Fave Places to Eat and Drink

I have given up on Lymington a bit for eating out.  There are goodish places but nowhere that is exactly excellent.  The Fisherman’s Rest is a pleasant foody pub, but remember it is still a pub.  Near Lymington are: the East End Arms, East End;  Gordleton Mill, Hordle; the Crown Inn, Everton.

Gordleton Mill is consistently pleasant and has a wonderful waterside garden – almost Monet.  I have a few pictures of the garden which will get posted.           http://www.themillatgordleton.co.uk/restaurant.htm

My favourite restaurant is sadly not so near, it is Oxfords in Oxford Street, Southampton.  This is stylish, cosmopolitan feeling and consistently on target.                         http://www.oxfordsrestaurant.com/

My friend swears by Pebble Beach in Barton.  This has always been good when I have been but I don’t like the ambience so much.    http://www.pebblebeach-uk.com/

If you have the money go to Les Mirabelles at Nomansland.  Claude the patron runs a real French restaurant which is excellent.  Be careful you don’t go wild on the wine list, it will cost you.  http://www.lesmirabelles.co.uk/

Some people rave about Chewton Glen.  It has a superb reputation, is very good, but I never feel comfortable there.  Too many flunkies make me nervous.

That’s today’s food rant over.  For drinking Lymington is quite a bit better.  My preferred pub is the Kings Arms in St Thomas Street at the top of town.  Why? – because it is still a boozer despite doing great Sunday lunches and having music at the weekends.  http://www.kingsarmslymington.co.uk

The Kings Head on Quay Hill can be quite buzzy at night.  The Bosun’s Chair on Station Street is a good sports pub with a great garden.

The East Arms’ public bar is still a country pub bar despite the old lounge bar now being a restaurant.  A great place to go to after a muddy walk with dogs.

Chequers in Woodside is a good pub to walk to with or without dogs.  A big garden, smoker friendly and cosy in the winter.  http://chequersinnlymington.com/Chequers_Inn_Contact.htm

Not in Lymington, but near enough, is the White Horse in Milford-on-Sea .  This is a completely traditional pub even though it serves shedloads of food.  In the last ten years I have been frequenting it it has not changed.  One of the bar staff has been with the landlady for over 18 years, the chef started his career there as a lad.  If you don’t like change go to the White Horse.

That’s my pub rant.  Oh! don’t try New Milton for pubs, they are awful.

About Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes. Childhood spent in Milford-on-Sea. Now lives in Bridport (recent move). Educated in Art Schools - Winchester, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Worked as art administrator: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Midland Group, Nottingham; West Midlands Arts, Birmingham; Gateshead Garden Festival; Arts Council; Minories Art Gallery, Colchester; West Midland Arts. Also involved with the former Limpets Restaurant. Keen sailor.
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