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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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
3 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
1 review
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.

OS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, ambience and service in an extremely charming Village

EO
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely midsummer evening setting for a delicous meal.

G
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue and good old fashioned service. An excellent, leisurely lunch well worth the money for the quality of the experience. Would thoroughly recommend for a special meal.

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were in the area cycling across through the forest. We had booked online the previous evening. The £45 cancellation fee nearly scared us off, and we assumed they were busy if they need such a policy, but in fact the main dining areas were only 1/3rd full, and we got the impression that a lot of diners were ordering from bar menus rather than the restaurant menu. If they want to fill the place they need to drop the scary booking policy...

When we arrived the staff were helpful and told us we could wheel our bikes into the courtyard, and sat us down for drinks and to look at menus. The courtyard is a stunningly peaceful spot on a lovely day. A small fountain, birds and plenty of sunshine and shade...

We were then moved to our table (still outside at our request) and ordered the lunch set menu. All the dishes that arrived were very good. The trout was very good indeed. We hadn't maybe expected this standard of cookery, but we couldn't really find fault in much at all. We had only couple of glasses of wine , as we were cycling again after. With coffee and a brandy the bill was around £100, which we thought exceptional value for this standard of food in such a setting.

Would heartily recommend to anyone in the area, they just need to sort out the booking policy to encourage visitors rather than scare them away....

P
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 10th anniversary together and couldn't have chosen a better place! The dining room was beautifully decorated and looked out towards the delightful, landscaped garden and water feature. Luckily as it was midweek, it wasn't busy and we got a table near to the windows and french doors. The staff were suitably attentive, knowledgeable, polite and friendly. The food was absolutely fantastic; beautifully presented and tasted wonderful.

m
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We dine fairly regularly at the Terrace Restaurant, and this is the first time the service has been below par. Table service was slow, we weren’t asked what we’d like to drink when sat down, and when we asked for coffee in the conservatory, it didn’t make appearance. After 20 mins of waiting I went off to find someone, and decided just to ask for the bill.
It just felt as though they were understaffed. Hopefully not a downward trend for what is normally a faultless experience.

SH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly unique and wonderful experience, food and service was amazing, highly recommended. Perfect for a date night or anniversary.

SA
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, food and Staff - a great occasion - thank you.