Chef Matthew Whitfield’s call to Montagu Arms in quest for Michelin star

ONE of the New Forest’s top hotels, the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu, has changed its head chef as it continues the hunt to regain its lost Michelin star. Matt Tomkinson has been replaced after a...

New Park Manor: enjoy a taste of France at King Charles II’s favourite hunting...

SEVENTEENTH century grandeur meets contemporary chic at the warm and welcoming New Park Manor on the outskirts of Brockenhurst What was once King Charles II’s favourite hunting lodge and the home of his long term...

Rivalry sizzling in Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition

THE hunt is one for county’s talented butchers and producers ahead of the return of the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition. The popular annual meaty contest will be held at Eastleigh College where a...

The Borough Arms: new landlords make success of taking pub back to Victorian heyday

WHENEVER Carl and Debbie Millward drove past the Borough Arms in Lymington they’d look at each other and say: “Who on earth would take that pub on?” Well, the answer is: them! A year on they’ve...

The Bold Forester: brave £1m investment transforms Marchwood pub

THEY say first impressions count, and what a first impression the Bold Forester makes – particularly if you knew the pub of old, writes Chris Chester. Reopened only a few weeks ago, owners Debbie and Dwayne...

The New Forest Inn: a big slice of history – and the portions are...

THE New Forest Inn at Emery Down, Lyndhurst, is steeped in history and custom. It began life in the latter part of the 18th Century, when a group of squatters claimed a piece of land...

Rivaaz rated south coast’s best Indian restaurant in Curry Awards

THE hugely popular Rivaaz in Lymington has been named the Best Indian Restaurant on the South Coast at the prestigious Asian Curry Awards 2018. Hosted by BBC news presenter Babita Sharma, the dazzling black tie...

Martin’s medicinal mealtimes are spicing up care homes’ cuisine

A CHEF who has catered for celebrities is now providing all food and catering services at two charity-run care homes in the New Forest and Waterside. Martin Packard has worked in the food and hospitality...

Fresh food served to the classroom for Bartley Junior School pupils

NEW FOREST schoolchildren have been learning about how cheese, bread and jams are made as part of a national celebration. Year 5 pupils at Bartley Junior School took part in British Food Fortnight, which raises...

Champagne goes pop as English sparkling wine impresses chef to send sales fizzing

THERE is a far, far corner of a Hampshire field which is forever French. Famous Champagne houses are buying up land on the south coast to plant vines because our climate is perfect for growing...
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