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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Consistent cooking in a former castle entrance lodge

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At a glance

Open all year
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Once the entrance lodge to Highcliffe Castle, this eye-catching boutique hotel is superbly placed for access to the golden beaches and blustery clifftops of the Dorset coast. Modern within, the classical dining room boasts an orangery extension and well-drilled service to boot. The 20-year residency of chef Kevin Brown has ensured continuity in the cooking. A broad range of choices encompasses timeless offerings such as duck terrine served with spiced pear chutney and toasted brioche, followed by a fillet of hake wrapped in prosciutto ham, steamed samphire, crushed saffron-flavoured potatoes and clam, king prawn and mussel cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Jeremy Lenton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 35
  • Wines over £30: 13
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7.50
  • Main course from14.95
  • Dessert from: £7.95
  • 2-course lunch from: £18.95
  • 3-course lunch from: £22.95
  • 3-course dinner from: £28.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 95
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Follow A337 to Lymington, opposite St Mark's churchyard in Highcliffe.

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Hinton Admiral, New Milton
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