Shining a light on Lighthouse restaurant revamp

FAMILY-friendly seaside dining is the inspiration for Milford’s new Lighthouse restaurant which opened for the first time on 4th July when lockdown restrictions eased. Located in the former Marine Café on Hurst Road, the iconic...

Goldilocks pub Bear of Burton ‘just right’ after £2m revamp

ACCORDING to an inscription on the wall of the Bear of Burton, Goldilocks “woke in a fright, jumped out of the window and ran away – never to return to the Three Bears’ snug...

War-inspired idea for Forest-wide recipe sharing

A HANDWRITTEN Second World War cookbook has inspired a project to encourage older people in the New Forest to share favourite recipes with the next generation. The lockdown cookbook scheme will bring together a collection...

Indian restaurant warned after police push for alcohol ban over flouting lockdown rules

A RINGWOOD restaurant which flouted lockdown rules by selling beer to takeaway customers has been allowed to keep its licence to sell alcohol. India Cottage, which is based in Christchurch Road, was instead issued with...

Sheila cooks up a new village eatery in Brockenhurst

BROCKENHURST’S parish council chairman was one of the first customers at a newly opened food shop as the village looks to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. Cllr Pete Wales was at the head of the...

Fresh hope this year’s Lymington Seafood Festival will still be held

THERE are fresh hopes that the Lymington Seafood Festival can return this summer after town councillors agreed use of the Bath Road site for an extra day to allow social distancing. However, speaking on behalf...
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‘Fairy dust in buckets’ transforms unhappy pub into cosy tearoom

IT has stood forlornly by the side of the road. A once thriving New Forest pub that seemed to have lost its way. But after new owner Rachel Rabbetts took over the Hobler Inn and...

How Vicky caught a break when the chips were down

LIKE many business owners Vicky Webster feared lockdown would prove disastrous. But with a loyal clientele and by embracing the digital world, her Christchurch chip shop – Captain Cod – has been busier than...

Plea for shoppers to ‘stay loyal and stay local’ after lockdown

A RALLYING cry has been issued for people to “stay local” and continue shopping with their community’s independent producers they have discovered during the pandemic. Many customers have been praising the small, regional businesses they...

Tasty ways to boost the immune system and beat the lockdown blues

AS the lockdown slowly eases, some of us may be feeling the effects of being cooped up with too little exercise and too many takeaways. But there are delicious ways both to get back to...
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