“As people become more and more concerned about where their food comes from and the processes it has been subjected to, nothing makes more sense to me than to eat local, shop local, and love local, and especially so when there is just so much to enjoy in Hampshire.”
Matt Tomkinson, Head Chef at the Terrace Restaurant
We like to serve food that makes sense. This means ethically and sustainably sourced food that’s reflective of the time of year and our beautiful location in Hampshire, the New Forest. We’re very fortunate to have access to amazing local produce across Hampshire. Thanks to the work of local suppliers such as John and Catriona Kennard at Exbury Gardens – who are so close to us they can deliver vegetables within ten minutes of them coming out of the ground – inspiration and a mood of creativity comes very easily.
Not only does buying local make sense because of the quality and taste, it makes sense for the environment too. We do things properly, recycling whatever we can, growing our own food and forming trusted relationships with carefully selected suppliers.
We’re passionate about ensuring that we are conforming to trends, being authentic and transparent whilst tackling the challenge of being a sustainable business.
“Of course, it’s not just we chefs that benefit from a county jam-packed with incredibly delicious produce. To try some of the best that Hampshire has to offer, head to the likes of Pondhead Farm – their New Forest beef, Pannage pork and venison are some of my favourites, and the native lobster and crab that can be bought from S & J Shellfish in Lymington is also excellent.”
Whether it’s our afternoon tea in the New Forest, a Sunday roast with the family or a lavish wedding, we keep the same philosophy on quality for everything and buy from the same people no matter what.
Try Head Chef, Matthew's dishes yourself at the Terrace Restaurant or call 01590 612324 to book a table or