The Marine, Milford on Sea 21/25

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Hurst Road
Milford on Sea
SO41 0PY

Tel:01590 644369


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: Easy/lift

Loos: Above average

gold LWL Gold Award – Awarded May 2012 – Cost £££££££

Revisited 6th May 2012 and had to revise our scoring from 24/25 to 21/25
I decided to have lunch with my husband and two friends at The Marine. Since the 1st review we have been on a couple of occasions and it has lived up to the very high 24/25 that we initially awarded it but this time there were a few flaws.It was irritating when I phoned the day before to book a window table for 1.0 pm to be told that there were none available at that time but we could have one at 12.15! (Did they think we would only be using the table for 45 mins?) We dutifully arrived at 12.15; we enjoyed our window table but there were only 2 other tables occupied the whole time we were there so we could have arrived at our preferred time of 1.0pm!Our food… my moules were over cooked and the 2 steaks ordered arrived very rare but they took them away and replaced them with perfectly cooked medium rare steaks as we had requested. 2 Fish pies were excellent. We shared a Marine Mess pudding, it was delicious. They did handle the situation well and gave us complimentary coffees and liqueurs to apologise for the moules and the steaks. We did miss the selection of homemade breads that have been available on our other visits.Nothing can change the view, it is still delightful and we still recommend The Marine!

November 2011

This week the 4 of us had the pleasure of lunching here; it was a fine day so the views from the upstairs restaurant across to the Isle of Wight and the Needles were lovely. (Later we had a look at the roof terrace; this will be a wonderful al fresco dining destination if we ever get a summer!)

The Art Deco building is beautiful; apparently it has been completely rebuilt since its days as a beach café. There are some  excellent professional photos on their web site. It is now a café/ bistro/ bar downstairs and a fine dining restaurant up stairs. There is also a Wine Cellar lounge that can be used for meetings but you should go in to see the glass viewing panel into the basement wine cellar with spiral staircase access, I’ve always wanted one in my kitchen!

We were greeted by maître d’ Dale and sommelier John who both looked after us, and everyone else in the restaurant, really well. BTW John mixes a mean G & T! We needed the drink to concentrate on the extensive menus and to make sure we had all made different choices so we could properly report to you… they have:

The Great Hampshire Set Course Winter Menu (subject to weekly change & available Weds, Thurs, Fridays & Sat lunch & Weds & Thurs evenings) Main course: £10.50 Two courses: £14.50 Three courses: £18.50 so excellent value for money. We had one starter from this menu, Smoked salmon with potato pancake, honey and mustard dressing & 2 mains, Roasted fillet of cod with champ mash, baby spinach and crab sauce & slow cooked Hampshire pork belly with mustard mash, crackling and apple sauce.

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The Winter Lunch & Dinner Menu (available Weds, Thurs, Friday & Sats Lunch & evenings) From this menu we had 3 starters, Watercress soup with frogs legs tortellini and truffle oil, Seared scallops with crispy pork belly, granny smith puree and honeycomb & Double baked smoked haddock and cheddar soufflé with spring onion cream and 1 main, Wild Sea bass poached in sea water with ‘potted shrimp’ cannelloni, scallop croque monsieur, apple puree and crab sauce (we actually saw one of the chefs dash down to the sea to collect the water to cook this in!)

And the Marine Winter Classics Menu (available Weds, Thurs, Friday & Sats Lunch & evenings) from this menu we chose The Marine fish and chips with tartare sauce and mushy peas. They also have a Sunday Lunch menu and they are all online.

Our meal started with some gorgeous homemade bread, walnut & raisin for example, served with unsalted butter but on one pat were smoked salt crystals. We were then served 2 different Amuse Bouche, Artichoke soup with truffle oil and Cod cheek with sweet potato fries, pea & coriander puree & homemade spicy ketchup.

As you can imagine by now we very full but still managed to taste an Assiette of some very yummy puds, the hot chocolate fondant with cherries deserves a special mention!

At John’s suggestion we drank a bottle Saint Sidone Rosé, Cotes du Provence 2009 & reasonably priced at £22.50

Sam Hughes is a very talented chef, all of us thoroughly enjoyed all our choices and everything tasted delicious. The dishes were beautifully presented and generous portions; there were a lot of appreciative sighs around the table! It was a very special lunch and we highly recommend The Marine. (At the moment the Marine is closed on Mons & Tues) Cost £££££££

Milford on Sea is fast becoming the Mecca for foodies!

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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 4/5
Variety of menu 4/5
Staff and service 4/5
Ambiance & décor 5/5
Value for Money 4/5


Total Yummy Factor


Original Report: CJ Update SA

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)

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