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“Top quality food reasonabley priced”
Review of Rose and Thistle

Rose and Thistle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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.
wickham bishops essex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Top quality food reasonabley priced”
Reviewed 22 May 2011

You wont go wrong choosing this resturant, varied menu,fresh ingredients all served with a smile.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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“Superb lunch!”
Reviewed 28 August 2010

This beautiful old thatched pub is actually in the village of Rockbourne and after reading 2 good reviews we decided to visit and I am so glad we did as we have discovered a real gem!

I chose a fish dish from the specials board - a whole lemon sole in parsley and caper butter which was so fresh and beautifully seasoned and my partner ate grilled halloumi and red pepper salad which was delicious.

For pudding we had a cheese board with some truly gorgeous local cheeses and a lemon panacotta with blackcurrants. Truly, it was the best panacotta I have EVER eaten! Really silky and rich with tart blackcurrants.

The service was excellent and friendly even though they were very busy and we felt as though the chef had put a lot of love into his food. Well done to all - we will be back again soon!

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winchester
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“RAT”
Reviewed 23 June 2010

Fab food and great service,fine wine and tranquil setting, a great Pub with excellent dining

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Prince George, Canada
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“A great place to eat!”
Reviewed 13 October 2009

If you are visiting near the Salisbury area, we recommend you try the Rose and Thistle Pub at Rockbourne.
We had undoubtedly the best meal we’ve had in the past 3 weeks of travelling around the UK. It is a charming and quaint village pub, with impeccable service, and superb food and varied menu - our compliments to the chef and the pleasant and attentive servers. We had a grand evening.

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