Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hampshire
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Hampshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 203 restaurants in Hampshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hampshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Hampshire Restaurants
1. The Terrace, Montagu Arms Hotel International restaurant in Beaulieu
“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.
2. The Kitchen at Chewton Glen British, Modern restaurant in New Milton Chewton Farm Road - BH23
“I avoided the stuffier looking dining room, and went for the kitchen instead (a good choice)”, says one fan of the more relaxed option at this super-swish country house hotel: part of the cookery school. It doesn’t seem to be aiming for fireworks, rather “decent food, good value, helpful staff, and a really well-looked-after setting”.
3. Chewton Glen British, Modern restaurant in New Milton Chewton Glen Rd - BH23
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”.
4. Rick Stein Fish & seafood restaurant in Winchester 7 High Street - SO23
“For Winchester, pretty darn good” seems a fair assessment of this city-centre seven-year-old, which wins a good amount of praise for its “excellent” fish and seafood, “friendly and helpful service, and an atmosphere that’s lively and fun, without being noisy” (“a bit like an upmarket canteen”). Reviews are not consistent enough, however, for a more gushing endorsement: some dishes are judged “a bit run of the mill” and it can be “hard to correlate the experience with the price level”.
5. The Three Lions British, Modern restaurant in Stuckton Stuckton Rd - SP6
The Womersley’s “utterly reliable family-run restaurant on the edge of the New Forest”; the décor may be a tad ’80s, and the food – from ex-Lucknam Park chef Mike – may not always plough new furrows (“you can be guaranteed to meet an old favourite amidst occasional new dishes”), but it’s a winner overall.
6. La Piazzetta Italian restaurant in Midhurst 4 West Street - GU29
“A snip or three above the best chains: a pretty noisy, but very good, pizza spot right in the centre of this old market town” – an “Italian staple” with a “good and fairly priced menu”.
7. Cambium British, Modern restaurant in Brockenhurst Lyndhurst Rd - SO42
2018 Review: This New Forest-inspired restaurant boasts a menu that is completely local, sourced and farmed in surrounding Hampshire. Head chef Alistair Craig promises to add a ‘new dimension’ to classic ingredients and serve seasonal dishes inspired by nature. Too limited feedback for a rating, but such as we have is upbeat.
8. Hartnett Holder & Co Italian restaurant in Lyndhurst Beaulieu Rd - SO43
The “beautiful dining room” of this stylish New Forest country house retreat sets an upbeat tone for this celeb-chef’s out-of-town venture. There’s a general acknowledgement, however, that its Italian-style cooking is “pricey”, and although fans say it’s “well worth every penny”, others recommend avoiding the à la carte and timing your visit for the “great set lunch menus”.
9. Kyoto Kitchen Japanese restaurant in Winchester 70 Parchment Street - SO23
Miff Kayum’s “beautiful” Japanese won stellar feedback last year for its “incredibly good” cuisine, ranging from sushi to “stunning” sashimi (of a “butter-like consistency”) and tempura (“as good as those I’ve had in Kyoto”). “The care and attention that goes into the entire dining experience is second to none.”
10. Palm Pan Asia Pan-Asian restaurant in Winchester 166-167 High St - SO23
2019 Review: “As good as being there – from someone who lived there”, is one reporter’s verdict on this “impressive pan-Asian gourmet experience, that builds on classic Thai dishes with interesting taste combinations”.
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