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New Forest’s best food & drink

  • Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 29 March, 2024

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.

Who to go with: tour operators

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Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

  • Beaulieu, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

Experience

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.

Good for age: 8+

Burley Fudge Shop

  • Burley, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Delicious fudge with homemade chocolate and nuts

Experience

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.

Good for age: 4+

Foraging in the New Forest

  • Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Foraging in the New Forest

Experience

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

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 3-4 hours

Lyburn Cheese

  • Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom (UK)

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

Experience

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.

Good for age: 18+

New Forest Cider

  • Burley, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

New Forest Cider

Experience

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.

Good for age: 18+

Naked Jam

  • Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Chilli pepper apple jam with herbs. Top view.

Experience

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.

Good for age: 18+

Ringwood Brewery

  • Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Ringwood Brewery

Experience

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

Good for age: 18+

Setley Ridge Vineyard

  • Brockenhurst, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Experience

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

Good for age: 18+

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
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