With everything from luxury Michelin starred and AA Rosette restaurants to cosy, country tea-rooms and friendly old inns serving fine food and ales, the New Forest has an extensive range of eateries and drinking holes where you can relax and refuel during your stay. An evening meal or afternoon tea at the 17th century country house hotel, The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu is perfect as part of a romantic break where you can experience a wide range of award winning cuisine in opulent surroundings. For families, the pretty village of Ashurst has several family friendly restaurants close to the beach and with New Forest ponies grazing nearby. Music fans might also enjoy a trip to the East End Arms in Lymington which is owned by John Illsley, bass guitarist in the band Dire Straits.
Pretty coastal towns including Milford on Sea and Lymington contain a fine range of seafood restaurants serving freshly caught produce or travel into the New Forest to experience country pubs in Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst serving an excellent range of locally sourced cuisine. For lighter bites, the New Forest offers a picturesque range of tea rooms. Relax at The Station House near Burley set within a converted station and featuring plenty of railway memorabilia on display or at Exbury Gardens' choice of tea rooms with beautiful surrounding floral scenery.