About The Forest Home

Right on the edge of The New Forest is The Forest Home, a warm and cosy retreat, filled with ambience, good company and proper, hearty British food. It’s a family-run establishment in the charming Southampton and Holbury suburb of Hardley and Billy, the head chef, doesn’t let anything leave his kitchen that he wouldn’t eat himself. Everything on the menu at The Forest Home is home cooked using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and many of the vegetables are even grown in the allotment out back. To highlight any one dish off a menu so good is a sin, but we live on the edge, so take it from us that the roast lamb and the seared tuna are not to be missed. The Forest Home has comfy sofas by the fire or a picturesque outdoor area, and there’s regular events and special evenings. Fit for any occasion, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


The Forest Home
Long Lane, Hardley
Holbury SO45 3FH

Menu Highlights



Thai Crab cakes


Chicken liver pate





Roast Lamb


Mixed roast


Sausage and mash


16 The Forest Home Reviews

16 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Good value
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Michelle G.2 months ago · 1 review

The staff were very welcome, was a very relaxed evening with outstanding food. Is great that dogs are welcome. We will be back with friends and family.

Jacqueline C.4 months ago · 1 review

our group was booked for 12.30pm all 9 of us and it was mums birthday meal. Our waitress was very good and polite making sure everything was alright food was hot and very tasty. The only slight thing was my apple crumble wasn't as hot as should have been but all in all very enjoyable experience. We will be returning

Irene B.4 months ago · 3 reviews

Best local restaurant for service , good home cooked food all reasonably priced, lovely atmosphere

Irene B.4 months ago · 3 reviews

Once again , outstanding service, and good old home cooking, nothing better, will be returning definitely

Terry O.7 months ago · 1 review

All four of us really enjoyed the hospitality and Irish overtones of the pub and its owner and staff. The food was excellent though one of our company thought that the stew was over salted, however that particular person is picky about salt. Therefor the only disappointment there was for the remainder of the company was that the Stake and ale pie was not on the menu. All in all we were very happy THANK YOU!!!

Jennifer B.5 months ago · 1 review

Party of 12, Sunday Lunch, service slow but we were not rushed with the meal. Food was enjoyed by all except that one more difficult person did not have the same veg as everyone else! Was brought the missing veg after quite a while though. Long wait then for clearing and then for a dessert menu, but the desserts when they arrived were delicious. Paying individually was easy and efficiently done. Overall good.

maddy A.9 months ago · 1 review

The Forest Home is friendly and comfortable and is a great place to eat and drink. We enjoyed real ale with the Sunday roast. Beef for myself and nut roast for my daughter. Would recommend it.

Irene B.5 months ago · 3 reviews

The best food I have ever tasted, nicelly displayed, and reasonably priced, atmosphere very pleasant, as well as polite and pleasant staff, will definitely be going again,again and again, well done Forest Home.

Fran T.4 months ago · 2 reviews

A very cosy welcoming local with delicious food and friendly staff too. Booked through Quandoo but hadn’t received the reservation. Luckily this didn’t phase them and we were very happy with the experience. Thanks

Michael M.a year ago · 1 review

Good food,cheerful staff. We were on table 10 , meal was very good but I thought expensive for a pub meal . We came on a quiz night so very noisy, but, obviously very popular. We will probably go again sometime.