The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel

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THE TERRACE AT THE MONTAGU ARMS

At the heart of one of the New Forest’s most beautiful and historic villages lies The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel – it has three AA Rosettes and is run by Head Chef Matthew Whitfield who recently returned to the UK from one of the world’s top restaurants. Working under renowned chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park, Matthew has extensive experience at a succession of Michelin-starred restaurants. His style of cooking is modern and refined using the best of the New Forest and the hotel’s own produce to create dishes that take local provenance really seriously


The restaurant pays homage to both tradition and innovation with an extensive wine list including organic, un-oaked and prestigious wines and champagnes chosen by the Sommelier.


From a relaxed lunch or evening meal to lavish weddings and private functions, The Terrace is the place to eat in Hampshire.

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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

On arrival we were seated ok but did notice a younger couple were treated like royalty coats were taken and they had quite a lot of attention from the waiter ,we weren’t even asked if we would like are coats taken.

TW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing evening on Saturday, we felt very spoilt and the food was to die for.

TB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Honestly, I was dubious before going there for my girlfriend's 40th meal with family. I thought it may be pretentious and overly expensive. However, I am very pleased we went there. We had a great evening. Yes, it was expensive, but there were many nice unexpected touches that made the difference from other nice restaurants and justified the cost. It wasn't pretentious, it was just extra special.

A
London
78 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the seven course tasting menu, which was excellent. It was unusual to me to have cheese as part of a tasting menu, especially before the dessert courses, but the cheese really was delicious. Our waiter struck the right balance and we had a lovely evening from the interesting canapés served with our drinks in the bar through the seven courses to the rich coffee at the end.

RF
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food, excellent value for money. A real treat

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food equalled only by the service. All dishes were prepared impeccably and tasted delicious. The wine pairings were perfect and the sommelier gave wonderful insight into each wine. Would highly recommend especially for a special occasion.

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. Service was good and efficient while eating though frustrating before being seated; primarily because other couples who arrived after us us, were seated before us for no apparent reason. This gave a feeling of others being prioritised ahead of us.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We ordered the tasting menu which is undefined at the point of ordering, but was essentially a shorter version of their wider tasting menu.

I have a shellfish allergy and the first two dishes were delivered with most of the elements missing - no change to meal or no replacement - so first two dishes were a very simple dish of hake and potato and then red mullet and carrots. I complained at the point of receiving the bill, but the serving staff fobbed me off. But there was no consistent member of staff serving us, so they may have had no idea what the issue was.

The main courses were ok, but not special. The desert however was excellent.

Service was terrible - 8:30 booking and I think almost all of our food arrived after 10. Others arrived before us and received food after and they were also discussing at the table how slow the service was.

A very expensive meal - but an ultimately disappointing one.

z
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very special fine dining experience, excellent food and wine in a lovely setting with great service.

CC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy and warm ambiance with fantastic food and wine. The service was exemplary and we were made to feel at ease straight away. Would recommend to a friend and would love to come back one day.

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Went for the Sunday roast special. Nice but simple menu. Roast was a surprisingly large portion of meat. Service was very good and friendly.

JH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cannot fault the service. Every member of staff was very friendly and helpful. The downside was the portion sizes. The Sunday roast was normal size but all the other dishes we had were quite small. Although the food itself was very good. The decor was really dated too and could do with a bit of a refurb. So sadly this means we won’t be going back.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely well presented & tasty food...very friendly & attentive staff...will definitely return on our next visit to the New Forest.

GR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As said by many others the portion size is poor but nothing changes so obviously they are not interested

a
Hampshire
30 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The "new" Matthew is clearly proving to be up to standard and we enjoyed a very good lunch with some outstanding local venison the highlight of the meal. As usual Sergio picked out the perfect bottle to accompany the food.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional setting, beautiful food, excellent service

PM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu was even better than the last time that we visited. Each course was superb. This time I upgraded to the fine wine paring, so very pleased that I did. The knowledgeable sommelier guided me through each of the wines and this enabled me to try some exquisite wines that I would not normally have chosen. Service was a good balance of attentiveness without being overbearing. The setting with its view of the garden is very nice, the room decor just lacks a little something to make it more special, regardless a great evening and one that we will return to again.

BB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Was good food could have been a better for the price...portion size on certain dishes could be bigger. Drinks should be cheaper. Car park not suitable for women's shoes overall would attend again when funds are saved

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Nice evening. Food was tasty but portion size is simply too small.

SB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Locally sourced food well cooked

CI
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall1food5service2ambience2

Setting is great, staff were friendly if a little fake/formal, like they were doing an impression of Carson from Downton Abbey. The food was outstanding and I really mean that BUT there was so little of it. Embarrassingly small portions, possibly 50% of the size of other menus of the same price. We went home hungry and a little perplexed about the experience.

DG
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an outstanding dining experience, in terms of quality of food (taste, portion size and presentation) and wine list, backed up by exemplary service (hard to better) and ambience (try to get a table immediately facing the grassy terrace). Take whoever you want and for any occasion, this place will not let you down

RK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic wine, very well looked after from the time we arrive and until we left.

Will defiantly return. First class restaurant with first class service.

ER
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunchtime. The food was delicious, each plate looked and tasted wonderful and the lunchtime set menu was very good value. The sommelier was friendly and extremely helpful in suggesting wines that would go with our menu choices. Pre lunch drinks and after lunch coffee were served in the garden. The combination of great food, perfect service (friendly but very professional) and the lovely garden made for a memorable day. The Montagu is not flashy or ostentatious but has a calm relaxed country house vibe but with top class service, staff, food and wine.

MS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Het diner was weer perfect. Tot in de puntjes verzorgd. Heerlijke verrassende smaken. Personeel was weer attent, prettig en behulpzaam. Complimenten!!

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RB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First visited in April with a voucher given by friends, returned in September for a special occasion.
The excellent service had been maintained. Thank you

TL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A beautiful evening. An atmosphere more for the older guest rather than younger, food was super and we will be visiting again soon...

M
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really excellent food with innovative flavour combinations. Very friendly and down to earth service. Portions arguably on the small side, but that's always a personal thing. Word of advice regarding operating the Coravin on a newly opened wine bottle - do not turn upside down or any sediment will be dislodged and cloud the wine. I would also like to see a measure that shows you are getting 125ml, especially for higher end fine wine, and a bigger better quality glass (Zalto or Riedel).

CW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal here, we eat out alot and this is the best food we have had for some time. The service was also excellent. The only thing I would say is that the portion sizes are on the small side even for fine dining.

ER
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and lunch time two/three course deal good value. Service is always of the highest standard and the sommelier in particular is very friendly and helpful with good wine suggestions.

CC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Mainly good
Cheese board was abysmal and vastly over priced
Breakfast was perfect

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very good meal with good service and atmosphere but it is quite expensive.

RP
Bedfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit regularly and the service and food is excellent each time. This is our favourite place to dine!

PT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lunch menu, it was excellent value and the food was absolutely stunning. Staff were friendly, helpful and attentive.
Would thoroughly recommend.

EL
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Montagu Arms Sunday lunch is not to be missed.The food is fabulous, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the restaurant is lovely.

l
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dined here many times - new menu ok but tasting menu has shrunk significantly which is disappointing. Muse bouche a total triumph, lobster starter too fragrant which kills the lobster flavour.
Creedy carver duck ok but surprisingly chewy, my wife had the beef which was exemplary.
The old favourite dessert salted caramel fondant is still as good.
Had to pour own water at the start of the meal.

In summary- still a nice experience but standards and menu have experienced slippage in my opinions

LM
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food. Each course was a work of art, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. It really was outstanding.

SC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, amazing food in a truly beautiful setting

CA
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

No
Nice fresh ingredients and preparation/cuisson as for vegetables
Meat and fish moderate,and preparation/cuisson rather old fashioned

SE
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday lunch and fantastic value for money. Beautiful dining room and really attentive staff, made our anniversary meal very special.