Woodlands Lodge Hotel, Bartley Road, Woodlands, Southampton, SO40 7GN
Sitting pretty on the edge of the beautiful New Forest, this three-star country house hotel is simply a must-visit. Not only is this the ideal starting point for exploring the New Forest (which can be accessed via the hotel gardens) and the many nearby attractions, but the luxurious surrounds are also home to the AA-rosette-awarded Hunters Restaurant. The hotel’s very own walled kitchen garden provides a wealth of organic vegetables and fresh fruit – you can really taste the difference in the resulting dishes. Sample dishes include a starter of Lymington scallops with leek and pancetta ballotine and a main of pan-seared duck breast with griottine jus, roasted vegetables and tarragon mash. Stunning views from the restaurant over the mature gardens, together with the inviting and informal ambience, make this an even more attractive dining destination.