Go New Forest Taste the New Forest - May
We are really proud of our local food & drink here in the forest, and invite you to celebrate it with us throughout 2021. From farmers and local artisan producers who grow and create our amazing food and drink, to the shops and hamper companies that sell it. And we can’t forget our talented chefs who make the delicious dishes in our pubs, restaurants and cafes to satiate appetites and satisfy palates for locals and visitors alike.

Join us in celebrating - and Taste the New Forest this year!
Let's celebrate and support our phenomenal New Forest food and drink business this May. Whether it's enjoying the sun, fantastic atmosphere and delicious food in a pub garden or restaurant and café terraces, on a picnic with a hamper full of tempting local treats amongst our breath-taking wildlife or heading to a local farm shop to pick up some amazing local produce. Plus indoor eateries will be reopening on 17 May, giving even more choice of places to enjoy our incredible food and drink...
This Month's Features...
Top Outdoor Food & Drink Locations

Many of our pubs, restaurants, cafes & tearooms are now reopen and welcoming you back to enjoy delicious local food and drink their gardens and outdoor spaces once again! Book your next outing now.
Support Local

It's important to support our New Forest food and drink businesses. Whether it's artisan producers, farm shops or our local eateries, they need your custom and support - think local!

Charcuterie is the French term for the culinary art of cold cooked meats, including salami, ham, pates, confit and more. This incredibly popular dish is available to enjoy at local eateries in the New Forest, or on a picnic amongst our stunning nature. There are a few local curing producers in the New Forest, creating delicious local charcuterie.
Afternoon Tea

Finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, tempting cakes, pastries & desserts and a good old cup of tea... and sometimes even a glass of champagne - we can't think of a better foodie delight to enjoy in the gardens of our stunning hotels and cafes this May. It's the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, or just to catch up with friends!

Throw down your tartan blanket and graze on some delicious local food, surrounded by stunning flora & fauna and free roaming animals, or looking out across our stunning secret coast - picnics are the ideal experience, full of sensational local food and drink, in the New Forest.
May Food & Drink Festivals & Events

From local pizza pop ups, weekly markets and a special appearance from the BBC Good Food Market at Beaulieu, there's loads of fantastic food & drink events happening in the New Forest this month! Book your tickets now so you don't miss our on all the foodie fun...
Sandy Booth - The New Forest Fruit Company

Sandy is owner of The New Forest Fruit Co, who specialise in the commercial growing, packaging and distributing fruit to the leading UK supermarkets, as well as local shops too. 
Andrew & Sarah Parry-Norton - The Commoner's Larder

Andrew and Sarah are Commoners and are owners of The Commoner's Larder, where they deliver local food, including pork, beef, lamb and eggs to doorsteps and to local hospitality businesses.
Upcoming Food & Drink Festivals and Events...
New Forest Pizza Company at
The Thatched Cottage
1 May 2021
BBC Gardeners' World Fair Spring
28, 29 & 30 May 2021
Burley Park
5 & 6 June 2021
Lymington Seafood Festival
Bath Road Park
16, 17 & 18 July 2021

New for 2021, New Forest Marque's newly launched quarterly boxes offer a range of seasonal New Forest Marque produce to allow subscribers to discover delicious, local products and unique hand crafted treasures. Boxes will contain primarily local food and drink as well as handcrafted non food items which will vary with the seasons.  

By purchasing our Taste of the New Forest Marque Boxes - whether a one off purchase or an annual subscription for the four seasonal offerings you will be supporting local, food, drink and craft business in the New Forest and will be treated to a selection of 8-10 individually selected products supplied by Marque members and delivered to your door.

Subscription boxes are available for purchase, from as little as £30 per quarter, exclusively via our website and offered for delivery across the New Forest Marque area only.

Subscribe before the 1st May for the Summer delivery on 15th May.
Share your incredible New Forest food & drink experiences with us, by hashtagging #tastethenewforest on your posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Care For the Forest, Care For Each Other

When you're in the New Forest, please help us in protecting and taking care of our beautiful, unique wildlife and nature by following the New Forest Code. Just a few simple steps that make all the difference!