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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

Greetings from the New Forest February 2017

Greetings from the New Forest

It is lovely here today, lots of sunshine, although still a fair bit of mud to stomp through!

We have been busy throughout January, we have redecorated our reception, and it looks lovely. We liked the blue but have replaced with a reddy and orangey and it looks amazing, and it is really warm and gives a great first impression. Secondly, is the big one… the kitchen… it is currently undergoing an amazing transformation! And we can’t wait we certainly have needed this since we started and will make our functions so much easier to do- Only a few more days….

It was also great to be able to host a fantastic wedding for Zoe and Frankie last month, such a brilliant time to have a wedding and get everyone out of their  January doldrums!

A quiet month in the hotel, although a great time to catch up on some other well needed jobs, to get ready for the next season.

We are looking forward to Valentine’s Day and are really excited to see the sharing menu that chef has prepared!! There is still time to book and so we hope to see you there!!

Take care and hopefully we will see you soon,

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest January 2017

Greetings from the New Forest

Happy New Year, we hope you had a lovely Christmas too. We had a fantastic December and really enjoyed both our party nights and had some lovely guests stay with us too for our Christmas package. As usual I hosted the Christmas day quiz and absolutely loved getting to know all the guests and having a great laugh as we went through the night… and may be one or two cosmos! New Years eve was also a great night and despite working against the odds chef pulled off a great feast of 5 courses and then we finished the night by dancing.

It’s a quiet time at the hotel this week. So I am trying to convince Robert we need to redecorate the reception… not sure if that’s going to work yet but give me time! We also redecorated room 17 our bridal suite in December and it looks a lot crisper and fresher , so it’s the room to book! Although trying to purchase conservatory furniture is quite a challenge in mid December so might wait a few weeks to see what we can find to furnish the conservatory for the summer.

The weather has been wonderful and crisp – although super cold and so the Forest has been amazing and breath-taking to walk in.

We also have some great deals at the moment, rooms are from £64 this week B&B – so it really is cheaper than staying at home.

We also have a new menu launching later this week and so I am excited to see what Andy Smith has prepared for us!!

Finally, thank you to all our staff and all the guests that have supported us throughout 2016 and we look forward to welcoming you in 2017.

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Winter Wedding Spectacular!!!

We are offering 10% off Wedding prices throughout January 2018!

Enjoy all of the merriment and splendour of our venue without such a hefty price tag!

Please give us a call and ask for Imogene for more details or to arrange an appointment

02380 29 22 57

Not ready to go?

Request a late check out with our reception and stay til midday!!! Only £20 per room.

*subject to availabiliy | see terms and conditions

Greetings from the New Forest – September

Greetings from the New Forest,

Well that was a lovely summer- and it seems to be continuing into September making the Forest incredibly enticing and I need to get back to work! I have had a wonderful summer enjoying the Forest, and exploring new parts too. I think my favourite bits have been cycling in the Forest- amazing now the children can cycle without stabilisers!! And also, we went walking through the stream near the hotel and walking on the fallen tree stumps- such a wonderful afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by all. Intermingled with the exploratory pursuits we have had a successful summer at the hotel and met a lot of fabulous guests and dogs! As well as had some great weddings too.

We are now looking forward to the Autumn and Winter and putting together our Christmas packages and Winter deals. I know it seems early but it’s never too early if you’re the planner 🙂

We are having 2 party nights this year, as well as festive afternoon teas, and a big 3 day package for the actual Christmas Day and finishing with a wonderful New Years gala dinner and live music to dance to welcome the 2017.

We are also looking to bring back our very popular 3 nights for £300 deal from November- February.

Our Head Chef Andy Smith is still whipping up a storm in the kitchen and I am really excited to see what he is creating for the Autumn menu. You may have seen some photos on social media this week. Looks and tastes amazing and last night in the restaurant one of our diners said it was the best meal she had ever eaten, which really fills us all with such pride and satisfaction throughout our whole team.

Now all are back to school I will back to the hotel in full force and bringing lots of enthusiasm as well as a welcome return to Charlotte who will be coming back at the end of this month, as we say goodbye to Ed as he returns to university and so good luck for your second year.

We hope to welcome you soon

Take care

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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