Rhinefield House Hotel
Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst, S042 7QB
Deep in the New Forest, Rhinefield House is a luxury retreat retaining many original features, set in beautiful private grounds for a complete escape from the world outside. The Armada Restaurant is an elegant wood-panelled dining room for people who appreciate the finest, freshest produce the region can offer, beautifully and artistically presented in such a way that every mouthful is savoured and revered. China and glassware provide a contemporary element and perfectly complement the presentation. In addition to the game of the day and varying fish and meat dishes, expect plenty of vegetarian options and also a grill menu. We chose Poole scallops and carpaccio of local wood pigeon, served with a miniature mushroom cappuccino to start; with fillet steak Diane and rack of Hampshire lamb to follow. We were also delighted with the apple and calvados sorbet palate cleanser which came between the two. The fruity sauvignon blanc recommended to us by the helpful staff was also superb. The dessert menu was inventive in its creations. We selected tiramisu with Tia Maria jelly and a raspberry lychee macaroon with rose pastry cream, Turkish delight and lemon sorbet. I couldn't resist a glass of delectable dessert wine, which complemented my choice perfectly. We then accepted the suggestion to enjoy our coffee and petit fours in the hotel's lounge bar, an ideal way to relax after such a feast. A three-course dinner for two is from £75. Wines range from modestly priced to the seriously decadent. Food of this calibre may cost a little more, but makes a celebration that bit more special - and we all deserve a little pampering now and then.