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May 9, 2009 01:13 PM

Vacation on the South Coast

Any recommendations for restaurants on the South Coast. Staying in New Milton, interested in thoughts about Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Poole, Lymington, Salisbury, Winchester, etc. Many thanks.

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  1. Winchester - Chesil Rectory (Currently under new ownership, Black Rat (excellent quality food, hearty eating in low key restaurant, Gandhis (Best curry in town)

    Brockenhurst - Le Poussin at Whitley Ridge (fantastic set lunch in Michelin starred hotel restaurant

    East Chisenbury (Salisbury Direction) - Red Lion Freehouse (this was my secret place until Rayner reviewed in OBbserver last week. Best food I have eaten in a long time, amazing wine list from fantastic wine merchant near Winchester, Stone Vine and Sun


    Lyme Bay - Hix Fish and Oyster (good food, but amazing setting over the bay

    Hope this helps a bit

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    1. re: stanleyk

      Stanley - I have just had lunch at the Red Lion. It is superb. I will do a fuller write up. I would love to keep it a secret but Brittany and Guy deserve lots of publicity, they must be a success, they are brilliant.

    2. The Master Builders House Hotel at Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu river is lovely. Pub bit with food and a smart restaurant. The same proprietors also have the well regarded East End Arms between Beaulieu and Lymington, and The George Hotel in Yarmouth which is a short ferry trip from Lymington. If you do go to Yarmouth you might want to walk 2 miles up the banks of the River Yar to The Red Lion in Freshwater which is excellent. Just outside Lymington on the New Milton side is The Chequers which is well worth a visit.