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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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Appealing varied menu in a traditional thatched inn

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The picture-postcard 17th-century thatched inn deep in the New Forest is a delight in summer, festooned with flowers, and cosy in winter as blazing log fires warm the low beamed bar and dining areas. The welcoming scene draws foodies and forest visitors for its charm and character, glorious sun-drenched garden, and an eclectic mix of pub classics and adventurous modern British dishes. The seasonal menu kicks off with snails and garlic butter with oxtail jus and bread for dipping, and might follow with fried halibut and gnocchi, garnished with cep purée, salted lemon and hazelnuts. To finish, orange and almond tart comes with brown butter ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 and 31 December
  • Closed for dinner: 5 November
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.15


  • Chef(s): Colin Nash

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 24
  • Wines over £30: 3
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On A35 at junction for Walkford/Highcliffe follow Bransgore signs, 1.5 miles, restaurant on left.

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Hinton Admiral
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