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Friday, 30 October 2020

Basics Bank Reverse Advent Calendar

New Forest Basics Bank is a local based charity that provides food parcels for the desperately poor in the area.

From the beginning of November New Forest Basics Bank want to repeat the successful 'Reverse Advent Calendar' campaign they had last year.

If you would like to join in, the details are on the calendar image below. 

Donations are collected at Holland's of Milford - or drop in to the Basics Bank address below.

For further information on the work of New Forest Basics Bank and how you can donate food or volunteer your help please click here.

New Forest Basics Bank
Cannon Street East Car Park,
Lymington, SO41 9BR
01590 610008 (leave a message if no reply)

Thursday, 29 October 2020

MOSHRS Podcast: Did the plague ever visit Milford?

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society have launched their latest podcast, this time the subject is: Did the plague ever visit Milford?

A question for you -

Is the person in the picture 
A. A representative of the devil claiming victims of the plague?
B. A lost soul on his way to a fancy dress party?
C. A doctor wearing full PPE during the plague?

Find out more about the plague in 17th Century England and answer the question “Did the plague ever visit Milford?” by viewing our latest video podcast.

To view the podcast, please click here.

You might also be interested to know that some more '20 years On' photos have been added to the website – see the changes in Milford-on-Sea! Please click here.


The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society has an excellent website with a lot of information and old pictures of Milford on Sea in the past. 

The MOSHRS meet 5 times a year where you can hear an interesting talk and meet people from across the village. There are also annual visits to places of interest. Membership is just £10. To find out more; please click here.

MoS Historical Record Society

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Verveine Top Hampshire Restaurant on TripAdvisor

Verveine is the best restaurant in Hampshire according to TripAdvisor, and South Lawn is also in an accomplished fifth position. Pretty impressive for our small village to have two of the best ten restaurants in the county!

The Verveine TripAdvisor review read as follows:

This unique way of serving is perfect for adventurous foodies. The Milford-on-Sea fish restaurant uses fresh, high-quality fish and was featured in the UK 2020 Michelin Guide.

Unlike traditional restaurants, Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant does not have a set menu. Instead, customers choose their number of courses, ranging from three to ten, and answer questions about their allergies and dislikes. Then, chefs bring you unique, surprise meals.

One reviewer said: "A really lovely place to eat. Exciting food for the adventurous. This is a destination restaurant top quality and not for everyone. Perfect for foodie people and surprisingly good value compared to Michelin star restaurants. Can’t wait to go again."

Rating: 5.0
Total Reviews: 1,045

and The Cedar Tree at South Lawn review on TripAdvisor:

The South Lawn Hotel restaurant, The Cedar Tree, is a hit with Hampshire residents and visitors. Diners can enjoy light lunches, afternoon teas, or traditional and international cuisine with picturesque views of gardens and countryside that the New Forest has to offer.

The restaurant is in walking distance of several beaches if you fancy a scenic walk after your meal.

One reviewer said: "Stayed at South Lawn Hotel for two nights and ate in Cedar Tree Restaurant for breakfast and dinner for both days. The food and service were excellent. Food piping hot. Staff were very friendly and took precautions seriously. Would not hesitate to dine here again."

Rating: 5.0
Total Reviews: 516

98 High Street, Milford on Sea, Hampshire, SO41 0QE

The Cedar Tree at South Lawn
Lymington Road, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington, SO41 0RF

League of Friends still supporting

Although Milford Hospital League of Friends can’t run its normal “close-up & friendly” services in the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic, nor hold its usual fund-raising events, it still continues to support our NHS and our local community.

The League has recently provided the funding for a distance-thermometer, and for a doppler ultra-sound (blood flow) scanner. 

And at the cost of over £2,500 it is also purchasing new chairs for the medical centre, with coverings suitable for sanitising routines. 

The much-enjoyed exercise classes remain closed, to safeguard clients and volunteers, until the happy time comes when re-opening is allowed. 

Every good wish from all at the League of Friends; keep safe!

Help out with Helping Hands

'Helping Hands, Open Arms' is a charitable group operating in Milford on Sea providing support to anyone that needs it.

The support includes; food parcels and meals, clothes, including baby and children clothes. Also toys and equipment for babies and children. they also have bedding, toiletries and cleaning products and pet foods. These items if needed, can be delivered to you, just contact in complete confidence by clicking here, they simply want to help. 

The group are also looking for donations in the Milford area, they are expecting huge demand in the present crisis, as people go on short time or lose their jobs. If you are able to offer donations at anytime, any items above, including in date packet and tinned foods, especially baby and children’s food please get in touch. Toys and gift packs will be gratefully received for Christmas. The volunteers can arrange for any of these items to be collected on a daily basis. 

'Helping Hands, Open Arms' are also looking for volunteers in the Milford and surrounding areas. This can involve collecting and delivering donations. Also promoting the charity in your local streets.

If you would like to get involved or help out at any level please contact:

Helping Hands, Open Arms

Successful kick off for Community Centre Fundraising

The Milford on Sea Community Centre Trustees have announced an excellent start to their fundraising campaign and send thanks to everyone who has got involved so far. (Click here to read original article)

On the first day of donations 53 people raised £5,100 including match-funding.

If you would like to, but have not yet donated the fund is still available so if you could please donate sometime before Friday, (for amounts up to £75) – The Community Centre target is £21,000, which will be a huge help over the coming months. 

If you wish to donate more than £75, then this will be possible on the next wave of match-funding which starts next Tuesday for donated amounts of up to £5000!

To help to keep the Community Centre Going until things return to “normal” please click here.

Charity Shop Christmas Sale - Cancelled

CANCELLATION UPDATE: Sadly the Christmas Sale is now cancelled due to Lockdown.

The Village Charity Shop is holding a Christmas Sale at the Community Centre on Saturday 7th November from 10am to 2pm with lots of bargains. 

Why not pop in to browse the selection of Christmas gifts, decorations, lights, pictures & collectables, clothing, shoes & accessories, - you might just find something you need, or don't even know you want yet!

Looking for something unusual?, they may have it. Also, new stock coming in in every day.

The Village Charity Shop is supporting our Community Centre, 
so all proceeds go toward helping the community.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

New Deli Range at Pickled Weasel

Pickled Weasel in Milford on Sea high street is now a stockist for Cartwright & Butler who provide an interesting & delicious range of beautifully packaged, sweet & savoury quality foods - and some great local cheeses. 

All would make great Christmas gifts or maybe a naughty treat just for you.

Cartwright & Butler range includes; Chutneys, crackers, flatbreads, sweet biscuits, chocolate covered almonds and more.

New arrivals to the Deli counter are three local & handmade cheeses; 

Isle of Wight Blue, Lyburn Old Winchester and Lyburn Light Oak Smoked, we use both the Lyburn cheeses in our Charcuterie boxes.

Editors Note: Isle of Wight Blue is my absolute favourite soft blue cheese. Top on the yummy scale!


Friday, 23 October 2020

American Hot Dog Evenings at Saltwater Café


click to see menu

American Hot Dog Evening at Saltwater Cafe: 

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st October 

Saltwater Café
106 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 643518

Help the Community Centre double donations

Milford on Sea Community Centre have an opportunity to raise funds via and their new £1 million Match-funding campaign.

Donations received in a specific time period are doubled. However, they don’t given much notice.

The Community Centre has to apply to be included and selected three areas of specific need and a goal of £21,000.

The areas are:

Youth – normal attendance had reached 60 over two days. Now only 14 may attend on one day so would like to run an extra day which will be an additional cost.

Vulnerable – a number of groups met regularly in the café which can now only take 5 people. We want to extend the use of the hall with a café service – another extra cost.

Community – a maximum of 30 people in the hall for any event rather than 80-100 means whatever we do – movie, screening, live music, will be an additional cost.

Ideally they would like to raise £10,500, which with Match-funding will reach their target. 

Would you like to help?

Time is limitedthe fund starts at 10am next Tuesday, 27th October for amounts up to £75.

A second wave starts 3rd November, 10am for donations up to £5,000. The fund offered totals £1 million, but as it is a nationwide group this could disappear in the first couple of days. 

So, the more people who can donate early, the better!

If you can, please click on the link below next Tuesday: or on the 3rd November..

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Poppy Appeal coming

The 2020 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal begins on Saturday 24th October. 

Along with most other charities in these unprecedented times, your donations are more needed than ever. 

Due to the general uncertainties of the times, including considering the volunteers, there will be less points of access to poppies, with shops likely to to have the greatest footfall being the logical places to have poppies. 

The Village News will have a supply of dated poppy pins, fluorescent key rings and wooden crosses. 

The following shops in Milford on Sea will have paper poppies available:
DJ Gates Butcher’s 
Village Veg 
Boots Pharmacy
Milford Pharmacy 
Milford News 
The Needles Eye Cafe Takeaway

Parky’s cliff top kiosk will have coin collection boxes but no poppies, as paper poppies would blow away! 

Mr Pinks Fish and Chips will also have a coin collection box.

Jan England has a few wreaths available. To find out more please click here.

Time to get our poppy's!

La Perle reopens restaurant

Sam at La Perle is reopening the restaurant in addition to his existing take away and delivery services, which will continue.

There will be 4 tables only, available to reserve between 6.30pm and 7.30pm Wednesdays to Saturdays. 


Homemade Buttermilk Sourdough with Seaweed Butter 
New Forest Mushroom Arancini, Truffle Mayo 
Chicken Wing 'Kievs' 
Vegetable Crisps with Spiced Hummus

Double Baked Dorset Blue Vinney Soufflé with Spring Onion Cream 
or Lymington Lobster & Salmon Ravioli, Baby Spinach, Lemongrass Bisque

Roasted Fillet of Wild Sea Bass, Fennel, Brown Shrimps, Crushed Jerseys, Confit Tomato, Caviar Sauce 
or Chargrilled Longhorn Fillet, Celeriac & Truffle Purée, Pommes Dauphine, Mushroom Duxelle, Cavalo Nero, Madeira Sauce

Dark Chocolate Fondant, Pistachio Centre, Cocoa Crumb, Roasted Pistachios, Cassis Sorbet 
or Tunworth Cheese Bonbon, Truffle Honey, Rye Bread, Caramelised Walnuts, Dehydrated Grapes 

£39.95 / £59.95 includes Wine Pairings 

To book; 01590 643557 -

Menu subject to change depending on the availability of fresh, local produce

Sam also has 
a few dates still available for his Social Six Saturday Supper. 

Exclusive use of La Perle Restaurant, limited to one party of six friends on Saturdays from 6.30-10pm with a 7 course tasting menu & wine pairing. Please click here for more information.

La Perle 
01590 643557
60 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD

Keith launches book on The Natural History of Milford-on-Sea

Local conservationist and former Parish Clerk, Keith Metcalf is launching an impressive book entitled The Natural History of Milford-on-Sea Parish (Including Keyhaven) 

As Keith explains:

"My passion for wildlife, and in particular birds, goes right the way back to when I made the first of many bird misidentifications. I’ll explain; 

My friends and I were playing soft-ball cricket in our narrow alleyway at the back of the Metcalf family home in Edmonton, North London. This was in about 1961 a year or two before the Beatles had their first hit single. 

I was getting ready to face the next ball and was standing in front of our home made wicket (which was a flat wooden board propped up at the back by a stick hooked under a nail). Just as I was about to hit the ball I saw this bird come skimming over the tops of the fences and hedges and straight along our alley towards where we were playing. It twisted and turned to veer off before diving towards the nearest garden hedgerow a few feet away. It plucked a frightened house sparrow out of thin air as the poor bird tried valiantly to reach the hedge before he was grabbed by unmercifully sharp talons. Clutching his lunch without even stopping, the hawk flew upwards and over the houses at the end of the alley and on towards the local school playing fields. 

This was my first memorable encounter with a bird of prey, which at the time we believed was a kestrel. Unfortunately, my friends, Steve, Rob and Ron were no more knowledgeable at bird identification than me. For many years we all just accepted that the bird was probably a kestrel, the only hawk we had heard of. Out of the four of us playing cricket that day, three went on to enjoy bird-watching as a life-time hobby. Steve and his wife Jeannie both joined the staff at the RSPBs headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Ron ventured with us on several birding excursions and I started keeping bird records and gave local ‘slide-talks’ before helping Steve and my cousins start a local bird advisory group that we named the “Pollydishwasher Bird Information Centre”. By-the-way, ‘pollydishwasher’ is a colloquial name for a Pied Wagtail, the bird we chose as our emblem. The group only ever received half a dozen or so enquiries, so you could say our first birding venture spectacularly failed. However, this did lead to my cousins Norman and Doreen and my friend Steve forming a local RSPB group in Enfield. Under my cousin’s leadership, the group went on to become one of the biggest RSPB fundraising groups in the UK. Sadly, after nearly 50 years and not being able to find younger committee members to carry the group forward, they eventually folded a few years ago. 

Following those wonderful early days of the RSPB group and moving down to Milford-on-Sea in 1988, I subsequently became absorbed on the wider issues affecting wildlife, including habitat management, conservation and more recently trying to understand the effects that saltmarsh erosion, climate change and sea-level rise has on our important coastal habitats, their national and international designations, wildlife and the local community. 

Anyway, getting back to the abandoned game of cricket and the bird of prey, as I gained knowledge and birding experience over the next few years, I realised that the bird we saw that day displayed all the typical characteristics of a sparrowhawk and not a kestrel. The four of us dashed round to the school playing fields and being fit and athletic in those days, we nimbly climbed over the six-foot high ‘spiked’ school railings (not sure whether the spikes were to keep the schoolchildren in or young hooligans like us out!) We ran across the sports pitches to within 50 yards of the bird that was now perched high on top of one of the school buildings. 

We watched mesmerised as the hawk plucked the feathers from the body of the poor sparrow and saw them drift down the roof and into the gutter. A few of the feathers gently taking to the air as the breeze carried them away across the playground and onto the fields where we were watching. 

However, that was not quite the end of the story. As we watched the feathers drift towards us, the sparrowhawk decided to bite off the sparrows head which was promptly dropped and came tumbling down the slate roof, missed the gutter and dropped onto the playground. The sparrowhawk flew off and we went to investigate the neatly severed head of the sparrow. It was not a pretty sight seeing those lifeless beady eyes looking straight back at us! Nevertheless, it is a memory that has now lived with me and my friends for nearly sixty years. Watching birds has never been quite the same since that first raptor encounter." 


Book One, will be the first of three wildlife books Keith is writing about the wildlife of Milford-on-Sea parish. Books two and three will be released in 2021 and 2022. The first book describes his early life as a Londoner and how his life was shaped by a loving wife and a caring family. It explains how his interest in wildlife and conservation gathered momentum when he became Milford-on-Sea’s parish clerk for seventeen years in the late 1990s before his retirement in 2014. 

The first book also looks at five of Keith’s favourite local species groups; birds, wildflowers, butterflies, moths and bumblebees, but there is so much more besides, and Keith says that in reading the book, he hopes that it might just rekindle old memories for those older readers when they look back over the past fifty or sixty years. For example, he retells the stories of the Torrey Canyon oil-spillage disaster, the Ringwood Mink release, Navitus Bay wind farm, the 2014 St Valentine’s Day storm, Dibden Bay and the emergence of Climate Change and the young Greta Thunberg. He writes about his heroes and heroines in conservation, historic local events and social history and the controversial issue of building on green-belt! But essentially, book (1) is about Milford’s wildlife, conservation and habitat management and Keith hopes that by reading it, it might help find the next generation of young Milford conservationists. 

Book Two covers all the systematic wildlife lists of Milford-on-Sea parish and book Three is an historical account of how the Pleasure Grounds, Studland Common and Sharvells Copse came into public ownership under the stewardship of the Parish Council. It compiles an historical record of the various wildlife surveys and management plans undertaken at various stages of all the important public open spaces of Milford-on-Sea parish. 

Signed copies of Keith’s first book will be available from 1st December and can be purchased directly by emailing:

The 360 page hard bound full colour A4 book will sell at £30 (+ postage if not local). Keith is making a donation of £1 each to Oakhaven Hospice and Milford Conservation Volunteers for every book sold. It is a not-for-profit book with typesetting, printing, binding and publishing costs being entirely funded by the author. 

Keith said: “Both these causes (Oakhaven and MCV) have been central to my life since moving our family to Milford-on-Sea. Oakhaven Hospice played an important role in looking after my wife (Anne Metcalf former Milford-on-Sea Medical Centre Practice Manager) and father (Rupert Metcalf) who were cared for with such love, care and dedication when they were very poorly. They did likewise for my friend, the irrepressible Mervyn Couzens.” Keith continued; “My Milford Conservation Volunteers work as their Conservation Officer has given me time to adjust to life following my wife Anne’s untimely departure in 2009 and has allowed me to indulge myself in one of my favourite hobbies. I am delighted to be able to give a little back to these two exceptional and worthy causes who do so much for our local community.” 

The Natural History of  Milford-on-Sea Parish (Including Keyhaven)
By Keith Metcalf – Book One 

Keith commissioned the incredibly talented local artist Katy Harrold to produce the black & white pencilled cover drawings for all three of his books.

Other Books to follow in this series are: 

Decade 10x Challenge Results

The Community Centre wishes to send a A big thank you to all those who rose to the Decade 10x Challenge, celebrating 10 years since the Community Centre opened. The range of entries ran from poetry to yoga exercises to flower arranging!

The Trustees selected a Winner and, because there were no entries from Under 16s, decided to also award a prize to the Runner-up. 

The WINNER is Carole Waldon with her photographs of 10 local Post Boxes – another local community service!

The Runner-up is Jim Bunting who submitted 10 photographs of the opening of the Centre 10 years ago.

The Good News Newsletter: No.27

  To view of the latest edition of The Good News Newsletter: please click here.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email:

About The Good News Newsletter

An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email:

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Milford Couple Become New Rotarians

Milford couple Pete and Sue Hurley have become the latest members of the Rotary Club of Becton & District. Drawn together by their involvement with the PPE Project undertaken by New Forest Sewing for the NHS & Community which was supported by the Rotary Club, 

Pete and Sue saw in the Rotary Club an opportunity to be part of a voluntary group that matched their ideals for helping the Community. 

President Keith Williams, also of Milford, was pleased to welcome them to membership of the Rotary Club and wished them every success.

Becton & District Rotary Club welcome community minded individuals from any sector of the community who may wish to participate in their voluntary activities. 

If you would like to know more of the types of membership available please contact them on Copies of their Club Newsletter are also available by email.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Five Years for New Forest Paddle Sports Company

On October the 24th The New Forest Paddle Sports Company in Milford on Sea high street, will be celebrating 5 years of being open in this wonderful village! 

During that time they have received fantastic support from you the locals and have enjoyed getting so many of you and your families on to the water with them. 

Owners Claire & Sean said: "We wanted to say thank you for all your support over the last 5 years and are looking forward to another busy season in 2021!

For 2021 we would recommend pre-booking as far in advance as possible for any lessons or experiences as well as pre-ordering any Paddle Boards for the 2021 season with us. We are already taking bookings and pre-orders on boards for the spring/summer and would recommend pre-booking or pre-ordering a board with us to avoid disappointment in the summer of 2021!

Over the winter months we will be running a reduced working week. From November to end of March we will be closed Tuesday - Thursday. We will be open for all on water activities over the weekends in the winter months.

Once again we wanted to say thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you on the water soon!"

The New Forest Paddle Sports Company
46 High Street, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 645270 

Kularaj delighted to be at Holland's

Following taking over Holland's of Milford from Paul & Maureen Holland, new owner Kularaj Pathmanathan would like to thank everyone for the support and warm welcome he has received in the village.

Kularaj said; "I am delighted to say that we will are continuing to do home deliveries and 
introducing a new product ranges to enhance what is already available. We plan to continue to trade as Hollands of Milford and I and my team are looking forward to serving the Milford community with our utmost service quality for many years to come."

To read: 'New Times for Hollands of Milford'; 

Join in the Pumpkin Hunt

Have some fun on the 31st October by joining in the Pumpkin Hunt.

Please register for a list of participating businesses and safety guidance: 07842 544711

All pumpkins will be visible in business windows from the footpath; this is not ‘Trick or Treating.

Local Cards & Tea Towel for Xmas

Local Milford on Sea artist, Shaun Stevens has once again designed two great gifts as we approach the festive season.

Currently the Hurst Marine offices are closed, however Mark from Village News at the foot of the village green has generously offered to sell the cards and tea towels in support Hurst Castle. 

The items are also available on Shaun's website with free post and packaging.

Hurst Castle Rainbow Christmas Card£4 per pack of 5 cards.
Proceeds from the sale of this card go towards the maintenance and preservation of Hurst Castle. 

Hurst Castle & Keyhaven Tea Towel - £8.50. 
A full colour print on premium cotton featuring Hurst Castle, jolly views of Keyhaven, Solent bird life and Round the Island Race.

Hurst Castle

Shaun Stevens Art

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Newcomers Pack Update - More leaflets please!

A few weeks ago, Ruth Bufton offered to distribute flyers or advertisements for village clubs, classes, voluntary activities, as well as local commercial businesses.

These will be added to 'welcome Bags' which will be delivered to all Newcomers when they arrive to join our village community, and she originally requested at least 50 copies.

Well..., Ruth has now got the list of houses that have changed hands since last October and having assumed that sales were slow during Lockdown, was surprised to discover after consulting the estate agents and going on the land registry that there are many more sales! This could be due to the cut in stamp duty, or quite understandably people wanting to live in this idyllic village, - whatever the reason, there are more 'Newcomers' in the village than expected!

So, rather than 50 leaflets for Goodie bags, she would now like at least 120 please.

Ruth aims to continue making up and taking information bags to Newcomers as they move into the village so that they are welcomed as soon as they settle and they know about you as soon as possible. 

Ruth said; "I know this might be a challenge for you to provide even more information leaflets but please be assured none will be wasted. I do not want to keep sending out requests for leaflets too often. To get us to January I suggest you give me an additional 70 copies of your information. 

If you did not give me information for this first backlog of Newcomers Goodie bags then I would ask for 120 leaflets please. I will deliver this information even after the bags go out this time because I know some of you have not had time to give me any so far. Please be as quick as you can to give me the information as I will delay handing out the made up bags for another week."

We hope that a Newcomers welcome event will take place next year but until then the Goodie bags are a good alternative. Thank you to the businesses as well as the clubs and associations who have contributed to the Goodie bags so far. So please keep information coming if you are a new business or group. 

Please make sure Ruth knows of any changes in contact details for the booklet kept at the Parish Office and handed out to all Newcomers. 

Enjoy the free advertising!

To contact Ruth please call: 01590 641875 or click here to contact.
Leaflet deliveries to: 15 Hurst Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY (You can leave in the porch.)

Monday, 12 October 2020

The Village Coffee Pot becomes Pickled Weasel Deli & Takeaway

Pickled Weasel, previously The Village Coffee Pot, is now a Deli with a hot and cold takeaway. Opening hours as of Saturday 17th October are Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am until 4pm 

The little shop has had to change course with a substantial makeover including a new hot counter serving baked savouries, Pasties, Sausage rolls and various Slices all hot, all fresh. 

Our new chiller selection includes; homemade Quiches, Scotch Eggs, Kedgeree Scotch Eggs, filled Ciabbatta rolls and a selection of award winning British sourced and cured charcuterie meats which pair well with freshly baked Baragalegas or Ciabatta rolls. Fennel and Garlic Salami, Peppered Salami and Soppresatta are all firm favourites. 

Coming back for more are some of the old Coffee Pot favourites including Mac Cheese, filled Jacket Potatoes and Breakfast Baps. 

For those of us with a sweet tooth, we still have a great selection of cakes and shortbreads which we think are the perfect match for our 100% Arabica Bean Barista Coffees, a wide choice is available. 

From Sunday 18th October our popular Sunday Roast Lunch is back on the menu or it's smaller counterpart, The Sunday Hot Box, 5 Roast Potatoes, 3 "Pigs in Rugs", 3 Stuffing balls and roasted onion £6.00 

This Sundays Roast Lunch, served from 12noon to 2pm: 1 Course: Slow cooked Roasted Topside of Beef, Roast Potatoes, Cauliflower Cheese, Stuffing, "Pig in a Rug", Yorkie, Seasonal Vegetables and Gravy £11.00. 2 courses: £14.50 

Bookings for Sunday Roast Lunch by 3pm on Fridays please. Collection only. Tel 01590 641155

Lesley and Alex look forward to welcoming all of our customers new and old to Pickled Weasel.

Pickled Weasel
54 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 641155

End of Era at The Gun Inn

After 33 years at The Gun Inn, Landlord and Landlady Paul and Jacqueline Hill are retiring. They have been at the Keyhaven public house since April 1987. 

Their son, Nathan has been helping them to run the business for the past 13 years and he will also be moving on to pastures new. 

They would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of their patrons for their continued custom during the past three decades. 

A special thank you goes to their small, but very hard working team who have made the post-lockdown re-opening so successful; Karen Stacey, Ian Cooper, Tayla Haines and Daniel Gregory. 

The Hill family has many fond memories of the pub during their time there and they will continue to live in the local area. 

Paul and the team will be behind the bar until they close on Thursday Evening 15th of October. 

Unfortunately the restrictions on social gatherings has not enabled them to have a leaving party. However, they very much hope to see anyone wishing to say farewell and share a drink with them before they leave. 

The Gun Inn is expected to be reopening, but there is no definite news on the date or new landlord at present.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

New Village Bakery coming!

The village is soon to have a new bakery.

Local resident, Amanda Maidment, is very excited to be starting the new venture, The Coastal Bakery, and hopes to be open in November.

'Berry's', the old village bakery 
was situation to the
left in this picture,
under the chimneys.
Incidentally, her new bakery will be next door to what was 'Berry's', the old village bakery many years ago. Some residents may still recall John Berry & Mike delivering the fresh bread around the village in the past. 

The Coastal Bakery will be on the corner of the High Street in the shop occupied by Time & Tide Fashions, who are moving to where Moss on the Green was in Church Hill, Milford on Sea.

During the height of lockdown Amanda's, The Little Cake Company provided and delivered delicious homemade cakes from her home and she even offered a special cream tea for VE Day.

Bread, cakes and savoury treats from a specialist bakery, - at least in this difficult times we all have something good to look forward to!

The Coastal Bakery 
25 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

New times for Holland's of Milford

After 21 years Paul & Maureen Holland are retiring from the village grocer and delicatessen; Holland's of Milford.

Both have been such a credit to the village and after so much hard work they deserve a long and enjoyable retirement. 

Paul was regular sight around the village in his van delivering to regular and new customers, whilst Maureen could be found behind the counter or organising the fully stocked shop.

During his deliveries Paul provided a friendly face to many who did not get a lot of visitors and I know he enjoyed this as much as they did. Not many people would know this, but for those that could not get out, he would even visit other shops in the village to get things his regular customers needed, such as fruit & vegetables, but could not get for themselves.

Paul & Maureen were always enthusiastic supporters of everything that took place in the village and always willing to help out with some local sponsorship, donations or event promotion. Personally, I would like to say thank you for all of the support they gave the Food Week Team over many years, it was always with a smile and generosity.

In recent times, the whole team at Holland's have been a rock to the local community throughout the current Covid-19 Pandemic, going out of their way to provide extra support to everyone, and in particular the most vulnerable in our village.

The new owner is Kularaj Pathmanathan who intends to continue trading as Holland's of Milford and he says that; "customers will hardly see any changes."

So while we say goodbye to Paul & Maureen from the shop, at the same time we send a warm welcome to Kularaj and look forward to him become as central to the village as our retiring friends were.