The Elderflower Restaurant, Lymington opened its doors on 7th March 2014, at the helm are husband and wife team Andrew and Marjolaine Du Bourg. With over 23 years combined experience of working in some of the top restaurants in England and France, they are realising their dream to run a unique restaurant, expressing their perception of the perfect dining experience for their guests. Their aim is to bring fun back into dining out, encompassing imaginative cooking, relaxed but efficient service in a stunning venue.
Andrew Du Bourg, Head Chef
Born in Yorkshire, educated in South Africa and Buckinghamshire, England. Food has always been a big part of Andrew’s life, from cultivating his own vegetable patch to baking with his Mother and Grandmother.
Andrew trained at Bournemouth & Poole College and the renowned cooking school of the Academy of Culinary Arts. He worked for Derick Quelch of the Goring hotel, London during and after his training. During this period, Andrew also did voluntary work at Clarence House, assisting with State Banquets and Charity Fund Raising dinners.
Andrew then honed his skills at top London restaurants working for Chris Galvin of The Wolseley, Phil Howard of The Square and Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon where he progressed to Head Chef. With a desire to re-locate to the South Coast, Andrew became Head Chef at 5* Chewton Glen hotel.
Marjolaine Du Bourg, Restaurant Manager
Born in Archingeay, Poitou-Charentes region of France, trained at specialised catering school ‘Art de la cuisine et Arts de la Table’ in La Rochelle. With a desire to broaden her experience, Marjolaine moved to London where she progressed to Food and Beverage manager at Cellar Gascon.
The Elderflower Restaurant and Rooms
The Elderflower, is operated from a grade 2 listed building in a cobbled Quay Street in the heart of the beautiful Georgian town of Lymington, sited between the New Forest district of Hampshire and the west Solent.
Over 200 years old, the restaurant was established by Georgina Campbell, daughter of Donald Campbell, the famous water and land speed record holder. The restaurant was named after the ‘Bluebird’ cars and boats that her father piloted to numerous world speed records. You can view Bluebird CN7 on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
The dining room is an atmospheric space with low beamed ceilings and cosy casement windows. The room is newly re-furbished for 2014 in a sympathetic style, blending contemporary touches and art with the traditional setting. The Elderflower has three en-suite Rooms above the restaurant.