purée and caramelised apple segments; or roasted red pepper and haloumi burger.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11–3 5–10.30 (Saturday 11–10.30 Sunday 12–6)
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.15
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 7–9.15

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Follow Rockbourne signs from either A354 (Salisbury to Blandford Forum road) or A338 at Fordingbridge.

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