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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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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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11:00 - 15:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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1 - 10 of 494 reviews

Reviewed 6 days 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 !!!!!!!!!!

1  Thank Catharine L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

2  Thank Alex B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pros. The staff were polite and the pub seemed clean. However the food was very average. The burger i had was nothing to write home about and was a tad burnt around the edges. The car park is very small and the prices are a...More

Thank teeman89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For me, this ticked just about every 'box' when it comes to dinner at a pub venue. The perfect weather only added to the perfect visit. Easy to find - tick Parking - tick Doggie friendly - tick Fenced garden - tick Clean modern toilets...More

1  Thank Lynn Rhiannon S... G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back at the beginning of May my husband and I took a few days break in Rockbourne. We were an hour early so couldn't book into the lodge, so we stopped off at the Rose and Thistle. It was bank holiday Monday and very busy...More

1  Thank annemay75
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful charming pub with friendly and welcoming staff and very dog friendly too! Excellent Sunday lunch, served by a lovely friendly member of staff. Lovely beer garden at the front too! Last orders for Sunday lunch is only served until 2.15pm so get in early!...More

1  Thank suzanne o
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been frequent visitors to this pub for several years, always found the staff helpful and cheerful, menu not extensive but always good tasty food and decent portions too. Good beer selection to meet all tastes and well kept which is important.

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here service was friendly and efficient food was very good the wine list had a good selection I would highly recommend the rose and thistle and I am looking forward to my next visit

1  Thank cjw1511
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Visited while on holiday. Very quiet on the night we visited , which made the atmosphere a bit flat, maybe worth a visit towards the end of the week. That said, the barman on that night was very polite and welcoming. I had pork belly,...More

Thank pippo2294
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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
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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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