The South Restaurants

In summer, and especially on summer weekends, visitors can overrun the restaurants in small villages, so either book a table in advance or prepare to wait. The more popular or upscale the restaurant, the more critical a reservation is. For local specialties, try fresh-grilled river trout or sea bass poached in brine, or dine like a king on New Forest's renowned venison. Hampshire is noted for its pig and sheep farming, and you might zero in on pork and lamb dishes on local restaurant menus. The region places a strong emphasis on seasonal produce, so venison, for example, is best between September and February.

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  • 1. Anokaa

    $$ | Indian

    For a refreshingly modern take on Indian cuisine, try this bustling restaurant a few minutes from the center. Classic recipes are taken as starting...Read More

  • 2. Hix Oyster & Fish House

    $$ | Seafood

    This coastal outpost of one of London's trendiest restaurants combines stunning views overlooking the Cobb with the celebrity-chef's trademark...Read More

  • 3. Howard's House

    $$$$ | British

    If you're after complete tranquility, head for this early-17th-century house on 2 acres of grounds in the Nadder Valley. The excellent restaurant...Read More

  • 4. Oxford Brasserie

    $$$ | French

    Fresh fish is always available at this airy modern brasserie close to the docks. The cosmopolitan menu draws on French, Modern British, and...Read More

  • 5. Rick Stein, Winchester

    $$$ | Seafood

    Renowned as Britain's finest seafood chef, Rick Stein chose Winchester for his first venture away from the Cornish coast. The menu is largely...Read More

  • 6. The Pig

    $$$ | British

    Funkier sister of glamorous Lime Wood, this New Forest "restaurant with rooms" puts the emphasis on localism and seasonality and is a local...Read More

  • 7. Abarbistro

    $$ | British

    A relaxed, modern bistro midway between Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays, this place is ideal for a snack, meal, or glass of wine from the...Read More

  • 8. Boston Tea Party

    $ | Café

    Specializing in quick, nourishing meals, this relaxed café in a 14th-century building serves hot and cold breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon...Read More

  • 9. Castle Inn

    $ | British

    This family-run traditional pub that dates back to the 16th century has flagstones, bare stone walls, an inglenook fireplace, an open fire in...Read More

  • 10. Cathedral Refectory

    $ | British

    With a vaulted glass roof on steel supports, this self-service cafeteria across from the cathedral combines contemporary style with locally...Read More

  • 11. Charter 1227

    $$ | British

    Casual and friendly but still upscale, this second-floor restaurant overlooking Market Place offers seasonal menus blending traditional British...Read More

  • 12. Chesil Rectory

    $$$ | British

    The timbered and gabled building may be venerable—it dates back to the mid-15th century—but the cuisine is Modern British, using locally sourced...Read More

  • 13. Forte Kitchen

    $ | Café

    This unfussy but elegant café-restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea offers freshly made soups, sandwiches, hot dishes, egg...Read More

  • 14. Green's Bar and Kitchen

    $ | British

    Reasonably priced comfort food is served cafeteria-style at this established, family-run favorite, including dishes like pork belly hotpot,...Read More

  • 15. Montparnasse

    $$$$ | British

    Modern art on taupe walls adds a contemporary touch to this relaxed restaurant, a local favorite for over 30 years. The cuisine is more Modern...Read More

  • 16. Pascal's Brasserie

    $ | French

    Tucked away from the busy harbor, this French-owned local favorite serves classic Gallic dishes such as onion soup, eggs Benedict, and croque...Read More

  • 17. Seaview Hotel Restaurant and Bar

    $$$$ | British

    A strong maritime flavor defines this outstanding restaurant in the heart of a harbor village just outside Ryde. Much of the fresh produce is...Read More

  • 18. The Bell Cliff Restaurant and Tea Rooms

    $ | British

    This cozy, child-and-dog-friendly restaurant in a 17th-century building at the bottom of Lyme Regis's main street makes a great spot for a light...Read More

  • 19. The Black Rat

    $$$$ | British

    This former pub is one of two Michelin-starred restaurants in town, with relatively reasonable prices. The Black Rat specializes in hearty Modern...Read More

  • 20. The Pond Café

    $$$ | European

    Overlooking a secluded, elongated pond in the hamlet of Bonchurch, a mile north of Ventnor, this quiet, understated restaurant is a good place...Read More

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