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Sunday Carvery continues..

Date published: Thursday 29 January 2015

“A very pleasant dining experience”
Tripadvisor Review 12 January 2015

 Stayed at the Balmer Lawn for one night. We arrived early on the Sunday for the carvery lunch. The carvery was very good, choice of 3 meats and roasties and large yorkshires which you helped yourself to. They brought out a bowl of fresh vegetables for you. A pianist was playing in the background and was very good value for £9.95 and you could add a starter or pudding for £5.00.

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Introducing our new Executive Chef

Date published: Tuesday 27 January 2015

We are delighted to welcome our new Executive Chef, Chris Wheeldon to the Iconic Balmer Lawn Hotel, a part of the New Forest. 

Chris has had a passion for cooking since his early years, having trained at Highbury College in Portsmouth. He brings to the table a wealth of experience.

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Hot Wedding Trends for 2015

Date published: Saturday 24 January 2015

Struggling to pick a colour scheme for your wedding? What type of flowers to have? What the bridesmaids should be wearing? Or just want ideas to have your wedding stand out from the crowd?

Then look no further for inspiration as here at the Balmer Lawn, the New Forest Hotel we have the HOT Wedding Trends of 2015 summarised for you! 

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Chilly but warm..

Date published: Thursday 22 January 2015

It may be a little chilly at Reception but we are still able to give our guests a warm welcome to the hotel! We are all looking forward to the unveiling of our newly refurbished lounge area, and most definitely welcome back the roaring fireplace! There may be changes on the horizon for us at Reception too …. As ever we will keep you updated!

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Work Experience at the Balmer Lawn

Date published: Tuesday 20 January 2015

We had Josh from Brockenhurst College come to the Balmer Lawn for some work experience last week and we were delighted to be able to treat him as part of the team, he was a great addition to the team! Thank you Josh!

Work experience at the Balmer Lawn Hotel.

My first day started with being welcomed by Alison and a big tour around the hotel, so I could get to see what the hotels offers its workers and customers! I’ll tell you what… there’s a lot of shortcuts in this hotel... I got lost!!

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My first Christmas at Balmer Lawn

Date published: Friday 16 January 2015

We started with serving mulled cider upon arrival on Christmas Eve and finishing with a gala dinner for our guests on Boxing Day, my first Christmas at Balmer Lawn was a phenomenal experience.


We had families occupying the lounge around our fire places, the Christmas spirit was in full flow. On Boxing Day, hunters set off for the traditional hunt in the Forest while the outside BBQ was providing bacon butties, mulled wine and hot chocolate. When the hunters returned we served afternoon tea which was followed by our residents going to the Christmas Panto at the Mayflower, Southampton which was included as part of the Christmas package. From Christmas Day lunch to a visit from Santa, evening meals, champagne, canapés and live music…it feels like I have experienced the entire range of the Balmer Lawn at its best within three festive days. I found it to be an exciting journey of getting to know the whole team and our regular guests that come year after year. I even got a selfie with Santa..

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To the Land of Milk and Honey..

Date published: Wednesday 14 January 2015

We would like to introduce our new Pastry Chef, Andy Senior! Originally our Sous Chef, Andy has now decided that he would like to focus on creating and pleasing our guests with delightful sweet treats! 

Making his mark, Andy has already created two new mouth watering desserts which have been a hit with our guests that have dined in Beresfords recently! 

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Final Winners Announced From Our December Giveaway

Date published: Monday 5 January 2015

We are delighted to announce the final winners in our December giveway are:

Winner 1 - Steve Cole 

Winner 2 - Andrew Feldmanis 

'Thank you very much for this we are delighted to accept. We are really excited about spending our 20th Wedding anniversary at the Balmer Lawn. We spent Andrew’s 50th birthday at your hotel so it is already special to us. We had a fantastic time and we always said we would go again. We were made to feel very welcome and I remember the food to be wonderful. We have already booked the time off work!'

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December Giveaway - Winner Of Our Week Three Draw Is...

Date published: Monday 29 December 2014

We are delighted to announce the third winner in our December giveway is Leanne Brine. Here's what Leanne has won;

  • 2 night midweek break for 2 people
  • Stay in a Superior Double Room
  • 3 Course Dinner in our Beresford’s Restaurant on 1 night
  • Full use of our leisure facilities
  • Breakfast each morning

We contacted Leanne and here's what she had to say:

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Christmas Giveaway - Week Two Winner Announced!

Date published: Monday 22 December 2014

We are delighted to announce the second winner in our December giveway is Jeremy Clifton. Here's what Jeremy has won;

  • An overnight stay for two in a Superior Room
  • Includes Dinner with a glass of champage
  • Full English Breakfast following morning
  • Complimentary use of the Leisure facilities during the stay

We contacted Jeremy and here's what he had to say:

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