The Railway Resort in Fordingbridge reopens after lockdown


THE newly-refurbished Railway Resort in Fordingbridge has reopened its doorways after months of being closed on account of lockdown.

The previous pub on Station Highway has been remodeled into a brand new boutique resort and yesterday (Friday Might 21) began welcoming again diners and resort company.

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The constructing’s historical past

It was initially opened within the 1860’s by Eldridge Pope, a Dorchester Brewer and served Fordingbridge Railway Station, which was one of many stops on the newly constructed Salisbury and Dorset Railway.

The road was closed in 1964 and the Railway Resort grew to become The Load of Hay and was later named after the artist Augustus John.

The refurbishment

The refurbishment has been spearheaded by Brian Currie, who restored The Regal Cinema in Shaftesbury Road, Fordingbridge.

Work to revive the constructing has taken round two years and price within the area of £2million. The design is devoted to its historic railway hyperlinks.

There are 5 en-suite rooms – every named after well-known trains together with the Orient Categorical, Bournemouth Belle and Flying Scotsman.

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The rooms have their very own particular person and distinctive design impressed by their prepare namesakes.

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There’s additionally a self-contained two bed room cottage and a big floor flooring room appropriate for these with restricted mobility. 

Pleasure to welcome company

Supervisor Mark Pinn mentioned: “It simply feels nice to truly welcome individuals to the Railway Resort. It’s a model new resort.

“All of the workforce are actually excited to welcome all our prospects and company in and be capable to present them round.”

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Mark says the resort is “completely totally different” from different institutions within the space with its “distinctive” rooms, which supply a special expertise for its company.

What the resort will carry to Fordingbridge

“It will be distinctive as it’s the solely resort in Fordingbridge,” provides Mark. “I am anticipating to have a wider subject of individuals to come back and journey and keep within the space and go to the New Forest.”

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The resort can be serving up a eating expertise for guests in addition to company within the First Class Pullman eating automotive with worldwide delicacies accessible together with Korean model beef and Panzanella model salad, pictured under, in addition to confit stomach of pork and Tandoori rooster some acquainted favourites like fish and chips and steak.

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A lunch menu can be accessible alongside a number of desserts together with a double chocolate brownie with toffee sauce, raspberry tuille and vanilla ice cream, Pimm’s jelly and vanilla custard tart.

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All of the cubicles have been created to seem like a prepare carriage and have their very own image view of an iconic landmark vacation spot.

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The resort hopes the menu will likely be a draw to each locals and guests alike.

Covid Security measures

  • Company and diners will scan the QR code once they arrive
  • Hand sanitiser will likely be at numerous areas across the resort
  • Workers will likely be frequently cleansing surfaces
  • Tables will likely be socially distanced and reservations will likely be restricted
  • Face coverings will likely be worn by employees and company
  • The rooms will likely be sanitised and cleaned between stays

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Mark mentioned: “It’s holding the cleanliness and the whole lot else so individuals can really feel secure.”


Because of the pandemic staycations are anticipated to be widespread as soon as once more this 12 months and the resort hopes to see demand for its rooms.

Mark says the resort can be seeing demand already with rooms “promoting fairly rapidly” with excessive demand particularly on the weekends.

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“We expect it to be a busy summer time. We are going to welcome everyone – households, {couples}, singles, whoever needs to come back to this space of the New Forest,” he added.

“There’s rather a lot to do round right here and lots to see.”

For extra data go to the resort’s web site

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