If you are still scratching your head regarding what to do about treating dad this coming Father’s Day on 17 June, then why not head for the New Forest, Britain’s smallest yet perfectly formed National Park?

There are loads of places to visit and things to do, and many of the pubs, restaurants and hotels have got special deals to help to create that perfect day out for dear old dad!   

Here are just a few ideas…

Rhinefield House is a spectacular ‘gothic’ looking hotel set in beautiful, spacious grounds, a few miles from Brockenhurst in the heart of the forest.

On Father’s Day, dad will receive a pint of local ale on arrival, plus a large glass of Pinot Noir with his lunch and a relaxing glass of brandy on the terrace afterwards (mum had better drive home or, better still, why not stay the night?).  The offer includes a carvery roast lunch and costs from £29.50 for two courses or £34.50 for three, including tea/coffee.  Call 01590 622 922.

The New Forest Inn at Emery Down, and sister pubs The Trusty Servant Inn (Minstead), The Mortimer Arms (Ower) and The Royal Oak (Downton), are offering a special “Big Daddy’s Roast” on Father’s Day.  This includes fluffy and crispy roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables, chipolata, stuffing, giant Yorkshire pudding and a choice of roast meats.  Prices vary depending on the meats of the day.

Booking is strongly advised.  Visit www.thenewforestinn.co.uk.

Elmers Court at Lymington, are offering a special three course roast lunch with all the trimmings plus a complimentary pint or glass of wine for dad!

The special lunch costs from £29 per adult and £14.50 per child (12 and under) and bookings can be made by calling 01590 646 504.  

The Bell Inn at Cadnam recognises that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and is promising a ‘Forest Feast to Remember’!  The special lunch is available in the restaurant between 12 noon and 3pm and costs £34.95 per person including a free pint for dad! 

For bookings visit www.bellinn-newforest.co.uk.

Chewton Glen, the luxury five-star hotel at New Milton is offering a mouth-watering three course lunch from £39.50 including a complimentary pint of Flack Manor ale for every father.

There is a huge choice of dishes which include starters such as Salmon Tartare and Sautéed Duck Livers, mains of roast sirloin of beef or duck leg confit, and desserts including New Forest strawberry & Champagne terrine and caramelised apricot with pistachio sponge, honey & rosemary ice cream. For bookings visit www.chewtonglen.com/dinewithus.

Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst is a great location to treat Dad for Father's Day to a delicious Sunday Lunch at the Balmer Lawn Hotel award winning restaurant Beresfords, where you can either enjoy the beautiful décor in the restaurant or dine alfresco out on the terrace.

For bookings visit https://www.balmerlawnhotel.com/dining/

Book a table at Le Blaireau, a quirky French Bistro and enjoy Parisian styled surroundings. Discover rich cuisine and subtle flavours as their talented chefs prepare a unique menu you don't want to miss, for just £28.95 per person. Enter the Father's Day raffle for your chance to win a hamper filled with French delicacies, relax in a merry atmosphere, raise a beer and toast 'à votre santé' to Dad! Call 01590 624 467 to book.

At Careys Manor Hotel you can also treat Dad to a savoury alternative to the beloved traditional afternoon tea and say goodbye to cucumber sandwiches this Father's Day and dive into a hearty selection of savouries including pork pies, venison sausage rolls and Welsh rarebit followed by traditional scones and open sandwiches, plus a choice of loose leaf teas and fair-trade coffees.

As a proud sponsor of the event Downton will be providing a selection of craft ales to complement your savoury delights.

Call 01590 624 467 to book.

At The Montagu Arms Hotel you can all enjoy Father's Day Lunch at The Terrace.

Experience a delicious menu prepared by Head Chef and Roux Scholar, Matthew Tomkinson for a special afternoon he will cherish for years to come. £49 per person or £25 per child (under 12 years old) call 01590 612324 to book.

Alternatively, The Montagu Arms Hotel have created a savoury alternative to the classic afternoon tea especially for Father's Day. Expect homemade scotch eggs and beer cake alongside traditional scones and finger sandwiches. The perfect family outing if you are looking for a treat with a twist! £27.50 per person, or £38.50 with Champagne. Call 01590 61232 to book.

There are also loads of events happening across the New Forest for Father’s Day Fun.

Ringwood Brewery are saying “Cheers to 40 Years”, celebrating their founding father, Peter Austin! On Saturday 16th June, as well as digging out archives and looking back through the history of the brewery, they are holding a Beer Festival, with a free pint for all dads! There will also be an amazing BBQ from Appetite for Adventure, garden games, face painting and loads more!

New Forest Activities are holding a fantastic Papa’s Paddle to the Pub event. Treat your Papa to a relaxing paddle to the pub on the stunning Beaulieu River this Father's Day! Enjoy paddling through the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve before disembarking for a well-earned pint at the Master Builder's pub on the riverside. Prices are £32 Adult, £25 Child or £100 Family (2 adults, 2 children). Call 01590 612377 to book.

Dads go free at Longdown Activity Farm this Father’s Day, as it’s their special day! Enjoy some hands-on activities including kid goat and calf bottle-feeding, duck feeding, and small animal handling; cuddle a baby rabbit, chick or maybe even a piglet! Plus, there are lots more animals to see. The perfect family day out!

For many other ideas of places to dine, places to stay and other events happening this coming Father’s Day visit www.thenewforest.co.uk.

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