New Forest Cafes & Tea Rooms

Come and enjoy breakfast, lunch or even just a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake in one of the lovely cafes and tearooms in the New Forest. You will find our cafes and tea rooms dotted around the New Forest in our quaint towns and villages and in stunning rural locations as well as at many of our attractions.

Take a look below as we give you some more information on where you can make the perfect stop for a light bite or a spot of tea and cake here in the New Forest.

Cafes in the New Forest

Watch the world go by in one of our cosy cafes. You’ll find a wonderful selection of cafes in some of our larger towns and villages including Lymington, New Milton and Lyndhurst.

Whether you fancy a spot of breakfast with the family, a coffee and a catch-up with friends or a leisurely lunch, there are lots of options available. Many of our cafés are children and dog-friendly too, making our cafes a great base for everyone to enjoy some delicious food and drink.

Warm scones, freshly made soup and home-cooked meals are all on offer at Steff’s Kitchen in the pretty village of Beaulieu. What’s more, the café is located alongside Fairweather’s Garden Centre, perfect for picking up some plants or a souvenir of your trip to the New Forest! There’s also an outdoor seating area perfect for if the sun is shining.

Enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch or snack at the Farmyard Cafe after you've met the wonderful animals at Hockey's Farm. They offer an amazing selection of local drinks and use local produce in lots of their food too. Sit cosy inside, or if it's nice outside then enjoy the sun in their woodland seating, where you can sit and watch the birds that they have at Hockey's.

For quality brews (made from local beans!), freshly baked treats and a chilled atmosphere, head to Woods Bikes and Brews Cafe on Lyndhurst High Street! 

If you are visiting some of our many attractions then you will find that a lot of these offer a café or restaurant as part of their facilities. At Hurst Castle, for example, the café is open seven days a week from April to October offering light lunches and homemade cakes. There is a coffee shop and restaurant at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu and the New Forest Heritage Centre Cafe is a great location too, as is Mr Eddy’s Restaurant and Café at Exbury Gardens.

Stop off for a drink or some food at one of the seaside cafés such as The Café at Calshot, the Beachcomber Café at Barton on Sea, the Needles Eye Café at Milford-on-Sea or the Boathouse Café in Lymington. Many of these cafes offer a takeaway service so you can enjoy a tempting treat or perhaps an ice cream as you stroll around our coastline.

There are many independent cafes to be found around the New Forest, however, if you fancy going to a familiar haunt then Lymington and Ringwood offer some of the chain coffee shops including Costa, Café Nero and Boston Tea Party.

New Forest Tea Rooms

Often offering locally sourced seasonal produce, allowing you to not only enjoy the visual wonders of the New Forest but to taste them too, our tearooms are excellent places to visit for delicious food and drink.

The Old Station Tearooms is, as its name suggests, a former railway station. Located near Burley, you can enjoy a scenic walk or cycle along the disused railway line to work up an appetite before stopping at the tearooms for breakfast, lunch or a cream tea.

Enjoy a delicious brunch, lunch, cream tea or just coffee & cake at The Cider Pantry in Burley. All food is freshly made and they use fantastic local ingredients where possible! And while you're there you could pop into the New Forest Cider Shop and pick up some amazing local cider.

Take your tea back in time to the historic Bucker’s Hard at The Captain’s Table, or visit the Bashley Manor Tearooms at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum. Onsite at the lovely Furzey Gardens is a gorgeous thatched tearoom. Cosy up inside, or enjoy your food and drink on their stunning patio outside, overlooking the gardens.

You will find tea rooms alongside some of the garden centres in the area, including the Potting Shed Tea Rooms near New Milton and in the popular towns and villages of Brockenhurst, Lymington and Lyndhurst.

Perfect for the Active Visitor

Our cafes and tea rooms make an ideal pit-stop for anyone walking or cycling in the New Forest. You will find friendly staff on hand to serve you a refreshing drink, a quick lunch or even a slice of cake. What a great way to begin or end a day’s adventure here in the New Forest! 

The Old Station Tearooms, near Burley even has suggested local cycling and walking routes which encompasses its tearoom. Plus, if you don’t have your own bike, you can hire them from New Forest Cycling in Burley.

Stop at Downton, Fordingbridge or Ringwood for some refreshments if you are walking the Avon Valley Path, a long-distance walking route between Salisbury and Christchurch or at Milford on Sea, Beaulieu or Hythe if you are taking on all (or even sections of) the sixty-mile Solent Way walk. There are also plenty of cafes and tearooms on or near cycling routes that crisscross the forest.

Dog-Friendly Cafes and Tea Rooms

Dogs are also welcome in many of our cafes and tea rooms, so why not pop in with your furry friend after a fun day exploring all that the New Forest has to offer? Simply check the listings below or give the café a call before your visit to double-check that they are allowed. Alternatively, you can check out our dog-friendly places to eat page.

Save Money at our Cafes and Tea Rooms

Get hold of one of our Go New Forest Cards and receive discounts on some of our cafes and tea rooms within the New Forest as well as a host of other things to do. Discover more about this card and save money throughout your trip to the New Forest.

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