Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor

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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, featuring vineyards such as Marlings, Exton Park, Nyetimber and Goring.
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JC
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.

LT
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.

CL
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.

BB
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.

W
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!

s
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

DC
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

r
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.

HM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LJ
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

SG
London
6 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.

DC
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!

RB
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.

DK
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.

DB
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
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant rather than hotel quality food.

MD
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
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.

AL
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.

h
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.

SM
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.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

AW
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall2food1service2ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
143 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.