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Reviewed 9 September 2023

65th birthday meal second visit the staff are friendly and attentive the food was well prepared and delicious. drinks are a little bit pricey but who cares when its a celebration

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

Superb food, service was also excellent, not rushed, décor was what one would expect just from looking at the outside, comfortable and traditional. Nothing was too much trouble, we were made to feel very welcome and felt our custom was valued. One of our party...has an allergy and this was taken into account with the offer of adapting the preferred dish. We were a group with age ranging from 4 to 70. Looking forward to our return visitMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023

Disappointing meal. Good vegetables poor beef and lamb. Wouldnt come here again. Shame, nice thatched building. No one listening to our complaint.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 30 March 2023

This restaurant never fails to please. Excellent food, freshly cooked. Service is excellent with attention to detail. Extensive menu. It is a go to restaurant when we make one of our regular visits to the area. Dog friendly. A little gem!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 4 March 2023 via mobile

If you want friendly service, building with character, dog friendly, with vegetarian options, this is a brilliant place. Food was lovely.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2022 via mobile

My family and I had lunch at The Old Cottage on Christmas Day. The food was absolutely delicious - and no need to pre-order - which is amazing for Christmas Day. There was an excellent choice on offer, too - for all 4 courses. What...was even more impressive was that the 2 people who are gluten intolerant were able to choose exactly what they wanted before the day - and their food was made gluten-free for them - so they had the same choice as the rest of us. The service was also excellent - efficient and friendly. I highly recommend The Old Cottage - and we will certainly be going back again in the New Year.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 6 December 2022

Came here for Sunday lunch. Very cold inside. No one to greet us so we and another family hung around waiting. Seated next to the radiator (not on) and the window. Still chilly but never mind. Waiter took order for drinks - no ice in...mine please. What house red do you have? - Don't know but I'll find out. Drinks arrived with ice. Hoicked it our with my fork into a spare wine glass. Ordered one starter (duck) which was good. Mains were roast beef. Two fair sized slices with a Yorkshire pud on boiling hot plates. Cold dish of carefully counted out veg on the side. It was the meat that was the real problem. One each of our plates one slice was tender and tasty the other was uncuttable and inedible. The waitress was very apologetic and offered a free pudding but no meringues (egg shortage). The sorbet was great even if not weather appropriate. One cold cup of coffee and nearly £50 later we left, turned the heater up in the car to get warm. On reflection I could have bought a joint from the amazing local butcher and cooked this myself for a third of the price. Sorry if I sound like I'm whinging on but this was supposed to be a treat and turned out to be anything but. The staff were not rude and did what they could but we won't be going back.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 19 November 2022 via mobile

We originally went to Ringwood to go to the Tai restaurant, but it was closed. So we searched for another place with vegetarian options to have lunch in. So glad we found this place. Delicious food, cozy atmosphere and friendly staff. Proper home cooked food....Freshly made and very tasty. Would highly recommend. Especially for vegetarians.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 23 October 2022 via mobile

This was our first visit but definitely won't be our last. The lamb shank was so tender and steak cooked perfectly. The vegetables were cooked well and not to hard. Lovely atmosphere and music playing in the background. Carol was our waitress who was friendly...and knowledgeable about the menu.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 October 2022

Tried this place whilst on holiday and we really enjoyed it. Lovely old building, friendly staff. We had a new waitress who was on her first day.... and what an excellent job she did!. AMAZING FOOD!!! . Good choice on the Menu and everything cooked...on site, including all the deserts. Very impressed, would high recommend!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 October 2022

We had not visited The Cottage for a long time - big mistake! 4 of us decided to visit today for lunch, which was excellent. ( I'm a stickler for hot plates, no problem here!) Paul, Karen and the team offer such good service and...nothing was too much trouble. Highly Recommended and very good value for money.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 1 October 2022 via mobile

We were a group of 6, and had chosen this restaurant based on recent reviews. The starters were okay, although the coating on the duck in the duck salad was too overwhelming and sweet. On the main courses, the rack of lamb (served as cutlets?)...were good. The medallions of filet of beef were acceptable but questionable as to being filet. The worst main was the king prawns, which were seriously over cooked. They were served with chips, which were the most disgusting side we have ever experienced. Probably cooked several days ago and inedible. The cod main was overcooked and flavourless. We complained about the 2 fish courses but got no feedback from the kitchen. We asked the waitress for a comment from the chef, and she said he had served perfectly cooked food! He didn’t have the courtesy to come and discuss our complaints with us. We said we were not prepared to pay for the mains that we had complained about so they did take them off the bill. However they did try and charge us for a starter that we hadn’t had. Overall a poor experience and certainly wouldn’t return.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022

Amazing choice of food on the menu, there was nothing that I would not eat. The only problem with the meal was choosing what to eat. The food was perfect, and the service was excellent. Will definitely be going back. It was the best meal...I have had in a restaurant for ages.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2022 via mobile

Another amazing evening. We have been here many times now when we travel to the new forest. Paul the owner and chef never fails to impress, his passion for great food always shines through. The service again was excellent and a big thank you to...Karen for her service with a smile, nothing was to much trouble for her. We can't wait for our next visit. Although Mia can't talk, she was also so very happy about her visit, we could just tell by her empty bowl :-) Thank you all again to everyone for making this another memorable visit.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 17 August 2022 via mobile

Lovely restaurant! We visited for a family meal and we we all had a fabulous home cooked roast dinner. The lovely lady who served us was very helpful and accommodating to all our needs. We will certainly be returning to try the other mouth watering...dishes on offer here!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Hi we are offering deliveries and takeaways ,also the Restaurant has now reopened. Thank you for your interest
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Yes, I believe so. In fact, I think it has been for a while.
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HI, Paul is still the main chef but we do have two other chefs as well.
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  • Food: 4.5
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