Harden's survey result
“You won’t be disappointed” by this pretty Arts and Crafts hotel which, say fans, remains “excellent in all areas”. New chef Matthew Whitfield arrived in 2019 fresh from a stint at Eleven Madison Park in New York, and delivers “very good” cuisine, much sourced from the organic kitchen garden.
In a chocolate-box village, this wisteria-clad arts and crafts hotel lost its star in 2016, and “while reviews of late appear to be mixed”, fans say they’re “yet to have a duff meal at this fabulous little place”; extra marks for “discreet service who anticipated our every need”.
This New Forest hotel has had its ups-and-downs in recent times, with critical survey feedback echoing the loss of its Michelin star in late 2016. Reviews are seldom all gloom though – even a reporter “very disappointed” generally said service was “exceptional” – another read “lovely location but overpriced for what it is… unless you like croquet, in which case spend the afternoon in their garden and then it’s not overpriced at all!” Perhaps the appointment of a new General Manager (Andrew Nightingale) in August 2017 will get it firing on all cylinders.
“Time after time after time, they deliver great food with exceptional service” at this high-end New Forest inn, which also boasts “delightful” garden views; “yes, you pay for it, but it’s still value for the (lots of!) money” by all accounts.
At the heart of one of the New Forest's most beautiful and historic villages lies the multi award-winning Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel – it has three AA Rosettes and is run by NEW Head Chef Matthew Whitfield who recently returned to the UK from one of the world's top restaurants. Working under renowned chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park, Matthew has extensive experience at a succession of Michelin-starred restaurants. His style of cooking is modern and refined using the best of the New Forest and the hotel's own produce to create dishes that take local provenance really seriously. Matthew's food engages all the senses, bringing a sense of theatre to the table with dishes such as smoked partridge - served under a cloche, the smell of gorse burning in the New Forest drifts into the air engaging the diner within an age-old practice integral to the national park. He picks the vegetables for the daily menu himself every morning from the restaurant's kitchen garden.
Our extensive selection of excellent wine, champagne and cheese won't disappoint and our expert staff are always on hand to help suggest the perfect choice to complement your meal. From a relaxed lunch or evening meal to lavish weddings and private functions, The Terrace is the place to eat in Hampshire. Opening Times: Closed on Mondays. Lunch - 12-2.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Dinner 7-9.30pm Tuesday to Sunday. Dishes change frequently to reflect the availability of local seasonal produce.
|Wine per bottle||£36.00|
Luxury New Forest hotel The Montagu Arms has announced the appointment of new head chef Matthew Whitfield, who returns to the UK after working at one of the world’s top restaurants.
Matthew joins the award-winning Terrace restaurant fresh from the three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park in New York – currently ranked fourth in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
The famed EMP has been in the top five of the world’s restaurants since 2016 and was the first American restaurant in 14 years to be named best restaurant in the world in 2017.
Matthew Whitfield, who worked at EMP under renowned chef Daniel Humm, has previously, worked for a succession of Michelin-starred restaurants, including the two-star Sea Grill in Belgium and the one-star Driftwood restaurant in Cornwall, where he was head chef.
Originally from Southampton, Matthew, 30, is returning to the Montagu Arms six years after working there as head pastry chef.
He champions modern British food, creating innovate, light dishes that reflect the natural flavours of fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Matthew is looking forward to building on the great work of his friend and former colleague, Matthew Tomkinson, who leaves The Montagu Arms after 10 years at the helm of the Terrace.
PRIVATE DINING & BANQUETING
Steeped in 17th century history our three luxurious private dining rooms offer distinctive charm and elegance. Outstanding banqueting options and unrivalled service makes private dining at The Montagu Arms an exceptional dining experience.
Sample the delights of delicious gourmet cuisine designed by our award winning Chef, to capture a delectable and exciting range of flavours, textures and aromas to excite your taste buds.
From conferences, Christmas parties to lavish weddings, our country house hotel offers undisputed sophistication and mouth watering dining to ensure your social events and meetings are a great success.
The Montagu Arms Hotel also offers the perfect intimate setting for a funeral wake. At this difficult time, we are on hand to offer our support and ensure that the reception runs exactly as you and your family want. We are able to work around your specific needs, often at short notice and of course will always take into account the requirements of those travelling and any other arrangements that need to be considered on the day.
We are happy to cater for special dietary requirements and our staff are pleased to answer any queries that you may have.
Planning a private dining event? We would be delighted to discuss your private dining room, choice of menu and offer any advice where needed. Please contact Clara Earp, Conference and Events Co-ordinator on 01590 614981 or enquire online.
The Terrace, Montagu Arms Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A wine-tasting dinner is always a good test of a chef’s ability to match his culinary vision with classic wines, in this case Burgundy supplied by a well-known London merchant, and a very good start was made with perfectly balanced jambon persillé and a Rully 1er cru followed by lemon sole grilled to a T with its sea shore vegetables, crayfish and a Dijon mustard sauce, which was washed down with Chassagne-Montrachet for a classy finish. For us the outstanding dish of the evening was rose veal rump accompanied by some amazing glazed snails and lovely celeriac with a tarragon emulsion served with two wines, a beautiful Chambolle-Musigny, round and full of fruit, and a fairly stern Pommard, which gave the distinct impression of needing more time to come round and promising to be a great wine. A powerful époisses was well matched with an equally powerful Marc de Bourgogne, and the yummy dessert was loaded with textures and tastes, the caramelised gingerbread, poached pear, dehydrated sponge and vanilla ice cream making the palate sing along with the delightful Macon-Viré. Matthew Whitfield clearly demonstrated his skill and showed a great deal of confidence, born of his time at some top restaurants."
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|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|