For me, this is a place I visit quite often for coffee with friends, but today was a special treat. We were here for lunch.
Even more of a treat in store for Malcolm has he has never been here.
A drive through the New Forest is always a pleasure but when you live somewhere you rarely do any sightseeing, which is a pity really.
The drive, of course, can be slow sometimes ....
We did, of course, set off early and arrived with time to start the lunch with a welcoming glass of fizz!
Please forgive me. I have forgotten what they were called, just trust me when I say they were a gastronomic delight.
We were looked after incredibly well and were shown to a very stylish restaurant, with views of the gardens.
We opted for the Seasonal Set Lunch menu. There was the option of two or three courses and very reasonably priced.
A quick peek down to the bottom where the deserts caught my eye so the three courses would probably be the order of the day!
I always think it's rather rude to get the professional camera out in a restaurant (unless of course you're working on a commercial shoot) so I tend not to do it. Please take our word for it .... the food was delicious.
Of course, if you don't believe us, you can always go and try for yourself.
After lunch Paulo very kindly took us through to the lounge for coffee, after which we thought we ought to try and walk a little before getting back in the car.
But if you want to be a little more energetic, there's a forest ramble. Not for us on this occasion..... I do wonder where it goes though?
You could always extend your lunch to an overnight stay?
There are many options here. All seem to be quiet, private, and unique.
with a little more wandering and we came upon the Lake Cabin.
If it's peace, tranquillity and luxury you are after, then this is your ultimate escape to the New Forest ......it is, of course,