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The Elderflower Restaurant

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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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Exciting modern dishes near the quayside

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At a glance

Open all year
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

A moment's stroll from the quay at Lymington, The Elderflower is a traditional-looking double-fronted restaurant in the old part of town, opened in 2014 by Andrew and Marjolaine Du Bourg, a partnership with its entwined roots in Yorkshire and the Charente. Low beamed ceilings and smartly linened tables establish a sympathetic ambience within, and Andrew's menus, honed by valuable experience in many of London's premier addresses, are overflowing with intelligence and enthusiasm. There's something earthy and rootsy about his chunky beef terrine, for all that it comes with the inspired touch of a Brownsea Island oyster and anchovy straws, while main course could be an exciting assemblage of roast Barbary duck with cured duck ham, golden beetroot and a dramatic polenta bedazzled with violet mustard, in an aromatic jus of peach and lavender. In December, a clever menu take on the Twelve Days of Christmas comes into play, with queen scallops standing in for the swimming swans. Desserts designed like ornamental conversation pieces are all the rage, so expect an intricately textured chocolate creation to arrive in a seashell on a wooden base, while the reinvention of trifle continues apace, when a properly boozy version comes replete with damsons, greengages and orange custard.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Andrew Du Bourg

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 52
  • Wines over £30: 65
  • Wines by the glass: 7

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8.50
  • Main course from: £23
  • Dessert from: £8.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £31.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £40
  • Tasting menu from: £55
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 40
  • Off-site parking available: Quay car park

Additional information

  • Seats: 40

Getting here

M27 junction for A337 Lyndhurst. At roundabout take first exit A31, follow A337 then B3054 Captains Row, left onto Nelson Place then left onto Quay Road.

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