The Mill at Gordleton Pub with rooms in Lymington, Hampshire

Prices from:
£89 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Former riverside mill; stunning location
  • Fab terrace & gardens; alfresco heaven
  • Stylish, spruced up interior
  • Imaginative food; seasonal produce
  • Cosy rooms; country-house charm
  • Coast & New Forest on doorstep

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Overview

The Mill at Gordleton Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 6DJ

The personal touch

Given its recent history of being a rather smart restaurant with rooms, Upham Pubs have done a fabulous job in reinventing the creeper-clad 17th-century mill as an informal pub with rooms (with good food) since acquiring the property in 2016. Some two miles west of Lymington, and set in over five acres of grounds beside the Avon Water, that include a stream, mill pond with dabbling ducks, sluice gates, weir and painted bridges, the pub with its own stunning terrace overlooks delightful gardens, a magnet for wildlife. Push open the latch gate, escape the hubbub of the summer terrace and explore the pub’s rambling ‘Secret Garden’ with a drink in hand – the Art Walk is full of unusual artworks, sculpture and exhibits. Inside, you’ll find a relaxing bar with parquet floor, soothing colours, rich fabrics, simple wooden tables, and Upham Ales on tap. Bag the wing chairs by the log fire in winter for an early pre-dinner drink. There are two beamed lounges and from one you can see the original mill workings, which are accessible from the outside, and the smart, light and airy dining rooms overlook the terrace and gardens. Book into your room early and enjoy afternoon tea (with fizz) on the terrace.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a warm welcome; kids have their own menu and smaller portions are served and children can stay overnight; extra beds are available.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and on the terrace but not overnight in the rooms.

Alfresco

On warm summer days as the gorgeous riverside terrace fills up early with diners looking to enjoy the Mill experience to the full.

What’s the Damage?
12 doubles/twin: £89-£339

What Else?

  • All credit cards take
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and bedroom
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Mill at Gordleton Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 6DJ

Do not disturb

Rooms are split between the original 400-year-old building and the adjacent Mill House, which Upham Pubs bought in 2017 and converted into four boutique bedrooms, all kitted out with the contemporary modern comforts guests require. Those in the main building ooze character and country-house charm with pastel floral and checked fabrics, big comfortable beds with quality linen and down, relaxing upholstered easy chairs, floral and country pictures, painted furnishings and swish newly refurbished bathrooms. The suite enjoys views of the river and garden, has a separate beamed sitting room with comfortable armchairs and a cosy fireplace, and a gorgeous bathroom with freestanding bath and large walk-in rain shower. Each room has complimentary Wi-Fi, the latest SMART television, fresh coffee, quality teas, Burley shortbread, bathrobes, and Annie Semonin toiletries. The Mill is also a great wedding venue; marquee on the Mill House lawn; private access to the Secret Garden; twelve very comfortable rooms for your guests.

 

 

What’s the Damage?
12 doubles/twin: £89-£339

What Else?

  • All credit cards take
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and bedroom
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Mill at Gordleton Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 6DJ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £10.95-£13.95; Main Courses: £12.95-£24.95; Desserts £7.25; set lunch 2 courses £16.95; 3 courses £19.95)

Head chef David Whiffen’s daily menus make sound use of fresh, local and seasonal produce, including locally grown vegetables, handmade cheeses and New Forest reared venison and pork, and they successfully balance the traditional and modern. On the bar menu you’ll find decent sandwiches, ham, egg and chips, beer battered haddock, Upham Ale bangers and mash and a classic burger. For dinner, try the pan-fried scallops, black pudding and apple puree or New Forest asparagus topped with poached egg and hollandaise for starters. Follow, perhaps with hake, saffron and shellfish butter sauce, Jersey royals and sea asparagus, or ginger and honey glazed duck breast, glass noodles stir fry and sweet chilli sauce. If you have room for a pudding, try the mango soufflé with Malibu ice cream, or opt for a plate of Dorset and Hampshire cheeses with a glass of Berry Brothers 20-year-old vintage port. The great value set lunch men, delicious Sunday roasts, homemade breads and ice creams, tip-top Upham beers, and a raft of boutique spirits and wines complete the pleasing picture.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 7.15am – 9.30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm (3pm Sunday);

Dinner: 7pm – 9pm (6.45pm – 8.30pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

10am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
12 doubles/twin: £89-£339

What Else?

  • All credit cards take
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and bedroom
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Landford SP5 2DN

Prize-winning producers of artisan cheeses such as Old Winchester and Stoney Cross, made on the farm using milk from their own dairy herd. Also available is an organic veg range, including lettuces, broad beans, sugar snap peas, pumpkins and squash. Pre-booked evening farm tours are offered during July.

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Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

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Setley Ridge Farm Shop & Vineyard, Brockenhurst SO42 7UF

A family-run business set in the middle of the New Forest, Paul Girling and his wife Hayley grow the grapes in their vineyard, from which they produce five different varieties of wine. These are stocked in the oak-framed farm shop, along with other produce from local suppliers, including jams and chutneys, cheeses and cakes. The farm shop is open seven days a week.

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Walking Picnics, Frogham SP6 2JA

Fancy exploring the glorious scenery of the New Forest and then enjoying a three-course home made gourmet picnic at the end of it? Nigel Owen leads the 3-4 mile guided nature walks, while his wife Christine is in charge of the picnics, made up of a light starter, home made pies or quiches and a choice of cakes or puddings. Summer season walks run from Easter through to September. During winter months they also run 'souper' walks, with a mug of homemade soup replacing the picnic.

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Beaulieu Chocolate Studio SO42 7YA

Having previously trained as a baker and chocolatier in France, owner Trevor Smith set up the chocolate factory in 2006, taking over what was the village patisserie. His successful range of 30 different filled chocolates, along with bars and gifts are all made, displayed and sold on site.

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Granary Kitchen Cookery School, Lymington SO41 OJH

Housed in a 100-year-old converted farm building, this cookery school launched in 2012 and is headed up by chef Christian Rivron. A range of different courses are on offer for home cooks of all levels and groups bookings are available.

9

Kimbridge On The Test Farm Shop, Romsey SO51 OLE

Tucked away in idyllic countryside, this farm shop has high quality produce supplied by local farmers, including smoked trout, lamb, pork and beef and their on-site butcher can offer advice on cuts and how to cook them. Their restaurant also offers a tranquil dining experience.

10

Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE

Owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, this little gem is a deli, fishmonger and cafe all rolled into one. Amongst its wide-ranging produce, it stocks artisan breads from the Hoxton Bakehouse and also offers Friday night ‘fish and chips’, which you can wash down with a glass of wine or ale.

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New Forest Food & Drink Festival

Week long celebration of everything food and drink across, with various foodie themed events at a host of locations, including the Bell Inn, across the New Forest. Late October to early November.

12

Sopley Farm Shop, Sopley, Christchurch BH23 7AZ

Edge of the New Forest farm growing over 20 different fruit and vegetables, including the delicious asparagus served at the Bell Inn, which can be bought at the Farm Shop, or Ringwood Farmers’ Market. Pick your own fruit & vegetables in season.

13

Minstead Village Shop & Café, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7FY

It’s worth seeking out this thriving village shop and café for delicious breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas, all freshly prepared using New Forest produce; everything is sourced with 15 miles of Minstead. Their foods are also on sale in the shop.

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New Forest Lavender Farm, Giles Lane, Landford SP5 2BG

If you pop in to view the fragrant lavender fields and the excellent nursery, then you must not leave without trying the delicious lunches and cream teas, which may include cheese and lavender scones and homemade lavender shortbread, naturally.

15

Hockey's Farm Shop

Wander around the farm to see their collection of rehomed domestic animals, the farm animals, the sheep, and the specialist British Lop pigs, then head to the cafe and farm shop for their own and other locally sourced meats and produce.

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New Forest Cider

Based in Burley, visit the New Forest Cider Farm and indulge in some traditionally brewed cider straight from the barrel.

Out & About

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Activities

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Dibden Golf Centre, Dibden SO45 5TB

This well-established golfing venue on the eastern edge of the New Forest has two excellent courses - a challenging 18-hole par 70 and a great 4-hole with two par 4s and seven par 3s. There is also a fleet of electric golf buggies and a range of electric and pull trolleys for hire.

3

Burley Villa Horse Riding, New Milton BH25 5SH

Novices and experienced riders, young or old, it doesn't matter what category you fit into. Burley Villa is where you can roam amid the glorious wooded acres of the New Forest National Park.

4

New Forest Bus Tour SO42 7RX

Enjoy an open-top safari through the New Forest National Park, see the local scenery at its best and witness the region's fascinating wildlife at close quarters on a bus ride with a difference. From the top deck the backdrop is a spectacular mix of open heath and ancient woodland. Hop on and off as you wish.

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Calshot Activities Centre, Calshot SO45 1BR

Situated on the shores of the Solent and one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain, Calshot offers an excellent choice of exciting water and land-based activities in the country's most popular watersports location.

Shopping

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The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6HE

A contemporary art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and ceramics from many well-established artists, as well as work from some very exciting younger artists. Solo, group and themed shows throughout the year.

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Stockbridge SO20 6EY

Take a stroll along Stockbridge's handsome High Street and you'll immediately spot a wide variety of individual, independent retailers - from art galleries and boutiques to specialist food shops as well as a butcher, greengrocer and fishmonger.

18

First Floor Gallery, 46 The Hundred, Romsey SO51 8BX

Expect a wide variety of goods and services at First Floor Gallery in Romsey - from professional bespoke framing to picture movement, installation and restoration. Original paintings, prints, ceramics, gifts and cards can also be found stocked here.

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Rhian Fashion House, Warsash SO31 9JA

A popular, stylish boutique based at Warsash, near Southampton, with over 20 years' experience in the fashion industry, Rhian sources its stock from much-sought Frank Lyman and a variety of French and Italian designers. The business also runs a series of charitable fashion shows throughout the year.

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Coastal Gallery, 4 Southampton Road, Lymington SO41 9GG

This Lymington-based independent art gallery specialises in modern artwork by contemporary artists and designers, including abstract art, landscape and fine art photography, printmaking, studio ceramics and sculpture.

22

Wilton Shopping Centre, Wilton SP2 0RS

Just a short drive in the direction of Salisbury brings you to this historic courtyard setting comprising shops, restaurants and an antique centre. Wilton Flooring has its own on-site factory shop where you can browse among quality carpets and rugs.

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Salisbury SP1 1EJ

The historic city of Salisbury never fails to offer a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience. Among its quaint old streets, you’ll find an impressive array of quality retailers and independent shops – especially in the vicinity of Winchester Street, Catherine Street, Fisherton Street and High Street.

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Norris & Sons, Beaulieu SO42 7YG

Based at Beaulieu in the New Forest and boasting 130 years’ experience, Norris & Sons is just the place for country, shooting, outdoor and equestrian clothing – from coats and wellington boots to brands such as Pikeur, Horseware, Ariat and Musto.

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Elliots, High Street, Lymington SO41 9YS

This family business, dating back more than 140 years and based in Lymington High Street, is a department store renowned for combining the best in modern style and design, with the highest standards of quality and service. Covering three floors, Elliotts offers the world’s finest men’s and ladies’ fashion, footwear and accessories.

Places to visit

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Salisbury Cathedral SP1 2EJ

Its spire is the tallest in the country, immortalised in John Constable's famous painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, painted in 1831. The cathedral was begun in 1220, finished about 1280, and includes a medieval frieze and an original copy of the Magna Carta.

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Kingston Lacy, Wimborne BH21 4EA

Magnificent Kingston Lacy is described by the National Trust as an Italian palace in the heart of Dorset. Inside you'll find paintings by Rubens, Titian and Tintoretto and the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK.

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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont SO51 0LP

This 12th-century former Augustinian priory became a private house after the Dissolution. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont includes a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler and a superb walled garden containing one of the finest collections of roses in the country. A tributary of the Test flows prettily through the grounds.

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Longstock Water Park Gardens, Stockbridge SO20 6JF

Open to visitors on the third Sunday of the month during spring, summer and autumn, Longstock Water Gardens, just a couple of miles from Stockbridge, comprise three hectares of woodland with lakes and interconnecting islands and was voted the finest water gardens in the world by the International Water Lily Society.

10

Broadlands, Romsey SO51 9ZD

Renowned for its fine Palladian-style architecture and open to visitors during the summer months, Broadlands was the home of the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. It was here that the Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first three days of their honeymoon in 1981.

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Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common SO21 1JY

Marwell, near Winchester, offers the chance to get up close to the breathtaking wonders of the natural world. Home to more than 1,200 animals of 235 different species and set in 140 acres, Marwell is an important wildlife centre with a strong emphasis on conservation and breeding.

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Exbury Gardens, Exbury SO45 1AZ

Exbury Gardens, a short drive from Beaulieu and created by Lionel de Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family, are renowned for their outstanding collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. There are also superb woodland gardens and peaceful walks down to the banks of the picturesque Beaulieu River.

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The Isle of Wight PO32 6SP

For many visitors there is a timeless quality to the Isle of Wight. Being an island it has a unique and highly distinctive quality. Within minutes of leaving Beaulieu, you can jump aboard the ferry at Lymington and spend a day exploring this glorious coastal gem. Among a host of island attractions are Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was held before his execution, and Osborne House, the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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National Motor Museum, Beaulieu SO42 7ZN

Just a stone's throw from the Master Builders you'll find one of the world's largest collections of vehicles and motoring memorabilia dating back more than a century.

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Breamore House & Countryside Museum, Breamore SP6 2DF

Breamore is an Elizabethan manor house and countryside museum on the western edge of the New Forest. Expect paintings, porcelain, period furniture and a rare James I carpet. The museum includes one of the finest collections of steam-powered farm machinery.

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Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5DT

Near Tollard Royal on glorious Cranborne Chase, these gardens offer a breathtaking assortment of horticultural riches. In addition to camellias, rhododendrons and a striking hydrangea collection, there are ornate buildings, peacocks and macaws.

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Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS

Awesome and full of interest, one of Europe’s finest cathedrals, with the longest of all Gothic naves, this magnificent building dominates the city’s compact and fascinating medieval centre. Treasures include many rare books, notably a wonderful 12th-century illuminated Bible, some spectacular architecture, and the tombs of Jane Austen, Izaak Walton and the early English kings. Don’t miss sung evensong for an opportunity to hear the choir.

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Paulton's Park Home of Peppa Pig World

Paultons Park is a much loved family theme park with over 70 exciting rides and attractions. Paultons is home to the UK exclusive and world’s first Peppa Pig World. There is an amazing variety of things to see and all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park.

Walking

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
A vast network of woodland paths and tracks awaits you on the doorstep of the Mill at Gordleton. One of the loveliest walks in the area connects Lymington to Beaulieu via a scenic stretch of the 60-mile Solent Way. The second half of this section, very popular with walkers, is along the banks of the Beaulieu River, sheltered and beautiful. If you intend visiting the nearby Isle of Wight, you’ll find a bewildering assortment of paths and tracks that take advantage of the island’s many miles of stunning natural beauty.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
www.hants.gov.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban paths make Hampshire a great place for getting in the saddle. The New Forest also has more than 100 miles of off-road routes that are ideal for cycling. If time allows, head over to the Isle of Wight and enjoy an exhilarating cycle ride along quiet lanes and tracks accompanied by glorious sea views and magnificent scenery. The island was recently crowned one of Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 Cycling Destinations in the World’.

Events

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Throughout the year this charming corner of the country – the New Forest and the Isle of Wight – witnesses some of the country’s biggest and best-known festivals and summer fixtures. There’s the Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show at Broadlands in September, the New Forest & Hampshire County Show at Brockenhurst in July, the highly successful Isle of Wight Walking Festival in May and, of course, Cowes Week annually in August when the entire Solent becomes a breathtaking cavalcade of colour and spectacle.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From M27 (Junction 1), follow A337 for Lyndhurst and through Brockenhurst to Lymington. Just prior to Lymington, proceed under a railway bridge to a mini roundabout. Go straight across and turn right just before the Monkey House Inn. Heading for Hordle, The Mill at Gordleton is on the right after approximately 1.5miles

By Rail: Nearest railway stations are Brockenhurst or New Milton, both a 10-minute taxi ride away

Address:

Silver Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 6DJ

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