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Cafe, British, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place and go there regularly! It is run by Fleur and Paul and they are just lovely! The food is delicious - really tasty and fresh. I had the smashed avocado on toast - it's my favourite. Yum! Oh, and the coffee...is fab! And the smoothies too! I had the strawberry split, which is strawberry and banana - a superb combination! The service is great as well! Highly recommend popping in. Just try it and you will go back!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Josie, Thank you for such a lovely review... and thank you for our 5 ⭐! It is always fab to see you, and have a chat. See you soon! Fleur & Paul 😊.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to return to The Retreat as we had previously enjoyed a lunch there last summer. We received the same friendly service and tasty food as before and it made a wonderful start to our break in Brockenhurst. I would recommend a visit for...lunch or coffee and cake and we will definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello.... thank you so much for returning.... and writing another lovely review! Our aim is to make you feel welcome every time..... and i love to see the dogs that come in lol. Take care, Fleur & Paul 😊.

Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

Visited three times during our holiday in the New Forest to this fabulous dog friendly cafe. First time for lunch - amazing mocha and sharing Nachos with chilli. Best we have had in a long time. Second time - coffee (mocha again) and fantastic cake....Third time - on our way home for breakfast, again fabulous. Made to feel extremely welcome on all occasions. Highly recommended and will visit when we are in the area again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2023

Hi Jackie, I'm so sorry, I've only just seen this! Thank you so much for a fab review.... As soon as you mentioned mocha's... I knew exactly who you were lol. It was lovely to meet you both, and we look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 4 November 2023

Hadn't been here before despite having spent more than 40 summers in Brockenhurst. I have been missing out. Breakfast was beautifully cooked, perfect poached toast on generously buttered toast, crispy bacon and sausage sandwhichees and what I am told was the creamiest chai latte my...youngest had ever tasted. Food was piping hot and reasonably priced. the cakes looked delicious, so maynbe next time we will go for a sweet treat.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

Hi Sue, Thank you so much, for such a lovely review.... it means the world to us to have such kind feedback. We hope to see you again on your next visit. Take care, Fleur & Paul. 😊

Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

What a superb small cafe/bistro. Only about 6 tables, breakfast was fantastic, service great hard to find places like this gem

Date of visit: September 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2023

Hi Michael, Thank you for a fab review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Take care, Fleur & Paul. 😊

Reviewed 31 August 2023 via mobile

We booked a table for a lunch as we had seen all the very positive reviews by previous customers and it’s dog friendly. What a good decision that was, a delicious homemade lunch in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff. They offer a very good...choice on their menu and the food is freshly prepared and cooked and is well presented and extremely tasty. There is also a selection of cakes and tray bakes and the millionaires shortbread is absolutely amazing.We will definitely return when staying in the area again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2023

Hi, sjpSuffolk, What a fab review.... thank you so much. It means such a lot to us and our staff when we get lovely feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Take care, Fke Fleur & Paul. 🙂

Reviewed 6 August 2023 via mobile

We had a great cooked breakfast at The Retreat this morning. The coffee was highly rated by my coffee loving husband. Our dog was welcomed and made a fuss of and given some treats too. Thank you for welcoming the 3 of us.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2023

Hi Julie, Thank you for such a lovely review. We love our coffee.... so very pleased your husband did too! We're glad you enjoyed your breakfasts, and doggy too. With thanks, Fleur & Paul. 😊

Reviewed 22 July 2023

We are regulars here at this fantastic cafe- Fleur & Paul are great hosts who serve superb food and coffee. All the meals are freshly prepared by Paul who is a very experienced chef and Fleur bakes an impressive array of cakes etc. 5 Star...hygiene and everywhere is spotless- this cafe is run on a very professional basis and a joy to visit.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2023

Hi Ian, Thank you for a fab review, and such lovely comments. We always look forward to seeing you and April. 😊 See you both soon. Fleur & Paul. 😊

Reviewed 12 July 2023

Stopped for lunch at this lovely cafe. Food is divine, home made and delicious. Owners very friendly and service excellent. Breakfast looks superb and we wished we hadn’t booked breakfast at our hotel! Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2023

Hi Hazel, It was lovely to meet you both today.... Thank you so much for such a super review! We look forward to seeing you again when you are next down. Take care, Fleur & Paul. 😊

Reviewed 25 June 2023 via mobile

We stay in Brockenhurst every year and we always make sure we visit here at least twice on our trip with our bassett hounds! The breakfasts are delicious and all cooked fresh to order, great coffee and as always the staff are lovely! The dogs...love popping in too as they get a little bowl of treats! Will be trying the sausage rolls next time! You must pop in if you are visiting Brockenhurst! 5* everytime! See you in December!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2023

Hi Ruby! Thank you for your fab review as always. It was lovely to see you both and the hounds again. Take care, and see you next time. Fleur & Paul 😊.

Reviewed 12 June 2023

Its our annual trip to the New Forest , found this place last year, review listed in July 2022, same excellent food and service from the team and a warm welcome. See you on our next trip. Cakes and Sausage Rolls are a must have...with your coffee but plenty of other choices.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2023

Hi Denis, Thank you for a fab review again.... and it was lovely to see you back! Take care, Fleur & Paul 😊.

Reviewed 23 April 2023

We visited The Retreat because of the great reviews and we weren't disappointed! Lovely brunch........scrambled eggs & smoked salmon and bacon & mushroom bap and great coffee! And dog friendly too 😊

Date of visit: March 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2023

Hi Sophy, It was lovely to meet you both yesterday, and thank you for taking the time to leave us a fab review. Take care, Fleur & Paul 😊.

Reviewed 17 April 2023 via mobile

Amazing service, lovely food, home made cakes .. so reasonable amazing little place.. eggs where perfection.. cakes fabulous

Date of visit: April 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2023

Hi Trigger, Thank you for your lovely words, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again soon. Take care, Fleur & Paul 😊.

Reviewed 5 April 2023

Fleur & Paul really do know how make a great breakfast with a wide variety, not just the regular ‘Full English’ and super cakes too! A definite ‘must’ for us every time we visit The New Forest.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2023

Hi Pauline, Thank you for such a lovely review! It was lovely to see you both again. Take care, and we look forward to seeing you next time. 😊

Reviewed 27 March 2023 via mobile

Doesn’t look much from outside, however when you walk in there is an amazing welcome, table service and fabulous coffee and cakes!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Fleur Mccarthy, Owner at The Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2023

Hi Gilbert, Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, and your lovely comments. Take care, Fleur & Paul 😊.

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