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Rose and Thistle

Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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17:00 - 22:30All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Why didn't TripAdvisor tell me about the Rose and Thistle before. This pub has ambience, friendly and helpful staff. A well stocked bar and the food is just excellent. Especially the Steak and Kidney suet pudding. My wife's Hake was also excellent. You must visit...More

Thank Dlucken
Reviewed 3 days ago

Tucked away in a lovely village ( somewhere between Salisbury and Fordingbridge ) It is an attractive thatched pub on the outside and even better inside. The interior is immaculate and beautifully laid out. It is in two small areas with the bar between. The...More

1  Thank Chilli48
Reviewed 5 days ago

Staff could not be more friendly or welcoming We were recommended to come here by a local from the next village and she was quite right as the food was excellent Suggest you book ahead on Friday or Saturday evenings as it gets very busy...More

1  Thank johnsavage23fd
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice on our recent trip to the New Forest and had a good meal both times. The bar staff were very welcoming and the look of the pub is so appealing, a lovely garden at the front, books and board games in...More

2  Thank AG_Man_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

A regular stopping off point for lunch when we are out walking. Friendly staff excellent food. Whether you eat outside in the garden or inside by a log fire in the winter... always comfortable and welcoming.

2  Thank 22Jules
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled across this restaurant by chance! Booked a late table in a Saturday evening. No tables in the restaurant were available, but we were happy to eat in the bar area. We placed our food orders and were more than delighted with all 3 courses!...More

1  Thank Flapjack005
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this lovely pub for lunch with my parents during the week. My parents had visited here once before and loved it so much that they wanted to bring me to experience it too. We regularly visit the New Forest as a family and always...More

3  Thank Rachel P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was on holiday searching for a nice pub. After a recommendation to try it we weren't disappointed. Lovely village nice garden with plenty of room Staff were very helpful and pleasant The steak and kidney pie was the best I've ever tasted. A few days...More

3  Thank Bozzy54LondonEngland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

called in for lunch on the way home, have not been there for yrs and was not disappointed , good food and nice wine will visit again worth the trip.

2  Thank rupert c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a table at short notice & based on previous reviews so we're glad to be squeezed in. A beautiful sunny Sunday August bank holiday meant we could sit outside in the pretty & well kept garden. The staff couldn't have been more friendly,...More

4  Thank DaisyMaeLucas
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Questions & Answers
24 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good afternoon, Sample menus, which show our vegetarian options, can be viewed on our website, the link can be seen at the top of our TripAdvisor page. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact us... More
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
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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