New Forest Foodie Hotspot
With their Jabba Bowls and burgers named after pop-culture icons, Lymington's Greedo is a surprisingly hip little eatery in the heart of the New Forest.
Greedo may be small but it is perfectly formed. So much more than a brasserie, this place serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as holding a whole host of event nights (including a rather fabulous sounding fondue one). Located in the centre of Lymington, this is the place to meet friends and grab a quick bite that ends up turning into a long leisurely lunch.
When the eatery opened, it was a bit of fresh air for the area – bringing trendy street food that you’d expect in the hip spots of London to this unassuming seaside town. The town itself is beautiful, albeit traditional – so Greedo really shook things up on the food front.
Walking in, you could be mistaken you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere the New Forest. The spot feels like it’s been plucked out of a trendy city neighbourhood, à la Peckham, Bristol or Oxford, rather than the rolling Hampshire countryside – think copper-topped tables, well-curated little nick-nacks and sparkly fairy lights on the ceiling.
We went on a Friday lunch and the place was packed with an eclectic mix of friends out for a catch-up lunch, a family celebrating a milestone birthday and others quietly enjoying a late breakfast and read of the paper.
With its industrial-inspired furniture and small-ish space, this is probably not the place to book a meal for 50. However, they do hold private events and there’s a wonderfully intimate vibe without feeling like you’ll be sat on top of each other.
SCOFF & QUAFF
The thing that most excited me about Greedo was its menu. It’s not huge but it still somehow manages to cater for every type of taste and dietary requirement. Even though I was longing to dig into one of their epic sounding brunch dishes (something they do very well), I settled on one of their signatures Jabba Bowls with the Buttermilk Cobb Bowl. The husband, who likes his food pretty simple, decided on their Ricky 2.0 burger and fries.
As well as a carafe of mint water on the table, we both opted for a soft drink although we were impressed with their small, but well-selected wine list and beers on offer.
The staff were attentive and the food arrived quickly. My Buttermilk Cobb Bowl (£10) came with a side of Ranch Dressing (you could also opt for Blue Cheese) and looked every bit as Insta-ready as I had dreamed. The chicken was cooked impeccably and you could tell that thought and attention had been put into the seasoning that coated it.
The veg was prepped with care and felt more like it had been carefully curated rather than just being chopped up for for a bit of show and colour. One thing I was particularly pleased with was the sheer amount of avocado contained in my bowl – normally I’m scrabbling around wishing there was a bit more with most meals, but I felt as if I’d had a pretty generous portion.
As well as a good amount of bacon, it was topped with a soft-boiled egg, though found the egg surprisingly cold when I bit into it where it had been in the fridge.
My husband’s burger came out looking rather fabulous (food envy, moi?). The Ricky 2.0 is a 6oz beef patty, pulled ox cheek, onion rings, cheese, Dijon mustard, and comes contained within a pretzel bun (yum) at just £10. The ox cheek literally melted in the mouth and was beautifully complemented by the Dijon, without being too overbearing. The onion ring as well was light and crispy, with a hint of caramelisation to it.
I managed to get my hand on a single chip, which was crisp and fluffy and everything a decent fry should be – just the one though, my husband wasn’t giving those up without a fight.
By the time we had finished, we were much too full to order dessert but I spotted a few dotted around the restaurant and they looked delectable.
OUT & ABOUT
Lymington has a wonderfully nostalgic vibe to it and is the quintessential English seaside town, minus the gaudy arcades and such nonsense. The streets are filled with independent boutiques and quirky little gift shops, making it the perfect spot for a little stroll after you’ve eaten.
You can follow the road down to the seafront and take in all the yachts moored in the harbour. If you’re fortunate enough to be visiting in the summer, they have their very own Seafood Festival as well as their seawater baths – an excellent New Forest take on the lido.
For those looking for a spot of historic inspo, then head along to nearby Hurst Castle in Milford on Sea. This English Heritage building was built by Henry VIII to protect the Solent and is unlike any other castle in the country.
Also, if you’re sticking around for a few days, it’s worth noting Lymington has its own ferry terminal, so you can skip over to the Isle of Wight if you fancy a change of scenery while in the area.
GOOD FOR: A relaxed meal, any time of day, with your nearest and dearest. This is a great place to step out of the world for a while and enjoy well thought out food and the best company you know. It’s also directly opposite a well priced pay-and-display which, knowing that Lymington is super hilly, is ideal for those with older relatives and small kids.
NOT FOR: Super formal dining. Although the food is excellent, this isn’t the place to put on your best frock and try a ten-course taster meal.
£: With all the main plates coming in at exactly £10, it’s good value and a great place to come and choose with your stomach rather than your purse.
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