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Hartnett Holder & Co Lime Wood, Lyndhurst 22/25

September 28, 2013
Hartnett Holder & Co at Lime Wood 22/25 Lyndhurst Restaurant

Lyndhurst restaurants

Beaulieu Rd
SO43 7FZ

Tel: 023 8028 7177


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking:Own car park & valet

Wheelchairs: Easy

Loos: Excellent

LWL Gold Award – Awarded May 2013 – Cost £££££££££££££

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The four of us had been looking forward to visiting Hartnett Holder & Co at the refurbished Lime Wood for some time; we were lucky to go on a gorgeous day and so were able to enjoy our G & T’s on the delightful terrace.
If you haven’t been before you must approach slowly as the signage for the entrance is very low key in keeping with the forest surroundings. Another tip; the parking area is a short distance from the entrance but if you arrive in pouring rain or don’t feel like walking for any other reason just pull up at the front door and someone will park your car for you. We had to use valet parking on this visit because they were so busy the car park was full!
Upon entering Lime Wood we are sure you will be very impressed with the décor… the marble floors, the chandeliers, the bespoke furniture, the staircases, the art work and even the floral displays are beyond compare. It seems impossible but after the changes it is even more gorgeous and really deserves more than 5/5 for the ambiance and décor. We loved the change of the courtyard to the new bar and the restaurant now has a much cosier and relaxed feel to it helped by the addition of a bar and use of warming colours. The restaurant seems smaller but apparently now has more covers as you can sit at the bar.

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Luke Holder is a very talented chef who was running the kitchen solo on our last visit, he has now been joined by the famed Angela Hartnett. Her Italian background has been a big influence on the menus. For example 2 of us decided to sample The Il Tavolio Della Cucina, a “Family Style, leave it to the chefs” menu. Our 5 courses: Home cured meats (from their own smoke house) and pickles, pizzetta, a very pretty young vegetable salad, (the first time we have eaten primroses), a delicious whole brill with brown shrimps and a selection of puds.
SM started with linguini with lobster and chilli (we felt the chilli a tad over powering) and then chose halibut, scallops & peas. SA had white asparagus, brown shrimp and burnt butter followed by a Jurassic rose veal chop with artichokes and parmesan crust. Unfortunately the chop had to be replaced as the first one was tough, naturally our charming and very knowledgeable waiter Charlie dealt with the problem efficiently and chef agreed it should not have left the kitchen. (All the staff we encountered were delightful). We ordered side dishes of sautéed potatoes, leaf spinach and deep fried courgettes to accompany our food.
We all chose a different pud; an Eton mess, vanilla tart with rum prunes, Nonna’s semifreddo and finally a lemon cream, curd jelly with salted oats… this one (Charlie’s recommendation) was the favourite! We enjoyed our food, which was beautifully presented, very much. They do do a 2 course lunch menu to include coffee for a reasonable £19.95 and promise to get you in & out in 45mins or your lunch is free… obviously a draw for lunch hour business. (They do 3 courses for £25.)
This was an extravagant lunch but as we were in such luxurious surroundings we still think Hartnett Holder & Co deserves 4/5 for value of money. Destination dining at its finest! They were very busy so when you are ready for a special treat we recommend booking.

Sister restaurant The Pig in Brockenhurst

and The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 4/5
Variety of menu 4/5
Staff and service 5/5
Ambience & décor 5/5
Value for Money 4/5


Total Yummy Factor


Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)

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