A birthday lunch, a lovely day, beautiful New Forest setting, yet we came away thinking that it would have been nicer somewhere else, which was a shame because in general the food was not bad. However, not all the dishes were of the same standard and the service was variable with, for instance, one sommelier doing what was expected, and very well, while the other was distinctly offish, our main waiter being quite efficient, although he did fail to indicate that the mains really needed "sides", but the servers getting the destination of the different dishes wrong, and even on one occasion the tables, and a surprising lack of attention when we wanted to pay the bill. Our starters were quite varied, very good creamy smoked cod's roe with chopped chives and crunchy toast sprinkled over, a big helping of hare sauce linguini, a goat's cheese salad with rather neutral cheese, and light pizzette with forest mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Our choice of mains was divided between fish and game, the former being good John Dory with an almond topping, a centrally placed sweetish onion and an onion purée, and reasonable halibut with a decent serving of girolles, and the latter being massive portions of pink pigeon with a good, but luridly green, courgette purée and nothing else to balance the dish, and the hare linguini with the gamey meat in the form of a bolognese, more meat than sauce, which went down very well, and quite sharp tomato. The cabbage, ordered as a side for four people in the absence of vegetables with the dishes, was rather ungenerous. Ice cream or sorbet was preferred as an easy dessert by three of us, but two of us selected the fig and almond torte, which was light and crispy but on the neutral side, and accompanied by a good mascarpone ice cream. The petits fours, small batons of iced pastry, were nothing more than a gesture, and the coffee very expensive. Rather average was the overall verdict.