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Rose and Thistle

) #2 of 22 Restaurants in Fordingbridge $$ - $$$ , British,
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
+44 1725 518236
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  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
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Open Now
11:00 - 15:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Rockbourne Rd, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 3NL, England
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1 - 10 of 487 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Have been frequent visitors to this pub for several years, always found the staff helpful and cheerful, menu not extensive but always good tasty food and decent portions too. Good beer selection to meet all tastes and well kept which is important.

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here service was friendly and efficient food was very good the wine list had a good selection I would highly recommend the rose and thistle and I am looking forward to my next visit

1  Thank cjw1511
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited while on holiday. Very quiet on the night we visited , which made the atmosphere a bit flat, maybe worth a visit towards the end of the week. That said, the barman on that night was very polite and welcoming. I had pork belly,...More

Thank pippo2294
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my family for a meal, having driven by the place for the past 14 years I felt it was time to drop in. I wish I had been sooner, the food was fantastic and the staff were very welcoming.

1  Thank stuch7581
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place on trip advisor Saturday morning, and decided to take a drive out for lunch. Beautiful pub in a little village off the beaten track, friendly attentive staff and a great menu. We had the RAT burger, and the vegetarian burger, which were...More

1  Thank Mark F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited The R.A.T. with my 19 year old son, based on reviews, here and surveying the menu on their web site. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Soup of the day, (french onion), and chicken liver pate` were ordered for starters. The soup...More

1  Thank henleybob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wed 7th June 2017. Having pre booked a table in this village located pub, first impressions were, a nice garden area in front of the pub, good size car park at rear. Inside the layout good, plenty of tables, we were given one by the...More

Thank G H G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My best friend and I meet up every month to catch up and have tried many pubs over the past 2 years The Rose and Thistle is by far the loveliest pub we have been to Amazing food,beautiful surroundings and the politest and happiest staff...More

1  Thank samjrenshaw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another fantastic evening at The Rose and Thistle. Top food and top service. Thank you to Chris and team. 😊

1  Thank SamanthaKirkcaldy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the Rose and Thistle on a quiet Tuesday lunchtime. The setting was pretty but we were not expecting more than a competently prepared pub lunch. In fact the menu turned out to be imaginative and varied and the food itself was delicious...More

1  Thank Jacqueline J
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Julia W
Are dogs welcome?
13 September 2016|
Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Good Afternoon Julia, Dogs are more than welcome to join us in our bar area. You are more than welcome to dine in this area as well but we would recommend to make a reservation in advance as we do get very busy and only... More
Do you have a children's menu and high chairs?
12 September 2016|
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Response from roseandthistle2011 | Property representative |
Hello! Thank you for your questions. We do not offer a children's menu or high chairs. Thank you, Chris
Hello, Could you tell me if you have disabled facilities? thanks
23 April 2016|
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Response from russbrimson |
thats a shame, thanks for your quick reply
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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