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Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor

3.9
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75 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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, featuring vineyards such as Marlings, Exton Park, Nyetimber and Goring.

Diners please note: Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to dine in the Cambium Restaurant.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 75 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.3
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4.0
ambience
3.5
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Later
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

quality of food good except that having asked for a burger to be cooked medium to well done it was raw. Everyone was apologetic & an alternative was provided at no cost but it took the shine off the evening. The booths were also not very comfortable. At breakfast there was a a lack of prepped fruit eg melon balls etc.-

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MaggieK
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great efficient friendly service. Excellent food. We ate from the Thursday Supper club menu - great value.

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GeraldG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The seating, the table and surroundings were excellent and the staff were perfect, particularly Anna the Italian `hostess` who chatted to us making us feel as though we were very important guests. The Hungarian head waiter was also most friendly. The food was most enjoyable too so what more could we ask for!

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SandraW
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Reasonable menu choice. We opted for the sharing plate of tandoori chicken and side dishes. The chicken was lacking a tandoori spicy taste which was rather disappointing. The onion bhaji was delicious. The restaurant was not busy so the service was good.

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SophiaS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was cold and bland and uninspiring and it wasnt cheap!

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

A limited menu made worse by some dishes not being available. The service was good overall, but food overpriced for what it was

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TomB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A bit underwhelmed. Staff were nice enough but food was average and overpriced for the overall experience

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JackB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The staff were very welcoming and professional but I wasn’t aware there would be a set menu with very little choice. My partner doesn’t like mushrooms so chose the bbq cauliflower over the wellington and did not like the cous cous which I also tried and wasn’t very pleasant. The Wellington was nice but I would say it reflected the price nor the fish tagliatelle starter.

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SueN
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great staff, very polite & the wine adviser knew what he was in about, can’t remember his name! Food was outstanding, we opted for the Thursday supper club, good choice of food & reasonably priced for either two or three course, you do need to ask about this menu though!

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vipEmilyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I found the food (BBQ Cauliflower) oily and of average taste. The service was OTT and we were asked several times to order whilst enjoying a pre dinner drink at the bar. The staff were trying to make it some type of 5 star dining experience which was weird given the setting and calibre. Prices were similar to London restaurants but quality did not compare. My partner had the steam and described it as chewy

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AdamR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, great service. What more could you as for?!

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Nick
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was beautiful, would definitely go back again. The service from the team was superb, the food was stunning and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. I suppose the company I was with wasn't too bad either! Highly recommend a visit.

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ChristopherP
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Over priced and disappointing. I had a lovely Rabbit starter however the tandoori chicken main course was dry and uninspiring. The desert wasn’t bad but neither is the chocolate brownie at Wetherspoons.

The service was friendly and helpful and the decor of the restaurant was fresh and light. Wine list was also unnecessarily complex (heard a few patrons make a similar comment).

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Samantha
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent! Delicious food and great customer service. Our waiter was brilliant and very knowledgeable about the menu. We went with his recommendations and were not disappointed! Can’t wait to come again.

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AbbieS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, the food was fabulous. Probably the best piece of beef I have ever eaten. Never without a drink, staff very attentive. Would 100% come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were trying out the new “supper club” on Thursday. Night and were delighted that we braved the awful weather as the food and wine were delicious and excellent value. Hope Cambium will continue with the supper club beyond January. The presentation and quality of the ingredients really shone out from the talented chef. We both chose the beef for the main course which was cooked to perfection. Hope to come again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was lovely, all very good and look forward to coming again.

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Niki
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully presented, beautifully served, beautiful tastes - a special treat experience

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Winna
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The setting was fabulous and the staff gave us a warm welcome.The wine waiter explained the different options of wine regarding our meal choices which was very helpful.The both meals we ordered were disappointing and overpriced.

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JohnC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our meal.. pork Belly was perfect.. I had cheese course to finish.. excellent also. Sommelier had superb knowledge and great choices with each course. I was happy with my meal and had a good night.

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LesleyT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Unfortunately my evening dining at this restaurant was most disappointing and I cannot understand how they have gained 3 rosettes as you will see. I dined on a Tuesday at 7.30pm which was the first evening of their week with it being closed on a Monday so when my order was taken I was told that the starter I had chosen had been sold out which is definitely not good preparation for the week ahead. I didn't choose another starter and just went for the lamb as my main course. I was seated at the table and my starter cutlery had still been left on my setting and then I was given two slices of bread with hummus and a butternut squash dip. My main course was with extra cauliflower cheese as a side, I had to ask for serving cutlery. The lamb came out rare but as I was not asked how I liked my lamb cooked it would have been the normal but unfortunately it had lots of sinew in the rump and I could only eat about half of the meat, the cauliflower cheese was very bland and not alot of cheese in the sauce, the potatoes and the sauce vierge were really tasty. The waitress (who was lovely) noticed the lamb before I said anything when she collected my plate and unknown to me spoke to the restaurant manager who came over and apologised and said the main course wouldn't be charged for which I thought was a nice gesture. I then had a pineapple tarte tatin for dessert, which again was disappointing the cold pastry circle had just been placed on the plate with a browned ring of pineapple on top there was no bubbling caramel which is what you would expect from a tarte tatin this was served with cardamom ice cream which was lovely. I must admit when I go away which is quite often I always choose somewhere with good food as I am a complete foodie but this totally put a damper on my stay and sorry to say I will not be eating again at this restaurant.

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CarolineL
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The quality of the food was excellent, although portion sizes were very small. They did provide some nice homemade bread with dips though, which was a nice touch and helped fill us up!

The wine was also rather expensive, but the Service we had was good. Overall, a lovely meal in nice surroundings.

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BeckyB
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a nice evening, but it wasn’t flawless, as you might expect for the money.
The bar area is dated with old fashioned saxophone jazz music playing. The service was oddly formal and just wasn’t smart yet relaxed like we hoped it would be.

Food wise, my crab cakes didn’t have enough crab in and my husbands pork belly dish didn’t have a glaze or a sauce which he felt it needed.
But my husbands starter (octopus) and my main (lamb) were really delicious.

The breads, wine and dessert we shared were all excellent.

So all in all we had a nice evening, but I’m not sure we would go back. As the meal cost £135 (with one bottle of wine) and I’m not sure it’s worth it.

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Wamela
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Sorry, but cannot think of anything good to say, other than the staff were all very friendly. My husband had crab cakes to start, and couldn't taste the crab. I had roasted root vegetables - very uninteresting. We both had pork belly, but the skin was soggy instead of crispy. Came with prawn dumpling and pak choi - thought it might be interesting, but was tasteless. Waiter was very good and deducted it from our bill - thank you. The barman making cocktails made a very below-average Long Island Iced Tea - I didn't feel as if I'd had a drink. And he made even worse espresso - we gave up after two attempts. Hate to be so negative, but couldn't wait to leave - didn't even stay for dessert!

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vipsammy
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice decor and food, but it didn't wow me. In addition, we had a drink before the meal in the bar but the maitre'd insisted on taking money for the drinks before we went to the table, normally you would add it to the restaurant bill and settle up in one go, it was almost as if they didnt trust us, since I booked via the open table app they should have known who I was, we didn't just walk off the street, made us feel a little unwelcome

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DavidC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue , fantastic food and service . I would strongly recommend the place to eat out in . Carey’s manor was excellent with a great range of restaurants and food

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rob3000
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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HelenM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LesleyJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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

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SaturdayGirl
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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DanielC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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RichardB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DanniK
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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DianaB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
vipJanetB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant rather than hotel quality food.

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MichelleD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JJ
JohnJ
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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ALaindeLansd
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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harefieldfoodies
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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StephenM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor is rated 3.9 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gifts.careysmanor.com/category/dining-vouchers/.

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