We stayed at the Montagu on the 26th July for one night. This was to celebrate my wife's 30th Birthday, so I was very keen for the hotel to live up to expectation and it didn’t not disappoint.
We arrived at the hotel early as I had had a Spa afternoon booked at the sister hotel; Carey's Manor. Check in was easy and attentive at the montagu. Carey's Manor is about 10 minutes down the road from the Montagu. By chance we met the owner of the hotel at the Montagu and he made our trip between the Montagu and Carey's Manor a joy, ensuring we arrived and were returned by the compliments of the hotel. It was also fantastic to understand he was there delivering fresh veg from his own home to the Montagu restaurant. As a selection of produce is grown in his own estate. The Spa afternoon and lunch in the Thai restaurant were all fantastic. The facilities great and the staff a credit, they can't do enough for you.
On our return to the hotel we were shown to our room. I went for an upgraded room and was not disappointed. Yes they could be a little more plush, but then that wouldn’t be in keep with the hotel. The rooms are clean. We had a shower room and a bathroom, so very spacious. Products in the room are good also, White Company.
We enjoyed the garden in the later afternoon for a drink, absolute wonderful setting. Drinks are on the more expensive side, but didn’t make me gasp. Quality establishments don’t charge cheap prices. My only one feedback item would be they don’t serve small snacks in the day, other than afternoon tea, which would have been nice. But I do understand that, given the restaurant does quality food for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. You can't overrun the kitchen with adhoc orders.
We dinned in Terrace restaurant and had the taster menu. The whole experience was wonderful. Quality food and drink offered throughout in a wonderful setting that looks over the gardens. The staff in the restaurant are A1. The staff have experience coming from the likes of the Fat Duck and Mid Summers House so the advice and knowledge given is fantastic. The food is local produce cooked perfectly with modern techniques, compliments to the Chef.
The breakfast was also wonderful, fresh fruit, homemade granola, jams. Full English, the full works. Probably one of the best breakfast I have had in the UK.
Overall I wouldn't hesitate to return, as we will be. The service is one of the best; if not the best I have had within the UK. The quality of the produce on offer and superb staff makes for a wonderful stay.
Sorry for the long review, but I wanted to ensure I covered everything!
- 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