Sunday – lie-ins, cooked breakfasts, washing the car and a roast for lunch – that’s surely what they are all about?
Sunday lunch certainly comes high on our list – especially when it’s after a long walk or relaxing cycle ride – and the good news is that there are plenty of places that take pride in serving the very best seasonal and locally sourced produce, so you know your plate of food will take some beating.
Perfect Pub Lunch
Sunday lunch is family time – so it makes sense to choose somewhere that’s family friendly – and dog friendly to boot. After all, they’re one of the clan too. The Drift is New Forest Collection’s great little pub and restaurant, serving the freshest ingredients alongside premium drinks which have been handpicked from local distilleries, vineyards and breweries. The menu has something for everyone – from small plates such as crispy squid or soup, to main meals including Owton’s Hampshire sirloin, New Forest pork loin and Salmon fillet. The roast dinners are served with roast potatoes, roasted vegetables, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding (of course!) and seasoned greens.
Got room for dessert? We thought you might – especially when it’s warm chocolate brownie or rhubarb and apple crumble.
When it comes to the summer months, there is no better way to enjoy your Sunday lunch in the New Forest than outside – such as on the spacious terrace at Bartley Lodge. For the days where the sun isn’t shining, you can enjoy laid-back dining inside the orangery, the lounge or in the restaurant. The Sunday lunch menu is home to a variety of options and choices of meat, including slow-roasted beef, roast fillet of sea bass and roast chicken. They’ve got pudding covered too, so don’t worry – everything from white chocolate roulade to an ice cream selection. The only question is: one scoop or two?
With stunning views of the surrounding landscape, the orangery at Burley Manor is the perfect way to enjoy Sunday lunch, whatever the season or weather. You can also dine in the grand drawing room or one of the cosy lounges, or, if the sun is shining (it does sometimes you know!), you can also make the most of the outdoor terrace. The Sunday lunch menu is home to small plates; such as chicken, chorizo and butterbean stew; large plates include a variety of meats and fish – slow-roasted beef, roast Noah’s Ark chicken or pan-fried sea trout. Sundays are the one day when you can push the boat out, loosen the belt and indulge in dessert – whether that’s a zingy lemon tart or the delights of a cheese board.
Tucked away in the woods, Moorhill House is a wonderful hideaway to while away a few hours at the weekend. Not that anyone is keeping much notice of the time. With passionate chefs using fresh and locally sourced ingredients, you know you’re onto a winner.
There’s the choice of roast chicken, beef or sea bream as well as deciding where to dine – the cosy sitting room, garden terrace – or how about the sunny Forest Room? Decisions, decisions…