Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson
Matthew was always destined for great things. As a child he recalls sneaking to the top of the stairs at his parents’ dinner parties when he should have been in bed and inhaling the scent of perfume and steak Diane, thinking it was just so glamorous.
Starting his career in 1998, working at a vegetarian restaurant in Cheshire, Matthew set his sights on fine dining and went on to win the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2005 (at 29) during his four-year stint at Michelin starred Ockenden Manor.
That would be impressive enough, were it not for the fact that it is the second time in a row he has accomplished the feat; he won his first start for the Goose in Britwell Salome in 2008.
Matthew takes great pleasure in his everyday work and it’s that passion that will always shine. “Our achievements help our guests understand that there is a certain standard of food that is served here and we aspire to be the highest quality. Awards are an incredible achievement but it can’t be the focus, guests must always be that. If you look after people properly, the rest will come.”
Matthew has forged a highly identifiable style that mixes classic French technique with his love of home-cooked food. Expect richly comforting dished laced with touches of innovation. At the Terrace Restaurant he likes to serve food that makes sense; food that reflects the year, the location and the incredible local produce we are so spoilt with.
“The New Forest is my larder and what a larder it is!”
To experience Matt’s delicious menu, why not book a table at The Terrace, our restaurant in the New Forest this summer? Call 01590 612324 or