Pop-up Restaurant Opens at Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest
By: Balmer Lawn Hotel
The restaurant takes the form of an enormous 28m x 10m stretch tent, located in front of the hotel on the terrace overlooking the cricket pitch.
The spacious tent – ideal for social distancing and complemented with a wonderful lighting and heating scheme, is decorated with sheepskin rugs and rustic tables and will be perfect for an 'Alpine' atmosphere, completed by the waft of gluvine!
The restaurant menu will include classic Italian pasta dishes like Beef Ragu Pappadella, sharing boards of Italian meats, breads, cheese pickles and more.
Christmas seasonal twists will appear alongside the superb pizzas being cooked in the open-air kitchen by the hotel chefs on the recently launched outdoor Gozney Pizza Oven.
Sample pizzas include the Isle of Wight (tomato, confit, garlic, Isle of Wight blue cheese, and basil), goat cheese and rocket with red onion confit, the classic Margherita (tomato, mozzarella and basil) and the renowned Diavola (spicy sausage, chilli, olives, basil and thick, creamy, mozzarella).
There is also a selection of flatbreads and salads including pulled brisket with Montagnolo and rocket, smoked local trout with capers and rocket, and home-made smoked Tunworth cheese with rocket and honey.
Alternatively, guests can choose from the Brasserie menu which has dishes including pan fried gnocchi with spinach and Puttanesca sauce, homemade burger made from 28-day-aged beef, and Creedy Carver duck breast with warm niçoise and a balsamic jus.
However, no dining experience at the Lodge Kitchen and Bar would be complete without sampling a local ale and you can't get more local than 'Henry's Pale Ale', which has been designed and brewed on the premises at the Brockenhurst Brewery by Henry (as the name suggests!) Wilson – son of the hotel owners Chris and Alison Wilson.
General Manager, Michael Clitheroe, who has been in charge of Balmer Lawn Hotel for over five years commented "Since re-opening the hotel on the 4th July we have continued to go from strength to strength with the Staycation boom, and we are incredibly excited to launch the Lodge Kitchen and Bar. This Christmas The Balmer Lawn will quite simply be the place to go to experience a unique outside/inside festive food offering!"
Double rooms cost from £60 pp (two sharing) on a B&B basis.
Call 01590 623 116 or visit www.balmerlawnhotel.com.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR