I have been going to the Chewton Glen since the early 90s when it was owned by the Skans (Scandinavian couple) and it has always been my favourite place to eat. Apart from a blip just after it changed hands a few years ago, it has been consistently good ever since. I now have the good fortune to live about 5 minutes away after moving to New Milton 3 years ago.
I had lunch in the Vetiver restaurant with a friend recently, which was excellent - even the bread rolls were delicious (especially the brown ones with fruit & walnut - I wish they sold them but it wouldn't be good for my waistline!)
The service, as always, was impeccable - polite, friendly and attentive. I think £25 + service for lunch of this standard is pretty good - compared with other restaurants in the area which may charge similar prices or less, but the food and service (and the beautiful surroundings) at the Chewton Glen is far superior. James Martin started his career here and occasionally gives demos + lunch or dinner. I went to a similar dinner/demonstration a few weeks ago with Tom Kitchin (a superb evening.)
I recommend the Chewton Glen for lunch or a special dinner. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.More