The Cartwheel Inn
Whitsbury, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AA
Set on the edge of the picturesque New Forest, The Cartwheel Inn has everything you could ask of a traditional British pub. A beautiful countryside location combines with a laid-back ambience to create a truly relaxed and inviting venue where guests can really unwind. Stop by with a few friends or bring the whole family for Sunday lunch and experience it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed. Now under the leadership of experienced and award-wining chef Paul Somerville, The Cartwheel has flourished, gaining a loyal local following and attracting visitors from all over the country. Paul is a passionate advocate of fresh local produce and every one of his delicious dishes is crafted with the freshest ingredients he can find. The menu at The Cartwheel focuses on classic British flavours, with a few more experimental plates thrown in for good measure. Starters range from a creamy leek and potato soup, served with freshly baked bread, to vegan sweet potato falafel with refreshing beetroot hummus. During winter, the gooey and indulgent baked Camembert is a popular choice too: studded with rosemary and garlic, this is comfort food at its finest. Although the food selection is subject to change, the kitchen team takes care to cater to for every palate all year round. If you fancy something spicy, why not opt for a main of delicious homemade Thai red curry? Or perhaps you’ll sample the delicate roasted hake, which is served with new potatoes, asparagus and a luxurious lobster cream. For burger-lovers, The Cartwheel’s famous beefburger is not to be missed: a mouth-watering stack of juicy steak, seasonal leaves, tomato, onion chutney, bacon and smoked Brie, this tasty plate is a feast of flavours. If you have any room left, be sure to sample the chef’s sumptuous desserts: the white chocolate cheesecake is perfectly complemented by a tangy raspberry crumble, and the cheeseboard is ideal for those who prefer a savoury treat. To accompany your meal, order a drink from the bar’s impressive selection. The range includes a variety of real ale, local cider, high-quality wine and spirits – if you can’t decide, just ask your friendly server for a recommendation. This excellent establishment intends to open more once its accommodation becomes available, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.