For dinner on Saturday we ventured to the Rose and Thistle in Rockbourne on the outskirts of the New Forest. Rockbourne is a beautiful picture perfect village which I would move to tomorrow if I could.
The pub is a 16th century thatched pub and probably the prettiest I have ever been in. It has original beams and the cosiest log fire as you walk into the bar area. I really could have curled up by the fire and gone to sleep.
The pub is run by Kerry who always gives you a very warm welcome. The last time we were here her mother was helping out and the food was as excellent this time as it was then. The service was friendly, efficient and really makes you feel at home. The food, well.... have a look at some pictures and see what you think.
|An empty bottle and cleared plates are always a good sign|
Whilst Matt and his folks went for the peppered sirloin steak, which I was told on several occasions was '...bloody perfectly cooked', and '...this steak is bloody lovely'....I think you get the picture. I went for the tomato linguini which was also bloody lovely. So much so I could have eaten it twice over.
Peppered New Forest sirloin steak, roasted garlic with a shallot andred wine sauce
Linguini with a roasted cherry tomato sauce, olives, basil and caramelised red onions
The wine went down a treat and I forgot to take a picture of my apple and pear crumble and custard simply because I couldn't eat it quick enough! And yes I did burn my tongue, my own fault but it was worth it.