I should state from the outset that I have not stayed at the Limewood (which I think would be amazing) but I have had lunch there several times. On Thursday I joined about 40 other local women for a fund-raising lunch for the local hospice. It is fair to say that the Limewood would have to select their menu carefully because we were only paying £29 for two courses, a glass of wine and coffee/tea. However, in my view, the management could have taken a more philanthropical point of view (as other local venues have done in the past) and perhaps offered canapés or an amuse-bouche with the welcome drink. The main course was a choice of baked cod on pomme puree plus pesto or roasted belly of pork. The cod looked delicious and tasted good according to my fellow guests. However, the belly pork was obviously very cheap as it was largely fat which was evident by the large piles of unconsumed "matter" left on the guests' plates. The sauce, to my taste, was not a good accompaniment for pork. Its base was tomato with black olives and I think parmesan cheese. It was oily and not very palatable. After the main course, the coffee/tea cups were placed in front of us before the dessert had been served. This was apparently to save time as we were having a presentation. The cups were half filled with tea but no cold milk arrived for at least 5 minutes - the tea was therefore no longer hot. The hot milk arrived prior to the coffee being served. The dessert was either chocolate hazelnut torte - which I had and was delicious - zabaglione with poached fruits or lemon cream and salted oats. We joked amongst ourselves that the delay in serving the dessert was probably because the zabaglione was not set "a la Master Chef". Sure enough, when it arrived it was just an oversweet plate of slop. Another guest said that the lemon cream was also very sweet. On the positive side, the hotel location and décor are exquisite, the staff are all extremely attentive and charming, but for such a prestigious hotel, it really missed the mark with the food offered. My friends and I decided to have tea on the terrace after lunch as it was such a glorious day. We had a great selection of leaf teas to choose from but then they forgot to give us a tea strainer! Your reputation has been severely dented on this occasion Limewood. How short sighted of you to offer less than 100% to a bunch of local women who would keep coming back, if only for special celebrations. With so many good restaurants to choose from in the New Forest, I will not be rushing to return to the Limewood to eat.
- 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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- Lime Wood Hotel Lyndhurst, New Forest