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The Elderflower Lymington in New Forest


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The chosen retaurant of our birthday girl with the rest always willing to try somewhere new. We were warmly welcomed by Katie which she and her staff continued throughout our lunch, always being cheerful and helpful.
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08 February 2019
On holiday in Lymington we decided to eat at the Elderflower as it looked nice inside, situated in the quaint Quay Street. Once sat down for our 5-course dinner, we were left perhaps a little too long without starting, with only a bread roll and water to console us. But then our first course of velouté matched with a yeasty Hampshire Sparking Wine (Champagne) - excellent and very light. The waitress explained both the velouté and wine in some detail: it was great to see the effort involved in creating the dish. Having waited for us to finish our wine, the second tiny course of roasted vegetables was matched with a bright and crisp unoaked Chardonnay. By now the alcohol intake was beginning to exceed the food, yet we had to down the entire glass before the next course arrived! So, our small fish course of rolled place came and was matched with a citrussy Languedoc. We were beginning to get happy and again downed the entire glass awaiting the next course. This turned out to be a lovely piece of beef fillet, matched with a deep Bordeaux. By now we really had drunk more than sufficient wine, and spotting another diner working his way through, what looked like a Sauternes, with his pudding, we decided that discretion was really the better part of valour and indicated to the waitress that we would forego the putting wine and hold onto our red. Duly a gorgeous variety of shortbreads arrived alongside a scoop of ice cream and, finally coffee with petit fours to end the evening. Well, what a dinner: stupendously sourced, cooked and prepared mini-dishes all different and excellent; nicely matched wines; great service and a lovely quiet, romantic dining room. My only comment would be to start the wine sooner and perhaps serve smaller quantities, given that five full glasses with very small dishes could be a little too generous! Nevertheless, we had a wonderful and memorable evening!
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03 June 2019

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