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Greetings from the New Forest June 2017

Greetings from the New Forest,

Well we have had an incredible May, helped massively by beautiful sunshine and warm days.  The Forest is so dry at the moment it is perfect for walking and cycling. My family and I can’t get enough of the cycling at the moment!!!

We have also been so lucky and had some amazing weddings, all completely different yet all completely fabulous.  Congratulations to all our wonderful couples, and come back and see us soon!!

The decorating and preparation for summer season continues, and we have redecorated room 18, and it looks so great, fresh, light and bright! We have also replaced the carpet in room 9, this has now completed this room too. We have started to re do the floor on the ground floor corridor and this is looking great, but…. not without it’s challenges. We suffered a leak in the reception and so had to pull up all the boards and then re lay…. gah!! nightmare, but thanks to the amazing Gary we are all back on track and no more bouncy reception floor- thank goodness!!! and we can resume service on finishing the corridor!

The kitchen team are working well in the new kitchen and I am also loving the simplicity of service so a successful refit and all our guests are seeing the difference and the food coming out is absolutely sensational… I was even a guest when we came to dine for my Dad’s birthday and we all had a super night.

One final improvement is also our restaurant chairs are getting a refurb, new padding and a great peacock blue, which goes so well with the restaurant wallpaper.

We hope that you can join us soon, as the New Forest is looking lovely, the rhododendrons are still in bloom and the whole Forest is green and lush.

Take care

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

 

 

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner

Again…. we know it’s early but if you like to plan then this post is for you!

Join us this New Years Eve for a scrumptious 6 course Gala Dinner and night of live music

19.00 – 01.00 

£75 pp

Rooms available from £120 B&B

(£10 deposit per person and balance due 1/12/17)

to book call 02380 29 22 57

Here is a sneak peak at our menu….

New Year’s Eve Menu 2017

Amuse Bouche

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Bourbon Smoked Venison

Chilli, chocolate Brazil nuts, passionfruit, rum, filo

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Pave of Halibut

Pearl barley, chorizo, sea vegetables, crab

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Forest Cider Granita

Apple, cucumber and mint concasse

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Tournedo Rossini Fillet

Duck parfait, pancetta pate and Madeira jus

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Plat Du Fromage

New Forest premium cheeses, quince, crackers

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Beetroot and Chocolate Torte

Aged balsamic, milk sorbet

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Petit Fours and Coffee

6 Course Taster Menu £75 pp

 

 

Festive Party nights 8-9th December 2017

We know it’s early and Summer has hardly started, but if you love Christmas or arranging a group for a party, is it ever too early??

This year we have 2 fantastic party nights, 8th and 9th December 2017.

We have a 3 course meal and disco for £27.50 pp.

19.00 – Midnight

We are a small hotel that knows how to throw a great party, so to join us call us on 02380 29 22 57

(£5 deposit pp on booking and balance due 1st December 2017)

 

 

Greetings from the New Forest – dog edition!

Greetings from the New Forest!

Or this month shall I say woof woof!! It’s no news to anyone that knows us that we love to welcome dogs at Woodlands Lodge, and whereas we pride ourselves in our wonderful hospitality, a lovely rice bone, towel and blanket for all our doggie guests. There is plenty of space to run about – a tap to clean those mucky paws and a comfy bar for the owners too so you can enjoy meals altogether as a family.

So we have compiled a list of what we think are the greatest things to do whilst staying with us in the forest.

1)      Walking – there are so many walks in the Forest, yet nowhere compares to our Woodlands Walk, or basically our door step! You can walk for miles just out of the back garden.  So  forget the car and get out the walking boots, the dog is going to love it too, although may be a bit pooped by the end of the day J Another firm favourite with our doggie guests is the Deer Leep car park Ashurst, and there are miles of gorgeous heath land to walk in, and no need to keep the dog on a lead as there is great visability and not a road for miles… bliss

2)      The Beach- only 30 minutes away from the Woodlands Lodge Hotel we have some stunning beaches, and several are dog friendly, what better way to walk and exercise with the views of the isle of Wight and usually a bracing breeze. Our favourites are Hengistbury Head- a scenic headland near Bournemouth and has archaeological significance as well as a wide variety of wild life, Mudeford Sandbanks – this is the beach that attaches to Hengistbury Head and has easy access for everyone and dog friendly year round, Milford on Sea – offers great cliff top views and you can walk to Hurst castle and Lepe Country Park- beautiful views of the Solent, D day remains too, although in peak season some of the beach is reserved for families there is still plenty of places to walk with your dog through the meadows, estury or cliff tops and well worth a visit.

3)      Beaulieu – lose yourself in the Beaulieu grounds and gardens, the formality of the Victorian Kitchen Garden and the Mill Pond Walk. Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a lead, and once you have finished here there is the great Beaulieu river walk which leads you to Bucklers Hard and this brings us onto the next place in the Forest where your dog is welcome Bucklers Hard, although it does not make its own number in our list as dogs are only welcome outside, which although similar to Beaulieu is a lot smaller.

4)      Moors Valley country park – there are lots of fabulous trails and places to explore dogs are very welcome at this country park although there are some areas where they need to be kept on a lead. It’s wide paths and trails are perfect for the whole family.

5)      Exbury gardensThe Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (80 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Dogs are welcome everywhere as long as they are kept on a lead.

We hope you find this month’s blog handy in planning your trip to Woodlands Lodge, however, please just ask us at reception if you would like us to check where dogs are welcome, and if you fancy some dog free time too, we can recommend Southern Pet Services who have a doggy day care.

With the rhododendrons in bud ready to bloom at any moment, this is an ideal time to visit the New Forest, and the Woodlands Lodge team are waiting.

Best wishes

Imogene

Late availabilty

Fancy a late break or impromptu get away? Please give us a call, as if we have any late availability booking direct gets you the best deal

Just give us a call or e mail to book.

tel: 02380 29 22 57/ e mail: [email protected]

 

Greetings from the New Forest April 2017

Greetings from the New Forest!

 

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful start to April as much as I am! It is amazing to be finally out in the garden and the plants and the forest is coming into bloom too. I don’t want to jinx things but Spring is here!!!!

We had a tumultuous March, with our kitchen refit taking much longer than we had been led to believe, which meant we did not serve evening meals for 2 weeks, the first time in 6 years that we were unable to offer guests an evening meal, and the hotel felt so quiet in the evenings, I am pleased that we have now resumed normal dinner service and looking forward with the new oven , and chef is delighted as am  i!

Also good news we also welcome a new sous chef, CJ. He started on Mother’s Day with a baptism of fire cooking the Mother’s Day lunch, although he has already proved an invaluable member of the team and produced lots of sensational food.

Head chef has been busy too, prepping a mouth-watering new Spring menu, really capitalising on the beautiful produce that we have in and around the fabulous New Forest.

Our Mother’s Day lunch was really lovely with lots of lunches as well as afternoon teas this year. We hope you all had a wonderful day, and look forward to seeing you all soon.

I can’t wait to see what the team come up with for our Easter Sunday lunch, I am sure it will be a treat! There is still space so please give us a call to reserve your table. Only £20 for 3 courses and of course children are very welcome at Woodlands Lodge, as is the dog!

Whilst battling the Kitchen dramas, we had a lovely wedding are really cheered us all up and the bride and groom and their friends and family a delight too. We were also lucky enough to host and celebrate a surprise 70th birthday, where the guests had hired the whole hotel, and I think that the birthday boy was shocked when he arrived and saw his friends and family –he he he love to be part of the surprise.

Well, that’s about all of our news for now! We hope that you can join us in the New Forest soon, We have some great mid-week rates, and some fantastic Forest walks on the door step, not to mention Exbury Gardens is entering what I think is the most stunning time with the rhododendrons and azaleas coming into flower in the next few weeks.

 

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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