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The Master Builder's at Buckler's Hard

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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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Unpretentious modern cooking and river views

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The master builder commemorated in the name of this cosily rustic 18th-century hotel once built ships for Nelson's fleet on the grassy areas running down to the River Beaulieu. With those tranquil watery views as a backdrop, you can expect sound modern British cooking based on well-sourced local ingredients - home-made linguine with Dorset crab, lemon and thyme oil as a starter, then a ballotine of local pheasant pointed up with tart blackberry jus and matched with roast root vegetables, buttery kale and mash. For dessert, there's a deconstructed take on Millionaire's shortbread, or you might go for a plate of impeccably local cheeses.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Alicia Storey

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 34
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 40
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

From M27 junction 2 follow signs to Beaulieu. Turn left onto B3056, then 1st left, hotel in 2 miles.

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