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Rose and Thistle

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Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

See that plate of pork belly and veg? That was a perfect plate of food. Everything on it was scrumptious. There was also a delicious sticky toffee pudding which we shared. Our wee dog was welcomed as well. All in all, the very best place we have stopped at in three visits to the New Forest.

1 Thank J L
Somerset, UK
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

we had lunch here having done a lovely country walk around the area. The food was beautifully presented and very tasty and the staff were not only very friendly but extremely hard working and attentive. They were very busy, being an Easter weekend so not many tables available in the bar area where one can have dogs. More tables available... More 

1 Thank HedgehogJim
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely meal for ten to celebrate a birthday. Delicious food, amazing service. We will definitely return!

2 Thank SamanthaKirkcaldy
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We regularly go to this pub for lunch with friends and family. It's in one of the prettiest villages in Wiltshire. Food is always excellent. With a good selection of dishes to choose from. The vegetarian option is always interesting and has had considerable thought put into the dish. Good selection of real ales and carefully chosen wines. The staff... More 

1 Thank hamilton65
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is very cozy inside and is from the 1500s. The staff are very friendly and professional (Katy was very friendly). The bathrooms are super nice. The menu is very interesting and experimental, way better than your average pub. The food is very good. I ordered the bangers and mash and it was all home made and made with... More 

1 Thank Emma D
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for lunch with family no children's menu but happy to adapt everything was absolutely lovely and picture perfect setting would def recommend!

1 Thank Amy T
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food of the highest Quality..My first Experience of PUB food and Rose& Thistle made it extra Ordinary..Special mention for the below food: 1) Mushroom gravy. 2) Double Baked Cheese soufflé 3) Roast Beef Sandwich 4) R.A.T Burger 5) Toffee Pudding - Best in UK. Keep it up guys👍

1 Thank Munawar T
Winchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called in for a light lunch, my husband had thick pink beef and I had crayfish tails in a sandwich. Well filled sandwiches with pretty salad on the side, just right. We were so impressed that we are returning with friends in September.

1 Thank Caroline K
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We've used the Rose and Thistle for weekend lunchtime family meet-ups for several years and have always enjoyed the food, the location and the facilities, and received friendly service. I usually have the fish and it's always well prepared. Dessert has usually been fine pub fare - the seasonal crumble a consistent favourite - and we fondly remember the fabulous... More 

Thank James D
Ferndown, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I visited the pub with my wife on a day off for a mid week lunch. We have visited previously for dinner and were not disappointed this time. Food is amazing, good size portions and very tasty. I am not sure what previous diners have had, who have been disappointed with the menu or felt it is overpriced but personally... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1725 518236
The Rose and Thistle a beautiful 16th Century thatched pub is nestled in the picture postcard village of Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Outside is a lovely cottage garden to while away sunny days and watch the world go by. Inside is the perfect place to spend any time of year with the traditional interior of beamed ceilings, carved wooden benches and cosy log fires in the winter. Colin Beck our head chef works with local suppliers to create a traditional menu sourced locally and seasonally where possible. Our beef and pork come from the New Forest and our game is from the village, with Manor farm pheasant, pigeon and rabbit together with venison from the local game keeper. Fish is delivered directly from the south coast and vegetables are from local suppliers. The menu changes regularly but always includes favourites such as our famous home made steak and kidney pudding and slow cooked pork belly along side seasonal specials. We also offer a good range of bar snacks and lighter meals including Welsh Rarebit, Sausage and Mash as well as The Rose and Thistle sandwiches including rare roast beef, smoked salmon with watercress and the famous RAT burger with smoked bacon, emmental and hand cut chips! The Rose and Thistle, built around 1580, was originally 3 cottages and became a bakers which then later started to retail liquor. The first listed landlord was Richard Pope in the early 1890's whose photo can still be found on the gentleman's toilet door. The pub has had several colourful landlords over the years one of whom is rumoured to still haunt the building. In the 1970's the place was made famous for its seafood by Pete and Pam Reid and people flocked from all around to taste the lobster. A consortium of villagers then purchased the pub who later sold to Tim Norfolk all who maintained the places great reputation for food over the last 20 years. Tim retired in June 2008 when Kerry arrived, taking the pub from strength to strength. In late 2014 Chris took over the reins, with his friendly attitude and fantastic team you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious freshly prepared food.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?