Burley Manor | Spring In The New Forest

Only an hour and a half from London and perfect for day trips or overnight stays, guests can make the most of what the forest has to offer, combining a walk through the fabulous heathland, which is covered with beautiful bluebells during April and May, and home to fabulous wild ponies, combined with lunch and perhaps a spa treatment – a great way to enjoy spring in the UK at its best.

The kitchen really does sit at the heart of Burley Manor, and, as above, takes inspiration from the passion for ingredients and the warm, relaxed way of the Mediterranean lifestyle. The very best, seasonal ingredients are sourced from across the British Isles, ensuring the constantly evolving menu includes something special at all times – be that local pannage pigs who are seen around the village, Burley venison or scallops from the Scottish Isles.

Why not try a selection of delicious tapas on the new spring menu including wild mushroom arancini with garlic aioli, salt-baked beetroot caponanta or beef and sherry cured beef, with chorizo migas. From forest and coast, taste the steak a la plancha, Lebanese monk fish or cumin-roasted pigeon. For those looking to share dishes, the Cypriot-style guinea fowl or roasted belly of pork ‘prochetta’ are both tasty options!

Members of the slow food movement, the menu is inspired by superb quality and precise simplicity.  It’s bold flavours and impressive wood-fired oven combine to create a restaurant that is a place for locals, day-trippers and in-house guest alike. Images of one of Burley Manor’s original owners, Mrs Lister-Kay, and her striking Italian garden and fowl run influenced the manor’s Mediterranean feel – and made chicken a signature Burley Manor dish.

And if the weather really picks up, there’s also an outdoor swimming pool open between June and September – set in the midst of the gardens and surrounded by an original stone wall, facing the neighbouring deer park.