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This famous and “beautifully situated” country hotel provides “a super experience all round”, from the grand dining room to the 130 acres of immaculate grounds. Chef Luke Matthews has led the kitchen for many years (he joined as a sous in 1993) and sends out many “gorgeously presented dishes”, although arguably “the wine list is the star of the show”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a meal here can seem punishingly “expensive if it’s not part of a room-plus offer” – perhaps dip your toe in the water with a “splendid afternoon tea”.
A “great and stately environment” is provided in spades by this famously luxurious country hotel, set in 130 acres on the fringes of Bournemouth. Culinarily speaking, it’s best known for its “unbeatable” wine list “to match the setting”, but Luke Matthews’s cuisine is solidly supported too, even if there is a perennial complaint in some quarters that it is “hugely overpriced”.
“One of the best luxury country hotels in the world in our opinion!” That’s the kind of support that has for so long maintained this famous retreat: a much-extended old house set in 130 acres on the fringes of Bournemouth, which for its many (plutocratic) fans is “an old favourite that always delivers”, particularly when it comes to its “exceptional wine list, with lots of interesting gems”. That you really “pay the price for this experience” is a perennial issue however, as is a sense that culinary results can be a little “stolid”. That said, the majority of reporters “simply love it here”.
This “very stylish” country house hotel, set in marvellous grounds on the edge of the New Forest, again split reporters on predictable lines this year. For fans it’s “still very special”, “setting a high standard (if at a price)” for “beautiful food, wonderfully presented”. Foes, though, in particular, just can’t get over the requirement for a second mortgage. (Given how grand the place is however, “it’s great the way they cater to small kids without hassle”.)
There are many magnificent hotels, but only a few of them can call themselves a true English Original.
Chewton Glen is a quintessentially English, privately owned luxury Country House Hotel & Spa on the fringe of the New Forest.
With some of England’s most stunning countryside rolling up around us and the calmness of the sea just moments away, Chewton Glen is an idyllic escape.
You wouldn't know we’re a mere two hours from London, easily reached by rail, air and road when you’re here, in such a tranquil setting. Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton are also nearby.
|Wine per bottle||£42.00|
EXECUTIVE HEAD CHEF
Luke Matthews joined Chewton Glen in 1993 and became Executive Head Chef in 2003. Born locally, Luke’s career journey started with a school work experience placement at the hotel, Luke then spent time working in the Channel Islands, Oxfordshire and, in the home of French gastronomy, Provence, before returning to Chewton Glen.
Regional ingredients, inspiring new flavours, and a focus on sublime, contemporary cuisine is the order of the day at Chewton Glen. A great believer in training, Luke Matthews is a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts and has supported this scheme for the last 25 years, with three apprentices currently being placed in the hotel’s kitchen brigade. Luke makes regular appearances at cookery demonstrations and exhibitions and has also appeared on the BBC’s popular ‘Saturday Morning Breakfast Show’ with his good friend and former Chewton Glen colleague, James Martin.
Chewton Glen Rd, New Milton, BH23 5QL
|Monday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm|