Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor

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49 reviews
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£26 to £40
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If you really want to understand just why the food and cuisine of the New Forest is so very special then you’ll need to visit Cambium. Cambium will take you on a gastronomic tour of Britain; from foraged mushrooms and Pannage pork, to game and the cheese, meat, vegetables and fruits grown and created all over the UK – not to mention our own kitchen garden.

Head Chef Alistair Craig, believes the enjoyment of food should engage all of your senses and be a journey through taste and flavour.

As the UK has become a premier wine producing region, Cambium also boasts one of the biggest collections of English wines in the country, feturing vineyards such as Camel Valley, Ridgeview and Chapel Down.
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Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only disappointing part of the evening was being charged £35 for an £11 bottle of wine. Had a great evening, could not fault the food or the service.

HM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our first meal here. Lots of beautiful flavours. Thank you

LJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately this restaurant was very disappointing. It lacked atmosphere, sparsely decorated and very over priced for the quality of food. Sorry

SG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Elegant hotel restaurant. Good food with exciting choices. Flexible on-site chef who was able to meet all our requirements. Sommelier Michael recommended a very good wine to pair with our dinner. Overall, a dinner to remember.

DC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really outstanding food. Simple menu done really really well (we had the market set menu on our minibreak). Service was top notch, and the sommelier full of interesting facts. His red dessert wine pairings were really eye opening! Try!

RB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time using this restaurant,
Really warm friendly welcome on arrival.
Restaurant was clean, bright and airy.
Very pleasant comfortable seating and table location .

Service excellent, very attentive but unobtrusive staff.

Food too was excellent , unable to fault at all.

Value for money superb based on the meals we had on our visit.

DK
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten some of the best meals of my life in Cambium and this latest one was no exception. Everything tasted exquisite and all the flavours worked together. The head waiter was, as always, friendly, helpful and eager to share his extensive knowledge of wine. There were a couple of occasions where another waiter failed to notice that our glasses were empty and had to be prompted to refill from the bottle. Also, we were given the dessert menu to peruse but nobody returned to take our order for over 10 minutes which was a little disappointing. The noise level I've given is to reflect two tables nearby who had several shouted conversations over the course of our meal which I believe the staff could have reasonably asked them to curb. Still a great place to dine, we will definitely be back.

DB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the third time we have been to this restaurant over a few years. It is consistently good with delicious and innovative food . The waiting staff are well informed about the menu and are polite and efficient. We were very pleased to be seated in one of the 'booths' where other people's conversation was not invasive.

JB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant rather than hotel quality food.

MD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfectly cooked and the service couldn’t have been better. It was a really lovely experience and worth every penny.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our meal at the Cambium Restaurant. The service was friendly, attentive but not overpowering. The 3 courses were extremely well cooked and presented.

AL
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Cambium to anyone. Truly beautiful food. Fresh light flavours, interesting combinations that really work and a standard of cooking that would not be out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant - which is a real achievement in the context of a busy hotel. The service was attentive and precise. Real knowledge of the dishes which I like and charming throughout. This is a hidden gem. Go.

h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A good standard restaurant using locally sourced produce. We had a very good meal here, the spenwood cheese custard was divine! The staff were attentive but not overly so, even went out of their way to get a dessert for me that was on a menu in another on-site restaurant. The only gripe we had was that pre-dinner drinks took an age to appear, in the end my husband went searching for them.

SM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The quality of the food was excellent. Well balanced and just the right amount. Staff were friendly. Service was mostly good with one minor misunderstanding. The setting was great, and it was quiet with some soft background music which wasn't distracting.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was very relaxed, and the music at a soft level. He food was scrummy, of which I had a mushroom risotto, my husband the chicken, and ofcourse super sweet dishes.
We did ask the waiter to turn the table at a 90 degree angle so that we could both look into the room, rather than one person having to look at the hedge! You could ofcourse, put people sitting at those tables at a 45 degree angle. The head waiter was very obliging. It was a very pleasant evening.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service, wine recommended by Sommelier was perfect for the meal. Quiet atmosphere, perfect for a romantic evening celebration.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, knowledgeable and attentive staff, well laid out room ... private but busy .. not always easy to achieve a good balance ... Cambium did

JS
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extremely kind and attentive staff, fabulous food and wine, lovely atmosphere

AW
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and I must admit I wouldn’t have it any other way! Everyone was attentive and pleasant! For the first time I’m so glad service charge was incdluded in our bill!!! We will come back.

T
London
56 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice dining room, tables well spaced. Disjointed service with lots of different people constantly coming to our table, which made the meal not very relaxing. The food was showy but not very tasty - it was all a bit dry. Inedible dessert was taken off the bill as was an expensive and undrinkable glass of wine.

t
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal with great service. Easy to book. Thanks.

D
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Starters were very good but me and my partner both had the lamb for main and it was very chewy and flavourless don't know if it was a bad bit but both left half of it couldn't eat it

DS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out to celebrate Valentines Day at a romantic and intimate venue, and that is what we got.
The tables were well spread out, the staff, as always, were attentive but not overly so and the food was excellent!
We had the Valentine Tasting Menu, which had a wide selection and combination of tastes and the Beef Wellington did not disappoint, superbly cooked and very tasty.
The recommended wine (just to one glass for the whole meal) was a good match to most of the six courses and especially the beef.
The table through the open partition had a group on it who were noisier that the other "couples" tables in the restaurant but it did not disturb us too much.
We have been to Cambium a few times and it has always been to the same high standard from the greeting through to the good-night at the end of an evening of lovely food.

CH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were on the winter escape package. The menu was very different to that advertised. Food was quite bland. We were seated in a brightly lit corner, no candle, away from all other guest, right next to the waiters table. It felt as if we were on the staffs lunch table! No one checked on us therefore unable to give any feedback on food. Overall disappointing.

A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

I really did not enjoy our experience and would not recommend a visit. The food was terrible, including raw Partridge and barely an apology from the staff at such an obvious error. The rest of the food was not pleasant to eat, including the crab and grapefruit dish which was completely overpowered by the granita and the cod broth which was equally overpowering. The tasting wine didn't come out at the same time as the food - surely something easy to get right? Even the espresso martinis were incredibly bitter and not a pleasant finish to the meal at all.

C
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at dinner was absolutely sensational - and served with impeccable timing and attention. In our party there were 2 pescatarians, one with sea food allergy, one vegetarian and one meat eater. There was plenty of choice for everybody. The fish chowder and hake were absolutely delicious. It was lovely to be served freshly baked bread - the treacle bread was a particular treat. The wine selected perfectly complemented the food.
The dining room decor was elegant and adapted equally well to evening dining and morning breakfast. Breakfast offered wonderful variety - Bircher muesli, chia pots, gorgeous fruit salad, plus all the usual pastries, hot food buffet and a la carte options also. Service was great.
Highly recommend Cambium. Can’t wait to return.

DA
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We chose to dine at Cambium on our last night at Careys Manor as a treat, having enjoyed dining in the French Restaurant the previous night. However, we were disappointed by the chaotic service in the Cambium. Despite reserving a table for 1930, we were invited to our table at 1920 whilst still enjoying our pre dinner drinks in the bar. Arriving at our table at 1930 we were almost immediately served our starters followed swiftly by our pre dinner nibbles... a little odd! The food was of an acceptable standard, as one would expect and all staff were very courteous and attentive. However, there was a distinct lack of coordination throughout.

DW
New England
142 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a quiet weekday night and had a lovely round table in the corner. Wait staff was very attentive. The breads and spreads were outstanding! Disappointed in the plain green salad, which I asked for, since it wasn’t on the menu. Better to Oder things on the menu. The soup was creamy and good and the eggplant in puff pastry was delicious. Spiced hake was fine. Waiter convinced us to get a carafe of wine, which was as much wine as a bottle and more than we’d wanted.

KM
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and attentive staff and absolutely gorgeous puddings!!! The bread and dips to begin with were amazing. If I were vegetarian I would recommend checking the menu in advance because there wasn't a huge choice on the main menu but I am pescatarian and the fish was delicious.

H
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughters and I have a very pleasant dinner.The service was excellent and the ambience was just right

SA
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was clean and the food was amazing.
The staff were courteous and attentive.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Our table opted for the tasting menu which for £65 pp was lacklustre, boring and disappointing, I actually found a long black hair in my dessert, they did comp me for this however it’s not what I expect from a fine dining experience. Drinks were not well made and the glasses were not clean. I would not attend again unfortunately.

KL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh and vibrant food with exceptional service. Expansive wine list and very informative and pleasant sommelier.

JA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing,I had Lemon Sole for starters and Hake for main, the fish was cooked perfectly. My husband had Duck Terrine and then Pork Belly which was very delicious. The staff were very attentive, but at the end they did forget our coffee. Wine expensive but you would expect that in a hotel. Would definatly recommend and would return.

CM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Professional, welcoming, well trained and friendly people. Made the dining experience exceptionally pleasant and a joy to have partaken of the food and drink on offer. A purely personal observation is that we both felt the main course food chosen was slightly over seasoned. However this should not be seen as a disbarment to eating at this establishment and enjoying a fantastic meal in lovely surroundings supported by excellent people.

P
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A good meal at a fair price. Service is good. Ambience could have been better. It is a shame there were no table cloths, which I had expected for a 'fine dining' experience. However I would go again.

JT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A nice restaurant. Exudes good quality. Attentive service. An excellent choice of starters, mains and desserts. We are tee-total but observing the sommelier at other tables it is clear that the wine selections available are excellent.

DB
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal with a good choice of dishes, each one prepared and presented in an imaginative way providing a wonderful dining experience.

DC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff made us feel welcomed and looked after from the moment we arrived. The recommended rose wine was absolutely lovely and it was interesting to be able to find out more about this Spanish gem that we had never tried before. Food lived up to expectations. Overall a perfect birthday meal.

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