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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AB
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing friendly service, beautiful surroundings would highly recommend

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food in a very relaxing atmosphere. The hotel rooms are also lovely.

AT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and some friends went for a group valentines dinner, and it was one of the best restaurants I've been too so far. Absolutely incredible food which each dish tasted so different and unique with flavours that went so well, and not to mention how delicately they were made. They tailored for myself who doesn't eat seafood/fish and they done great. Nothing was an issue and everyone was kind and helpful from start to finish, with some staff members not being too serious with a great sense of humour! Not to mention the delicious cocktails. I will definitely come back here, worth the hour drive!

GR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well looked after, food was amazing and the decor was lovely. I would recommend doing the 7 courses as the food was exquisite. I hope to return again!

LL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got married here nearly 5 years ago so it’s a very special venue for us, we’re biased, but this is the BEST place for a romantic evening, celebration, birthday or just pop in for a coffee after a walk. We had dinner on valentines night, which was simply superb. Table booked for 7pm finally dragged ourselves away at 11.30pm - wishing we were staying, it’s so relaxing and luxurious!! We can not fault the attention to detail, the amazing food served under the guidance of the new chef, the service, it’s all faultless. Can’t recommend highly enough and can’t wait to find an excuse to go back!!!

HJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes but disappointed that wasn't advised that there was a tasting menu on 14th February. Also disappointed by fondue dish, simply less edible than the rest of the menu and couldn't be shared with coeliac wife, having been told that the entire menu was gluten free. Otherwise very good.

NF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Terrace Restaurant for Valentine's Day lunch - the food was amazing & the service was unbelievable. We will go again for sure.

DB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a MUST GO TO place for that special occasion. We always feel good when visiting The Terrace Resteraunt, and the food is divine.

RB
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience and service were excellent and the food was outstanding.

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a treat at the Terrace!

B
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Delicious 7 course tasking menu, but the staff did not understand our voucher 'Friday Feasting for 2'. We did not meet the somelier for wine tasting, but were seated directly in the Terrace Dining room. It was later agreed that we would have the somerlier do the wine pairing as the former did not seem possible. We did not get invited to meet the Chef in the kitchen pre-desert - which was also on our voucher. We are local residents and thought the voucher looked interesting!
Our booking experience was also difficult - no reply to the reservations email and 2 attempts for open table to book us - with no mention of the special arangements on the confirmation email.

AK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful flavours and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend

SM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. Could not have asked for anything more.

WL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This chef should have two Michelin stars immediately.

LB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is so kind,.... food is so good.... wonderful experience

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service from all the staff, will definitely be back. Thank you all for a lovely evening

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Taster menu superb. Service was great and the sommelier very entertaining

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb! Food, service and ambiance all excellent.

CR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my granddaughter who is visiting from Australia. It was a special treat for her and her partner and I wasn't disappointed. The food, service and restaurant were outstanding.

AO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already recommended it to anyone who will listen. Flawless from start to finish.

F
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Its obvious why the restaurant has lost its Michelin star!

Amuse Bouche, excellent. Starter, well presented and most enjoyable. Main course of roast pork with goose fat roast potatoes could probably be bettered by the average carvery pub!

Presentation was unappetising; two pieces of grey/pink pork loin laid on top of the plate, hiding veg beneath. Taste was decidedly average / bland, even the roast potatoes were a little anaemic and not as crunchy as you would expect. Oh by the way, the pork was served pink, this was not noted on the menu; according to the restaurant manageress it is the norm and if you wanted your pork well done you should have requested it when ordering, however without knowing it was going to be served pink.....

Not an enjoyable experience, service was OK, but would not warrant the 12% gratuity that is added to the bill.

Overall very disappointing compared to the restaurants recent past and to be honest not worth risking again. Didn't bother to stay for a desert, just wanted to leave.

YB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the staff are lovely and welcoming. Also adapted to vegan and gluten free beautifully and I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. All in our group said their food was outstanding and the service excellent, thank you

c
Gloucestershire
10 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Each course had an interesting mix of tastes and textures. The cooking and presentation could not be faulted. The wine list is extensive and not outrageously expensive.

GM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very relaxing afternoon and fine dining.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing menu would highly recommend

E
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
83 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
27 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
5 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.