New café opened at the New Forest Heritage Centre

New Forest Heritage Centre cafe

The New Forest Heritage Centre has opened its doors on Monday 17th May to its brand new café. Many items on the menu are locally sourced making the café the ideal place to sample New Forest and Hampshire produce.

The café’s menu features a wonderful selection of New Forest Marque produce. It’s fantastic to see the New Forest Marque network working in this way and giving visitors and residents the chance to savour local flavours and to support local producers.

Claire Lee, Operations Manager for the New Forest Marque

Previously run by Tip, Leaf and Bean, the New Forest Heritage Centre Café will now be managed in-house and there are many new additions to the menu.

Hot food is available alongside cold snacks, a wide range of tea, freshly ground coffee, cream teas and a selection of scones and cakes. A large range of gluten-free and vegan options is also available.

For the first time, guests will be able to choose between outdoor or indoor seating. The café’s interior has been expanded and redecorated with posters and items from the museum’s collection. The café is operating both table service and takeaway. It remains dog-friendly and dogs on leads are welcome both inside and out.

The Centre’s free, fun and interactive museum has also opened for the first time this year on Monday.

Covid-19 safety restrictions will be in place. Seating will be provided in line with government mandated requirements, hand sanitiser is available to all guests, contact details for all guests will be taken to assist with NHS Track and Trace and face coverings will be worn by staff and guests when moving through the café.

The New Forest Heritage Centre is a free to enter museum, reference library, art gallery and café conveniently located in Lyndhurst. The New Forest Heritage Centre aims to inspire its visitors to celebrate and conserve the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences. In doing so, it acts in ways that are ethical, ecologically sensitive and intellectually accessible and affordable. It is owned and run by the New Forest Heritage Trust (reg. charity no: 1186656).

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