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Review: Lime Wood restaurant ‘Raw & Cured’ - a light and bright breakfast

April 27, 2022


What I loved about it:

There was a warm and friendly welcome into the bright and airy space. I loved the variety of the menu with sweet and savoury options; the goats cheese was particularly excellent.


Raw & Cured – a Lime Wood restaurant near Lyndhurst

Suitable for:

Solo dining, small groups, work meetings, people wanting to eat more nutritiously, vegetarians and vegans

Value for money (out of 10):



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Raw & Cured - a Lime Wood restaurant

When you think of Lime Wood you probably think of high-end luxury, afternoon tea perfection and rooms that are out of budget for most people. This is true, but there’s also a way to enjoy the beauty of Lime Wood in a more purse-friendly manner.

Situated in the Herb House spa building is Raw & Cured – a light and airy food bar with a superfood menu. It’s open for anyone to visit and the staff are very welcoming. The food bar itself is adorned with berries, leaves, juices and is the picture of health. It opens out onto a pretty courtyard with additional seating, which is a suntrap in those warmer months.

Breakfast starts at just £3.50 for a basket of warm flaky pastries and preserves. There are light options such as the buckwheat crepe, beautifully decorated with summer berries. And for something described as more ‘hearty but healthy’ there’s a breakfast bowl of eggs, avocado and the famous Isle of Wight tomatoes.

I chose the pumpernickel rye bread, topped with WIltshire goats cheese, candied walnuts and chunks of fresh honeycomb. It was a delicious combination; salty and sweet at the same time. I can also recommend the ‘red juice’ which is beetroot, carrot and orange and is really tasty as well as full of vitamins.

The menu has been designed by Ria, who holds a degree in Nutrition so is perfectly qualified to come up with a varied and tasty collection of dishes. The menu is seasonal and can change several times a week meaning regular guests will never get bored. Bearing in mind the neighbouring gym, there are additional protein choices which can be added to your meal.

Luke Holder, the Head Chef at Lime Wood champions the relationship with their suppliers, building strong connections with them both local and further afield. During asparagus season you can be eating from a crop which was growing that same day in the New Forest. There’s a growing trend for fermentation which can be seen dotted around the menu such as sauerkraut in the breakfast bowl.

Though the restaurant focuses on nutrition and wholesome foods, it doesn’t mean you’ll leave hungry. There’s something for everyone, whether you are focused on eating more mindfully or not.

This Lime Wood restaurant is a cute little spot to meet with friends, or to come and work for a couple of hours whilst making your way through flat whites. It’s worth a wander round the grounds during your visit; there are several interesting sculptures and the greenhouse is gorgeous.

Put Raw & Cured on your list of places to visit in the New Forest!

Breakfast is served 8am-11am

Lime Wood Hotel and Spa
Beaulieu Road
SO43 7FZ


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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April 27, 2022