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Part 3: What HEN are you? #TheGourmetHen – Hen do activities across The New Forest

So after a week off relaxing down in the West, I’m back this week with part 3 of our #WhatHEN series and this time we’re looking at extravagant hen do activities for #TheGourmetHen. 

If you’re into your culinary arts of fine food and drink, then The New Forest has an abundance of fun and exciting things for you and your hens to get involved in.  From cookery classes to 9 course taster menus and local wine tasting, we’ve got something to whet your tastebuds!

TEN at Stanwells

If it’s an informal but private experience you’re looking for, then TEN at Standwells is ideal for groups of 10 or less.  Enjoy an evening BBQ cooked by your very own private chef choosing from wild boar and pork belly to monkfish tails and scallops!  The beautiful garden pavilion has a large circular glass topped table with extra seating at the side too and its own fridge – especially for you and your bubbles! BBQs from £40 per head.  Afternoon tea or lunches also available.  Book your table now by visiting

HH&Co – Backstage – Cookery classes at Limewood Hotel

For a fun afternoon, why not head behind the scenes of the Hartnett Holder & Co kitchen with HH&Co Backstage – the cookery school and join the Cheese and Wine class where after arrival tea, coffee and treats, you’ll get comfy in the kitchen and a local supplier will take you through the art of choosing great cheese with the residence Sommelier helping you to match your cheddar to your Cabernet, your goats cheese to your Sauvignon and your port to your Stilton! Half day courses 3pm-7pm from £120 per person – Find out more by visiting the HH&Co Backstage pages.

The Granary Kitchen

A proud member of the New Forest Marque, The Granary Kitchen provides day long cookery courses ranging from Fish & Shellfish, Greek days, to Healthy Eating courses plus much more.  Why not grab a group of your friends for a day of cooking.  Not only will you get to sample throughout the day but you’ll sit down for lunch and dinner – with a glass of wine – and experience your new found skills! Group bookings start from just £50 per person.  Visit for more information.

The Granary Kitchen

The Elderflower

On the cobbles of Lymington Quay, The Elderflower is run by husband and wife team Andrew and Marjolaine who have over 23 years combined experience of working in some of the best restaurants in England & France.  Their aim is to use imaginative cooking to bring the fun back in to dining in a relaxed atmosphere.  For an evening to remember, enjoy a bespoke 9 course tasting menu where Head Chef Andrew will guide you through a culinary journey!  Each course is served as a surprise and is for those who really love food! Price £60 per head – visit or email [email protected] now!

After any of your gourmet experiences – head back to your hen abode of a comfy bell tent in The New Forest.  We can’t wait to help you create a hen do to remember! 

If you’ve experienced any of our listed ideas then we’d love to hear your feedback on Facebook or Twitter.  Tag your post with #WhatHen & #TheGourmetHen

Keep an eye out next week when we’ll be looking at #TheDancingHen

*All services listed are provided by 3rd parties.  Stay in your luxury bell tents provided by South Coast Glamping at a New Forest campsite of your choice and visit all these venues within a 30min drive (max).

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