Enjoy the comfort of our delicious local food and drink in the New Forest this November! From warming lunches and dinners at local country pubs, picnics amongst our autumn wildlife, local feasts on bonfire night and a taste of delicious pannage pork!
From farmers and local artisan producers who grow and create our amazing food and drink, to the shops and hamper companies that sell it, Taste the New Forest will be celebrating them all this Autumn and Winter. And we can’t forget our talented chefs who make the delicious dishes in our pubs, restaurants and cafes to satiate appetites and satisfy palates for locals and visitors alike.
This Month’s Features…
Pubs & Cosy Fires
Imagine sitting by the open fire in a beamed country pub, sipping on a local ale and enjoying delicious traditional pub grub, whilst looking out onto the beautiful open forest and maybe even seeing a free-roaming pony or two wander by. There is no place better to relax in a cosy pub than in the New Forest this November.
Pannage Pork
It is traditional for those commoners whose pigs are released for pannage and have fattened up from all the acorns to butcher and salt them, ready for cooking and eating in the winter. Pannage pork can be bought locally from farm shops, direct from local producers and can be tried in many pubs and restaurants over winter, too.
Autumn Picnics
Tuck into lots of wonderful local food whilst on a picnic in the New Forest, surrounded by stunning autumn colours and free-roaming animals. Make your own autumn picnic with local produce from New Forest farm shops, or order a fantastic pre-made hamper. And don’t forget a warm drink in a flask to keep you warm!
Firework Night Feasts
Historically, bonfire night eats would include parkin cake, baked potatoes, and soups cooked on the bonfire, which you will still find in some places. But typically, these days you are more likely to find sausages, burgers, cider toffee, marshmallows and other tasty sweet treats, which in the New Forest are mostly made with local produce.
Laurie Mackenzie-Platt at Fordingbridge Farm Shop - Taste the New Forest
November Local Produce Personality – Laurie Mackenzie-Platt from Fordingbridge Farm Shop
Laurie and his father, Gerry, opened Fordingbridge Farm Shop in January 2021, following their passion for good, simple food and sustainable local farming.
Find out more about Laurie in the video above and on our website.
Debbie Lewis at Country Inns - Taste the New Forest
November Hospitality Personality – Debbie Lewis from Country Inns
Debbie and her husband, Duane, own 6 wonderful country pubs across the New Forest, starting their journey with with The New Forest Inn in Emery Down 14 years ago.
Find out more about Debbie in the video above and on our website.
Upcoming Food & Drink Festivals and Events…
Christmas Fest
Balmer Lawn Hotel
4 Nov – 30 Dec
FREE Wine Tasting
Priory Wines
19 & 20 November
New Milton Christmas Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair
New Milton Memorial Centre
20 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm
New Milton Christmas Festival
New Milton Town Centre
27 November, 12pm – 5.30pm
New Forest Eats ‘n’ Treats
Brockenhurst College
28 November, 11am – 4pm
Ringwood Winter Wanderland
Ringwood High Street
28 November, 12pm – 6.30pm
Every item in our Christmas Gift Hampers has been individually chosen by us. Everything is local to The New Forest, Hampshire and very close surrounding areas, and with every Hamper you buy – you will be supporting many, many small wonderful local businesses.
Available to be shipped anywhere in the UK and hand delivered locally.
Winter selection subscription box for delivery in November – orders now being taken. Reserve your next quarterly delivery for the next Taste of the New Forest Marque – Winter selection delivery direct to your door. 
Order a one off delivery for £45 or an annual subscription of 4 seasonally themed boxes for £140 delivered each quarter and containing a selection of 8-10 New Forest Marque items selected especially for the season.  
Available for order exclusively through the New Forest Marque website.
Share your incredible New Forest food & drink experiences with us, by hashtagging #tastethenewforest on your posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Care For the Forest, Care For Each Other
When you’re in the New Forest, please help us in protecting and taking care of our beautiful, unique wildlife and nature by following the New Forest Code. Just a few simple steps that make all the difference!