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Rose and Thistle

) #2 of 22 Restaurants in Fordingbridge $$ - $$$ , British,
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
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  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 13 min
11:00 - 15:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Having had quite a few Sunday lunches here, of which all have been excellent, we were disappointed with the food at our last visit. The pork belly was over salted, fish portion small, brownie was dry and tasteless and raspberry mess was all cream and...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I decided to drive out and on route we passed this quintessential village pub. The pate starter was very tasty and well presented. As it was a Sunday we both opted for the Rare sirloin Dorset beef roast. The plates were hot...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I came here with friends for dinner on Friday evening. What a treat! The menu is superb - just a little different from other local pubs and delicious with it! I had the spinach gnocchi with sundried tomatoes whilst my friends had the RAT burger,...More

1  Thank Alison S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had been recommended about this pub. Was not disappointed. The food was just lovely . I had the pork belly and hubby had the steak and kidney pudding. Both were fantastic. Will definitely be returning. Service also was excellent. Came away very happy.

1  Thank suz9245
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were going for a walk and we're looking for a good pub for lunch. We were not disappointed! We both went for the soup and sandwich combo and the only problem was the size - we really struggled to finish the enormous portion😂! The...More

2  Thank Jonathanhb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten here a few times and whilst the decor might seem a bit tired you cannot argue with the quality of the food. Quick, hot and delicious and the staff are very well trained and charming.Well done guys and keep it up.

1  Thank UKHoneymoonersUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The R&T is a lovely cosy old fashioned country pub. Our party of six enjoyed their meals which were wholesome and unpretentious. Four chose the pork belly which was unanimously a hit. The staff were friendly and attentive. It was our first meal there and...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had fish platter, soup and cheese sandwhich, great big lovely portions of very flavoursome food. The big plus point goes to the the clean modern cloakroom, with a basket of hand towels !!!!!!!!!!

2  Thank Catharine L
Reviewed 14 July 2017

My girlfriend and I had dinner here after frantically searching for a nearby restaurant, luckily they were able to accommodate us with only a few minutes notice. The restaurant has a quaint old-style feel, and the staff were very friendly and welcoming, The food is...More

1  Thank James S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I visited this pub after seeing the great reviews online and was not dissapointed! What a fabulous new forest hidden gem this pub is! It had such a cosy feel with its intimate setting and its big open fires! I had the soufflé to start...More

3  Thank Alex B
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Questions & Answers
Julia W
13 September 2016|
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good Afternoon Julia, Dogs are more than welcome to join us in our bar area. You are more than welcome to dine in this area as well but we would recommend to make a reservation in advance as we do get very busy and only... More
11 September 2016|
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Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Hello! Thank you for your questions. We do not offer a children's menu or high chairs. Thank you, Chris
22 April 2016|
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Response from russbrimson |
thats a shame, thanks for your quick reply
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1725 518236
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The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in the picture postcard village of Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Outside is a lovely cottage garden to while away sunny days and watch the world go by. Inside is the perfect place to spend any time of year with the traditional interior of beamed ceilings, carved wooden benches and cosy log fires in the winter. Colin Beck our head chef works with local suppliers to create a traditional menu sourced locally and seasonally where possible. Our beef and pork come from the New Forest and our game is from the village, with Manor farm pheasant, pigeon and rabbit together with venison from the local game keeper. Fish is delivered directly from the south coast and vegetables are from local suppliers. The menu changes regularly but always includes favourites such as our famous home made steak and kidney pudding and slow cooked pork belly along side seasonal specials. We also offer a good range of bar snacks and lighter meals including Welsh Rarebit, Sausage and Mash as well as The Rose and Thistle sandwiches including rare roast beef, smoked salmon with watercress and the famous RAT burger with smoked bacon, emmental and hand cut chips! The Rose and Thistle, built around 1580, was originally 3 cottages and became a bakers which then later started to retail liquor. The first listed landlord was Richard Pope in the early 1890's whose photo can still be found on the gentleman's toilet door. The pub has had several colourful landlords over the years one of whom is rumoured to still haunt the building. In the 1970's the place was made famous for its seafood by Pete and Pam Reid and people flocked from all around to taste the lobster. A consortium of villagers then purchased the pub who later sold to Tim Norfolk all who maintained the places great reputation for food over the last 20 years. Tim retired in June 2008 when Kerry arrived, taking the pub from strength to strength. In late 2014 Chris took over the reins, with his friendly attitude and fantastic team you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious freshly prepared food.
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