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Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor

4.1
4.1
134 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

The season writes the menus and the freshness of the produce determines the plate at this modern-British restaurant at Careys manor Hotel in the New Forest.

Head Chef Alistair Craig’s dishes pay homage to the British countryside, and embrace the nature of the seasons. Expect locally sourced ingredients from Hampshire and Dorset's rich larder with dishes such as Grilled south coast cod loin, green lentils, chorizo, capers and Slow cooked dingly dell pork belly and cheek, apple and kohlrabi.

Breakfast and afternoon tea is served daily with gluten-free and vegan options available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Afternoon Tea, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:00 Dinner Wed–Sun 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01590 623551

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Alistair Craig

  • Private party contact

    Francoise Gysemans: 01590 625204

  • Area

    Brockenhurst

  • Parking Details

    A large car park is available at the rear of the hotel and restaurant. Alternatively, drive up to the main entrance of the hotel and restaurant where a Valet parking service is available.

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes walk from Brockenhurst Train Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 134 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. GP

    GrahamP

    London

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We have regularly dined here when staying at the Hotel. The menu on this occasion appears quite paired back and not a great deal of choice to be had. There are also a lot of new starters of staff who tried hard but wasn't as slick an experience as you would expect for the prices charged. The dishes we had were excellent, the room offers a lot of space between each table so you do feel quite private which is nice.

  2. DW

    DebbieW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time - the food was very good, service was excellent and there was a lovely atmosphere there. We would definitely recommend it and look forward to returning.

  3. JK

    J4KSS

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant food and fabulous service. In fact it was everything you could want for a wonderful evening out.

  4. NW

    NeilW5

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Food was very good although very small portion size and expensive for what you get. The restaurant is very dated (multi function room in the hotel also used for breakfast etc), so not a nice experience. The service was like watching a creepy and gushy Laurel and Hardy show. 2x over the top waiters (sorry - one was just a sommelier - why? It’s not exactly a top notch fine dining restaurant) who were both ‘OTT’ one minute and the completely ignored you the next when you actually wanted something. Value for money - poor. Expensive, small portions, billed for two bottles of wine when we only had one and then they automatically added an additional £20 tip to our bill to rub salt in to the wound. I won’t recommend and won’t be back again.

  5. JO

    JODDY

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The surroundings in the restaurant are tastefully decorated. The service from all the staff was friendly and efficient without being obtrusive. Food well presented, tasty and a good choice available.

  6. RW

    RoydenWoods

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food at Cambium was sublime. Beautifully cooked and presented. A real joy in the heart of the New Forest. For me Soufflé, Wellington, Cheesecake - classics done to perfection. Attentive knowledgeable service in a delightfully busy hotel dining room.

  7. D

    Davey

    London

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were lovely, so warm and friendly and very attentive. The food was great! The Beef Wellington was perfect. Had a lovely evening. Look forward to returning soon!

  8. DL

    DLR44

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Unfortunately both my and my husband’s main course were overcooked, (medium rare steak arrived well done). The staff reacted quickly, removed our food and side dishes. The replacements arrived 10 mins later with fresh, hot sides and we continued our evening. We weren’t charged for our meals and were offered a glass of champagne. Team saved the night.

  9. DB

    DavidB

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Last time we visited it was more ‘fine dining’ than it is now, it was also twice the price. The menu is big enough, the food good, the service excellent and in fact of a standard where the food is twice the price! There is also an extensive wine list catering for all budgets. I would recommend.

  10. BH

    BenH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food and service were fantastic and we could have asked for a bette dinning experience.

  11. SK

    ShayKD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great service, good recommendations and delicious food. Would go again if I was in the area

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Lovely restaurant and wonderful food. Service was friendly and polite but a little disorganised

  13. AN

    ArinNL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the ambiance and the service was excellent and the food was very good too.

  14. CP

    ChrisP

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Great food. Great service and great experience

  15. R

    Rajii63

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    A pretty decent dinner and all day menu and good value. I think they could increase the number of vegetarian options (my wife being vegetarian). An interesting and well-priced wine list and exceptionally friendly and welcoming staff. It is also the hotel's breakfast venue and we both felt the breakfast was of a high standard and again with super friendly staff.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food! Great service and a really nice atmosphere

  17. H

    Heydon

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We were celebrating in the hotel where we'd had our honeymoon thirty years previously; and to which we've returned for significant anniversaries. This was our first time in the Cambium, and it did not disappoint. Friendly staff, good wines and fine food. We might even return before our fortieth.

  18. AB

    AngelaB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    While we had excellent service the food was very disappointing, the menu was not inspirational. It had been recommended by a friend and we are wondering what has changed. We are sorry as we had been looking forward th what we had hoped would be a special night.

  19. SB

    SarahvB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    We had another lovely meal. The background music was a bit funereal. The staff work hard but don’t always get it right. Food would come out but to the wrong table then get taken back only to be brought out again a few minutes later and delivered to the right table. This happened at breakfast too.

  20. SB

    SarahvB

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The all day menu is quite short but the food was delicious, very good service. Slightly difficult to hear the waiters etc as they obviously had to wear a mask while moving around the restaurant.

  21. P

    Patrick

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food excellent and staff very helpful and friendly

  22. GF

    GeorgeF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, great setting, very reasonable prices. Would recommend

  23. MG

    MartinG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wednesday 19 May 2021: Only 3 days into lockdown freedom the restaurant is running brilliantly

  24. M

    Matt

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Having booked for a special occasion I was excited to visit but was a disappointment. Food was ok but drinks were slow (25 minutes from ordering). After we’d ordered several other staff members tried to take our order again. On delivery of our mains we had to ask the staff members to clear the empty plates from our starters, along with having to ask for a steak knife so we could eat. The same also then happened when our deserts arrived and we still had a bowl of chips and sauce on the table! I’ve been here before for afternoon tea and had an enjoyable time, but dinner here vs other local hotel restaurants (including the one we visited for lunch on the same day) isn’t a great experience.

  25. PT

    PaulaT

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was stunning, especially the cheese soufflé which was superb. The staff were extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. The wine advice was very valuable. Overall a wonderful evening of a very high standard.

  26. WF

    WayneF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Vegetarian options very poor. The choices we had taste wise was bland. Left feeling hungry still. Saw the Duty Manager and suggested that they up there game with their vegetarian meals.

  27. SH

    SteffieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent choice for vegetarians, which is unusual in a restaurant such as this.

  28. AB

    AmandaB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and lovely attentive service. A really enjoyable evening.

  29. MJ

    MichaelJ

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good choice and Value, great service. A great lunch for our 47th anniversary.

  30. MR

    MatthewR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The food was lovely but the main course was not hot enough which let them down.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and I went to Cambium to celebrate his birthday. We had exceptional service and the food was cooked beautifully. Michael is their wine connoisseur, he’s the semi-finalist for connoisseurs in the UK and is very passionate about his knowledge and experience with wines. To make our occasion extra special we asked for a wine pairing with the Winter Menu, his expertise complimented the menu perfectly. Thank you for making our meal memorable.

  32. CD

    CliveD

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The restaurant is spacious, comfortable, attractive and relaxing. We visited during Tier 2 Covid restrictions spending two nights eating here as part of a two-day break and felt very safe. Although the menu had been reduced due to the situation we had plenty of choices including some tasty vegetarian options. Food quality and presentation was excellent and the service was prompt and very professional. The knowledgeable Sommelier was also very helpful offering some interesting pudding wine options when we got to that stage! Well worth a visit to this hotel and the restaurant.

  33. I

    Ihatebadfood

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Great place, good service, good ingredients but some dishes ( ham hock tart??????? And lamb shoulder( 50 gr of shoulder and 1 cutlet.....) Really poor unfortunately...... two side dishes x person ... why?there is no need if the dish is well executed ..... Salmon starter and bream( huge) main course very good.........Shame....

  34. DE

    DebraE

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Food / Great Atmosphere / Great Staff - thank you ! Special thanks to Prash (think that is how your name is spelt & Andrew - great service provided - Debra Etheridge

  35. PF

    PurpleFishie

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Further to our earlier, disappointing, meal; this meal was wonderful. My husband's Beef Wellington was perfectly cooked and extremely tasty. My fish and chips were perfectly cooked, with lovely thick batter and the homemade tartar sauce possibly the best l've had. Unlike the previous time, this time the Peaches with Lavendar had both the aroma and taste of the lavendar, which definitely enhanced the dish. The only disappointment was the Lemon and Sesame Mille Feuille. My husband was expecting a dish of pastry and cream! The lemon meringue was very sharp, which would have been fine if the dish was better balanced, but the raspberries were also sharp and both overpowered the flavour of the sesame wafers. The basil granita may have added the balance needed, has it been larger than the size of a fingernail! As always the service was without fault.

  36. PF

    PurpleFishie

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Our starters and dessert were lovely. The best bit of our main course was the broccoli side dish. We let the staff know our issues and were happy with how they were dealt with

  37. LM

    LaurenM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous dining experience! Gorgeous food, extremely accommodating, friendly staff, lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and great that our sides were included. A truly wonderful evening 😊👍

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate at the Cambium on the first night of a 3 night stay at Careys Manor. The food was beautifully presented and tasted great. The staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly, the service is truly excellent, attentive but not overbearing. The only negative was that the menu on the website was completely different to the menu offered on the night but this is a very minor thing. Overall we had a lovely meal, the whole experience was enhanced by the staff. Thank you everyone who works here.

  39. KC

    KarenaC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Starter was amazing really enjoyed mains too! Service wonderful!

  40. RY

    RosemarieY

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good selection of well presented and delicious food. We both had starter of prawns . Amazing and would have been adequate for a main. Main coarse of Sea bream & Beef Wellington . Second evening — Starter of prawns again and Ham Hock. Main coarses of fish & chips & monkfish. Ample food & delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor is rated 4.1 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor

Lyndhurst Road Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RH

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Brockenhurst

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:00 Dinner Wed–Sun 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Afternoon Tea, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    A large car park is available at the rear of the hotel and restaurant. Alternatively, drive up to the main entrance of the hotel and restaurant where a Valet parking service is available.

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes walk from Brockenhurst Train Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alistair Craig

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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