Milford On Sea

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A traditional and lively seaside village in the New Forest, offering everything you need for a great holiday.

About Milford on sea

This flourishing, thriving yet very traditional seaside village, encapsulates both coast and forest in one. The quaint little high street wraps around the village green, dotted with benches to eat your fish and chips or ice creams as you watch the world go by.

Everything you’ll need for your holiday is here, as well as some of the very best restaurants and eateries in the New Forest. We’d recommend Verveine Fishmarket and Restaurant and La Perle for fine dining.  For a quirky vibe and scrummy food try Raft Rocks and you can find excellent pub food, history and heritage at The White Horse, and The Smugglers Inn. Cafés in Milford on Sea worth seeking out include Inger Lise’s Coffee Bar which specialises in Scandi cakes and bakes, and Jones and Co Deli offer a sublime selection of deli goods, cheese and artisan breads. On the cliff top overlooking the sea pop in to The Needles Eye Café for very good food and amazing views.

There are lots of fun things to do in Milford on Sea. The pretty pebble beach lined by colourful beach huts that visitors can hire, is safe for swimming. Walk west to where the cliffs have eroded to reveal a brilliant spot for fossil hunters, you’ll often see beach fishing here too. Buy some crab lines and head over to Sturt Pond Bridge and go crabbing, or take the mile and a half walk along the pebble spit to King Henry VIII’s coastal fortress Hurst Castle. Less than a mile away (a 20-minute walk) is the hamlet and harbour Keyhaven – an access point to a stunningly beautiful nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). From here, you can hire your own motor boat, go sailing, kayaking, book a trip on a high-speed RIB or take a fishing trip. There are instructors who can teach you to paddle board, windsurf and kite surf, or simply bring down a dingy and spend time pootling around the marshes and ponds in the nature reserve. If you love watching birds, there’s a ‘hide’ to view the abundant wildlife as well as common and rare birds.

Milford on sea has a lively calendar of events and festivals organised by the community throughout the year. Highlights include - The annual May Day Festival with Maypole Dancing, a Music and Arts Festival, Carnival and Milford on Sea Food Week with over 150 free & ticketed events.

 

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Braxton Gardens
(Less than a mile)

A family run business showcasing the most exquisite gardens, Braxton Gardens is close to the sea and is a chance to relax outside and take in a spot of horticulture as well as having a cup of tea in their conservatory and entirely charming tea room.  Cream tea and a stroll around the garden - isn’t that what holidays were made for?

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Reel Easy Charters
(2 miles)

Bringing you sea fishing for small groups on the South Coast, Reel Easy Charters is modern sailing on the Solent from Keyhaven in Hampshire to the surrounding area including the Isle of Wight and Alderney.  Evolution 33 is their trusty steed, and with more than 35 years of experience you’re in safe hands and excellent company.

http://reeleasycharters.co.uk

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More Than a Tour
(2 miles)

Founded by people who are passionate about the beauty and preservation of the New Forest and surrounding area, More Than a Tour brings you a range of all inclusive New Forest tours, designed to show you around just as they would a friend.  Walk, kayak and explore on a tailor made trip whether you’re looking for adrenaline, culture, history, or a mix of everything.

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Apple Court Gardens
(2 miles)

A beautiful formal garden created more than 30 years ago, in the abandoned, walled kitchen garden of Yeatton House.  Today it is a plant lovers paradise, packed with unusual and mature flowers, shrubs and trees from around the world.

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Hurst Castle
(3 miles)

Built by Henry VIII and commanding the entrance to the Solent, Hurst Castle offers one of the best views in England. It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries. With plenty of open space for children to explore and fantastic views of the Isle of the Wight from the top of the Tudor keep, Hurst Castle is a great day out for the whole family

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Very enjoyable visit to Hurst Castle. We had a return trip on the ferry. Lovely views to the Isle of Wight.

August 2017



The Red Lion - Milford on Sea
(Less than a mile)

A former 18th Century coaching inn full of character and friendly atmosphere. There’s a large and very pretty beer garden, children’s play area and separate games room. For those who enjoy a good pint of real ale, there are up to four to choose from, alongside a good selection of wines and beverages. Daily specials enhance the popular classic pub bar menu. Dogs welcome.

The Red Lion (T: 01590 642236) 32 High Street, Milford on sea, SO41 0QD 

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We visited The Red Lion twice and found it to be a welcoming traditional pub with quick and efficient service and a nice cosy atmosphere.

November 2017


La Perle
(Less than a mile)

An award winning, fine dining restaurant run by Head Chef Sam Hughes, of Professional Masterchef fame.  After honing his skills in the kitchens of Kensington Palace, aswell as under Raymond Blanc and Mark Broadbent, Sam came back to his Hampshire roots and opened La Perle.  Here you can expect some exceptional food, beautifully presented with an exciting wine list to match. 

La Perle (T: 01590 643557) Milford on Sea SO41 0QD

 

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Wonderful three courses on French night.

August 2017


Verveine Fishmarket
(Less than a mile)

With 2 AA rosettes and a recomendation in the Michelin guide, you're in for a treat at Verveine Fishmarket. This innovative seafood restaurant with it's own in-house fishmongers offer menus brimming with superb local produce, served in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  

Verveine Fishmarket (T: 01590 642176) Milford on Sea SO41 0QE

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The Smugglers Inn
(Less than a mile)

Right in the middle of the pretty village of Milford-on Sea is the Smugglers.  Inside, decor is characterful with comfy seating and cosy log fires. In warmer months, venture outside to the large and pretty beer garden with super children’s kids play area. Menus are a varied with a collection of pub classics and a daily specials board. Portions are generous and service with a smile. Dogs welcome.

The Smugglers Inn (T:01590 644414) High Street, Milford On Sea SO41 0QE 

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Wonderful food, great desserts and very dog-friendly.

June 2017


We were made very welcome considering we didn't book and turned up during a busy period. The bar staff accommodated us by finding us a table for four and our dogs. The food was lovely and all the staff were very friendly. We came back on our third night and had the same treatment! Lovely pub!

September 2017


Great pub and good food

November 2017


Nice pub for families.

March 2018


The White Horse
(Less than a mile)

A very warm welcome awaits when you visit this historic little pub, believed to date back to 1720. Outside is a roomy beer garden with large play area children will love. Inside you’ll find lots of gnarled beams, pillars and posts, little alcoves and oodles of character. Menus are creative, fun and well executed, highlighting the regions produce and season. There’s also a specials board and very popular carvery. Dogs welcome.

The White Horse (T:01590 642360) 16 Keyhaven Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0QY 

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Lovely friendly pub but must get the menu sorted. Didn't have steak or burgers available. Did eat there and enjoyed the one and only special on the board. 4 stars.

November 2017


Milford on Sea
(Less than a mile)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Barton on Sea
(4 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(5 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(7 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018


Lepe Beach
(12 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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