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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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Italian family cooking in a sophisticated New Forest hotel

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At a glance

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

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.

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Opening hours

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


  • Chef: Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Italian
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 31
  • Wines over £30: 609
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from : 8.50
  • Main course from: 9
  • Dessert from: 7
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


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

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

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

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