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Last updated: 24 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Hidden away between the swathes of woodland, the New Forest is home to dozens of specialist food and drink producers, offering everything from cheeses and cider to chocolates, cured meats and home-made baked goods, as well as traditional holiday treats including fudge and ice-cream.

Building further on the local gastro theme, throughout the Forest, pubs, restaurants and hotels offer menus with ingredients sourced locally; look out for the New Forest Marque – awarded to produce that has been grown, reared or produced within the New Forest.

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Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

Beaulieu, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

A local chocolatier, where you can buy over 30 flavoursome varieties – all made on site. Half the premises is the chocolate-making studio – you can see the chocolate being made through a glass window.

Best for ages 4+

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Burley Fudge Shop

Burley, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Delicious fudge with homemade chocolate and nuts

A New Forest institution, this artisan fudge-maker is the place to come for a bewildering array of over 30 fudgie-flavours, from chilli to Eton Mess. Vegan, gluten-free and alternative sugar varieties available.

Best for ages 4+

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Foraging in the New Forest

Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Foraging in the New Forest

Wild Food offer these excellent 3- to 4-hour foraging courses in the Forest, collecting wild herbs, mushrooms, fruit and other vegetables. Tours on Friday-Sunday depart from the Red Shoot Inn.

Adult price: £70

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 3-4 hours

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Lyburn Cheese

Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Cheese collection, cheeses from United Kingdom, scottish matured farmcheese and mild cheddar cheese close up

Hand-made on the farm, Lyburn’s cows-milk cheeses are soft and creamy, and found in shops throughout the Forest. Check the website to see if pre-bookable tours of the farm are available.

Best for ages 18+

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New Forest Cider

Burley, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

New Forest Cider

In the picturesque village of Burley, New Forest Cider offers the chance to try different varieties straight from the barrel, all made with apples from their own orchards.

Best for ages 18+

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Naked Jam

Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Chilli pepper apple jam with herbs. Top view.

A local producer of natural, organic jams, preserves and chutneys that supplies many of the top luxury hotels in the UK. They offer jam-making classes and foraging tours from their base in Lymington.

Best for ages 13+

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Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood has been brewing its popular ales since 1978, and offers tours of its brewery along with tastings of some of its classic beers, including Old Thumper and the wonderfully-named Boondoggle.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

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Setley Ridge Vineyard

Brockenhurst, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Just outside Brockenhurst, Setley has been producing white, red and rose wine for twenty years, and offers pre-bookable tours and tastings.

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
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New Forest

Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

New Forest

A magical, highly accessible region of ancient woodland, open heathland and postcard-perfect traditional English villages.