We took a two night Spring Break, booked directly with the hotel. Having read some comments on Trip Advisor since making the booking, I telephoned to ask if our room could be on the garden side which would be quieter. I also booked (required) two additional full cream teas for friends who would be joining us for the afternoon. This was all very diligently taken down, repeated back about choice of filling for the samdwiches etc no detail was overlooked or spared. We arrived in the early afternoon to find all the car parks and the lane full to overflowing, this was rectified by a member of staff moving their car!...we checked in and were shown to our room...on the road! We remonstrated and the Manager kindly moved us and upgraded, to a room fully overlooking the garden, a delight....pity about the painters in the corridor though! Once settled in, our friends joined us on a truly memorable hot sunny afternoon which made the 'Arms garden complete with fountain, absolutely stunning. Birds sang, Parasols raised, Tablecloths laid. The order was taken for the tea first ( best outside the RITZ in London according to an article in the local newspaper) where the 'Arms has recently won a prestigious award for it's Cream Teas. The tea arrived served strained into the finest elegant bone china...where's the cream teas?...they are coming! Our friends sandwiches arrived after a second ask, our cream and jam arrived but no sandwiches as ordered on the phone...and where are the scones?...they are coming! Without boring the reader, this went on for some time and became more like a Whitehall Farce than afternoon tea in a splendid setting. We got there in the end, but a bigger muddle could not be imagined. This said, the rest of our break was excellent. The Terrace restaurant meals from their Michelin starred chef were memorable for their execution, detail and sheer artistry. A starter dish of Scottish diver caught scallops on the ALC menu was probably the best I have ever tasted in a lifetime of gourmet eating. The grounds are superbly kept, and our room, Number 26 Hornbeam, was bright and airy with a wonderful view over the garden, very well appointed, clean and comfortable. Service in the restaurant was personal, and informed, yet unobtrusive. Reception could not have been more helpful making the whole experience, bar the farcical tea party, a very pleasant one indeed. The location couldn't be bettered for visiting anywhere in the New Forest and even the village and the immediate area just a few steps away, make the Montague Arms a true jewel in the Crown of Hampshire. Overcome the occasional quirkiness and you will have a very comfortable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Montagu Arms Hotel offers luxury accommodation in the quaint village of Beaulieu in Heart of the New Forest. The Michelin Starred Terrace Restaurant makes it the venue of choice for indulgently delicious fine dining with a taste of tranquil country life. The 18th Century Hotel is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, walking holiday or a midweek break; oozing traditional charm with its open brick fireplaces, oak panelling and impressive gardens. The historical village of Beaulieu is just 30 minutes from Southampton Cruise Terminal making us the ideal base both pre and post your cruise. The Terrace Restaurant has held its Michelin Star for 5 years running and pays homage to both tradition and innovation; whilst Head chef Matthew Tomkinson uses the finest seasonal ingredients available to create award winning dishes. We are not ones for passing fads, every ingredient has to deserve its place in our dishes. No gimmicks, Just great food.For a more relaxed meal, Monty’s offers wonderful home-cooked classics or country fare, whilst delectable Afternoon Tea can be served in our conservatory or gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montagu Arms Beaulieu
- Hotel Montagu Arms
- Montagu Arms Hotel Beaulieu, New Forest