The Rose and Thistle
Built in the 16th century, The Rose and Thistle is steeped in history. Nestled in the quaint village of Rockbourne, on the outskirts of the New Forest, this traditional pub is at the heart of the village community. At The Rose and Thistle, you’ll see London commuters and local farmers sitting side by side.
Inside, the pub has a cosy, homely feel. The restaurant boasts an inglenook fireplace that adds to the intimate setting, while the separate bar area is well suited to larger groups. You’ll find three real ales on tap, with popular choices such as Doom Bar, Butcombe and Ringwood Best. The bar staff are self-confessed cider fanatics so there’s always a wide selection of local cider to choose from, and wine-lovers will be pleased to see a selection of tipples from around the world available by the bottle and the glass.
The menu changes five times a year to offer the freshest seasonal produce. The set menu changes weekly, with two or three courses for lunch or dinner. Head chef Natalie recommends the twice-baked cheese soufflé to start, followed by steamed suet steak and kidney pudding – a long-standing favourite that has featured on the menu for over 25 years. For dessert, the amaretto and mixed berry meringue and sticky toffee pudding come highly recommended.
Lunchtime visitors can look forward to a range of superb sandwiches, including the ever-popular rare roast beef with horseradish, and the Welsh rarebit with slow-roasted tomato and bacon. The Rose and Thistle ploughman’s lunch is the perfect light lunch for two, featuring rare roast beef and local mature Cheddar alongside a pork pie and Scotch egg, with plenty more tasty morsels.
The Rose and Thistle is a true community hub that welcomes visitors with open arms; call in soon to see for yourself why it’s such a popular spot.