Restaurants in Hampshire are celebrating after being named in a prestigious restaurant guide.

Now in its 28th edition, AA’s The Restaurant Guide 2022 provides food lovers a reference guide to all the places to dine across the UK – this year 43 Hampshire eateries made the grade.

Broken down into regions, the book includes a description of each destination along with information on the type of cuisine, price guide, opening times and the all-important AA Rosette Award rating.

Restaurants can be awarded 1 to 5 Rosettes based on a meal visit or visits by one or more hotel and restaurant inspectors.

Hampshire didn't secure any four or five rosette awards but four restaurants scooped three rosettes, a whopping 27 restaurants received two rosettes and a further 12 were handed one rosette - coming it at a healthy total of 43 establishments being recognised.

Hampshire's AA Rosette award winning restaurants


The Terrace Restaurant
Palace Lane, SO42 7ZL
CUISINE: Modern European
WHAT THE GUIDE SAYS: "The oak-panelled Terrace Restaurant has linen-swathed tables and French windows opening onto a sun-trap garden, setting the scene for some fine-tuned and innovative
cooking from head chef Matthew Whitfield.
"You’ll find the best available local produce on the menu, whether south coast hake or wild garlic from the Forest, the stars of dishes like Black Water pig belly with glazed hispi cabbage, smoked bacon ragù, turnip and Szechuan pepper, or chalk stream trout with Hampshire watercress, lime caviar, charred cucumber and beurre blanc."

36 on the Quay
47 South Street, PO10 7EG
CUISINE: Modern British, European
WHAT THE GUIDE SAYS: "This charming and long-running restaurant-withrooms has a wonderful setting, in a 17th-century building right on the harbour in this lovely little fishing village.
"The menu delivers interesting, gently contemporary interpretations of classic dishes and flavour combinations, and tasting menus are
available at both lunch and dinner.
"A neatly presented starter of salt-cured cod comes with black pudding, winter leeks, cod roe and honey mustard, while main course combines superb local South Downs venison with braised spelt, pumpkin in various guises, black fig, winter greens and a fathoms-deep jus."

The Elderflower Restaurant
4A Quay Street, SO41 3AS
CUISINE: Modern British, French
WHAT THE GUIDE SAYS: "Andrew and Marjolaine Du Bourg’s welcoming
restaurant occupies a Grade II listed building close to the quayside.
"Whether it’s the à la carte or tasting menus, expect well-balanced dishes with a real depth of flavour.
"Pork consommé, smoked bacon, greengage, coco beans and sun-dried
tomato could precede roast crab cannelloni, crab foam, sweetcorn and pickled black mooli.
"End with a perfectly risen lemon meringue souffé with lemon sauce, bouquet garni ice cream and organic pollen."

Hartnett Holder & Co
Lime Wood, Beaulieu Road, SO43 7FZ
CUISINE: Italian
"Lime Wood looks out over the peaceable expanses of the New Forest
"The kitchen here is in the hands of Luke Holder, and overseen by
Italian food superstar Angela Hartnett.
"The seasonal menus work indeed to an Italian template, with antipasti and primi before the main course, and a wealth of respectfully treated natural ingredients running through them.
"A serving of Cornish crab with smoked eel, radish and apple is the perfect palate-primer for a pasta dish such as guinea fowl agnolotti with lardo di Colonnata, onion and sage.
"At main, there could be one of the locally reared meats, perhaps Saddleback pork fillet with king cabbage and roasted Cox's apple.
"To close, a fragrant dessert such as saffron pannacotta with
rosewater and pistachios."


  • Esseborne Manor, Hurstbourne Tarrant, SP11 0ER
  • Audleys Wood Hotel, Alton Road, RG25 2JT
  • Glasshouse Restaurant, Oakley Hall Hotel, Rectory Road, Oakley, RG23 7EL
  • The Wellington Arms, Baughurst Road, RG26 5LP
  • The Balmer Lawn Hotel, Lyndhurst Road, SO42 7ZB
  • Cambium, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, Lyndhurst Road, SO42 7RH
  • Rhinefield House Hotel, Rhinefield Road, SO42 7QB
  • THE PIG, Beaulieu Road, SO42 7QL
  • Burley Manor, Ringwood Road, BH24 4BS
  • Wild Carrot at Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, RG27 8TD
  • Fat Olives, 30 South Street, PO10 7EH
  • Brasserie at Aviator, 55 Farnborough Road, GU14 6EL
  • 1820 Grill & Brasserie, Forest Lodge Hotel, Pikes Hill, Romsey Road, SO43 7AS
  • The Crown Manor House Hotel, High Street, SO43 7NF
  • Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant, 98 High Street, SO41 0QE
  • Pulpo Negro, 28 Broad Street, SO24 9AQ
  • The Dining Room, Chewton Glen, Christchurch Road, BH25 6QS
  • Restaurant 27, 27a South Parade, PO5 2JF
  • The Purefoy, Alresford Road, RG25 2EJ
  • The Oak Room Restaurant, Tylney Hall Hotel, Ridge Lane, RG27 9AZ
  • Blue Jasmine, Unit 3-4 Alexandra Wharf, Maritime Walk, Ocean Way, SO14 3QS
  • The Jetty, Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa, 5 Maritime Walk, SO14 3QT
  • The Greyhound on the Test, 31 High Street, SO20 6EY
  • The Black Rat, 88 Chesil Street, SO23 0HX
  • The Chesil Rectory, 1 Chesil Street, SO23 0HU
  • Marwell Hotel, Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Marwell, SO21 1JY
  • The Wykeham Arms, 75 Kingsgate Street, SO23 9PE


  • Pebble Beach, Marine Drive, BH25 7DZ
  • The Drift Inn, Beaulieu Hotel, Beaulieu Road, SO42 7YQ
  • The Master Builder's at Buckler's Hard, Buckler's Hard, SO42 7XB
  • Monty's Inn, The Montagu Arms Hotel, Palace Lane, SO42 7ZL
  • The Three Tuns, Ringwood Road, BH23 8JH
  • Solent Hotel & Spa, Rookery Avenue, Whiteley, PO15 7AJ
  • The Old Mill, Silver Street, SO41 6DJ
  • The Kitchen, Chewton Glen, Christchurch Road, BH25 6QS
  • The White Horse, Main Road, SO21 2EQ
  • The Peat Spade Inn, Village Street, Longstock, SO20 6DR
  • The Three Cups Inn, High Street, SO20 6HB
  • Running Horse Inn, 88 Main Road, Littleton, SO22 6QS

In addition to restaurant listings, the guide includes interviews with some of the most exciting culinary talent in the UK, such as 26-year-old gastronomic prodigy Tom Booton (Dorchester Grill, London W1), Paul Leonard (Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria), and Nathan Outlaw (Outlaw’s New Road and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall).

:: The new Restaurant Guide 2022 is available to buy now priced at £16.99.