As you approach Lime Wood Hotel you’ll notice a small brick house tucked under the brow of a hill – their Smoke House. Lime Wood is the only hotel in the New Forest to have its own Smoke House… and its doors are always open to explorers! Head chef Luke holder and his team of chefs are all regular visitors to this little house. After having left their meat to cure for 10 days, Luke and his team take it down to start the smoking process. Placed in the large BBQ like oven, the hot dry air begins to smoke it; the flavours begin to mature, resulting in exquisite tasting meats.

Hartnett Holder & Co at Lime Wood Hotel hosted the first headline event of the 2016 Food & Drink Festival last night; a celebration of their Smoke House and the delicious produce of The New Forest, under our Heritage, Artisan & Charcuterie theme. Guests enjoyed a cold glass of Hambledon wine before tucking in to the signature HH&Co Smoke House Board to share. Smoked cod roe was next, followed by venison with smoked mash, cavalo nero, smoke house pancetta and slow-roasted carrots. The meal was finished off with a delicious smoked vanilla cream.

Here’s Luke Holder, introducing the evening:

It was great to see so many of you there, thanks for joining us!

Check out the other events happening under our Heritage, Artisan & Charcuterie theme.