And as if by magic autumn is upon us, but don’t fret because as we welcome the Harvest Festival we can look forward to all that autumn brings. A particular favourite at our quaint New Forest hotel, autumn will shortly cover our beautiful National Park in a miraculous carpet of red and gold but it also means that it is the start of the British Food Fortnight, and we love nothing more at The Montagu Arms than celebrating fine British food that’s been locally sourced and sustainably grown.
Established in 2002, the British Food Fortnight was initiated after the devastating Foot and Mouth crisis and offers an opportunity for businesses to come together and promote the importance of sustaining and supporting homegrown produce and farming as ‘the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink’. Along with the celebration there will be numerous food festivals taking place around the country with plenty of eating and drinking to be enjoyed.
Our own Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson considers it a hugely important celebration:
“I think it’s important for people to eat and buy British ingredients whenever possible because it supports British growers, farmers and producers, and in many cases, actually tastes better!”
Here at The Montagu Arms, Matt and the team at The Terrace Restaurant are not only driven by passion to serve the finest dishes to every guest, but they are devoted to sourcing the finest ingredients from responsible, ethical suppliers and as locally as possible, which means every day is a celebration of British food at The Terrace.
Supporting British producers, suppliers and farmers also means being flexible and working with nature in mind by taking great consideration of the changing seasons. Eating with the seasons is more sustainable; eliminating the need for produce to travel long distances and reducing energy consumption in the growing and nurturing of our food.
From the Bloxs Butter served with your sourdough at breakfast and the salad that accompanies your lunch (from just 4 miles away), to the lamb and fish served at dinner, our suppliers’ food is produced with the utmost care, and right here in Great Britain.
So, with the Harvest Festival and this wonderful celebration in full swing, what can we expect on the menu at The Terrace Restaurant for the new season?
For Matt “a traditional roast dinner cannot be beaten” when it comes to British food, but with Autumns arrival he anticipates the new flavours that a new season brings:
“Autumn means the start of the Game season, as well as delicious mushrooms and earthy flavours.”
We will look forward to Matt’s autumn menu, and in the meantime continue to celebrate British food every day by supporting local suppliers, producers and farmers. And welcoming you, our guests, to enjoy the wonderful dishes that Matt and his team create, from their finest, thoughtfully produced ingredients.
The restaurant is open to residents and non-residents daily for lunch and dinner. Whether it's for a celebration, executive meeting, private birthday dinner or afternoon tea - For places to eat in Hampshire, The Montagu Arms is the perfect spot.
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