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What’s on offer in the village of Beaulieu

PUBLISHED: 17:05 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:06 08 March 2016

© Michael Foyle Photography

© Michael Foyle Photography

Copyright (C) Michael Foyle Photography

One of the most visited villages in the New Forest, Beaulieu is picturesque, bursting with fascinating places to explore and has a real sense of community says Claire Pitcher

Grabbing a bite

You really are spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink in and around Beaulieu. For fine dining you must try the Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms Hotel. It’s in the Sunday Times’ top 100 restaurants and The Times winner of Best Sunday Lunch in the UK. Take a look at the menus online at www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk. If you’re after lunch with a view, then go along to The Master Builders at Bucklers Hard. If the weather permits, sample a slice from their new pizza oven. Check out the menu and book online at www.hillbrookehotels.co.uk. If it’s a lighter snack you’re looking for, try the brilliant Old Bakehouse tea rooms or homegrown cooking at Steff’s Kitchen in the garden centre.


Making the headlines

Most recent news from the village surrounds the new Lord and Lady Montagu, who have decided they will not be living at the historic Palace House, according to the Daily Echo. The 13th century manor house has been home to the Montagu family and their illustrious ancestors for hundreds of years. Previous Lord Montagu, Edward 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, died last year and his widow, Fiona Lady Montagu, is moving to London. The new Lord Montagu, Edward’s oldest son Ralph, has said he and his wife Ailsa will remain in their more modest home in the village.

Beaulieu used to be famed for its Jazz Festival but in 1960 it hit the local headlines when a teenager stormed the stage. Caught on video camera, other audience members jumped at the chance of appearing on TV and joined him on stage.

In November 2010 the BBC revealed that Beaulieu was home to a World War II ‘spy school’. The estate was used for training spies before they were deployed behind enemy lines in Europe. Just some of the skills they were trained in included planting explosives, sabotage, forgery and silent killing!


Dates for your diary

There’s plenty happening at Beaulieu Abbey and the Motor Museum throughout the year. In May 2016, from the 29 to 30, go to Truckmania and stand among the giants of motoring. Also don’t miss the fireworks on the 29th October. There’s a full list of what’s on at www.beaulieu.co.uk. Elsewhere in the village, award-winning chef Matthew Tomkinson is hosting a Chefs Master Class on the 8th June at the Montagu Arms Hotel, call 01590 612324 to book. Also not to be missed are the Pony Sales on the first Thursday of September, October, November, and December. They take place in the morning at Beaulieu Road Station, Beaulieu Road, between Lyndhurst and Beaulieu.


Village memento

The village really is a one-stop shop if you are after a gift for someone or something special to take home. First stop should be the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio for some New Forest made treats, from truffles to fudge (beaulieuchocolatestudio.co.uk). Next up, try Norris Gifts and Furnishings for something for the home, or they also sell Alex Monroe jewellery and Crabtree and Evellyn toiletries (beaulieugiftshop.co.uk). Pop along to Fairweather’s Garden Centre to pick up some plants for spring, or peruse their gifts and interiors products (fairweathers.co.uk). Beaulieu Fine Arts is a great place to take in some local artwork and you never know…there may be a piece too good to resist (www.beaulieufinearts.co.uk).


Did you know?

At the British National Motor Museum in Beaulieu there are four world land speed record holders. Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Sunbeam 350hp, Donald Campbell’s Bluebird Proteus CN7, the Sunbeam 1000hp and the Irving-Napier Special ‘Golden Arrow’ driven by Henry Seagrave.


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