We booked a private dining room for 14 people a couple of months ago to celebrate a colleagues retirement as we thought Limewood would be a really memorable venue.
We started with a private room to have pre dinner drinks. On arrival most of the staff didn't know where we were meant to be. Once in the room it took a long time for orders to be taken and the drinks to arrive. It would have been helpful to have had sight of the menu at this stage but we were ushered into the private dining room before being given them. Another twenty minute wait.
First courses were fine as far as I could see. Main courses fine for most of us. The vegetarians however had a different experience. Mushroom risotto was really dull and as most people said should have had some salad with it.
Vegetarians who had the pasta dish found that they were eating minced veal! As my wife said I haven't eaten meat for over 25 years and particularly not this. The maitre'd was very apologetic but did not offer anything else to replace it. She went home hungry!
All in all a less than encouraging experience. The hotel did reduce our bill to reflect the poor quality of their service but I would much rather have paid the full amount to have had an enjoyable evening without avoidable glitches.
We won't be going back there in a hurry!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel in England, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and just an hour and a half drive from London. We like to think of ourselves as a luxury country house hotel with a difference. We've used Lime Wood's classical structure as the basis of our design but we've lovingly renovated it with a fresh approach, reviving its architecture and grounds. We've kept the spirit of its past, taken inspiration from its extraordinarily beautiful surroundings and added the odd contemporary twist to bring it to life. The food is by Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett. With its proximity to London, our New Forest boutique hotel really is the ultimate countryside getaway; perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or an escape from home; whatever your motivations, we can't wait to show you around. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lime Wood Hotel Lyndhurst, New Forest