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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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Refined Italian food and New Forest wellness

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At a glance

Open all year
All day dining
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Lime Wood counts itself a 'wellness retreat', furnishing Thai-style spa facilities, fitness programmes and a technogym that looks out over the peaceable expanses of the New Forest. Or you could just eat. Eating is good too, especially when the kitchen is in the hands of Luke Holder, and overseen by Italian food superstar Angela Hartnett. The seasonal menus work indeed to an Italian template, with antipasti and primi before the main course, and a wealth of respectfully treated natural ingredients running through them. A serving of Cornish crab with smoked eel, radish and apple is the perfect palate-primer for a pasta dish such as guinea fowl agnolotti with lardo di Colonnata, onion and sage. At main, there could be a copiously crammed fish stew incorporating monkfish, red mullet, langoustines and scallops, or one of the locally reared meats, perhaps saddleback pork fillet with king cabbage and roasted Cox's apple. Fragrant desserts such as saffron pannacotta with rosewater and pistachios, or chocolate-orange tart with blood orange sorbet, make for memorable closing notes. The well-chosen wines include an inspired selection by the glass.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 11
  • All day dining

Chef

  • Chef(s): Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Italian
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30: 354
  • Wines by the glass: 29

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8.50
  • Main course from: £18
  • Dessert from: £7
  • 2-course lunch from: £19.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £25
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A35 through Ashurst for 4 miles, then left in Lyndhurst signed Beaulieu, 1 mile to hotel.

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Brockenhurst
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