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Rose and Thistle

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my local pub in the village, visited a number of times over the year. Great pub with a wide range of beers, lagers, and cider. The food is always to quality as is the service. It can get busy at the weekend in the evenings, a good idea to book a table sometimes. Highly recommended.

1 Thank John M
Poole, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a very pleasant evening at the Rose and Thistle. The cheese soufflé was to die for! Wow! The whole meal was all home cooked and very good, I'm still dreaming of that cheese soufflé! Staff pleasant. A lovely place to eat.

2 Thank Julia W
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All I can say is go along and try the roast beef. You won't be disappointed. Amazing food. Great location. Proper pub and a good price.

1 Thank James H
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Visited for the first time for a Sunday Lunch. Had to book as gets very busy - although fully booked they managed to squeeze in a table for 2. Staff were friendly and service was very quick. Large portions and couldn't finish my main after a starter as well but dessert menu also looked lovely. Locally sourced produce which is... More 

1 Thank FLF123
Ringwood, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The waiting staff were very attentive. We didn't have to wait long for our orders to be taken, and the starters came quickly. Delicious. The mains too, all beautifully presented and yummy. Would recommend.

1 Thank Helen R
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Busy with local drinkers but that just creates a great atmosphere for those eating. The food was fantastic pigeon, pheasant and pork amongst our choices..but so many things to pick means you just have to go back!

2 Thank Kate H
Poole, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We visited this pub, on a Tuesday evening, had not bothered to book a table, and fortunately we got in, and enjoyed a lovely meal, roaring log fire, and a good pint. I had pheasant breast, delicious and a large helping, with lots of veggies, my girlfriend had the vegetarian "Tarte Tatin" which I think was with goats cheese, and... More 

1 Thank Steve M
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

On a crisp Autumn day in the New Forest the crackling fire as we arrived was a toasty welcome to this charming thatched inn and restaurant. The service was well paced and extremely jolly. The local venison with blackcurrant jus and vegetables and R.AT. Burger with twice cooked chips were great, as was the sticky toffee and bread and butter... More 

1 Thank Scott S
SW France
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111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a rather nice quiet pub with an excellent food menu. The reservation was made by phone on a recommendation - very polite and thorough details were taken , even down to which table ! Delightfully helpful lady behind the bar does everything front of house, the beer was kept well and a rather "olde worlde" feel about the... More 

1 Thank JulesSWFrance
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We had a really fantastic evening at The Rose & Thistle this weekend - delicious food, great wine, friendly staff and playing scrabble in front of the fire - no better way to spend a winter's evening. Thank you Rose & Thistle - we would definitely recommend, and will definitely be back!

1 Thank NickJ1809

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1725 518236
The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in the picture postcard village of Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Outside is a lovely cottage garden to while away sunny days and watch the world go by. Inside is the perfect place to spend any time of year with the traditional interior of beamed ceilings, carved wooden benches and cosy log fires in the winter. Colin Beck our head chef works with local suppliers to create a traditional menu sourced locally and seasonally where possible. Our beef and pork come from the New Forest and our game is from the village, with Manor farm pheasant, pigeon and rabbit together with venison from the local game keeper. Fish is delivered directly from the south coast and vegetables are from local suppliers. The menu changes regularly but always includes favourites such as our famous home made steak and kidney pudding and slow cooked pork belly along side seasonal specials. We also offer a good range of bar snacks and lighter meals including Welsh Rarebit, Sausage and Mash as well as The Rose and Thistle sandwiches including rare roast beef, smoked salmon with watercress and the famous RAT burger with smoked bacon, emmental and hand cut chips! The Rose and Thistle, built around 1580, was originally 3 cottages and became a bakers which then later started to retail liquor. The first listed landlord was Richard Pope in the early 1890's whose photo can still be found on the gentleman's toilet door. The pub has had several colourful landlords over the years one of whom is rumoured to still haunt the building. In the 1970's the place was made famous for its seafood by Pete and Pam Reid and people flocked from all around to taste the lobster. A consortium of villagers then purchased the pub who later sold to Tim Norfolk all who maintained the places great reputation for food over the last 20 years. Tim retired in June 2008 when Kerry arrived, taking the pub from strength to strength. In late 2014 Chris took over the reins, with his friendly attitude and fantastic team you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious freshly prepared food.

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