The New Forest is a beautiful, romantic area full of rugged beauty, wildlife, and fantastic trails for exploring. Not only is the setting romantic, there are plenty of incredibly romantic restaurants for you and your date to enjoy as well. If you are looking for a great date destination and want a meal out, here are three fantastic choices for your enjoyment.
The Stag Restaurant at New Park Manor
Located on Lyndhurst Road, New Park Manor is located within the New Forest National Park between the towns of Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst. The building is beautiful; no one is sure exactly when it was first built, but in 1666 it was King Charles’s favourite hunting lodge. This is a beautiful and romantic country house hotel with plenty of period features and an amazing modern spa. The restaurant is incredible, but to make it even more romantic, consider staying the night (during off-peak times they often run special deals on staying and dining at New Park Manor). Expect to spend at least £60 for a couple to dine here.
The Stag Restaurant is small and intimate with views into the forest (often including deer). The food is beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, but what really sets this restaurant above the rest is the service. I have never been so well served and looked after anywhere. This whole place just oozes romance and intimacy from the candles and fireplaces to views into the forest and small touches like orchids and other flowers. This is my favourite romantic destination.
To view the Stag Restaurant menus and find out information about reservations, click here.
The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms
Located in Beauliu within the beautiful Montagu Arms hotel, The Terrace Restaurant has won attention both locally and further afield. Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson and his restaurant have earned a whole list of awards, including a prestigious Michelin Star. The food is seasonal, local, free-range, and organic whenever possible.
Dining here really is a sensual experience, with the beautiful food caressing your taste buds. The food is substantial, yet beautifully presented and almost dainty looking. This is, quite simply, a romantic restaurant. Expect to spend at least £100 on dinner for two.
To visit The Terrace Restaurant’s website, click here.
New Forest Restaurant at Chewton Glen
Nestled between The New Forest and the beach, locations simply can’t get more romantic than this. This is the type of place that you fantasize about visiting on a date, with both the beautiful forest and the chance to walk along the beach.
The atmosphere here is the stuff of movie sets. The restaurant is elegant, the bar is warm and cosy, and the dining space opens out onto a beautiful terrace with more tables and the aroma of the flowers wrapping around the area. It is simply beautiful.
The restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including several vegetarian and healthier options. The food is like edible artwork and stunningly presented. A three course a la carte dinner costs £65 per person; the 5 course tasting menu (including drinks) costs £115 each.
To make it even more romantic, why not stay the night at the hotel?
To find out more about the New Forest Restaurant at Chewton Glen, click here.