SquareMeal Review of
The Mayflower Lymington
This riverside spot covers a lot of bases, with its quality restaurant and bar, large terrace and garden with barbecue for summer months, as well as six luxe bedrooms. The façade’s wooden beams and latticed windows point to its establishment in 1923, but the present day informs the interior, with the restaurant given a gently nautical theme of bare wood floors and tables, and blue-washed walls hung with sailing photography. The menu is peppered with local ingredients, including Hampshire watercress and Isle of Wight goats’ cheese. We enjoyed fat, grilled scallops wrapped in pancetta and served with asparagus, while the fragrant, creamy crab and lobster macaroni is a must-order, when available. There is a reasonably priced range of wines on offer but, given the emphasis on local produce, the best shout is Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, produced from Hampshire and West Sussex vineyards and available by the glass. If you can cope with the crowd on sunny days, The Mayflower is a good choice for an upmarket but casual meal.