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Lunch Stops for Groups

What makes a good group lunch stop? The location, the cost, the cuisine? This feature has carefully selected a collection of lunch stops we think you will find are not just good but are great for groups! Dine in picturesque pit stops, experience the unconventional lunch stop and discover the delights of some of the South’s quintessential towns and villages.
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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Location: 10-15 minutes from M27/M3 (near Winchester). Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, a charming  M27/M3 stop off in Hampshire offers 10% discount on a pre-booked group lunch or a combined 2 course lunch with garden entry for £17.50 per person. Valid for 2014/15 group visits only, bookings must be made 14+ days in advance and before October 2014. Not valid with other offers. Call 01794 369319 or email for more information.
The Russell Arms. Location: 15 minutes from J6 M40, 10 minutes from A41. The Russell Arms in Buckinghamshire is a beautiful country pub in the heart of the Chilterns, near to the delightful market town of Wendover; a stone’s throw from Chequers, the prime ministerial county retreat and the Coombe Hill Monument. Group lunches with a drink from only £7. Organiser eats FREE. For reservations please call 01296 624411 mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Bartley Lodge. Location: Minutes from the M27 J1 and close to Lyndhurst. The New Forest in Hampshire, home to Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens offeres locally inspired dishes at Bartley Lodge Hotel, one of the four exceptional New Forest Hotels dotted around the New Forest. This charming country house restaurant, historically Charles Lyell’s library, is great for groups, with plentiful parking, enjoy a two or three course lunch from £15.00pp, for group visits, 1 in 10 people (plus the organiser or driver) eat for free.
The Hawk Conservancy. Location: Minutes from the A303 (Andover). Enjoy a locally sourced lunch in the Feathers Restaurant at The Hawk Conservancy, Hampshire. A bird of prey conservation and award winning visitor centre, the Hawk Conservancy is set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow. Open seven days a week. Wi-Fi available and coaches welcome. For further information call 01264 773850 or click here.   The Cherwell Boathouse. Location: 10 minutes from A34/A40, 1.5 miles from Oxford city centre. Discover exciting, creative cooking on the River Cherwell, Oxfordshire. The Cherwell Boathouse restaurant & punt station is situated on the banks of the river Cherwell close to the centre of Oxford. A unique place for groups to stop and enjoy fine food at this great venue. Call the Restaurant on 01865 552746 for more information.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Location: 15 minutes from J1-4 M2/J6 M20 (Kent). The Historic Dockyard Chatham, a 400 year old dockyard, welcomes groups to dine at Commissioner’s House, Britain’s oldest naval building. Combine lunch or afternoon tea with a tour of the house for a special afternoon stop off.  Alternatively enjoy the best fish and chips in an extraordinary location, experience lunch on board a Second World War destroyer HMS Cavalier or the Victorian Sloop HMS Gannet.  Both opportuinties guarantee a truly memorable lunch stop. Contact the groups team on 01634 823815 for more information. No.1 Folly Bridge & Oxford River Cruises. Location: Just a short distance off of the A34 (Oxfordshire). From its source near the Cotswolds to Teddington lock, the iconic River Thames flows through a wealth of attractions, including the River Rowing Museum, Beale Park and Windsor Castle. Dine at the Riverside Brasserie No.1 Folly Bridge. Indulge in a fabulous market menu, with two courses from £9.95pp this lunch time pitstop is perfect for groups. Alternatively step onboard Oxford River Cruises for a lazy lunchtime picnic cruise, for £29pp, enjoy a two and half hour cruise down the Thames in Oxford, cruise past famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course and Folly Bridge (shorter cruise area can be quoted on request).

The information contained in this feature is given in good faith on the basis of information provided by TSE members. TSE cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, subsequent alterations or misinterpretations. The information within this feature was correct at the time of publication in April 2014. It is advisable to check directly with the establishment concerned to ensure that information is still accurate and available. 

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