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Afternoon Tea at Forest Lodge Hotel, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Afternoon Tea at Forest Lodge Hotel

4.3
4.3
86 Reviews
£25 and under
Afternoon Tea
Formerly the Georgian Dower House of the Northerwood Estate built in 1820 and used as a hunting box by King George IV, the restaurant new chic interior is complete with walnut tables, potted plants, interesting fabrics and contemporary artwork, creates a warm and inviting space for a casual dining experience.

Offering a contemporary twist on 'Alice in Wonderland' our afternoon tea with delicious sweet and savories is the perfect way to enjoy one of the most quintessential of English traditions in one of the most beautiful settings.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 14:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    023 8028 3677
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Lyndhurst
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 86 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

86 Reviews
  1. KarenG

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic afternoon tea. Great food and drink ( loved the white chocolate mousse ) Every member of staff that served us were so friendly. A lovely setting as well. Very pleased. Thank you

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  2. MarkH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely setting and excellent service. Thanks!

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  3. HeleneB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great quality home made afternoon tea, great service. My son flagged a dietary choice last minute and brownies were cooked there and then for him. Thank you

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  4. PaulineR

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly accommodating staff. Food good too much but boxes provided to enable us to take home cake and scones. Very enjoyable.

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  5. AngelaT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st class, hotel was lovely . Staff were amazing & very polite. The afternoon tea was delicious. Would love to return.

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  6. SallyP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A full gluten free afternoon delight. Good service. An enjoyable afternoon.

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  7. SarahW

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fifth visit and as always did not disappoint. Thank you!

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  8. CatyG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great afternoon tea with great staff. We will definitely return, thank you

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  9. EmilyP

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The selection of sandwiches and cakes etc was good, but considering there were only a couple of sittings we felt that the food had been sitting around a while when some of the preparation could have been left until the last minute so the food felt fresher. For example, small pastry tart had obviously been cut in half and crusts cut off sandwiches a good while earlier.

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  10. LucyF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, nice, varied selection. Very friendly staff who regularly replaced our teapot! Really lovely afternoon with friends, and we didn't feel rushed even after sitting, chatting and eating for 3 hours!

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  11. KarenA

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was well catered for gluten free. Would have preferred less sweet and more savoury, but was all tasty.

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  12. janb

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not enough variety or quantity of sandwiches , sausage roll nice, chocolate cake dry.
    Afternoon Tea at Forest Lodge HotelResponded on 4 January 2023
    Thank you for the review Jan, we will look into the feedback you have provided to make some positive changes. Kind Regards. Reception.

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  13. FernN

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, the staff were attentive and gave us lots of pots of tea to go with the food. It was quiet as we were the only people booked in but just lean we could have a really good chat. The room was set up for Christmas and was really pretty. Just a perfect time.

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  14. LorraineG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice afternoon tea in lovely hotel in New Forest. Staff friendly and efficient. We have visited before so know it’s worth a trip through stunning New Forest. Yes, we would definitely return and absolutely no complaints.

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  15. KarenA

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found the staff very friendly and helpful, gluten free options for the afternoon tea were really good. The chef was really helpful as we had booked a cream tea by mistake and he quickly did us an afternoon tea one of which was gluten free.

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  16. JasonS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    No kids option, kids get a slightly smaller version of the adults tea but still get charged full price. Food it’s not what kids want to eat so a shame they do not cater for kids and to charge full price is very poor. For adults it’s very nice.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The afternoon tea was wonderful the food was absolutely lovely and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely go again when next in the area.

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  18. Nets

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting, Amazing afternoon tea and very attentive staff

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  19. LizP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff at the Forest Lodge were very friendly and helpful. The food was lovely, we had afternoon tea. A great choice of of things to eat, and plenty of it. We never once felt rushed and nothing was too much. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

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  20. WendyM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a nice atmosphere and very good staff. Food was nice but too much sweet stuff and could have gone with a little more savoury options. But we enjoyed it in the lovely new forest.

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  21. Jenni

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality of food was not great the scones had so much baking powder you could feel it on your tongue. The quality of the cakes were below average and the restaurant was like a canteen. Tea was a bircher tea bag and there was no service after the food was brought over we ever walked out to reception and no one was to be seen. Relatively cheap for an afternoon tea but poor value for money

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  22. PhilB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a afternoon tea booked for four people plus hotel accommodated at short notice for few extras people. Staff were very helpful and no request was too much trouble. Made us feel welcome and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Would highly recommend hotel.

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  23. Paul

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good afternoon cream tea just lacking in atmosphere because we were the only ones there.

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  24. SalH

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice location and very good food/tea - quiet at time of visiting but still had to wait 20 mins for bill otherwise good experience

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  25. Flojo

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect discreet but friendly service. Lovely afternoon tea. Would go again.

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  26. AmandaG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely afternoon tea for pre mother's Day celebration. Only comment is that there could have been more music in the room as it was a bit too quiet at the start but lovely foodz service and a great place

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  27. SarahA

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was lovely but was disappointed with the scones which were very dry. The price is way too high! £20 for 2 would be better for what you get. The service was amazing! The lovely lady who served us was friendly, polite and did her job very professionally. I would recommend if the price was lower.

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  28. ThaisW

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good value but nothing too special about it. Wish the arancini was warm.

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  29. JamesG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was excellent The dining area was very utility and lacked atmosphere and a window outlook

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  30. Judi

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Location just on the outskirts of Lyndhurst, with plenty of parking spaces. Friendly reception and attentive service throughout. More than enough food and of a high quality. Price included unlimited supply of tea/coffee. Dining room, light and spacious. Definitely would go again.

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  31. malteaser

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable afternoon tea. The sandwich fillings were tasty and the sweets were really good with a variety of flavours including some less common like Earl Grey and black sesame. The scones were slightly disappointing as they were a bit dry and didn't seem fresh, and unfortunately they didn't have any Darjeeling tea. But overall a lovely experience and I'd definitely visit again.

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  32. RobinN

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent afternoon tea location. Food was very good - both savoury and sweet sections of the meal. Quantity was vast and enough to take a little home as well. The restaurant area was quiet and nicely set out - could have a touch more individuality to it if the furniture was less standardized though. Overall, excellent experience.

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  33. sharnel

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice, would definitely go again and highly recommend

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  34. TheKnitter

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon tea. Well organised & friendly staff Food very tasty would have liked more sandwiches Definitely would go back

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  35. JulieH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service lovely place food was lovely all staff friendly and helpful.

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  36. RebeccaL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff were really nice and service was good. After I booked the table I received a link to the afternoon tea menu. When we arrived there was a different menu on the table and what arrived was again a different selection. Unfortunately as someone who is fussy with sandwiches I couldn't eat half any of the savoury bits. Had I known it would have been different I would have asked about it before the food came out - this was booked as a virgin experience and was part of my 30th birthday present so i was a little gutted that I couldnt even eat half of it. Had it been the same selection as on the menu I received when I booked the table then I would have eaten it all. My husband, however, really liked one of the sandwiches and the pork pie but two of the others seemed liked they were missing fillings - one was literallt just pickle and another was just purly tomatoes - we hadn't mentioned any allergies etc apart from a general dislike of fish so I don't see why there wasn't even just a bit of cheese with either of them? Unfortunately they brought it out and left so quickly without explaining any of it to us and we didn't see them again until we were ready to leave so couldn't ask about it as they left the room and there was no one else around.

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  37. AnthonyF

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good and plenty of it although more savoury and less cakes would have been even better, staff were friendly and service very good and it was quiet but it was not busy.

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  38. Franjo

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Quality of the actual tea was good but literally no atmosphere, the decor was quite dilapidated and service was simply absent.

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  39. ChrisD

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall the food was good, need to maybe have a better balance between the sweet/savoury options as the sweet part was a bit heavy for me

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  40. DeliaE

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very average, a shame as it was a present from my son.

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Google Map for Afternoon Tea at Forest Lodge Hotel

Pikes Hill, Romsey Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7AS

Additional information

  • Area
    Lyndhurst
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 14:00–17:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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