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Burley Rails Cottage is where New Forest Shortbread has been made since 2011.


Tracy Thew is a lady who loves to bake. Having made shortbread for family and friends for many years, Tracy decided to offer these melt in the mouth shortbread to people visiting the New Forest

Homemade & Delicious

To keep the homemade taste and texture Tracy makes small batches of dough just like you would at home but she makes 80 batches at a time, each one very slightly different in weight and mixing time, so they vary enough to give the shortbread a variety of shape and colour when baked.

Inspired and created around the beauty of The New Forest.


In 2019 Tracy was supplying hotels and holiday cottages with packets of her shortbread, she realised that the words on the label would be so much more interesting in pictures.  Tracy designed the boxes with Tear off and Keep cards, and commissioned illustrations of the flora and fauna, visitors might see during their stay in the New Forest, from local artist Will Drew.  These beautiful illustrations along with the notes, give visitors and locals information about this very special forest.

Tracy wanted to work from home and New Forest Shortbread has ticked all the boxes.

The future looks really interesting with plans for more illustrations and drawings in collaboration with other local artists bringing different aspects of the New Forest into the boxes for consumption by locals and visitors alike.