RestaurantsHampshireNew MiltonBH23

survey result

Summary

£105
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the most luxurious in Britain” – this grand and famous hotel on the edge of the New Forest elicits contrary reactions… frequently in the same report. Even those who complain that “the hotel is just a little overdone” can be bowled over by “food that deserves top marks” in the “very impressive restaurant”, run for almost 20 years by executive chef Luke Matthews. By contrast, another regular visitor notes “food which can be very good when it works, but is too often ordinary… great wine list, though”. The essence of such contradictions? – “lovely, but expensive”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£84
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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Have you eaten at Chewton Glen?

Owner's description

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.

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Always available 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£18.00 £44.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £6.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
16, 20, 20, 70, 80, 80, 14
No trainers
180
Yes

The chef

Luke Matthews

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
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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