RestaurantsHampshireBeaulieuSO42

survey result

Summary

£86
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

Summary

£86
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

Summary

£96
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£100
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

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Owner's description

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.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.00 £30.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 50.00 Lunch only 5
Menu2 90.00 Always available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£14.00 £38.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Portions
Yes
10, 30
No dress code
50
11+ D

The chef

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

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

Reviews of The Terrace, Montagu Arms Hotel Restaurant in SO42, Beaulieu by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Terrace, Montagu Arms Hotel restaurant.
John S
My wife and I ate here on three occasions, ...
Reviewed 2 months, 29 days ago

"My wife and I ate here on three occasions, during a five night trip to the New Forest, (staying at the hotel itself). We had both the tasting menu and the four-course dinner menu, (on two occasions). The tasting menu was unique in that I didn’t leave the table wanting something more to eat. There’s an extra point for that! The courses were all delivered and explained by young, enthusiastic but professional staff. All the courses showcased the brigade’s considerable skills and none disappointed. Well, all apart from one aspect of the pork course, which had a dollop of what was described as “bacon ragu” placed on the plate from a small container. Dear god that was salty! While we are not by any means the kind of people who fall into a faint, when the subject of salt rears its head – we don’t like its overly enthusiastic use. In fact the whole restaurant, (and the adjacent “casual dining” establishment Monty’s Inn), suffered from a little “salt-blindness”. That’s only our personal preference, we didn’t hear anybody else complain, (we did in Monty’s Inn). The two nights we had the four course dinner menu, they were pared-down versions of the tasting menu and here you could have problems. The courses were of the same size as the tasting, which only having four – could leave you feeling a little hungry at the death. On both occasions we bolstered the quantity issue with another “boule” of the fantastic bread. We also heard complaints of the menu offering the same three choices, on each course, for all the nights we ate there. Not a problem for us as we had the meat options one night and the fish the next. Could be a problem if you stayed for any length of time. Note: dinner options in Beaulieu are limited to the Terrace and Monty’s Inn, unless you wish to drive. To accompany the tasting menu, you had a choice of two wine flights. A regular flight and a “fine wine” option. Being a bit of a wine snob, I thought I’d take the “fine wine” option and it didn’t disappoint. Worth more than the regular flight? Who knows but all the wines we had, (most delivered via the Corovin system), were pretty impressive. More impressive still was when one of the reds was produced - and I pulled a bit of a “face”. It may have been an impressive Burgundy, (for those who like the wines of Burgundy), but as I’m not the biggest fan of the Pinot Noir grape – I let my feelings be known. Without hesitation, the sommelier spun on his heels and returned with a very…very impressive bottle from the Ribera del Duero. That’s what I call great service. All in all a very impressive restaurant, with one point removed for the overly enthusiastic use of salt."

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Beaulieu, SO42 7ZL
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm

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