Delicious New Forest Breakfast and open top bus tour are the two newest additions to the New Forest this summer

Published Wednesday 14 June 2006

The New Forest Breakfast and bus tour were officially launched yesterday (13 June) at Mr Eddy’s restaurant and Tea Rooms at Exbury Gardens.

The delicious cooked breakfast is made up of locally sourced produce from the New Forest and all bares the New Forest Marque, a sign that the food has been reared and produced in the New Forest.

The new look breakfast consists of bacon, sausages, tomatoes, free-range eggs, four-inch mushrooms and a wholemeal bread roll. The breakfast is now available throughout the day at Exbury Gardens and is available to buy at the Owl’s Barn Organic Farm Shop and served at some hotels.

Christina Simons from The Cottage Hotel is an advocate of the breakfast, she said: ‘I’ve served over 4,000 New Forest Breakfasts in just over a year and everyone comments on how delicious the food tastes.

‘It’s important to support our local economy, I’m also a supporter of sustainable transport, six of my guests last weekend organised car-free journey’s during their stay in the forest. Many using the excellent New Forest bus tour.’

The bus tour has seen several changes to last year’s service. The low-emission bus not only has an exciting new look, it now has an extended itinerary.

The bus will now be stopping at Hythe four times a day, and more frequently at the renowned Exbury Gardens, every hour from 10:25am to 17:25pm.

It will also continue to stop at the following destinations: Beaulieu, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst as well as Brockenhurst, Lymington and Beaulieu stations and a number of campsites throughout the forest.

Paul Fulford, Tourism Officer at New Forest District Council said: ‘The new changes to the scheme have proven to be popular with the passengers. We have had 50 per cent more passengers so far than last year.

‘The links to the rail and cycle networks are still proving to be very popular and we’ve once again included the bike trailer.

‘The bus is not only used by tourists but also the local community, it’s a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road.’

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Notes to editors:
1.The bus tour is a subsidised service provided by Solent Blue Line and supported by Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority. For more information on bus times visit www.newforest.co.uk.

2.Prices for the bus tour: Adults, £4.50, children aged between five to 15, £4.50 and family ticket £22.50 (two adults and two children). Short-distance fares are available for passengers making local journeys.  

3.The New Forest Marque has been set up by New Forest Produce Ltd, with support from Forest Friendly Farming and funding from LEADER +, for additional information about the scheme contact Martyn Evans on 023 8028 5150.

Media contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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