He's the acclaimed chef who has won Michelin stars at two previous restaurants and he's heading back to Hampshire. 

Matthew Tomkinson is to take over at Stanwell House's Samphire Restaurant in Lymington. 

Boasting two decades experience in esteemed kitchens, he has gained Michelin stars at two venues, as well as the Roux Scholarship.

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Having held a first Michelin star at The Goose in Oxfordshire, Matthew relaunched The Hambrough's restaurant on the Isle of Wight and was Chef Patron at Betony at The Kings Head, Whiteparish.

He is best known for his ten-year tenure as Executive Chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu, during which the restaurant won a coveted Michelin star, alongside three AA rosettes. 

Diners can anticipate fresh seafood from the coast, succulent cuts from New Forest farms, and an array of seasonal produce sourced directly from Hampshire's bountiful larder.

Matthew told the Daily Echo: "Hampshire's vibrant culinary landscape offers an abundance of inspiration, and I look forward to showcasing its incredible produce."