Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hampshire
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Hampshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 202 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. 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”.
3. 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.
4. Restaurant 27 French restaurant in Southsea 27a Southsea Parade - PO5
“The best restaurant on Portsea Island – by far!” is probably a fair verdict on this “professional” and ambitious ‘global French’ establishment, just off the seafront, praised for its “delicious” cuisine allied with “knowledgeable, yet also friendly” staff.
5. Pebble Beach French restaurant in Barton-on-Sea Marine Drive - BH25
“Lovely views from the terrace over to the Needles” (“try to grab an outside table on those rare sunny days”) elevate a trip to this “light, airy establishment”, and by all accounts Karl Wiggins – who took the helm from longtime chef Pierre Chevillard in 2018 – has more than risen to the challenge, with “delicious”, “straightforward” seafood remaining a particular highlight.
6. Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Milford-on-Sea 98 High St - SO41
“An unusual concept: you tell the server if there’s anything you don’t like and how many courses you want and they will concoct a menu around that – mainly fish but with the occasional meat item”. That’s the deal at David Wykes’s “small-but-exciting” ten-year-old where “everything is presented beautifully, the taste is superb and service efficient and friendly”. “Go out of your way to visit!”
7. Elderflower British, Modern restaurant in Lymington Quay St - SO41
Former Club Gascon chef, Andrew Du Bourg and wife Marjolaine’s “friendly” five-year-old is “well-positioned near the quay” and bills itself as being ‘quintessentially British, with a sprinkling of French’. Ratings were very high this year, celebrating “remarkable food cooked with precision and flair”: in particular the “excellent taster menu which is modest cost, given the quality” – four-, five- or six-courses for £45, £55 or £65: “lots of different flavours, enticingly presented”.
8. 36 on the Quay British, Modern restaurant in Emsworth 47 South St - PO10
With “boats bobbing outside”, this “lovely small restaurant with rooms on Emsworth harbour” (complete “with a gorgeous sheltered courtyard”) “feels like being welcomed into someone’s home”. A fixture for more than 20 years, it is now run by chef Gary Pearce (who joined the kitchen as a teenager before working at Le Champignon Sauvage) and his wife Martina – under whom ratings have risen for a second successive year.
9. The Black Rat British, Modern restaurant in Winchester 88 Chesil St - SO23
After over a decade in action, this “atmospheric” gastropub just on the fringes of the town centre “continues to produce some of the most innovative food” in these parts: “interesting ingredients are used to create balanced and intriguing flavours in dishes clearly made with love and care”. Expansion may be afoot, as owner David Nicholson recently submitted plans for a new kitchen and two new dining areas.
10. The Pig British, Modern restaurant in Brockenhurst Beaulieu Road - SO42
The original and some say “the best” of the six country-house hotels in the ‘Pig’ litter put together by Robin Hutson, the founder of Hotel du Vin. The “laid-back atmosphere” and “shabby-chic look” have won over a legion of fans, who say it’s “good for a date-night and a stay-over” as well as “great for kids, who can run around outside between courses while you chat”. The dining room – a “glorious orangerie looking out over the gardens” – reflects the sustainable, home-grown ethos of the kitchen, although the cooking divides opinion: some reporters have enjoyed “fantastic food”; others describe an “interesting but very limited menu that won’t appeal to everyone’s tastes” and is “overpriced for the quality”.
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