The Rose and Thistle

Rockbourne Rd, Fordingbridge SP63NL
$$ English

Quintessential English pub and restaurant in the beautiful village of Rockbourne. Please ensure you book the correct area you wish to sit in. DOGS: Your four legged friends are more than welcome to join you in our bar or outside area.

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Business Info

  • Address: Rockbourne Rd, Fordingbridge SP63NL
  • Cross Street: Rockbourne
  • Cuisine: English | Seafood | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Pub
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01725518236
  • Features: Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Working Fireplace, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Date Night,

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The Rose and Thistle - The Rose and Thistle

Events & Special Hours

New Years Day Lunch - Bar
Jan. 1, 2022 Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
New Years Day Lunch - Restaurant
Jan. 1, 2022 Lunch 12:00 - 15:00

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Tuesday
Lunch - Bar 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Outside 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Restaurant 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner - Bar 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Outside 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
Lunch - Bar 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Outside 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Restaurant 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner - Bar 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Outside 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:30
Thursday
Lunch - Bar 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Outside 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Restaurant 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner - Bar 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Outside 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:30
Friday
Lunch - Bar 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Outside 12:00 - 15:00
Lunch - Restaurant 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner - Bar 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Outside 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:30
Saturday
Lunch - Bar 12:00 - 18:00
Lunch - Outside 12:00 - 18:00
Lunch - Restaurant 12:00 - 18:00
Dinner - Bar 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Outside 18:00 - 21:30
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:30
Sunday
Lunch - Bar 12:00 - 18:00
Lunch - Outside 12:00 - 18:00
Lunch - Restaurant 12:00 - 18:00

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Your four legged friend is more than welcome to join you in our bar or outside area. Please ensure you select this area when booking.
You are more than welcome to join us for just a drink but we'd recommend to make a reservation for either our bar or outside area. Please mark in the request section that you will not require food.
We always recommend to make a reservation in advance to ensure we have the availability to accommodate you.
You are more than welcome to make a reservation for an outside table but please be aware should the weather not be great we may be unable to move your booking inside if we do not have the availability.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.71 out of 5 stars based on 967 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2021
Darren S.
Absolutely fantastic, great food great service great everything, thoroughly enjoyed the lunch we had and will definitely be going back soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
Katy W.
Excellent food - service friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend to my friends. Will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
David P.
Best chips ever!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2021
Celia J.
Loved it ! Shame that they’d run out of roast pork, but the beef didn’t disappoint

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
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Oct 11, 2021
Howard W.
We’ve eaten there twice recently for lunch and dinner. The menu was excellent and varied and the quality of food on both occasions was top drawer. Friendly and efficient staff. The best quality all round for miles.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 08, 2021
Sally G.
Had a lovely anniversary meal - delicious food and great service - thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Oct 07, 2021
Emma Q.
Lovely meal, great service and we would definitely visit again

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2021
Trudy M.
A wonderful meal sat outside in the beautiful autumn sunshine. Gorgeous food as always. Staff are very friendly and helpful

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 01, 2021
Christine S.
Good food, good service, good ambience, good value. That's why we keep going back.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 26, 2021
Sally T.
We liked it so much that we went back the next day for lunch. Even though the kitchen was closing they fitted us in. Friendly local pub

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2021
Wayne J.
excellent all round. A super pub in a lovely village. We had never been there before, but having found it we will certainly be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 20, 2021
Geoff H.
A fabulous village pub and restaurant. Great menu, everything we ate was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 18, 2021
Christine R.
Great staff and very dog friendly

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 15, 2021
david g.
beautiful village great food great pub good service

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Ed K.
We had an excellent meal and the service was great. Will certainly be returning again. Highly recommend it.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Andrew M.
Top food and top service

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 04, 2021
Keith W.
A wonderful thatched country pub with amazing food and lovely staff. Well worth a visit.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 02, 2021
Caroline G.
The cheesecake was the best I’ve ever tasted. Everything was perfect

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Aug 31, 2021
Marcia S.
The food was great and the waitress/ waiter were exceptional. A very welcoming pub!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 28, 2021
Jane F.
Excellent from meet and greet , food and service

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 20, 2021
Anne A.
Always a great welcome and excellent food

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 20, 2021
Sue H.
A great find. We were well received and looked after during the whole visit. The menu was varied and interesting. The 2 meals were delicious. We had booked for an inside table but as the weather was good, took advantage of the delightful garden. Will definitely go again.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 20, 2021
Debra P.
A great meal out at lunchtime. We could not fault anything.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 12, 2021
Helen L.
Been driving passed this pub for years. Finally made it in! Lovely pub, lovely food, lovely staff - thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2021
Tamsin C.
This venue never fails to deliver, well hosted and fabulous food.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2021
Peter P.
Food superb, excellent service - the staff were very attentive. Lovely atmosphere. Our first visit but we will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 26, 2021
David B.
The food and service was fantastic.We will be going back,

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 17, 2021
Theresa T.
Absolutely lovely, with the best chips we have ever tasted. The crab bruschetta was sublime. All in all a wonderful experience thank you. Highly recommended

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 10, 2021
Simon W.
Always a delight to bring clients to the Rose and Thistle for lunch with its reliably good food and warm welcome. Just so glad you’ve navigated the past eighteen months and we’re all able to enjoy coming to you again!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 30, 2021
Amy C.
Really nice village pub with much nicer food than average. Great atmosphere and the R.A.T. Burger is highly recommended

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2021
Nigel K.
An excellent, quiet little pub with plenty of character and good food/service. One small complaint was a very tough duck breast which needed a steak knife to deal with. The staff happily waived the cost of my wife’s dessert as compensation.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 13, 2021
Karen W.
Great service and excellent greeting by purdy the dog

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 03, 2021
John W.
All is good no real improvements required

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
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May 30, 2021
Hilary B.
Very good

Overall: 10/10
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May 29, 2021
Paul S.
Great to be back in the garden at the Rose and Thistle. Good menu that offers a range of options from light lunch, through to upper end dining that goes beyond "usual" pub offerings. A little more expensive that some, but you get what you pay for and well worth it. For ale lovers, there are usually 2 or 3 decent options, including Timothy Taylor Landlord on my last visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
May 24, 2021
Sue S.
Excellent meal at the Rose and Thistle. Really enjoyable evening. Great Service. Look forward to our next visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
May 22, 2021
Christopher W.
Chris always delivers a great experience - thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 27, 2021
Rosemary S.
Lovely leisurely lunch in the garden. The two hours we were allocated was sufficient. Delicious platter and cheesy chips. Clean facilities.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Dec 26, 2020
Lynn D.
Excellent as always!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 21, 2020
Amy W.
We love the RAT! Now the children aren’t babies we can once again come back as no high chairs at the pub. Chris is always so lovely and welcoming

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Nov 06, 2020
Anne A.
Thanks, Chris, for a great lunchtime. Good luck in Lockdown 2. See you soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 04, 2020
Diana M.
Fabulous food and great service. Thanks so much

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 02, 2020
Anthony M.
Lovely lunch for a 70th birthday treat even though early due to the lockdown threat. Well organised and run in such difficult times.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Oct 30, 2020
Anne-Marie G.
Fantastic place - as always

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 28, 2020
Bridget W.
The steak and kidney pudding and burger were beautiful, the service impeccable, such polite and attentive staff, social distancing procedures were 1st class, we were seated next to the log fire, perfect

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 28, 2020
Vanessa C.
The food was great as always and the lovely log fire, was such a welcome!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 28, 2020
Gillian B.
We loved everything about our visit to the Rose & Thistle for lunch. The food was attractively presented and delicious. I would recommend the Guinea fowl and the bread and butter pudding with custard is to die for! The service was friendly and efficient. All in all, excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2020
Maria P.
Great food, friendly staff. Couldn't fault anything. Our first visit but will definitely be back and will recommend to friends and family.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2020
Jonathan E.
Tasty food, attentive service. Too full to try a pudding

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2020
Mark K.
Lovely food ambiance and great service. Really enjoyed my birthday lunch at the Rose and Thistle