Afternoon tea at The Montagu Arms is a dining experience in its own right and is served just the way the Duchess of Bedford intended it. Recently awarded the coveted ‘Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award’ by the prestigious tea guild, enjoy an unforgettable afternoon tea experience in quintessential English surroundings.
A unique 'course by course' tasting journey starts with a savoury selection of delicate finger sandwiches and an array of sweet treats, followed by freshly baked scones with homemade jam and clotted cream. Your afternoon tea will be perfectly accompanied by a selection of finest loose leaf teas and fairtrade coffee.
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Discover the unique charm of this 17th century country house hotel with roaring log fires, picturesque gardens and sumptuous bedrooms - voted Hampshire restaurant of the year by Which?, Good Food Guide and The Telegraph's top 50 summer restaurants in Britain - dining at The Montagu Arms, Terrace Restaurant is truly unrivalled.
Anderwood car park, Burley
Thursday 3 November, 1pm
Festival Week will be celebrated outdoors with 'Walking Picnics' who offer the chance to explore the beautiful New Forest as part of a small group guided a local wildlife naturalist leader.
Licensed by the Forestry Commission and run by Nigel and Christine Owen, The Walking Picnics Festival event is a two-hour guided walk starting from Anderwood car park and followed by a gourmet afternoon tea picnic.
The walk will take picnickers deep into the Forest to discover wildlife, birds and the trees which will be showing their best autumn colour.
For details on how to contact Walking Picnics please see their website or click the red email button below.
Blashford Lakes, Ringwood
Sunday 6 November, 10:30am to 3:30pm
On the last day of the Festival, the New Forest's 'Walking Picnics' will be hosting the first Pop-Up Cafe in the education centre of Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve near Ringwood, launching the first in a series of cafe events at this special spot.
Blashford Lakes is a series of flooded former gravel pits, surrounded by willow, birch and alder woodland as well as grassland. It attracts a vast array of bird and widlife and has easy access to six hides and a number of “viewing screens”. It makes a delightful day out for the nature enthusiast or the family.
For information on the event please contact Blashford Lakes through their website or click the red email button below.
Rosie Lea Tearooms and Bakery, Brockenhurst
£25 for two people
Rosie Lea Tearooms and Bakery in Brockenhurst is presenting a celebratory New Forest Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea which will be available every day in Festival Week.
Sweet treats will include some traditional Rosie harvest favourites such as apple spiced scones with blackberry jam, pumpkin pie, apple cake or blackberry and almond bake.
Available all week but booking in advance essential.
For further information or to make a booking call (01590) 622797.
Thatched Cottage Hotel, Brockenhurst
Daily through Festival Week between, 11am - 5pm
£18.95 (add a glass of Hampshire sparkling wine for £8)
Enjoy what is described as ‘a simply exquisite afternoon tea’, one of the finest and oldest British traditions in style with a sumptuous afternoon tea for two at the historic Thatched Cottage Hotel.
An array of homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches, pastries and delicious scones topped with thick clotted cream and fruity jam. You will of course also have your choice of tea and coffee, with the option of a delicious chilled glass of Hampshire sparkling wine or a refreshing tea flavoured Gin from the Hotel's Gin Bar!
Booking is essential, and requires 24 hour notice.
For further information or to book please telephone 01590 622005 or email on the link below.
The Maples Guest House, Hythe
Saturday 5 November, 3pm-5pm
The Maples in Hythe is hosting an indulgent New Forest High Tea showcasing all locally sourced, New Forest Marque produce.
Finger Sandwiches with an assortment of fillings, quiche slices, buttery scones with The Maples strawberry jam and clotted cream, plus a selection of homemade cakes and pastries. All served on vintage bone china crockery and cake stands.
The Maples Guest House is a beautiful, last century home in the centre of Hythe, on the edge of the New Forest. The local Hythe to Southampton foot passenger ferry, has the world's oldest pier train which trundles along the pier to the ferry.
Booking is essential with 24 hour notice required
Furzey Gardens, Minstead
Friday 4 - Sunday 6 November, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Enjoy the simple pleasure of cream tea at The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop at Furzey Gardens, a social enterprise which provides valuable work experience for people with learning disabilities.
Entrance to the gardens is by donation. They truly are an autumnal delight, and the coffee shop has spectacular terrace views. Treat yourself to a delicious scone, homemade cake and pot of tea then browse our selection of Christmas Gifts - many made by local artisans.