The Master Builder’s, Nr Beaulieu 17/25

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The Master Builder’s, Bucklers Hard

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Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu Estate

Hampshire SO42 7XB

Tel: 01590 616253

Website: www.themasterbuilders.co.uk

Gluten free: Yes

Parking: Own large car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

The Master Builder’s comes under the Hillbrooke Hotels umbrella and is situated on the picturesque Beaulieu River. Originally built in 1729 it changed to a hotel in 1926 when it was re-named. Visit their web-site for a more detailed account of it’s history.

The Walking group I belong to ventured out for lunch and noting that the weather forecast predicted a change for the better in the afternoon we decided to eat first and then walk it off!

We were 9 and chose from the Bar Menu – 12noon – 2.30 Mon to Fri and 3pm on Sat and Sun. Our choices: New Forest game casserole with rustic bread and roasted vegetables £13.95, New Forest honey-roasted ham, 2 fried eggs and fries, very yummy, home made Pie of the Day (steak & ale) with seasonable vegetables and mashed potato £12.95 and finally the cheese & biscuits – 5 Local Cheeses with chutney and grapes £9.00…. only a small amount of each cheese was the comment! Everyone else was complimentary about the flavours and portion sizes.

We didn’t have pudding but they are £5.95 each or a selection of New Forest Ice Cream & sorbets, 3 scoops for £4.25. The full menus are on their website.

The outside eating area is large with wonderful views across the river so a lovely al fresco destination in the Summer. We walked along the river ending in Beaulieu Village about 2 miles in glorious sunshine!

Ladies Who Lunch: The Master Builder’s, scoring

£££award.bronze LWL Bronze Award awarded February 2014

Cost £££

3/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu

4/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

3/5 Value for money

17/25 Total yummy factor. Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!