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...
Burley Manor food review

Burley Manor: mouth-watering Mediterranean menu inspires a warm reaction

SET in eight acres of parkland overlooking a red deer sanctuary, the Grade II listed Burley Manor Hotel underwent a £1.8m refurbishment two years ago which coincided with the launch of its Mediterranean-inspired, locally-sourced...

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...
Basil on the beach in Newquay

Have pet, will travel: Basil the labradoodle’s top 10 dog friendly hotels in southern...

MOST Brits enjoy four holidays a year – three of which will be staycations in the UK. So wouldn't a top 10 list of dog friendly hotels in the south of England be handy...

Milford Italian opens 30-seat courtyard garden

AN Italian restaurant in Milford has opened a 30-seat courtyard garden to coincide with the appointment of a new head chef. Ray’s Italian Kitchen was launched in December 2018 by local businesswoman Stacey Crouch, who...
Pig beer

Family trio hoping beer enterprise will turn out to be a Pig success

A LOVE of good beer has led to a family trio setting up their own micro-brewery in Brockenhurst on a former pig farm. Based at Setley Ridge Vineyard, the aptly named Pig beer has been...
Master Builder’s

Basil goes walkies… to the Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard

With thousands of dogs and their owners in the New Forest and Christchurch, Basil the Australian labradoodle (with a little help from his mum Karen Lindsey) is casting his eye over the some of...

New Forest pubs on the rise as customers say small is best

THE New Forest’s pubs are slowly recovering after their numbers dropped to a 16-year low in 2017, according to official figures. Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for 2019 show there were...

The Crafty Tap offers real ale fans a real treat

HAVING to taste more than 100 different beers is a tough job – but when you are opening a new craft ale bar, someone’s got to do it. In this case it was owner Ben...
Burley Manor food review

Burley Manor: 15-mile menu takes local to a new level

INSPIRED by subtle Mediterranean influences, Burley Manor has placed local producers at the very core of its latest dining concept – the 15-mile menu. The picturesque Grade II listed hotel already commands something of a...
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