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DORSET

A comprehensive guide to eating out in the region Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Welcome Welcome to the Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2020. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key below. Gillingham Shaftesbury

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Sherborne Cranborne Sturminster Newton Verwood Blandford Forum WD Wimborne Ferndown Beaminster Minster Ch Piddletrenthide PB Christchurch Lyme Regis Bournemouth Dorchester Bere Regis Bridport Wareham Weymouth

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Food & Drink Guide 2020 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Rosie Best Graphic Designers Jo Ley, Megan Hunt

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WP Weymouth & Portland

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PB Poole & Bournemouth

Ch Christchurch

Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents Foreword......................2

Tapas..........................28

Café & Restaurant........38

Fine Dining...................3

Grill............................29

Café............................39

Modern British..............3

Steakhouse..................30

Tearoom......................43

Cocktail Bar................31

Ice Cream Parlour.......44

Gastropub...................32

Traditional..................44

Seafood......................24

Bar & Bistro...............32

Bed & Breakfast..........61

Italian.........................26

Bar & Restaurant........33

Chef Profiles...............62

Cookery School...........28

Café, Bar & Restaurant....38

Index..........................64

Modern European........11 British........................13 Fish & Chips...............23

Photography Greg Thurtle (www.blandfordstudios.com), Page 2 & 3 Hix Oyster & Fish House images © Matt Austin (www.mattaustinimages.co.uk), Page 12 & 62 Twelve Eatery images © Kris Hall (Nose 2 Tail images) Contributors Nathaniel Hobby, George Pasparakis, Caroline Millar, Alix King, Heidi Stenhouse, Pam Fudge, Helen Summer, Dominic Tancock, Katie Dancey Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Sam Terrett, Tim Hall, Beth Doyle, James Morgan Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed July 2019.

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Foreword

Mark Hix Since growing up in Bridport, I’ve noticed that Dorset’s food culture has undergone dramatic changes, from people’s eating and buying habits to the standard of produce available from local suppliers. We’ve always had great produce available on our doorstep, including fresh fish and shellfish from local waters, but the way we use it has changed significantly. When I moved to London 35 or so years ago I didn’t really keep in touch with what was going on in Dorset. On a rare visit back home my Dad told me about a celebrity chef called Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who had moved into the area – he was a big influence, and from then on the local area grew in popularity among foodies. River Cottage created a food festival to showcase local producers and chefs, and events of this kind became increasingly popular. Farmers’ markets became more serious and Dorset saw a surge in popularity with lots of Londoners buying property in the area. I have since started up my own food festival which is now in its seventh year. Food Rocks takes place along the Lyme Regis seafront and showcases the best local food and drink. My chef friends and I do demos and talks, and we host supper clubs in the evenings. We believe this is a great way to really put Dorset on the foodie map while raising money for charity. It’s great being part of the local community and I’m proud to have been brought up here. I love being by the seaside and all that goes with it, including fishing, working and socialising with the local fishermen. 11 years ago I opened my own restaurant in the area, Hix Oyster & Fish House, in order to showcase the local produce I’m so fond of. Since then several talented friends of mine have opened their own restaurants in Dorset, including The Seaside Boarding House in Burton Bradstock and Brassica Restaurant in Beaminster. With all the advances the industry has seen in the last 20 years, it’s now easier than ever to put together a menu exclusively using produce from within a 20-mile radius of your restaurant. Dorset is a now real foodie destination, and with such an abundance of natural produce and the amazing wine and spirits produced in the region, I’m sure it will only grow in popularity.

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The Grange at Oborne

Fine Dining

 Location Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA t: 0844 502 0488 w: www.thegrangeatoborne.co.uk e: reception@thegrange.co.uk

WD Built around 200 years ago with stone from the Purbeck Hills, The Grange was once the principle farmhouse in Oborne and is now one of the most luxurious hotels in the area. In the 38 years since it became a hotel and restaurant, The £20 to Grange has upheld a sterling reputation and been decorated with numerous £30 awards, including two AA rosettes, a Taste of the West Gold award in 2017, Dorset Tourism’s Small Hotel/ Boutique Accommodation of the Year Silver award 2018 and the South West Tourism Award’s Small/ Boutique Hotel of the Year Silver award 2017-2018. The head chef uses all his experience and expertise to create a stunning and inventive menu. You might begin with torched mackerel served with a fennel and watercress salad and quince jelly, before enjoying a sumptuous main course of confit Creedy Carver duck leg, accompanied by creamed potato, braised red cabbage and asparagus, with a Port and cherry sauce. Satisfy your sweet-tooth Open: Mon-Sun noon-1.30pm, and try the white chocolate and 7pm-9pm honeycomb parfait with orange and cardamom sorbet, or finish with speciality cheeses from the South West. Complete your visit with coffee and homemade petits fours. This is a dining experience reflective of the hotel’s ethos as a whole – intimate, with attention to detail and finesse. A meal here is not only a treat for you, but also for the community as The Grange at Oborne makes use of many local suppliers of quality ingredients. For a taste of honest and wholesome luxury, a visit to The Grange is a must.

Hix Oyster & Fish House

Modern British

 Location Cobb Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JP t: 0844 625 7518 w: www.hixrestaurants.co.uk e: reservations@hixoysterandfishhouse.co.uk Where better to enjoy locally sourced fish and seafood than Hix Oyster & Fish House? Perched on the hill, offering panoramic seaside views of The Cobb and Jurassic Coast, this is arguably one of the most picturesque spots in Dorset. A beautiful terrace wraps around the dining room, and light pours in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating the subtly nautical decor. Mark Hix, the talented chef behind this delightful venue, grew up in the area, and the exceptional menu is made possible by his long acquaintance with responsible local suppliers. A gifted forager, with an intimate knowledge of the local area, Mark also sources a wealth of wild ingredients including sea vegetables. As the perfect complement to the menu, the wine list is a celebration of local vineyards, with varieties from Lyme Bay, Furleigh Estate and Castlewood. If wine isn’t your tipple of choice, you’ll also find Hix’s own brand of beer and an innovative cocktail menu featuring local spirits.

WD £27 to

£46

Open: Mon-Sun noon-10pm

With its enchanting setting, welcoming team and menu of exquisitely presented dishes, it’s not hard to see why Hix Oyster & Fish House is such a popular venue. The ideal spot for a romantic dinner or a sophisticated gathering with friends, this exceptional restaurant can also accommodate large groups and private parties. Dorset Guide 2020

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Modern British

Ventana Grand Café

 Location The Cumberland Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AF t: 0844 502 0428 w: www.cumberlandhotel.oceana-collection.com PB e: ventana@cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk Service is of the utmost importance at this two-AA-rosette-awarded eatery, where the staff aim to deliver a memorable experience to all. The impressive Ventana £22 Grand Café sits in the iconic four-star Art Deco Cumberland Hotel, which also to boasts a large outdoor pool and poolside lido deck. Spa days, food and drink £32 promotions and other exciting events are held regularly. Epicureans are in for a treat at Ventana Grand Café: the greatest care is put into creating modern British dishes enhanced by a selection of seasonal signature offerings. Diners might like to start with pan-seared Cornish king scallops accompanied by saffron-infused sweetcorn purée, tomato salsa and smoked streaky bacon crumbles. Follow with Ventana’s signature dish: three variations of Dorset lamb comprising braised lamb shank shepherd’s pie, rump of lamb hot pot, and lamb Open: Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; and mint toad in the hole. To finish, tuck into the baked white chocolate, honey and Fri & Sat noon-10pm lavender cheesecake with blueberry compote, or try Giggi’s handmade Italian amaretto cherry ice cream. The Cumberland Hotel was named Best Large Hotel at the 2018 Bournemouth & Poole Tourism Awards, and Ventana Grand Café previously won the much sought-after title of Best Afternoon Tea. Diners are blown away by a tower of delights including fine finger sandwiches, homemade scones and French pastries paired with artisan tea, Champagne and coffee. It could be argued that no other venue in Bournemouth can boast such sights, sounds and tastes.

Modern British

The New Inn  Location 14 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JF t: 0844 502 0463 w: www.thenewinncerneabbas.co.uk e: info@thenewinncerneabbas.co.uk

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This sensitively refurbished former coaching inn dates back to the 16th century, and is bursting with character. Many original features remain, including lovely mullion windows, heavy oak beams and a recovered York stone fireplace, complete with a wood burner. The well-stocked bar includes Palmers ale on traditional hand-pumps, a selection of cider and lager and a hand-picked international wine list. They also stock a wide range of spirits including 12 gins, four of which are locally sourced, and six single-malt whiskies. In warmer months head to the 50-seat courtyard, or the large walled garden where a charming apple tree takes centre stage, to enjoy a flute of sparkling Kir Royale.

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£30

The food reflects the surroundings, with traditional pub favourites featured alongside appealing modern British dishes. You might start with flaky sea bass, or perhaps crispy rabbit loin with pancetta. For mains tuck into pappardelle verde with vine tomatoes and shallot crumble, or plump for juicy chargrilled lamb rump infused with sea rosemary, paired with fresh asparagus and endive. All produce is sourced from the West Country, including local game from just a stone’s throw away. With food this good it’s no wonder The New Inn was named Palmers Brewery’s Food Pub of the Year and Wine Pub of the Year in 2017. Why not extend your stay and check into one of the 12 beautiful rooms located in the main building and the stable block? Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm, 7pm-9pm

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The Eastbury

Modern British

 Location Long Street, Sherborne, DT9 3BY t: 0844 625 3340 w: www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk e: relax@theeastburyhotel.co.uk

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Occupying a prime position in the heart of historic Sherborne, not far from Sherborne Castle, you’ll find The Eastbury, an award-winning boutique hotel with a fantastic restaurant (chef profile page 62). Known for its attractive architecture, Sherborne is a picturesque town that makes for a great weekend getaway, and is ideally situated as a base from which to explore West Dorset. The Eastbury is a charming spot to retreat from life’s stresses and unwind in tranquil surrounds – it’s a real home from home. Guests can expect to be met with the utmost hospitality, which continues throughout the duration of your stay, whether you’re making the most of the hotel’s wonderful guest rooms or simply visiting for an evening meal in the two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant.

£28 to

£45

Large windows wrap around the entire dining room, inviting light and providing a delightful view of the hotel’s leafy garden. Whether you bring the family here for a relaxed dinner, or colleagues for a smart working lunch, The Eastbury ticks every box. The menu is brimming with exceptional dishes constructed from first-class ingredients procured from the surrounding area, as well as herbs and salad crops grown in the hotel’s garden. The menu changes seasonally so you might start with octopus Carpaccio complemented by a fennel, celery and blood orange salad and verjus dressing, or perhaps Vale of Camelot cheese brûlée with pear, celeriac, chicory and caramelised walnuts. Main-course options could include harmoniously balanced plates such as rump of lamb with caramelised red onions, Greek yoghurt, courgette and oregano, and delicate cod with a garlic and herb crumb, roast cauliflower, leeks, crispy capers and leek oil. You’ll want to save room for dessert and indulge in delights such as raspberry, white chocolate and mascarpone sablé Breton with raspberry sorbet, or blackberry soufflé with apple mousse and toffee sauce. Now under the ownership of the de Savary family, The Eastbury has undergone significant investment, including an upscale renovation of the bedrooms alongside the addition of new garden suites and a luxurious spa. The unique setting, incredible food and impeccable service make dining at The Eastbury an unforgettable experience. You won’t be able to resist stopping by again.

Food Served: Mon-Fri 7am-9.30am, noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sat & Sun 8am-10am, noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm

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Hall’s Kitchen  Location 46 St Mary Street, Weymouth, DT4 8PU t: 0844 625 7636 w: www.hallskitchen.co.uk

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A few steps from the Quay, this modern bistro is taking Weymouth’s foodie scene to the next level. The friendly, welcoming team behind Hall’s Kitchen has created a delectable menu using the best locally sourced ingredients. To complement the menu you’ll find a hand-picked wine list with choice vintages from around the world.

£24 to

£35

Open: Mon 6pm-9pm; Tues-Thurs noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm

From amongst an impressive array of starters, including wild mushroom tea and fresh seafood bouillabaisse, my partner selected pan-fried king prawns perfectly matched with a subtle aniseed sauce. My choice of juicy scallop lollipops, carefully wrapped in pancetta, were accompanied by the finest sauce I‘ve ever tasted – a tantalising blend of chilli and sesame seeds. If there was an award for presentation, Hall’s Kitchen would certainly have my vote.

Situated so close to an excellent harbour, the kitchen team makes excellent use of fresh fish and I was sorely tempted by chilli-baked crab and panache of fish to follow. In the end I opted for a stunning dish of oven-roasted hake with lemon butter, Dauphinoise potatoes and green beans. My partner enjoyed duck with a delightful plum and Port sauce. To finish we selected two dishes that astounded on many levels – a beautifully presented crème brûlée with lemon shortbread and fresh berries, and a sumptuous tarte Tatin. Modern British

The Ship Inn  Location West Stour, SP8 5RP t: 0844 502 0564 w: www.shipinn-dorset.com e: mail@shipinn-dorset.com

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Boasting wonderful vistas of the beautiful Dorset countryside is The Ship Inn, a privately owned, 18th-century coaching inn. Visitors are invited to pull up a pew at the bar and tuck into delicious food in the tastefully decorated dining £25 to room, before retiring to one of the five en-suite rooms. £30 The bar stocks a wide range of beer and cider, in addition to a good choice of wines that have been carefully chosen to complement the à la carte menu. The food offering is decidedly British, encompassing both favourites that have stood the test of time and intriguing modern options that showcase the chefs’ culinary skills. Accompanying the main menu is a regularly changing specials board, which presents the season’s best. On our visit, I started with corned beef hash topped with a soft poached egg, Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, while my guest had goat’s cheese and potato croquettes drizzled in romesco 6pm-11.30pm; sauce. Both were delightful. For Sat noon-midnight; the main course, I selected the Sun noon-11pm mixed seafood platter, having Food Served: Mon-Sat seen it arrive at a nearby table noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; while we tucked into our starters. Sun noon-2.30pm Everything was cooked to perfection and I knew I’d made the right choice. My guest’s flaky ginger beer-battered cod was paired with chunky chips and minted peas, and also looked great. To finish, the passion fruit and white chocolate brûlée was perfect. 6

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Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant

Modern British

 Location Pound Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HZ t: 0844 625 3215 w: www.hotelalexandra.co.uk e: info@hotelalexandra.co.uk

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The food served at the Alexandra’s award-winning restaurant showcases Dorset’s finest seasonal ingredients and chefs. Head chef Callum O’Doherty and his team create modern British menus that focus on produce sourced from the best local farms, so the ingredients themselves are the stars of the show.

£25 to

£35

‘…spectacular scenery…’ The Alexandra is renowned for an incredible afternoon tea offering, with platters of homemade patisserie, scones and savouries served with tea, coffee or Champagne. It’s also a popular place for an exceptional Sunday roast, with beef from Stockham Farm, lamb from Cotley and fresh line-caught fish from Lyme Bay. The hotel sits in an enviable position overlooking The Cobb and boasts sweeping coastal views – guests can enjoy this spectacular scenery Food Served: while dining in the restaurant or on Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, the garden terrace. The Alexandra 6.30pm-9pm hosts regular food and drink events Afternoon Tea Served: throughout the year, including Mon-Sun 3pm-5.30pm cocktail nights and food and wine pairings. Keep an eye on their website for the latest goings-on.

The Greyhound

Modern British

 Location 26 High Street, Sydling St Nicholas, Nr. Dorchester, DT2 9PD t: 0844 502 5266 w: www.dorsetgreyhound.co.uk e: info@dorsetgreyhound.co.uk

WD The picturesque village of Sydling St Nicholas represents rural England at its best and can be found right in the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Stroll along the stream that runs through the breathtakingly pretty village and take in the £15 to views of chalk hills, surrounding watercress farms and picture-perfect thatched £20 cottages before retiring to The Greyhound for the very best of home-from-home comfort. The Greyhound has been completely refurbished inside and out, and now boasts a stunning glass and oak conservatory area that’s perfect for outdoor dining, as well as stylish decor and beautiful en-suite rooms. Twice named Dorset’s best pub for food, and featuring in both The Good Pub Open: Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, Guide and CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019, The Greyhound has high standards 5.30pm-late; Sat 11am-11pm; for dining. The daily changing menus showcase the region’s freshest produce, Sun noon-late (hours may vary, from Dorset beef to seasonal game like venison and wild boar. The chef sources please see website for details) fish from the Jurassic Coast, just 20 minutes away, on a daily basis. Dine in the dog-friendly bar area amid the trappings of a traditional inn – in winter make a beeline for the open fire – or opt for the restaurant for a slightly more formal setting. A log burner makes the restaurant just as cosy, and there’s also an historic sunken well feature to admire. Full-bellied and content after an evening in the pub, visitors can head to one of the top-notch en-suite rooms, where the sumptuous pillows and comfy bed guarantee an excellent night’s sleep. In the morning, tuck into one of The Greyhound’s wonderfully hearty breakfasts before heading back out to explore one of England’s best beauty spots. Dorset Guide 2020

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Modern British

10 Castle Street  Location 10 Castle Street, Cranborne, BH21 5PZ t: 0844 502 6821 w: www.10castlestreet.com e: enquiries@10castlestreet.com

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If you’ve ever felt you belonged in a different era, one of elegance and tranquillity, you’ll feel right at home at 10 Castle Street. This Grade II listed 18th-century country house hotel is tucked away in the charming village of Cranborne, offering an unforgettable setting and an equally impressive dining experience.

£20 to

£40

Thai-born, French-trained chef Bill Keera creates seasonal menus using fresh vegetables and fruit from the five-star hotel’s own garden, as well as locally farmed meat and fresh fish that has been hand-selected from Poole fish market. Bill skilfully marries Asian cooking influences with traditional British flavours, creating unique and delicious dishes. Seated in the drawing room, surrounded by comfy sofas, a crackling log fire and beautiful paintings, I enjoyed miso-marinated black cod, pickled cucumber and shimeji served with a drizzle of flavoursome ponzu sauce, followed by coconut and lemongrass-infused Food Served: Tues-Sun chicken breast with wok-fried noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm greens and chilli and lime polenta cake. I finished my meal with mouth-watering white chocolate Baileys cheesecake, accompanied by a crisp South African sauvignon blanc. Also on offer are breakfasts, snacks, lunches and highly popular afternoon teas. Alternatively, simply stop by and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple or a freshly brewed coffee outside on the terrace. You won’t regret it. Modern British

Neo Restaurant  Location Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5AH t: 0844 625 3978 w: www.neorestaurant.co.uk e: info@neorestaurant.co.uk

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A stunningly sophisticated venue, Neo Restaurant sits at the heart of Bournemouth and offers unparalleled views across the Bournemouth Gardens. The stylish glass-fronted exterior makes an immediate impression and the chic interior provides the perfect setting for a special celebration. Aside from the beautiful restaurant, Neo is also home to a heated terrace and a trendy lounge, where you’ll find a well-stocked island bar offering hand-picked spirits, wine and beer, a tempting cocktail menu, and a vast array of premium gin.

£26 to

£44

The food at Neo has been locally sourced before being crafted into delicious and beautifully presented plates. There is a range of menus available, including a kids’ range, an afternoon tea menu and a completely vegan selection. If you’re stopping by at lunch, be sure to sample the celeriac risotto or the succulent harissa chicken burger, before indulging in a dessert of rich chocolate brownie or a creamy vanilla panna cotta Open: with a sweet honeycomb and Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; ginger crumb. Later in the evening, Fri & Sat 11am-midnight the à la carte menu offers a variety of modern British fare, ranging from tender braised blade of beef with tangy horseradish mash to grilled half lobster. For couples dining together, the seafood platter or the Chateaubriand are ideal for sharing, and a luxurious liqueur coffee is the perfect way to end your meal. 8

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Café Sladers

Modern British

 Location Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EL t: 0844 502 0446 w: www.sladersyard.co.uk e: cafe@sladersyard.co.uk

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Located in Sladers Yard, one of the most ambitious contemporary art, furniture and craft galleries in the South West, Café Sladers is an inspiring place to relax, eat and meet with friends. Customers can unwind and enjoy a seasonal menu of deliciously fresh, wholesome and locally sourced seafood, meat, salads, vegan and vegetarian lunches, snacks, teas and breakfasts. The café is fully licensed, and boasts an excellent wine list, locally brewed beer and cider, spirits, cocktails and liqueurs. With its six Taste of the West Gold Awards, Café Sladers is the ideal place for a three-course lunch with wine, a long lazy breakfast, a delicious cream tea, or an organic coffee paired with homemade cake or some locally made gelato.

£15 to

£25

Open: Mon-Sun 10am-4.30pm The café is housed in an historic Georgian former flax warehouse in the (hours may vary in winter, fishing harbour of West Bay, near the beach and famous golden cliffs. please call for details) Guests can dine inside in the stylishly rustic, wood-panelled dining room, or outside in the sunny yard surrounded by flowers. In the evenings, ticketed events, artist’s talks and live jazz, folk and chamber music nights with dinner are well worth attending. For group lunch menus, private dinners, weddings and private parties, get in touch with the amiable team who will be more than happy to help arrange your special event. Friendly, informal and full of world-class art, furniture and craft, Sladers Yard is one of Dorset’s most delightful destinations.

The Crab at Bournemouth

Modern British

 Location Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5AJ t: 0844 625 7601 w: www.crabatbournemouth.com e: info@crabatbournemouth.com For the pinnacle of elegant dining on the beautiful Dorset coast, look no further than The Crab at Bournemouth. This attractive restaurant is attached to the four-star Park Central Hotel which, with its 47 boutique guest bedrooms, is the perfect spot for a luxurious stay in Bournemouth. The friendly, courteous team behind The Crab at Bournemouth offers the same warm welcome to guests and non-resident visitors. The two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant also boasts a resident pianist who performs for diners most Friday and Saturday nights. Situated a three-minute walk from the beach, the restaurant naturally receives a regular supply of fresh, local seafood, but it’s the creativity and expertise with which this produce is prepared that sets The Crab apart. Guests can expect to enjoy the likes of hot fruits de mer – a delectable array of fresh seafood including creamy moules marinières, half a lobster, tiger prawns, crab claws, scallops St Jacques, market fish and oysters in garlic or chilli butter.

PB £29 to

£48

Open: Sun-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm

The kitchen team’s fine dining approach to seafood delivers dishes as remarkable for their sumptuous flavours as their beautiful presentation. Picture pan-fried fillet of turbot paired with black gnocchi, Cornish mussels, sea vegetables and cream à la nage. This exquisite menu is also paired with a hand-picked wine list and the informative staff will be happy to suggest a couple of options to complement your chosen dish. Dorset Guide 2020

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Modern British

Knoll House

 Location Ferry Road, Studland, BH19 3AH t: 0844 625 7495 w: www.knollhouse.co.uk e: info@knollhouse.co.uk A haven for nature-lovers, the idyllic Knoll House combines a striking backdrop of heath and woodland with stunning sea views. While the leisure and spa facilities are perfect for pampering yourself, the dramatic surrounds make this dog-friendly hotel ideal for explorers and hikers. Guests simply wishing to dine can enjoy a coffee, slice of cake or tasty light lunch in the newly refurbished bistro. Expect beautifully presented delights like spinach and ricotta tortellini in a rich blue cheese sauce, and the quintessential British favourite – fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce. Another undeniable lure is the offer of afternoon tea – whether you plump for simple cream tea or truly indulgent Champagne tea. In fine weather afternoon tea is also served on the terrace, where you can enjoy stunning sea views over Studland Bay as you dine.

Pu £18 to

£30

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-5pm

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The Museum Inn

Modern British

 Location Farnham, Nr. Blandford Forum, DT11 8DE t: 0844 625 7570 w: www.museuminn.co.uk e: enquiries@museuminn.co.uk

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Winding lanes and hedgerows lead prettily to the door of this beautiful thatched 17th-century venue. On sunny days the ample outdoor seating is the perfect setting for a refreshing real ale, while in winter the warm lighting and cosy decor invites you in. Inside, cosy traditional features like an open fire, wooden beams and a flagstone floor combine with a seasonal menu boasting ingenious new flavours alongside popular pub classics. I started with a beautifully presented dish – smoked sea trout with cucumber pearls, paired with lemon and horseradish yoghurt and sorrel. My companion chose the fresh chilli and spring onion crabcake complemented by the piquant flavours of dashi and pickled mooli. I chose to follow my starter with a hearty pub classic – steak and ale pie with creamy mash in rich red wine sauce. My friend tucked into a delectable aubergine and smoked quinoa cannelloni with black bean rosti and new season tomato consommé.

£24 to

£40

Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection, but it was the dessert that really completed the experience. My elegant rhubarb and blood orange bavarois was perfectly executed, with tangy rhubarb slices, rhubarb purée and blood orange crisp. My companion declared her bitter hot chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream to be the best pudding she’d ever had.

The Shave Cross Inn

Modern European

 Location Shave Cross, Nr. Bridport, DT6 6HW t: 0844 625 3462 w: www.shavecrossinn.co.uk

WD Inside this fantastic 14th-century inn, nestled in the rolling countryside of the Marshwood Vale, you’ll find some of the best tapas Dorset has to offer. With its picturesque thatched roof and crackling log fire, it’s hard to think of a more £18 to pleasant environment in which to enjoy a leisurely meal. £25 The menu makes the most of local produce, as owners Joe and Louise have drawn on their knowledge of living in Spain to create an incredible Wessex tapas dining experience. With so many mouth-watering dishes on offer including small and large plates, we could’ve easily sampled the whole menu. We opted to try a few tapas dishes and enjoyed a leisurely, sociable meal. We delighted in classic patatas bravas and flavoursome crab atop sourdough toast with Old Bay seasoning. The pan-fried chump of Devon lamb was sensational and came Open: Tues 5.30pm-10.30pm; with the most incredible red cabbage and mint salsa, while the mussels in Thai Weds-Sat 11am-3pm, green curry sauce were undoubtedly some of the finest seafood I’ve ever tasted, 5.30pm-11pm; and showcased Joe’s passion for Sun 11am-3pm great cuisine. We also shared a succulent Aberdeen Angus rib-eye steak sourced from a local farm, accompanied by hand-cut chips, tomatoes and a garlic mushroom. A small selection of British pub classics is also available. For dessert we indulged in homemade lemon tart and a sumptuous rhubarb cream. The Shave Cross Inn offers an impeccable dining experience in relaxed surrounds. We’ll be back to further explore the exceptional menu, perhaps in the stunning garden when the sun is shining. Dorset Guide 2020

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Pickled Ginger  Location 53 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX t: 0844 625 3638 w: www.pickledgingerbridport.co.uk e: info@pickledgingerbridport.co.uk

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If you’re traversing the West Dorset town of Bridport, be sure to seek out Pickled Ginger, a wonderful establishment nestled right in the town centre. You’re guaranteed a friendly greeting from charming staff who make everyone feel £18 to right at home. Don’t let the relaxed, convivial ambience fool you though; when £34 it comes to food they take things seriously. Whether you’re popping in for a tasty breakfast, leisurely lunch or evening meal, you’re sure to be impressed. Owners Chris and Heather have an affinity with the local area, and so all of the ingredients they source can be traced back to nearby producers. As head chef, Open: Chris is keen to ensure that nobody is excluded due to dietary requirements, so Weds 10am-2pm; most of the menu is gluten-free and dishes can be adapted to suit your needs. Thurs & Fri 10am-2pm, You’ll find a selection of mouth-watering plates cooked with precision. Start 6pm-9pm; Sat 9.30am-2pm, with seared scallops complemented by crispy pancetta and cauliflower purée, or 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm perhaps the goat’s cheese, roasted pepper and courgette stack will take your (open Sundays from October fancy. Main-course options to June) may include the likes of delectable roasted squash, sweet potato and sage risotto, alongside twice-cooked belly pork with rosemary and prosciutto jus accompanied by Dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables. While great for intimate occasions, Pickled Ginger is equally suited to celebrations and the team is happy to host private parties or gatherings, catering for sit-down meals or casual buffets. Visit for yourself and you’ll soon see how this wonderful restaurant charms all who step through its doors. Modern European

Twelve Eatery  Location 12 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY t: 0844 625 7574 w: www.twelveeatery.com e: info@twelveeatery.com

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This restaurant is easily the best place in Dorset to find delicious organic, plant-based dining. But Twelve is much more than this – the food is innovative and indescribably delicious. Expect contemporary cooking served in a casually £21 to elegant setting. We settled next to the cocktail bar, where everything from the £28 spirits, beer and wine to the cold-pressed juices is organic and refined-sugar-free. The evening got off to a good start with a cold-pressed ginger Mojito for me and a tequila and basil lemonade for my companion. We began our meal with two delectable starters – I tucked into perfectly crisp and crunchy vegetable tempura, while my partner opted for a sensational combination of salt-baked smoked celeriac with avocado purée, mushroom duxelles and truffle oil. Indulgent starters were followed by equally mouth-watering mains. I treated myself to beer-battered tofu and chips served with a beautifully Open: creamy tartare and pea purée. My partner chose the feijoada – a black bean Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm; stew inspired by the Brazilian roots Fri & Sat 10am-11pm; of one of Twelve’s founders. The Sun 10am-6pm dish was bursting with flavoursome seitan sausage, pulled jackfruit, rice, crispy kale, and a sweet infusion of orange. We just about had room for dessert. While my companion enjoyed a light, nutty maple carrot cake, I was delighted by the cheesecake – between the biscuit base and cream cheese topping, a slather of dulce de leche created a sweet caramel layer. Twelve is most certainly the future of contemporary dining. 12

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The White Hart

British

 Location 6 Corn Market, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1JL t: 0844 625 7492 e: whitehartwimborneminster@gmail.com

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Set in Wimborne Minster, a charming market town boasting 15th-century architecture, The White Hart is the perfect base for history-lovers. Dating back to 1648, the Grade II listed White Hart once possessed the largest stables in the area for traders wishing to bring their wares to market. Though the stables are no longer functioning, the pub and the surrounding Corn Market remain popular with locals and visitors alike. With an enchanting beer garden directly overlooking the minster the town is named for, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a chilled gin and tonic on a sunny afternoon. A steady stream of evening entertainment, including pub quizzes and live music, makes this a popular spot all year round. The White Hart also takes part in the annual Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, which takes place on the second weekend of June.

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Recently re-opened under new management, the historic pub has been given a new lease of life by local businesswoman Sharon Elliott, bringing an appealing freshness to the attractive traditional features. Combined with a warm welcome from the friendly team, and a truly excellent menu, this venue is going from strength to strength. The menu has been carefully planned to bring a modern, elegant twist to classic pub fare. We began with two delightful starters – mixed olives and artisan bread served with balsamic and oil, and a mushroom and Stilton bake with field and wild mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce. The warm artisan bread was so moreish that we couldn’t resist dipping it in the creamy Stilton sauce. For mains I selected an irresistible vegetarian dish – a Cajun halloumi burger coated in Cajun-spiced panko crumb, served in a toasted bun with tomato, gherkin and relish. I chose to pair my burger with flavoursome sweet potato fries, and the combination of tangy halloumi and crispy fries was mouth-watering. My companion chose from the specials menu, plumping for juicy grilled salmon fillet with rich bubble and squeak and a perfectly poached egg. We had just enough room left to share a dessert, and the rich sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream was a real treat to the sweet-tooth – the perfect end to a fantastic meal; we’ll certainly be back for more.

Open: Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-11pm

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The Ox Row Inn  Location 10-11 Ox Row, Salisbury, SP1 1EU t: 0844 625 4006 w: www.theoxrowinn.co.uk e: oxrowinn.salisbury@fullers.co.uk

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Find a cosy corner in which to settle or join the crowd of friendly regulars for a pint at the bar in this cosy pub. The Ox Row Inn has an eclectic hand-picked wine list with a broad range of Old and New World wine, as well as a great selection of cask ale and craft beer, so you’re sure to find the perfect tipple to suit your fancy.

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‘...inviting atmosphere...’ The menu has been carefully crafted to offer a tempting selection of dishes for all tastes. Alongside satisfying classics such as the Chalcroft Farm beefburger and grilled ham with a fried egg, triple-cooked chips and pineapple salsa, you’ll find a great range of dishes inspired by flavours from across the globe. The fantastic selection of starters includes cured mackerel with saffron and pickled Open: Mon 10am-11pm; carrots, and pork belly bites Tues 9am-11pm; Weds-Fri complemented by pear chutney 10am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; and crispy crackling. For the main Sun 10am-10.30pm course, you might opt for chicken schnitzel with salsa verde, sauté potatoes and watercress, or perhaps the mouth-watering olive oil gnocchi with pesto, burrata, peas and broccoli. All of this can be enjoyed in the charming surrounds of this historic pub, with exposed beams, cosy nooks and quirky touches creating an inviting atmosphere for all. British

Winyard’s Gap Inn  Location Chedington Lane, Chedington, Nr. Beaminster, DT8 3HY t: 0844 625 3887 w: www.winyardsgap.com e: enquiries@winyardsgap.com

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Tucked beneath an ancient earthwork and surrounded by rolling hills, Winyard’s Gap Inn commands one of the finest views in the West Country. You’re guaranteed a heartfelt reception from the friendly, hospitable team. £20 to Inside, rustic furniture and soft candlelight create an intimate setting and a £25 home-away-from-home feel. This family-run free house offers modern interpretations of traditional favourites. The menu places emphasis on using fresh, seasonal and local produce, much of which is sourced within a three-mile radius. Tasty starters include the smoked salmon and dill mousse with pickled cucumber and croutes, as well as wild mushrooms and Blue Vinney atop fresh sourdough. Open: Tues-Fri 11.30am-3pm, As for the mains, the chargrilled chicken supreme with pancetta, fondant 6pm-11pm; Sat & Sun potato, black garlic, and soya bean Bourguignon is sensational. End on a 11.30am-11pm sweet note with a blackberry and hazelnut tart – a saccharine treat that will Food Served: leave your tastebuds tingling. Tues-Sun noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm The team also serves a fantastic Sunday carvery with a choice of three West Country meats, and a two-course senior citizens’ menu is available Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes, which represents excellent value for money. The pub also boasts delightful overnight accommodation; it’s perfect for those seeking a restorative break in the countryside. The setting is beautiful, the atmosphere relaxed and the food excellent. What more could you want? 14

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The Manor House

British

 Location West Bexington, DT2 9DF t: 0844 625 7610 w: www.manorhoteldorset.com

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A charming 16th-century building, The Manor House overlooks the nearby Chesil Beach and offers outstanding views of the Dorset coast. If the beautiful outlook isn’t enough to draw you in, the hotel’s welcoming bar – with its wood-burning fire, exposed brickwork and friendly atmosphere – is sure to do the trick, and the gorgeous garden area is the perfect place to pass the hours on a warm summer’s day.

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£36

Its coastal location makes The Manor House the ideal getaway for families or couples wishing to explore the seaside and all it has to offer. Indeed, the South West Coast Path is right on the Manor’s doorstep, Lulworth Cove is just a stone’s throw away and West Bexington is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Rooms at The Manor provide a comfortable place to rest and unwind during a holiday and with 13 en-suite rooms to choose from – each with its own unique character, up-to-date facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi – you can be sure of restful stay. Dining at The Manor is a relaxed and memorable experience. Dining options are varied, with an outdoor terrace overlooking Lyme Bay, a beer garden with sea views, a cellar bar and garden room, and a restaurant boasting full table service. The menu adjusts daily, with a great selection of British fare from local suppliers. Whet your appetite with a starter of tasty halloumi fries and chilli jam, or try the seared scallops with chorizo, spring onion and sweet chilli cream – what a fantastic complement to the sea views. For the main course, the offering includes the likes of chicken and sundried tomato ballotine, slow-roasted belly pork infused with soy and star anise, or roasted peppers with vegetarian chilli. If you fancy a taste of the sea, be sure to sample the Manor’s fish pie or the succulent halibut with leek, spring onion, broad bean and asparagus risotto. The desserts are all homemade too and provide the perfect end to a meal. Lunchtime diners are also well looked after – there’s a tempting array of small plates on offer as well as delicious homemade sandwiches. The freshly baked baguette with hot roast pork, stuffing and apple sauce is a particular favourite. From the cellar bar you’ll also find Otter real ale from Devon and West Country cider, together with a number of local gin varieties.

Open: Mon-Weds 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm; Sun 11.30am-9.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6.15pm-8.45pm; Sun noon-2pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Hotel Rembrandt  Location 12-18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT4 7JU t: 0844 625 7627 w: www.hotelrembrandt.co.uk e: reception@hotelrembrandt.co.uk

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With Weymouth Esplanade and beautiful sandy beaches nearby, Hotel Rembrandt is the ideal base from which to explore Weymouth, Portland and the historic West Dorset Heritage Coast. Located within the hotel, the Gallery Restaurant serves up traditional British and international cuisine to guests and non-resident visitors. The extensive evening à la carte menu has been carefully designed to be universally pleasing, with something for everyone. Expect a selection of fresh fish, exciting curries and chargrilled options including 28-day-matured beef, gourmet burgers and exciting weekly specials. For the ease of guests the numerous tempting vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are clearly marked on the menu. It’s also well worth a visit to experience the outstanding carvery which is served on Wednesday lunchtimes for a midweek treat and all day Sunday.

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£34

Guests can also dine in the adjacent Gallery Bar, which serves light bites and heartier classic dishes throughout the day, alongside a fine selection of wine, ale and spirits. Whether you’re looking for a drink with friends or a delightful meal, the attentive staff will ensure you leave feeling satisfied. For your comfort and convenience the Gallery Restaurant is air-conditioned and the Gallery Bar provides complimentary Wi-Fi, making it the ideal spot for a summer break. The hotel also boasts the advantage of ample free parking. Food Served: Mon-Fri 7am-9.30am, noon-9.15pm; Sat & Sun 7.30am-10am, noon-9.15pm

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The Greyhound  Location The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ t: 0844 502 8476 w: www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk e: eat@greyhoundcorfe.co.uk

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The enchanting Greyhound coaching inn is tucked away in the dramatic shadow of Corfe Castle. From seats in the sunny beer garden, guests can enjoy striking views of the castle and watch picturesque Swanage Railway steam trains wending past. In cooler weather the elegant interior is a welcome retreat, and the promise of such delicious cooking is hard to resist. For those in search of a buzzy atmosphere, The Greyhound also offers a regular stream of evening entertainment including live music from jazz, blues, rock and soul performers.

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The kitchen team creates an array of tantalising flavours, using the very best local and seasonal produce. Diners will find their every wish met with delectable dishes ranging from fresh local lobster and crab, to the rich flavours of pheasant and partridge. The talented chefs make everything from scratch, from brining and marinading chickens for the scrumptious rotisserie, to hand-rolling fresh dough to Food Served: make irresistible pizza. The Mon-Sat noon-9pm; versatile menus have something Sun noon-8pm for everyone, with a good choice of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free delights. If you’re out exploring the area on a Sunday, why not round off your walk with a delicious roast dinner? This family-friendly venue also boasts an excellent children’s menu, and guests with four-legged friends will always receive a warm welcome. 16

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Swanage Railway Dining Trains

British

 Location Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB t: 0844 502 0580 w: www.swanagerailway.co.uk e: info@swanagerailway.co.uk Step back in time and experience the unique atmosphere of luxury fine dining on Swanage Railway’s Wessex Belle dining train. Watch the beautiful countryside rolling by from the comfort of your table, including the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. The beautiful view provides seamless entertainment for you to enjoy while you dine, with versatility you would never achieve in a normal restaurant. The heritage dining train comprises elegant, historic dining cars and a bar car, creating an immersive experience unlike any other. With Swanage Railway guests can enjoy a lunchtime or evening fine dining meal depending on the occasion. Book the Saturday night experience for a luxurious five-course meal aboard a steam-hauled Wessex Belle train, or opt for a Friday night trip on a heritage diesel-hauled train with a delectable bistro-style four-course meal. Expect the likes of richly aromatic boeuf Bourguignon and flavoursome vegetarian moussaka. You can also enjoy a four-course luncheon on The Purbeckman on Wednesday or a weekend luncheon on The Dorsetman. Each dining experience offers a different menu, and guests will find at least one vegetarian option per course. Some courses also offer the option of a gluten-free and lactose-free alternative, and the chef can provide guidance and advice for guests with dietary requirements. Ideal for special occasions, this is a great chance to dress up, and to make the experience more special for everyone guests are kindly requested to dress smartly. While smart-casual attire is perfect for the Friday evening and luncheon trains, guests aboard the Saturday evening train are encouraged to wear formal attire, including jackets and ties for the men. As well as being a great opportunity to bring out your Saturday best, the dress code contributes to the overall effect and enhances the sense of occasion for all the guests. Due to the popularity of the Swanage Railway dining experiences booking is essential. Guests can book by phone or on the website, and payment and menu choice are required at the time of booking. Then on the day all you have to do is relax, enjoy and watch the world slide by. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the food delicious and the entire experience unforgettable. *Price represents the cost of a five-course meal on the Wessex Belle and includes your train travel.

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The Kings Arms  Location North Street, Charlton Horethorne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4NL t: 0844 625 3955 w: www.thekingsarms.co.uk e: admin@thekingsarms.co.uk

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Housed in a beautiful Edwardian building in rural Dorset is The Kings Arms, a fantastic country pub and hotel that oozes traditional charm. Walking through the dining room we took in the decor, with its gorgeous Georgian arched £22 to mirrors, Jacobean-style table and chairs and local artwork adorning the walls. £30 Large French doors lead to the courtyard garden, a delightful area in which to enjoy an al fresco meal or drink. The talented kitchen brigade creates top-quality British cuisine, going to every effort to find produce from the county, while friendly, professional staff make sure your visit is memorable. I began my meal with grilled goat’s cheese accompanied by quince purée, poached pear and pine nuts while my guest sampled plump, succulent Food Served: tempura king prawns and chilli dip. To follow, I devoured Josper-grilled pork loin Mon-Thurs noon-2pm, steak with cider-braised fondant potato, apple purée, braised pork bon bon, green 7pm-9.30pm; beans and blackcurrant jus. The pork was perfectly cooked and so tender it melted Fri & Sat noon-2pm, in the mouth. My guest tucked 7pm-10pm; Sun noon-2pm, into a sumptuous harissa chicken 7pm-9pm burger with coriander sour cream, tomato chutney and hand-cut chips. To round off the meal we shared a dark chocolate tart with blood orange sorbet. The tart was delightfully decadent and contrasted perfectly with the sharp, refreshing sorbet. If you’re looking for a country getaway, why not book into one of The King’s Arms’ ten stylish bedrooms? It’s the perfect place in which to unwind. British

Crown Hotel  Location 23 Market Street, Poole, BH15 1NB t: 0844 625 3926 w: www.crownhotelpoole.co.uk e: info@crownhotelpoole.co.uk

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In the heart of Poole Old Town, just a short walk from the iconic quay, sits Crown Hotel, a fantastic establishment that serves a variety of elegantly presented classic British dishes like homemade steak and kidney pie alongside adventurous plates such as tuna steak marinated in Asian spices.

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Open: Tues 6pm-late; Weds-Sun noon-late

I decided that the classic mussels in white wine, shallot, garlic and parsley sauce was too delicious to ignore, and my companion started with delicious vegetable soup served with homemade bread. The skilled chef whipped up tasters to help us decide on our mains, and we eventually plumped for roasted Dorset lamb rump and goat’s cheese, mushroom, tomato and vegetable Charlotte. The tender and juicy lamb was brilliantly matched with Port sauce and spring vegetables, while the Charlotte provided an equally satisfying vegetarian option. For dessert we shared a light citrus crème brûlée gracefully topped with spun sugar.

The care and attention put into every dish was evident, from the sumptuous main courses down to the olives we nibbled, which were marinated in the chef’s own blend of oils and spices. It’s clear that the staff pride themselves on making every meal an experience, and their dedication certainly pays off. The pub receives glowing praise from those who visit, with satisfied customers returning time and time again; the Crown Hotel has certainly made me a regular. 18

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Gaggle of Geese

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 Location Buckland Newton, DT2 7BS t: 0844 625 7552 w: www.gaggleofgeese.co.uk For a pub that goes above and beyond to offer indulgent comfort, seek out the Gaggle of Geese. Set in five acres of picturesque gardens, including a charming orchard, this enchanting village pub is the perfect countryside retreat. The interior blends elegant contemporary comforts with country chic style, and the extensive grounds include a fairy garden for guests with little ones. Areas of the grounds can also be booked for camping: the Birdie shepherd’s hut with its king-sized bed, wood-burning stove and en-suite bathroom makes for the perfect romantic getaway, the Bumble hut sleeps four and is ideal for families, and there’s even space for tents and motorhomes.

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£24

If you’re seeking a rest stop after a dog walk, pop by with your pup and refresh Open: yourself with a local ale or an ice-cold gin and tonic. Food is served all day here, Tues-Fri 11.30am-11pm; and we’d strongly advise staying to peruse the excellent menu. Classic delights Sat 9.30am-11pm; like pie of the day sit alongside sizzling chicken fajitas, creamy vegetarian Sun noon-8pm risotto and vegan chilli. You’ll also Food Served: find the perfect pudding to tempt Tues-Fri 11.30am-9pm; your sweet-tooth, so be sure to stay Sat 10.30am-9pm; for a piece of homemade cheesecake Sun noon-5pm or a sumptuous rocky road ice cream sundae. In the warmer months the team also hosts barbecues in the sunny garden, and wood-fired pizza becomes a regular addition to the menu. If you’re visiting in the winter, be sure to check the website for updated opening hours.

The Hambro Arms

British

 Location The Street, Milton Abbas, DT11 0BP t: 0844 625 3461 w: www.hambroarms.com e: info@hambroarms.com ND The picture-postcard village of Milton Abbas, with its thatched cottages, rolling countryside and majestic 10th-century abbey, is a wonderful place to discover. Sitting proudly on the hill overlooking the village is The Hambro Arms, an £20 to outstanding country pub that offers a friendly salutation to everyone who walks £35 through its doors. Inside the Grade II listed pub you’ll find a convivial ambience and an inviting bar area, in which you can enjoy local ale or fine wine while relaxing in front of the crackling fire. The striking Library Restaurant provides the perfect environment for a relaxed meal, complete with bucolic decor and twinkling Food Served: lights overhead. Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, The team goes to every effort to find produce from the surrounding area, keeping 6pm-8.30pm; dishes simple to let the first-class ingredients speak for themselves. Guests can Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; expect starters such as crayfish cocktail, and flavoursome terrine served with Sun noon-7.30pm rustic bread and chutney. To follow there’s a range of enticing daily specials, as well as perfectly executed favourites. Stand-out options include exquisite rare-breed Dexter steak served with twice-cooked chips, confit tomatoes, mushrooms and peas. Finish with homemade Dorset apple cake, or perhaps an appetising local cheese selection. Private dining is catered for in the Damer Room, which seats up to 20 guests for celebrations of all kinds. Guests can take advantage of fair weather and dine al fresco in the pub’s garden – if you time your visit right you can enjoy one of The Hambro Arms’ popular barbecues. Why not extend your stay and book into one of the four charming guest rooms? Dorset Guide 2020

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The Drax Arms

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 Location West Street, Bere Regis, Nr. Wareham, BH20 7HH t: 0844 625 7723 w: www.thedraxarms.com e: info@thedraxarms.co.uk The Drax Arms takes pride of place in the unspoiled village of Bere Regis. A real home away from home, children, dogs and muddy wellies are more than welcome here. Inside, a compact restaurant area blends seamlessly with the attractively minimalist bar complete with pool table. In winter there’s always a roaring fire and there’s no beating the heavenly and reasonably priced cream tea on a summer’s afternoon. Alongside irresistible vegetarian and vegan options, the delectable à la carte boasts the likes of perfectly crisp shredded beef in sweet chilli dressing, and succulent chicken breast with spicy chorizo and mozzarella. Finish with a delicious homemade cheesecake – there’s an exciting new flavour every couple of days. The hub of the village, The Drax Arms also puts on regular entertainment, including themed foodie evenings, a monthly pub quiz and a monthly folk night renowned for attracting the best talent around.

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Open: Mon-Sun 10am-midnight British

The Martyrs Inn

 Location Tolpuddle, DT2 7ES t: 0844 625 7712 w: www.themartyrsinn.co.uk e: hello@themartyrsinn.co.uk

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The picturesque traditional exterior of The Martyrs Inn leads in to an attractive contemporary interior – think distressed leather banquette seating, retro pendant lights and latticed windows. On warm evenings guests spill out into an outdoor seating area made fragrant by an encircling rosemary bush. Where better to enjoy a refreshing gin and tonic, perhaps sampling the locally brewed Conker Spirit gin, with fresh strawberries or pink peppercorns to garnish? The exquisite menu is complemented by a constantly changing specials board. Expect delights like juicy chicken ballotine wrapped in Parma ham, stuffed with asparagus and spinach mousse, and served on a bed of sautéed leeks. The team favours local produce, and even grows tomatoes, mushrooms, rhubarb and more in a nearby kitchen garden. These home-grown ingredients shine through in dishes like bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, wild garlic pesto and balsamic pearls.

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Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight British

The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel

 Location East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AP t: 0844 625 7596 w: www.thecottonwoodboutique.co.uk e: info@thecottonwoodboutique.co.uk Occupying a destination like no other, The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel is perched on a clifftop, commanding stunning sea views. Stop to admire the raspberry walls, sparkling chandeliers and gilt-framed paintings in the bar, or enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in the vibrant Garden Restaurant. Though the remarkable decor and stunning location justify a visit in their own right, you’d regret not staying to dine. After perusing the menu we settled on flavoursome bruschetta generously heaped with tomato, garlic, basil and guacamole, and a delectably light salad of prosciutto, peach and pine nuts. To follow I tucked into juicy lamb cutlets, while my guest sampled a tasty vegetarian take on Thai green curry made with butternut squash, asparagus and mange tout. With just about enough room for dessert, we finished with zesty citrus tart, and a poached pear daintily perched atop a Chantilly cream Pavlova.

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The White Horse Inn

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 Location Stourpaine, Nr. Blandford Forum, DT11 8TA t: 0844 625 3328 w: www.whitehorse-stourpaine.co.uk e: whitehorse763@gmail.com

ND Situated in the heart of Stourpaine, The White Horse Inn is the finest example of a traditional country pub you’ll find. Dating back to the 18th century, this outstanding establishment is brimming with olde-worlde charm, complete with £18 to log fires, and boasts a quintessential home-from-home atmosphere. With several £30 picturesque country walks on its doorstep, the pub is a popular spot for walkers and is extremely dog-friendly – they’ve even got a dog bar where your four-legged friends can quench their thirst. The fantastic menu features traditional favourites alongside inspiring specials, all made from local ingredients wherever possible. You might sample satisfying dishes such as steamed steak and ale pudding with flavoursome, velvety gravy, or succulent lamb tenderloin served in rich honey and mint gravy. Whatever you Food Served: order, you’ll want to save room for dessert – there’s an array of tempting treats. Mon noon-2pm; Tues-Sun As part of the senior citizens lunch and dinner club, members can enjoy a main noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm course, dessert and tea or coffee for only £13.95, representing great value for money. As a free house, the bar offers a fantastic range of drinks, including over 70 gins alongside various local guest ales and ciders, and the pub is Cask Marque accredited. The pub prides itself on being a real community hub, and also acts as the village shop, post office, and emergency relief centre. Their continued support of the local area was recognised with a visit from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The White Horse Inn is a local gem that’s well worth discovering for yourself.

Coast Restaurant

British

 Location Grand Hotel, Burlington Road, Swanage, BH19 1LU t: 0844 502 0596 w: www.grandhotelswanage.co.uk e: reservations@grandhotelswanage.co.uk

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This classic Victorian seaside hotel proudly boasts a majestic position overlooking Swanage Bay. The hotel comprises 30 en-suite bedrooms, a health spa, a passenger lift serving all floors, beautiful gardens and private beaches.

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‘...fantastic views stretching across the bay...’

£35

Non-residents are welcome in the newly refurbished Coast Restaurant, which is open 365 days a year and offers à la carte dining with fantastic views stretching across the bay. The chefs here use fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible to create innovative British fare. You can also enjoy a light bite to eat in the conservatory with a backdrop of stunning sea views. To complement your meal, opt for a lovely glass of wine or bubbly from the extensive wine list. It’s worth visiting in the morning to sample their famous breakfasts – their Visit England award for Best Breakfast is well-deserved.

Open: Mon-Sun 8am-10am, noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm (please The Grand Hotel is the perfect venue for your special function, see website for details) and also has an outdoor civil ceremony licence. Why not treat a friend or family member to one of their many gift experiences, which include traditional high tea for two, Sunday carvery, and cream tea. You can also treat them to a relaxing stay at the hotel where they’ll be wined and dined. What more could you wish for? Dorset Guide 2020

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The Pilot Boat  Location 1 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA t: 0844 625 7626 w: www.thepilotboat.co.uk e: info@thepilotboat.co.uk

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An enchanting Grade II listed building with chic nautical undertones, the Pilot Boat is unsurprisingly the toast of the local area. With the vibrant, historical seaside town of Lyme Regis as a dramatic backdrop, this attractive pub and £19 to restaurant looks directly out onto the sea. The Pilot Boat also offers an excellent £28 night’s sleep to those wishing to explore the area, with three luxury boutique rooms. The Pilot Boat comprises a relaxed bar, elegant restaurant and a roof terrace boasting stunning sea views. With all-day dining and a drinks menu ranging from cocktails and craft beers to smoothies and milkshakes, this dog-friendly venue is perfect for any occasion. The team offers table service throughout and you can enjoy the same delectable dishes wherever you sit. With its wrought iron chandeliers, exposed stone wall and bright furnishings, the 80-seater restaurant is an especially elegant and atmospheric dining destination. This is especially Open: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm pleasant in summer when the air conditioning is a cool relief from the heat outside – booking is advised for reservations after 6pm. For breakfast you might tuck into a sparkling Mimosa and a stack of American pancakes with maple syrup dripping and berries, or a hearty full English with a freshly squeezed orange juice. The lunchtime menu boasts tasty light bites like sandwiches and scampi and chips at great value for money. There’s also a delectable all-day dining menu offering the likes of grilled Cornish hake with lemon butter, and fresh crab tagliatelle with ginger, chilli and lemon. The diverse menu features a great vegetarian and vegan offering too, including aromatic coconut and sweet potato curry. British

The Old Thatch  Location 285 Wimborne Road West, Wimborne Minster, BH21 7NW t: 0844 502 7743 w: www.theoldthatch.com e: info@theoldthatch.com

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From the outside, The Old Thatch bears a striking resemblance to a picturesque fairytale cottage. The low ceiling is blanketed by the eaves of a thatched roof, while latticed bow windows nestle between Tudoresque painted beams. The pleasant patio garden is irresistible in the sunshine, while on cooler days the warm glow from the windows draws guests inside to get warm by the fire. Visitors with little ones will be pleased to hear that the extensive garden includes a play area, and for added convenience there’s a large car park. This enchanting spot is also dog-friendly, offering the perfect respite after an outing with your pup.

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£32

The dining area is traditionally decorated in warm colours, and the fresh flowers on the tables give added charm to the interior. Recently reopened under new ownership, the menu is a delightful blend of traditional classics and innovative new flavours. You’ll find everything from gourmet burgers and classic fish and chips, to twice-baked Gruyère soufflé and sumptuous handmade pizza. On Open: Mon-Sun 10am-11pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings you’ll also find a delicious Black Rock Grill dining offer, with a choice of juicy steaks, succulent chicken and seafood. When it comes to catering to different tastes the versatile menu is well ahead of the curve, and alongside flavoursome steaks and rich pies you’ll find delectable daily specials. It’s also well worth visiting to enjoy The Old Thatch’s fabulous carvery, which is served all day every Sunday. 22

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The Bull Hotel

British

 Location 34 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF t: 0844 625 3979 w: www.thebullhotel.co.uk e: reception@thebullhotel.co.uk With a homely atmosphere and an abundance of historic charm, The Bull Hotel is a delightful place in which to unwind and enjoy top-notch food and drink. Hit the bar and enjoy an array of libations, from international lager to world wine and Fuller’s real ale, and there’s another separate bar that serves premium spirits and masterful cocktails. If it’s food you’re after, you’re in for a treat thanks to the kitchen team’s fantastic selection of contemporary dishes, like aubergine and tomato ragout served with Moroccan flatbread, and tea- and hop-smoked haddock and leek fishcake with spinach, a poached egg and Hollandaise. Housed in an attractive 16th-century coaching inn, The Bull boasts 19 well-appointed bedrooms and is close to a host of local attractions; it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend away.

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£32

Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-10.30pm

Brown’s

Fish & Chips

 Location 177 Alder Road, Poole, BH12 4AN t: 0844 502 0558 Following the success of Brown’s in Christchurch, Andy and his kitchen team opened a second, equally popular venue in Poole. At the award-winning Brown’s, you’ll find great British classics such as the popular large haddock and battered cod served with a mound of crispy golden chips. The catch of the day comes straight from Poole seafront, and Brown’s can even source a fish of your choice if notified in advance. The dedicated team is also proud to offer a range of gluten-free options, something of a rarity in such a restaurant. Choose from a variety of soft drinks, or bring your own alcoholic beverages, at no extra cost, to enjoy with food. You can feast on all of this in the modern restaurant or enjoy your fish and chips straight out of the paper; either way you’re in for a treat. *Price represents the cost of large fish and chips with a soft drink.

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Seafood

Les Enfants Terribles  Location 19 Custom House Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8BG t: 0844 625 8443 w: www.les-enfants-terribles.co.uk e: e.tavernier@hotmail.com

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Next time you find yourself in the beautiful seaside town of Weymouth, follow the Custom House Quay along the waterfront to Les Enfants Terribles. The charming facade presents an irresistible picture – painted nautical blue and white, with large bay windows and a doorway draped with hanging lights.

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£30

The menus are designed by classically trained French chef Eric Tavernier (chef profile page 62). Eric has spent 30 years working as a chef across several continents, giving his culinary repertoire a certain je ne sais quoi. The daily lunch menu is chalked up on blackboards at the front, enticing guests with promises of Dorset oysters and classic fish soup. To partake of the evening menu it’s best to book in advance as Les Enfants Terribles is bustling with happy diners almost every evening. Situated so close to the sea, with a steady stream of fresh seafood and such a talented chef at its helm, this is an ideal venue for fish-lovers. Open: Mon-Sun noon-10pm Discover the likes of vodka- and beetroot-cured salmon on creamy celeriac remoulade. Why not follow with chef Eric’s signature dish – sea bass baked en papillote with carrots, leeks and fennel, enhanced with Pouilly-Fumé? Guests will also find tasty vegetarian dishes alongside the exquisitely prepared seafood. For the perfect finish, enjoy a delectable homemade pudding or the monthly changing cheeseboard. Seafood

West Beach  Location Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA t: 0844 502 8202 w: www.west-beach.co.uk e: enquiry@west-beach.co.uk

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This beautiful, contemporary restaurant is situated just metres from the beach and Bournemouth Pier. Inside, a chic open-plan kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs at work, while the outside deck is perfect for al fresco dining and offers unrivalled views of Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight.

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£75

The family-run team, led by head chef Matt Cook, creates an array of mouth-watering dishes using the best ingredients from sustainable local suppliers. The menu combines authentic seaside flavours with modern delights, offering everything from fruits de mer to the famous West Beach fish and chips. You’ll also find a great range of breakfast options, like the hearty West Beach classic breakfast. We started with juicy pan-seared scallops and delectable wild mushroom mille-feuille. To follow we indulged in fresh lobster and West Beach moules à la crème, served traditionally in white wine and shallots, with crisp French fries. Every dish was perfectly complemented by a hand-picked glass of wine. The well-stocked bar also offers a selection of draught lager and cider, soft drinks and a wide range of hot drinks. We finished with the indulgent chocolate fondant – a must for chocolate-lovers. With so much to offer, and the addition of occasional live music and wine tasting evenings, West Beach is sure to please. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm

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The Poole Arms

Seafood

 Location 19 The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ t: 0844 502 0566 w: www.poolearms.co.uk e: info@poolearms.co.uk

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The oldest pub on Poole Quay, The Poole Arms dates back to the 17th century. Its distinctive green tiling makes it stand out from the crowd, as does the excellent service and exquisite food. Diners are in for a seafood treat at this cosy establishment, as proprietors Michelle and Carl serve only the finest fish dishes. From à la carte favourites like seafood casserole to catch of the day specials including rock oysters, all dishes are served with a flourish and feature locally sourced produce. We were spoilt for choice but eventually decided on starters of pan-fried scallops (the biggest and most succulent I’ve ever tasted), and gambas pil pil roasted with chillies in oil and butter, served with warm crusty bread. For the main course we ordered more fabulous fish dishes, plumping for pan-fried fillets of sea bass from the specials board and the Cajun-style catfish. Both looked delightful and tasted absolutely delicious.

£25 to

£40

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm

The Poole Arms serves popular local ale, as well as a variety of ciders. Testament to the great selection of ale on offer, the pub was awarded East Dorset CAMRA’s Spring Pub of the Season 2018 and features in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019. What could be better on a beautiful sunny day than sitting outside with a refreshing pint and some well-priced fresh seafood?

Oriel on the Quay

Seafood

 Location The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ t: 0844 502 8038 w: www.orielrestaurant.co.uk

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Amongst the wealth of excellent restaurants overlooking Poole’s historic harbour, Oriel on the Quay stands out from the crowd. The elegant interior includes a tiled floor, bay windows and attractive marble tables. The building that now houses the restaurant once functioned as a seafarers’ chapel, and visitors can admire the hand-painted murals featured throughout the restaurant, each telling a different story. Today the atmosphere is buzzy, the staff friendly and attentive, and the food cooked fresh to order and served in generous portions.

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£30

Oriel on the Quay is open all day throughout the summer serving breakfast, lunch and supper. Since taking over, the new owners have introduced a more streamlined menu, keeping things fresh with an abundance of daily specials. Situated so close to the sea, the kitchen team has access to a regular stream of fresh fish, so the imaginative seafood specials are based on Open: Mon-Sun 9am-9.30pm the day’s most inspiring catch. The stir fry, steaks and homemade stone-baked pizza are very popular with locals, and with separate vegan and gluten-free menus the team caters to a variety of dietary requirements. You can also pop by for an excellent Lavazza coffee, or indulge in a delicious homemade cake, divine cheesecake of the day, or a cream tea. This delightful venue is definitely worth a visit – you won’t be disappointed. Dorset Guide 2020

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Seafood

Crab House Café  Location Ferrymans Way, Portland Road, Wyke Regis, DT4 9YU t: 0844 502 0599 w: www.crabhousecafe.co.uk e: info@crabhousecafe.co.uk

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Labelled ‘an epic, Homeric, three-ring spectacle of fishy magnificence’, it is clear the Crab House Café is a remarkable restaurant. Overlooking Chesil Beach and home to the Portland Royal Oyster Farm, this restaurant is one of the £22 to South West’s hidden pearls. £28 Its exceptional surroundings are matched by the talent of its chef Will Smith, who has created a spectacular seafood menu that has to be sampled to be believed and is more than worthy of its AA rosette. Most loved are the fresh local Open: crabs, which are caught along the English Channel before being served Weds & Thurs noon-2.30pm, traditionally cold, or chopped in half and steamed in garlic, chilli, ginger and 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat herbs. The delicious menu also features an abundance of delights that change daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; depending on what the fishermen have caught. Oysters come straight from the Sun noon-2.30pm, Crab House Café’s own oyster farm, so you can devour them at your table within 6pm-8.30pm minutes of them leaving the water. With desserts like pears poached in honey and lavender, it’s all too easy to surrender to self-indulgence. Complete the whole experience with any of the wonderful world wines. Crab House Café has approval from top chefs such as Rick Stein, as well as from broadsheet supplements like The Independent, who gave the Crab House a five-star review. You can also read owner Nigel Bloxham’s Crab House Café book for inspiring recipes from the kitchen. Treat yourself to an extraordinary dining experience at the Crab House Café, before heading down to Billy Winters, a relaxed boho bar and diner, and Nigel Bloxham’s latest venture. Italian

Da Vinci’s Ristorante & Pizzeria  Location 7 The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ t: 0844 502 0431 w: www.da-vincis.co.uk e: info@da-vincis.co.uk

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Nicola De Paula was inspired to open Da Vinci’s Ristorante & Pizzeria by his own mother’s passion for fine, fresh, hearty food, which he enjoyed throughout his childhood in Italy. Today, Da Vinci’s can be found in a beautiful listed building on the edge of Poole Quay. With unbeatable views of the water, a spacious and stylish interior and a menu of tempting Italian classics, this family-friendly restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed Mediterranean-style supper or to celebrate a special occasion with your nearest and dearest.

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‘...a true taste of the Med...’ Whether you’re stopping by for lunch or dinner, you can be sure of a warm welcome – the servers are renowned for their excellent hospitality. The majority of dishes are crafted with local ingredients and options range from creamy spaghetti carbonara and mouth-watering seafood risotto to luxurious beef Stroganoff Open: Mon-Thurs and prime fillet of beef served in a noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm; rich red wine, mushroom, smoked Fri-Sun noon-10pm bacon and brandy sauce. For pizza-lovers, there’s an impressive array of authentic Italian pizzas, all made with homemade sourdough. Choose from the likes of a spicy Calabrese, a delicious Hawaiian, or a tasty vegan pizza made with dairyfree mozzarella. If none of these tickle your fancy, fear not – the daily specials board offers an ever-changing selection of delicious Italian fare, including fresh fish dishes for a true taste of the Med. 26

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Vesuvio

Italian

 Location Seafront, Alum Chine Beach, Bournemouth, BH4 8AN t: 0844 502 0614 w: www.vesuvio.co.uk e: info@vesuvio.co.uk

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Set right on the beachfront at the picturesque Alum Chine beach, Vesuvio prides itself on its menu of authentic Italian cuisine, its outstanding panoramic views – you can even see across to the Isle of Wight – and its warm hospitality.

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Inside Vesuvio, the dining area is sleek and stylish: tasteful touches like olive trees emphasise the restaurant’s Italian influence while large windows create a light and airy space. During summer, you might even choose to sit outside on the terrace.

£38

Made with fresh, locally sourced produce, Vesuvio celebrates great ingredients as well as Mediterranean flavours. Stop by for breakfast – there’s a range of sweet treats available as well as cooked breakfasts and a classic Italian focaccia dish – or enjoy a mouth-watering lunch of classic Margherita pizza, tomato- and cheese-stuffed gnocchi or freshly made sandwiches. There’s also a range of Open: Mon-Sun 10am-late tasty burgers on offer during the day: sample the spicy piri piri chicken burger Food Served: Mon-Fri or the vegetarian falafel and 10am-2.30pm, 6pm-late; spinach option. In the evening, the Sat & Sun 10am-3.30pm, à la carte selection incorporates 6pm-late pizza and pasta as well as hearty mains such as succulent fillet steak and chicken Milanese – breaded chicken escalope with roasted cherry tomatoes and Parmesan salad. Vegan diners aren’t forgotten either; the dedicated vegan menu lists the likes of creamy porcini risotto, penne arrabbiata, and grilled vegetable ciabatta.

The Italian Kitchen

Italian

 Location The Quay, 37 South Street, Wareham, BH20 4LR t: 0844 502 0560 w: www.theitaliankitchendorset.com e: info@theitaliankitchendorset.com

Pu A contemporary Italian restaurant at Wareham Quay, The Italian Kitchen is ideally situated overlooking the beautiful River Frome. Boat hire is available not far from the restaurant, so on a fine day you can build up an appetite £15 to before you dine, or stretch your legs after your meal by pottering along the £35 scenic waterway. Just down the road on North Street you’ll also find The Italian Kitchen’s delightful sister venue The Italian Bakery, which is a haven of crisp homemade bread, elegant pastries and tarts. The restaurant is open seven days a week in summer and serves casual fare, including authentic Italian pizza and pasta dishes during the day, and a full à la carte menu in the evening. The menu reflects simple, authentic Italian food in a modern style, using only the best local ingredients. The family-run team Summer Open: (chef profile page 62) achieves this exceptional standard of cuisine using the Mon-Sun 11am-10pm freshest local fish, the best quality meat and seasonal New Forest vegetables. Winter Open: Tues-Thurs Dishes are accompanied by an eclectic array of wine from around noon-9pm; Fri-Sun noon-10pm the world. At The Italian Kitchen, diners can enjoy great food and friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere without having to break the bank. Bustling Wareham Quay has become a magnet for foodies who want to enjoy the scenic setting, and there is a vibrant market every Saturday selling a range of local delights. Wareham also has plenty of other attractions, and an information centre providing tips for visitors is handily located near The Italian Kitchen. Dorset Guide 2020

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Bournemouth Pizza Co.

 Location 44 St Swithuns Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3RJ t: 0844 625 7499 w: www.bournemouthpizza.co.uk e: order@bournemouthpizza.co.uk A haven for pizza-lovers, Bournemouth Pizza Co. can be found in the heart of Bournemouth, just a short walk from the beach and opposite the town’s train station. Despite its seaside location, the inspiration behind Bournemouth Pizza Co. is more European and the team here is passionate about delivering authentic flavours. Dough is made daily, crafted by in-house chefs, and each pizza is cooked in the traditional wood-fired oven to give it that distinctive delicious flavour. Whether you opt for a classic Margherita, a flavoursome Napoli or the mouth-watering Gamberetti with prawns, courgettes and cherry tomatoes, you can be sure that your pizza will be made with the freshest ingredients available. There’s also an impressive selection of vegan dishes, including a tempting vegan calzone. Round things off with one of the indulgent Italian desserts like creamy tiramisu or zingy affogato.

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£22

Open: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm Cookery School

River Cottage HQ

 Location Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB t: 0844 502 7703 w: www.rivercottage.net e: rcevents@rivercottage.net You’ll be greeted with wild hedgerows, tumbling Devonshire countryside and fields full of veg as you arrive at River Cottage HQ. You’re bound to recognise the white cottage from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s TV shows and cookbooks, from which he has become well-known for his commitment to seasonal food and ethical philosophies. It’s a special place for amateurs and experts alike to immerse themselves in wonderful food, amazing experiences and the good life. River Cottage is rooted in self-sufficiency and wholesomeness, and the dedicated team aspires to connect people to the kitchen and natural landscape through accessible cookery courses. Whether you fancy cheese making, bread making, or want to learn how to keep bees, grow veg or cure meat, there’s something for everyone here. Offering unique dining experiences, memorable events and weddings, you’ll come away feeling inspired, connected and clued-up. Cookery course prices range from £145 to £780.

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Open: by appointment only Tapas

Lolas

 Location 95 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5RT t: 0844 502 7720 w: www.lolasrestaurant.co.uk e: lolasbournemouth@gmail.com Among the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth’s Triangle, you’ll find the authentic tapas restaurant, Lolas. This little gem combines charming personality with a flavourful punch – if you’re ever in Bournemouth, this is the restaurant to go to. Tapas staples like chorizo and tempura prawns gave our meal a richly balanced flavour profile, while our chicken and mushroom croquettes were deliciously light. Every table exuded a wonderful array of different aromas, and we chose a few richer dishes to complete our meal. The ox cheek in red wine sauce was incredibly tender and paired with strawberries for a divine combination of sweet and savoury. The deep-fried aubergine came highly recommended and, coated in honey and balsamic glaze, really melted in the mouth. *Price range represents the cost of three tapas.

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The Crow’s Nest in the Square

Tapas

 Location 3 Hope Square, Weymouth, DT4 8TR t: 0844 502 4720 w: www.crowsnestweymouth.com e: enquiries@crowsnestweymouth.com

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Until I discovered this cosy candlelit restaurant tucked away in Hope Square, I had never found an English tapas bar that came close to offering the culinary delights of Spain. The attentive front-of-house team suggested two to three dishes per person, though you can order more as you go. We relished an array of Iberian flavours, sampling patatas bravas, vegetable paella, crisp panko-crumbed prawns, succulent scallops with chorizo in a creamy garlic sauce and juicy barbecue chicken wings. My personal favourite was a characterful dish of beautifully spicy chorizo in red wine sauce – with a plate of this and a glass of fruity Spanish red, I felt like I was in the heart of Madrid, not just off Weymouth’s famous quayside. When it came to dessert we couldn’t resist a last tapas dish in the form of utterly delightful deep-fried Manchego.

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£16

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, The key to a great tapas bar is to entice guests in with such delectable dishes 6.30pm-10.30pm; that a dinner becomes a social Sun 9am-5pm event, and The Crow’s Nest in (hours vary seasonally, the Square achieves exactly this. please see website for details) For those visiting earlier in the day, it’s also worth knowing that this versatile venue doubles up as a charming café, offering hearty traditional cooked breakfasts and an array of light bites for lunch. *Price range represents the cost of three tapas.

Zim

Grill

 Location 99 Commercial Road, Poole, BH14 0JD t: 0844 502 7681 w: www.zim-braai.co.uk e: info@zim-braai.co.uk

PB If I had to choose one word to describe Zim, it would be warm. The welcome on arrival, the earthy tones of the decor and the delicious aroma of the Southern African spices that flavour every dish create an irresistibly vibrant atmosphere. £19 to This is only enhanced by the gallery window through which guests can watch £39 the dancing flames of the braai – a traditional Southern African open grill. We visited one chilly evening and found the restaurant full of the bustle of happy diners. We started our meal with chicken suya – juicy chicken skewers roasted on the braai with an aromatic mixture of fruit and vegetables – and Forrester’s steak tartare. The steak tartare came highly recommended and met our every expectation, with delicate spices flavouring the most tender meat. For mains, I chose spiced lamb and apricot potjie – a Southern African stew traditionally cooked outdoors in a cast iron pot – served with mupunga (peanut rice). My Open: Mon 5pm-10pm; guest opted for grilled harrissa chicken, perfectly cooked on the braai until it Tues-Thurs noon-10pm; was tender and full of flavour, Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm; complemented by Zim greens. We Sun noon-5pm finished with a glass of Amarula and dessert. I selected an indulgently sweet, syrupy pastry plait called koeksisters, while my companion enjoyed the tasty melktert seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. We can’t wait to come back and sample Zim’s brunch offering, which boasts sweet cinnamon-infused pannenkoek pancakes for as little as £5, alongside delectable savoury dishes. Dorset Guide 2020

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Steakhouse

Westbourne Grill House  Location 127 Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9BG t: 0844 625 7473 w: www.westbournegrillhouse.com

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A traditional steakhouse with a modern twist, Westbourne Grill House can be found just a short distance from the bustling seaside resort of Bournemouth, with its famous beaches and various exciting attractions. As an independent and family-run restaurant, the team at Westbourne Grill House places great importance on the quality of their food, sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible locally, and matching this with outstanding and attentive service.

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£50

A romantic atmosphere, lilting background music and a delightful setting make this the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely evening. After choosing your seat, take a look at the drinks menu. The extensive wine list boasts red, white and rosé sourced from all over the world, as well as luxurious Champagne and sparkling wine – perfect for those special occasions. Meanwhile, the cocktail selection incorporates irresistible classics such as Margaritas, Mojitos and exotic Piña Coladas, so you’ve plenty to choose from for a night out with friends. Eager to provide each customer with the best dining experience possible, Westbourne Grill House turns visitors into regulars with its exceptional fare. The menu changes with the seasons but there’s always a varied selection, including the highest quality meat and tempting vegetarian options. Begin with a starter of creamy garlic mushrooms, before moving on to a main of succulent Hampshire lamb rump with triple-cooked roast potatoes and homemade gravy. Alternatively, opt for delectable wild king scallops with chorizo followed by pan-fried calf’s liver with bacon and seasonal vegetables. Of course, the Grill House also offers an array of prime cuts of steak: choose from rump, sirloin, rib-eye or fillet steak or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the flavoursome kangaroo steak.

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The best way to finish your visit is with one of the delicious desserts. The selection incorporates luxury fudge cake, sweet and sticky toffee and date pudding and homemade ice cream. If you prefer something savoury, be sure to order the cheeseboard: this tasty platter includes local cheese, biscuits, red onion chutney and grapes. Why not order a selection of puddings to share amongst your party?


Smokin’ Aces

Cocktail Bar

 Location 103 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5RT t: 0844 625 7537 w: www.smokin-aces.co.uk e: info@smokin-aces.co.uk Bringing tempting cocktails and quality whiskey to the night owls of Bournemouth, Smokin’ Aces is a downtown New York-style bar with an edgy rock and roll twist. Just outside the centre in a cosmopolitan part of town, Smokin’ Aces is geared towards young professionals, who are fans of the venue’s exposed brick, atmospheric lighting and vibrant atmosphere. Subtly-lit booths, high-quality bespoke cocktails and uniquely eclectic music contribute to a welcoming setting that delivers an unforgettable night out. The newly opened basement bar Rogues’ Gallery is equally impressive – American-Irish themed with a strong focus on Irish whiskey and poitín. Rogues’ Gallery sets itself apart from the upstairs with low lighting, a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere, craft beers and a remarkably apt cocktail list complete with Irish coffee. Find yourself in beverage heaven with an extensive back bar of premium products from every category, with over 200 whiskies to choose from, including some of the rarest products in the world. Whether you opt for a Blanton’s Gold Edition Bourbon on the rocks, or a Glenfiddich single-malt straight-up, there’s something to suit all tastes. For whiskey connoisseurs and appreciative drinkers keen to learn more, Smokin’ Aces also offers private whiskey tasting sessions, with flights that can be tailored to your tastes. It’s no wonder this multiaward-winning bar earned Imbibe’s Whisky List of the Year award for 2017. Whether you like your drinks long or short, gin-based or Tiki-style, this sophisticated bar is all about the bespoke experience and the talented bartenders never work from a cocktail menu. Simply tell the team behind the bar about your very favourite spirits and flavours and watch as they create your ideal drink before your eyes. With half-price cocktails available until 8pm, where better to treat yourself to a sophisticated post-work happy hour? If the bartenders’ skills impress you, why not book a bespoke cocktail class to learn the tricks of the trade? A calendar of carefully selected music nights will keep you entertained, with everything from live classic rock, soul, funk and open mic nights, to a scratch hip-hop DJ with a live percussionist. Be it a Friday night out with a difference or a private event in the stunning Jack Daniel’s lounge, you can place your bets on Smokin’ Aces. *Price represents the average cost of a cocktail.

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Gastropub

The Kings Arms at Longham

 Location 77 Ringwood Road, Longham, Nr. Ferndown, BH22 9AA t: 0844 502 0497 w: www.thekingsarms-longham.co.uk ED e: thekingsarmslongham@gmail.com Beautifully refurbished in 2014, this former Dorset Dining Pub of the Year (featured in both The Good Pub Guide and CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019) £13 to offers everything you could look for in modern British dining: exceptional food, £25 elegant furnishings and a relaxing ambience. While the restaurant is ably managed by an enthusiastic team of foodies, the kitchen is run by highly talented, award-winning chefs. The menu showcases a great selection of delicious, innovative dishes and is renowned for its grill selection. A must for beef-lovers, The Kings Arms offers delectable specials such as bavette, sirloin, rib-eye, fillet and côte de boeuf – all are of the highest quality, carefully selected from specialist butchers or delivered direct from local farms and the neighbouring counties. There’s also a mouth-watering selection of fresh Open: Mon-Sat 11am-late; fish, including the likes of oven-baked cod loin and tempura mussels in white Sun noon-9pm wine sauce. Food Served: Mon-Thurs Every dish represents great value for 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm; money, and regular offers shouldn’t Fri & Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; be missed (check the website for Sun noon-9pm details). To complement the fine food, there’s a new wine list boasting 35 world wines; the award-winning reds have been chosen specifically to be served alongside the beef dishes. A visit to The Kings Arms at Longham is unforgettable, for all the right reasons. Bar & Bistro

Urban Beach  Location 23 Argyll Road, Bournemouth, BH5 1EB t: 0844 502 0436 w: www.urbanbeach.co.uk e: hello@urbanbeach.co.uk

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Just five minutes’ walk from Boscombe Pier, Urban Beach is an award-winning hotel boasting 12 boutique guest rooms, a fantastic bistro, sun deck and cocktail bar. With Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest in close proximity, it’s a great base for exploring the area, shopping, and attending sporting and music events. Part of the Urban Guild group of venues, Urban Beach offers delicious food and drink, laid-back accommodation and fantastic hospitality in luxurious surrounds.

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‘...luxurious surrounds...’ Dining is a relaxed affair and the friendly staff welcome visitors with warm smiles. The modern bistro-style menu is ideal for refuelling after an energetic day on the beach. Indulge in a selection of dishes from the seasonal à la carte; you might try the whole food bowl from the vegan selection, followed by New Forest goat curry, or perhaps gilthead bream fillets. Finish off with a blueberry jalousie with Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm blood orange sorbet. Urban Beach offers a Hug Club loyalty card for returning patrons, a testament to the many who quickly fall in love with the venue. With a passion for epic food, fresh seasonal ingredients and delicious cocktails, all served with welcoming smiles, its popularity is hardly surprising. 32

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Urban Garden

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Exeter Crescent, Bournemouth, BH2 5AY t: 0844 625 7706 w: www.urbangarden.co.uk e: hello@urbangarden.co.uk

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For those in the know, this latest project from the Urban Guild can be found in a tranquil corner of the beautiful Bournemouth Gardens. The terrace looks directly out onto the gardens and becomes a real utopia in summer – where better to enjoy a signature Urban Mary or an Urban Garden Fizz? On cooler days, venture inside where the chic jungle-themed decor and verdant houseplants create the impression of a tropical paradise.

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‘...tropical paradise...’ Though the extensive drinks list and the engaging friendly staff make this a popular spot for a Friday night catch up, the much-lauded cuisine is the real draw. The breakfast offering includes delights like a heavenly stack of warm Belgian waffles heaped with sliced bananas and drizzled with toffee sauce. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, choose from eggs Benedict or Royale, Food Served: a spectacular full English, or Mon-Sun 8am-11.30am, irresistible plant-fuelled breakfast. noon-5pm, 6pm-10pm Urban Garden also boasts an impressive à la carte. Indulge in a rich terrine of pulled ham hock, confit duck, garlic and parsley, or tuck into twice-baked three cheese soufflé. Perhaps follow this with creamy sweet potato and red pepper risotto, or pan-seared catch of the day with sautéed kale and mussel velouté. For a triumphant finish, why not treat yourself to tonka bean crème brûlée with fresh raspberry coulis?

Urban Reef

Bar & Restaurant

 Location The Overstrand, Undercliff Drive, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1BN t: 0844 502 0439 w: www.urbanreef.com e: hello@urbanreef.com

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The Urban Reef is a relaxed beachside bar, café and restaurant just a stone’s throw from the golden sands of Bournemouth. Popular with sun-lovers, this contemporary venue overlooks the historic pier at Boscombe. Its unique location offers panoramic views stretching from the Isle of Wight to the Purbeck Hills and beyond.

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‘...the energetic team will make sure your every need is met...’ The food is as fresh as the decor and the varied menu proves popular with diners of all ages. Breakfast is a laid-back affair where you can gaze out across the seafront and tuck into dishes such as smoked kippers and pancakes alongside Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm vegan and traditional fry-ups. Pair your meal with one of the fresh smoothies or perhaps a breakfast cocktail. The main menu uses local produce in dishes inspired by worldwide cuisine. Notable fish dishes include the Cornish mussels or gilthead bream fillets, while vegans can choose from a plant-powered burger or a tasty whole food bowl. The delectable meat dishes are equally inventive. No matter what you choose, the energetic team will make sure your every need is met. The Urban Reef is a proud part of the Urban Guild, a group of local venues that includes the award-winning Urban Beach Hotel and Urban Garden. Dorset Guide 2020

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Duchess of Cornwall Inn

 Location 12 Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Nr. Dorchester, DT1 3DD t: 0844 502 9364 w: www.duchessofcornwall.co.uk WD e: duchess.cornwall@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Standing proud in the heart of Poundbury, the Duchess of Cornwall Inn occupies a grand and impressive building that’s just as magnificent on the inside. Stepping £16 to in through the unique entrance porch made from a giant copper tun, we took in £28 the fantastically high ceilings and enormous windows that make the space feel light and airy. Striking features blend with comfy chairs and country house-style decor to create a relaxed, amiable feel. We climbed the vast wooden staircase to the top floor and found ourselves in the most spectacular dining room, boasting vast windows with far-reaching views and a wonderful art collection. The menu offers a tantalising selection of dishes to suit all tastes, but the baked flat mushrooms with lentils and citrus, Open: caper and sunblushed tomato dressing was too good to pass up and proved to be Mon-Sat 8am-11.30pm; every bit as tasty as I’d hoped. My partner’s whitebait with tartare sauce was just Sun 9am-10.30pm as satisfying, providing an excellent Food Served: opening to the meal. I followed Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; with sumptuous confit duck leg in Sun 9am-10am, noon-8pm Blandford Fly ale gravy, while my partner’s succulent West Country sirloin steak diffused an incredible aroma that set our senses alight. To round off what was a delectable meal, we enjoyed refreshing Dorset honey frozen yoghurt and a mouth-watering raspberry and frangipane tart – a delectable dessert that just so happened to be vegan. Bar & Restaurant

Jazz Café  Location 28 Shore Road, Poole, BH13 7PJ t: 0844 625 7509 w: www.jazzcafesandbanks.co.uk e: info@jazzcafesandbanks.co.uk

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Overlooking the golden sands of one of Dorset’s premier Blue Flag beaches, Jazz Café is the perfect retreat year-round. While the summer sun invites you to bask on the terrace and watch the surf, on cooler days you can unwind in front of a roaring fire or make use of the library. The relaxed decor perfectly complements the informal, friendly style of service – expect a beech bar counter, wooden floors, antique clocks, nautical prints and even Donald McGill-inspired postcards. This family- and dog-friendly venue combines a unique atmosphere with beautiful surroundings to create an experience which will draw you back again and again.

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The menu utilises the finest local produce to create simply cooked, beautifully presented breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes designed to satisfy your tastebuds. To complement your meal expect a wine list boasting Old and New World wine at competitive prices. You’ll also find an excellent coffee selection and a celebrated Jazz Café special hot chocolate, which is particularly popular on cold winter days. Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-6pm

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Key West Bar & Grill

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA t: 0844 502 8531 w: www.keywestbournemouth.co.uk e: keywest@thebournemouthpier.com

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Whatever the weather, there’s no better place to enjoy a meal and spectacular scenery than the Key West Bar & Grill. Set at the very end of Bournemouth’s iconic pier, with indoor and outdoor seating, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the coast.

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‘...spectacular scenery...’ Sipping refreshing glasses of lime and soda, my guest and I perused the dishes on offer. The battered halloumi starter was everything I’d hoped for: the batter was crisp and the cheese succulent. My guest’s pan-fried tiger prawns were incredibly juicy and served in garlic butter and lime. While my companion Open: followed with a spicy chicken burger, I selected the house cheeseburger. The Mon-Sun 10am-5pm tender burger smothered in cheese was the best I have tasted in a very long (hours vary seasonally, please time – there was scarcely room see website for details) for the delicious chips. Even so, Food Served: we couldn’t resist dessert – for my Mon-Sun noon-3pm guest it had to be a warm caramel apple slice, while I couldn’t resist the cream tea sundae, generously topped with clotted cream and fresh strawberries. Digging deeper into strawberry and vanilla ice cream, I discovered buttery scone pieces and strawberry jam. I finished with a luxurious Baileys latte topped with fresh cream, and we left Key West happy and satisfied.

Brewery Tap

Bar & Restaurant

 Location The Brewery, Blandford St Mary, DT11 9LS t: 0844 502 7714 w: www.badgerbeers.com

ND The traditional British combination of great beer and tasty food is the founding principle of Brewery Tap. Set in the malthouse of Hall & Woodhouse’s own brewery, this bar and restaurant is a haven for beer-lovers and offers visitors £16 to the chance to tour the brewery’s facilities before sampling a pint of fresh £28 Badger beer straight from the source. The huge array of Dorset-made beers at Brewery Tap means that there really is something for everyone. Each has its own unique flavour and characteristic, whether it’s the full-bodied Fursty Ferret ale, the citrusy Wicked Wyvern IPA or the rich and fruity Cranborne Poacher, which offers up moreish flavours Open: of liquorice and damson. Combine your drink with delicious, freshly made Mon-Weds 8.30am-5pm; food. The menu at Brewery Tap provides a selection of small and large Thurs & Fri 8.30am-7pm; plates, including the sumptuous cheese and bacon burger and the light Buddha Sat 9am-4pm bowl, comprising sage-roasted squash, crunchy slaw, turmeric-roasted Food Served: cauliflower, courgette ribbons, Mon-Fri 8.30am-3pm; red quinoa, spinach, roasted Sat 9am-3pm chickpeas, pickled red onions and pomegranate seeds. Many guests also go home raving about the award-winning steak and ale pie, which is made with the brewery’s own Tangle Foot beer. The brunch menu is also full of tempting and tasty dishes. As well as all this, Brewery Tap is home to three spacious private rooms that are ideal for meetings and conferences. Dorset Guide 2020

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The White Lion

 Location 1 West Allington, Bridport, DT6 5BJ t: 0844 625 3308 w: www.whitelionbridport.co.uk e: info@whitelionbridport.co.uk This fantastic Bridport pub is the perfect setting in which to relax, eat and drink, with a striking interior that’s as impressive as its enviable riverside location. Visitors rave about the delicious food, personable service and vibrant atmosphere; it’s the pub of choice for both families and young couples alike. Small plates such as salt and pepper squid and crispy chilli beef are a great way to sample a selection of tasty treats, while the kitchen’s exceptional pizzas and mouth-watering burgers have garnered a following of their own. The team also serves a fantastic brunch menu, as well as coffee and homemade cake throughout the day. The well-stocked bar has a great selection of ale and masterful cocktails, and regular entertainment such as a trivia quiz, Sky Sports and BT Sport make this the ideal choice for an evening out. Once you’ve discovered The White Lion, you’re bound to stop by again.

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James and White

 Location 17 Church Street, Christchurch, BH23 1BW t: 0844 502 9463 w: www.jamesandwhite.com e: info@jamesandwhite.com Located on the cobbles by Christchurch’s historic priory you’ll find James and White, a relaxed bar and kitchen serving excellent food and drink. The decor is rustic and contemporary – think ladders on the walls, a bar made of reclaimed wood, and hanging light bulbs. Start your meal with the delightful salt and pepper squid, and follow with a farm-assured steak, served with roasted vine tomatoes, flat mushrooms, shoestring fries and homemade peppercorn sauce. For dessert, try Amy’s Failing, an ice cream sundae comprising local salted caramel and honeycomb ice creams layered with homemade fudge, whipped cream and toffee sauce. James and White is a great place to visit for drinks, thanks to the bar boasting various craft beers, local gins, a bountiful wine list and homemade cocktails, including the Espresso Conkertini made with Conker cold-pressed coffee liqueur. Add this to the frequent live music and you’ve got yourself a fabulous evening out.

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Reef Encounter

 Location 42c Sea Road, Boscombe Spa Village, Bournemouth, BH5 1BQ t: 0844 502 9482 w: www.reef-encounter.com e: info@reef-encounter.com Located a mere two-minute walk from Boscombe pier and the beautiful sandy beach, Reef Encounter is a vibrant bar and restaurant with an infectious atmosphere. The decor reflects its proximity to the beach, with reclaimed wood, distressed tables and surfboards in abundance. Friendly staff create a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, making Reef Encounter popular with everyone from families with children and dogs to friends out for a drink. The bar boasts a great range of craft beer as well as an excellent wine list and an impressive selection of cocktails – try the Black Cow Shake, you won’t be disappointed. The outside terrace with sea views provides the perfect spot for an al fresco meal or drink. Try the delicious New England crabcakes made with fresh Lymington crab, followed by succulent slow-cooked sweet baby-back ribs slathered in homemade barbecue sauce. Why not end your meal with Reef Encounter’s legendary vanilla cheesecake?

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Aruba

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA t: 0844 502 7718 w: www.aruba-bournemouth.co.uk e: info@aruba-bournemouth.co.uk

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If you’ve been enjoying a day at the seaside and don’t want to leave the beach vibes behind, a visit to this charming eatery is a must. Situated at the head of Bournemouth Pier, the views from Aruba are truly stunning, but it’s worth turning your attention away from the breathtaking vista to check out the menu.

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‘...the views from Aruba are truly stunning...’

We started with a sharing board of duck spring rolls, barbecue chicken wings, calamari, chilli cheese fries, mozzarella sticks and rustic bread served with dips. Tastebuds duly tempted, we moved on to mains. For me it had to be the truly delicious southern-fried chicken, while my friend selected the classic burger served with bacon, Cheddar, relish and crispy fries. Finally, we succumbed to the temptation of a brownie sundae sharer, adding a shot of Baileys for extra indulgence.

Open: Sun-Thurs 9am-midnight; Feeling pleasantly satisfied, we Fri 9am-2am; Sat 9am-3am wandered out to the terrace to watch the sun set over the harbour and enjoy a selection of cocktails – my favourite being the spiced-berry Mojito. With its unsurpassed ocean views and great-value food, Aruba is a fantastic place to bring all the family. After dinner on Friday and Saturday, it transforms into a late-night bar with a DJ, giving you the perfect opportunity to try out the extensive selection of rum cocktails.

The Village Inn

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Ulwell Road, Swanage, BH19 3DG t: 0844 625 7713 w: www.villageinn-swanage.co.uk e: enq@ulwellcottagepark.co.uk

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This delightful bar and restaurant is located within the grounds of Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park. The park is nestled under the Purbeck Hills, surrounded by the outstandingly beautiful Dorset countryside and Jurassic Coast. Recently reopened after a major refurbishment, the inn is light, airy and very welcoming. We sat in the bar area, which was bustling with the sound of happy diners and clearly popular with the locals.

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‘...delightful...’ The menu is just the right size, with options ranging from fresh seafood and pub classics to sumptuous vegetarian delights. For those seeking something a little different there’s also a diverse specials board. As a seafood-lover I couldn’t resist starting with salt and pepper shrimp with homemade tartare sauce and crisp salad leaves. My guest enjoyed irresistible juicy peppers stuffed with halloumi and fruity couscous and drizzled with sweet chilli sauce. Open: Mon-Sun 10am-9pm For the main event I selected a hearty, locally sourced Fossil Farm burger, topped with melting Cheddar and served with chips and beer-battered onion rings. My friend opted for the vegetable Wellington – chargrilled vegetables encased in delectably light puff pastry, with new potatoes and a spiced red onion jus. After a delicious meal we set off feeling perfectly content, ready to enjoy our drive home along the beautiful Dorset coast. Dorset Guide 2020

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Café, Bar & Restaurant

Seventh Wave  Location Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL t: 0844 625 3983 w: www.7eventhwave.com

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Occupying a phenomenal location in Durlston Country Park on Purbeck’s peninsula, Seventh Wave is a fantastic café and restaurant serving a great selection of dishes. Housed in a grand Victorian building right on the clifftop, Seventh Wave affords sweeping views over the coastlines of Swanage and Durlston Bay. When the weather’s fair, guests flock to the terrace to enjoy some of Dorset’s finest views, but if you’re not so lucky with the weather, you’ll find that the restaurant inside is just as inviting. Bright and spacious with wonderfully high ceilings and clean, contemporary decor, it’s a tranquil environment in which to relax after exploring the glorious natural surrounds.

The team is keen to support local producers, so dishes are crafted from Dorset’s home-grown goods. In place of a specials board you’ll find the Seven Mile Menu, which changes monthly and showcases produce from local independent suppliers located within a seven-mile radius of the restaurant. Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast, a quick snack or something heartier, you’re sure to be impressed by what’s on offer. Light bites include panini and sandwiches alongside the likes of prawn and squid salad with aioli and gremolata. For a larger meal, diners can enjoy fish and chips, tasty steak burgers and fish of the day among other delectable options. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Café & Restaurant

The Secret Garden  Location 2 Hope Square, Weymouth, DT4 8TR t: 0844 502 7876 w: www.thesecretgarden.cafe e: sayhi@thesecretgarden.cafe

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of Weymouth, The Secret Garden is a haven of tranquillity – especially for anyone looking for a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free treat. Draw up a chair in the courtyard and soak up the sunshine, or settle inside at a rustic table, surrounded by leafy house plants.

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We visited for lunch and my partner selected a hearty leek and mushroom pie with light puff pastry. I chose a spicy vegan kidney bean and black bean burger, topped with fresh chillies, grilled pineapple and vegan cheese – a deliciously sweet and spicy combination. The dish was completed with crisp sweet potato fries and vegan mayonnaise. I also chose a creamy strawberry milkshake, which tasted like summer. Alongside main meals and light bites, there’s an extensive waffle menu, and we couldn’t resist trying some out. My partner picked the vegan waffle with peanut butter and Nutella, while I savoured a chocolate waffle with sliced banana drizzled in chocolate sauce, both with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream. We could smell the batter cooking as we waited, and when the generous portions arrived we were in foodie heaven. If you eat nothing else in Weymouth, you must try these waffles – I’ve been thinking about them ever since. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm

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Olive Café

Café

 Location 50a Poole Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 5PS t: 0844 625 7485 w: www.restaurantwebx.com/OliveCafe

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Conveniently located on Bournemouth’s Poole Hill, right next to St Michael’s church, this delightful café is perfect for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch. The lunch menu has something for everyone, with a range of salads, homemade burgers, panini, wraps and baguettes alongside heartier dishes. The owners place considerable emphasis on sourcing high-quality produce and this freshness comes across in every bite. The diverse menu caters for everyone, with an abundance of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to choose from.

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‘...excellent value for money...’ Olive Café is an independent, family-run café headed by a team that really cares about offering a great service. Whether you’re popping in for a quick cup of coffee or a full meal you can expect a warm welcome from the attentive staff. It’s especially worth checking out the tantalising all-day breakfast, which in part explains the great popularity Open: Mon-Sun 8am-4pm of this venue. Expect the likes of Cumberland sausages, back bacon, free-range eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and Heinz beans with toast, all accompanied by a top-notch cup of coffee. A semi-finalist for Bournemouth’s Best Breakfast Award in 2016, Olive is renowned for choice, quality, and excellent value for money. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Café 11

Café

 Location 22-23 South Street, Dorchester, DT1 1DA t: 0844 625 7586 w: www.gouldsstores.co.uk You’ll find Café 11 on the first floor of Dorchester’s popular Goulds Fashion Store. A relaxed space in which to take a break from shopping, this spacious café has been recently refurbished and offers a great selection of snacks, light lunches and sweet treats – it’s a great spot for meeting friends and family too. The coffee at Café 11 is all freshly ground and the food is made from the finest local ingredients. Refuel with a light salad, a slice of homemade quiche or a freshly made sandwich, or opt for something heartier: the all-day breakfast is a firm favourite, and the hot jacket potatoes are a great choice on a cold winter’s day. The team at Café 11 strives to cater for all dietary requirements: you’ll find an impressive range of allergen- and gluten-free food on offer, as well as dairy-free milk. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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The Shed Café

Café

 Location Goulds Garden Centre, Littlemoor Road, Weymouth, DT3 6AD t: 0844 502 9570 w: www.gouldsgc.co.uk e: theshed@gouldsstores.co.uk Located in Goulds Garden Centre, adjacent to the pretty plant area, The Shed Café is a relaxed venue with a welcoming atmosphere. The café itself is light and airy, and its sheltered outdoor area is perfect for warm summer days. Offering great-quality food – made using local produce where possible – there’s plenty of choice, including an impressive range of gluten-free options and vegetarian dishes. As well as their famous English breakfasts, the talented chefs produce favourites such as homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, meat and cheese sharing boards, and a range of seasonal specials. Why not treat yourself to a mouth-watering cream tea with homemade scones, or push the boat out with high tea and a chilled glass of Prosecco? *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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The Dorset Kitchen

Café

 Location 22-23 South Street, Dorchester, DT1 1DA t: 0844 625 7583 w: www.gouldsstores.co.uk Why not take a break from your shopping with a visit to The Dorset Kitchen, located on the ground floor of the Goulds Household Department Store? This spacious and welcoming eatery boasts a relaxed ambience that’s ideal for anything from a quick morning coffee to a tasty lunchtime snack. Its position at the heart of one of Dorchester’s most beloved department stores means you never even have to leave the shops. Throughout the week, visitors will find an enticing array of homemade or locally sourced sweet treats on offer. Share a pot of tea and try a rich chocolate brownie, or perhaps you’ll opt for a slice of classic lemon drizzle cake. Lunchtime meals include fresh sandwiches and jacket potatoes, and the delicate afternoon teas are beautifully presented. The Dorset Kitchen aims to accommodate as many diets as possible and, as such, there’s a selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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The Galley Café

Café

 Location 14 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QE t: 0844 502 9549 w: www.galleycafe.co.uk e: keianmcnamara@yahoo.co.uk Located in the heart of Lyme Regis seconds from the beach you’ll find The Galley Café. Since opening in 2014, the café has gained an enviable reputation for delicious locally sourced food, friendly staff and a laid-back ambience. Everything that leaves the kitchen is homemade, from tasty cakes to sausage rolls, excluding only the awardwinning pasties from Proper Cornish. You’ll also find delicious all day breakfasts ranging from scrumptious vegetarian and vegan options to the Full Montgomery – reputedly the best breakfast in town. Coffee connoisseurs will be impressed by the café’s speciality blends, which are sourced from a nearby artisan coffee roaster. Lunchtime options include tasty sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes. There’s an excellent menu for little ones, and dogs are welcome too. The popular live music and poetry nights are also a great excuse for an evening out. Keep up to date with Galley Café on Facebook and Twitter. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Oliver’s

Café

 Location 19 Cheap Street, Sherborne, DT9 3PU t: 0844 502 0584 w: www.oliverscoffeehouse.co.uk You’d be hard-pressed to pass this coffee shop if you’re meandering around Sherborne. If the smell of deep, rich coffee doesn’t tug at your senses, the striking Art Deco exterior is sure to catch your eye. Oliver’s is a unique coffee establishment that was a butcher’s shop in a previous life, and still features the original counter. Now, it’s quality local coffee that’s served up alongside a selection of mouth-watering homemade dishes. Reads Coffee is based in Sherborne and has received numerous awards – and that’s why you’ll find it at Oliver’s; only the best will do. Oliver’s is a delightful place to relax and enjoy the morning paper. There’s a distinctly unhurried and informal vibe that means you could settle in for a quiet espresso in the morning or pop in for lunch and a slice of freshly baked cake – I highly recommend the cherry and marzipan. Cakes can also be ordered, for those looking to celebrate a special occasion. *Price range represents the cost of a coffee and a cake.

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Library Harbour Café

Café

 Location 5 Trinity Road, Weymouth, DT4 8TJ t: 0844 625 7648 e: thelibraryharbourcafe@gmail.com Nestled by Weymouth’s harbour, this wonderful café is famed for its idiosyncrasies. Expect delicious fare served in an eclectic hodgepodge of crockery, and a record deck with an extensive vinyl collection for guests to choose from. Settle down in a squashy chair or explore the bookcases for something to read – a book can be exchanged for one of your own, or purchased outright with the proceeds going to local charities. While you read why not refresh yourself with raspberry lemonade tea, or enjoy a moreish coffee and a mouth-watering homemade cake? Expect cream-filled Victoria sponge, sticky ginger with lime cream and vegan chocolate cake. There’s an unforgettable all-day breakfast – think gluten-free sausages, locally smoked bacon, paprika-baked mushrooms and homemade beans. You’ll also find innovative hot and cold sandwiches, including a sumptuous grilled cheese with maple syrup. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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ReLoved

Tearoom

 Location 2 Cornhill, Dorchester, DT1 1BA t: 0844 502 0472 w: www.re-loved.co.uk e: reloved@live.com

WD Visit ReLoved for an experience like no other. The basement cocktail bar serves local beer, spirits and delicious authentic cocktails like the White Lady and fresh Strawberry Daiquiris. Most evenings there’s also live music * £8 from the house band or the popular DJ. During the day indulge in a sweet treat in to the middle floor parlour – expect traditional ice cream sundaes, Knickerbocker £12 Glories, salted caramel banana splits and more. In the evening enjoy a drink in the parlour’s well-stocked bar, which specialises in whisky and gin, or check out the bar snacks. Upstairs in the beautiful speakeasy-style bistro the team serves tasty, lovingly homemade food for breakfast, lunch and supper. The menus have something for everyone, including lots of vegan and gluten-free options. Tuck into a juicy Open: Mon 10am-4pm; Tues burger or opt for the superb vegan tea party, perhaps accompanied by a glass & Weds 10am-4pm, 6pm-2am; of Prosecco or Peroni. This adaptable venue is perfect for any occasion: on Thurs-Sat 10am-2am; warm summer evenings sit outside Sun 10am-4pm, 6pm-late with an Aperol Spritz and a bowl of olives, or on rainy days retreat to the cosy snug with a hot chocolate and a gooey chocolate brownie. It’s also well worth checking out the ReLoved website and Facebook page for the latest events – expect Wednesday open mic night, Thursday and Saturday discos, live music Fridays and Sunday games night. *Price range represents the cost of lunch, a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

The Wishing Well

Tearoom

 Location 161 Church Street, Upwey, DT3 5QE t: 0844 625 7488 w: www.upweywishingwell.co.uk e: bookings@upweywishingwell.co.uk

WP One of Dorset’s best-kept secrets, The Wishing Well is a tranquil haven located in the pretty village of Upwey. Work up an appetite ambling through the serene water gardens, or pick a quiet spot to settle down and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. * £9 When you’re feeling peckish, wander down to the tearoom for a delicious brunch, to which is served until noon, or lunch. When the weather is fair, you can dine al fresco £12 in the sunny garden. Everything is prepared from scratch each day and, alongside fresh seafood and locally sourced meat dishes, guests can choose from a wealth of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free delights. On Sunday the choice extends to include a sumptuous roast, but be sure to leave room for pudding – tuck into the likes of raspberry Bakewell tart, and delectable apple and mixed berry crumble, which is topped with piping hot custard and a sprinkling of cinnamon. For a really indulgent treat, guests can also enjoy afternoon tea, which is served from 3pm and features a choice of scones, cake, quiche and tarts. Both the tearoom and ornamental water gardens are Open: Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm dog-friendly, making this the perfect spot for a day out with all the family. Don’t forget to round off your visit with a trip to the wishing well itself, and follow in the footsteps of the high society figures who historically enjoyed the waters. This delightful venue is the ideal setting for garden parties, weddings and family celebrations – get in touch with the team to discuss your requirements. *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a drink. Dorset Guide 2020

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Ice Cream Parlour

The Quayside Barn

 Location The Quay, Wareham, BH20 4LP t: 0844 502 0557 w: www.thequayinn.com e: info@thequayinn.com This ice cream parlour and café has been providing quality refreshments to tourists and locals for the past seven years. Situated next to The Quay Inn on Wareham Quay and overlooking River Frome, The Quayside Barn offers you the chance to sit outside on the quay and soak up the bustle of the riverside setting while enjoying a real dairy Marshfield Farm ice cream, heavenly ice cream waffle or a delicious thick shake.

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Swan Inn

 Location Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JL t: 0844 625 7736 w: www.swan-inn.net e: swaninnabbotsbury@gmail.com Tucked away in the historic picture-postcard village of Abbotsbury is the charming Swan Inn. Named for the nearby Abbotsbury Swannery – a unique managed colony of nesting mute swans – this delightful venue is perfect for those wishing to explore the area. You can enjoy a cup of freshly ground coffee or local real ale from the well-stocked bar, while your four-legged friends are made equally welcome with refreshing bowls of water. The interior is atmospherically decorated, with traditional brass and stoneware jugs hanging from painted wooden beams. Where better to enjoy the excellent array of light bites and hearty pub classics? Except perhaps the enchanting beer garden, complete with pretty flowerbeds and a low stone wall underlining stunning views of the surrounding countryside. If you can’t tear yourself away from the area, why not book a room for the night in the adjoining Swan Lodge?

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The Green Man

 Location 1 Victoria Road, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1EN t: 0844 625 3749 w: www.greenmanwimborne.com e: info@greenmanwimborne.com A firm fixture in the market town of Wimborne Minster, The Green Man is a cosy pub that charms all who step through its doors. With the River Stour just a stone’s throw away, and numerous country walks and nature reserves nearby, it’s a great pit-stop for cyclists, ramblers and dog-walkers. Inside, there’s a friendly ambience in both the relaxed dining room and convivial bar area, so whatever your reason for stopping by you’re sure to feel welcome. This Cask Marque-accredited pub stocks a fantastic selection of real ale, as well as traditional cider, wine and soft drinks. Pop in for a hearty breakfast or laid-back lunch – tempting options include classic ploughman’s, and Wadworth beer-battered fish and chips. On the last Wednesday of every month the team serves food in the evening too, with themes such as steak night and gourmet burger night. Once you visit, you’re sure to become the latest recruits of its loyal fan base. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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The Smuggler’s Inn

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 Location Osmington Mills, Nr. Weymouth, DT3 6HF t: 0844 502 0996 w: www.smugglersinnosmingtonmills.co.uk WD e: smugglersinn.weymouth@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Perched on a hill overlooking Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast and surrounded by footpaths, The Smuggler’s Inn must be one of the best-placed pubs for enjoying £16 to well-earned refreshments following a brisk walk. It’s dog-friendly too, so you can £28 bring your four-legged friends along. We settled beneath the low beamed ceiling amidst the pub’s historical interior and enjoyed a delicious meal. We started with the incredible veggie plate, which was packed with delights such as turmeric-roasted cauliflower, quinoa, crunchy slaw, falafel, tzatziki, hummus and toasted pitta. A fantastic opening to the meal, Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; the delicious flavours left us eagerly anticipating our mains. I followed with Sat 10am-11pm; Hall & Woodhouse’s signature steak and Tangle Foot ale pie, which more than Sun 10am-10.30pm lived up to my expectations, and my partner was just as enthused by his choice Food Served: of tender chicken leg roasted with preserved lemons and garlic and served with Dauphinoise potatoes, charred Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat 10am-9pm; tenderstem and lemon dressing. Sun 10am-8.30pm Whatever you’re looking for, this traditional English inn – with its cosy log fires and generous outside seating area, complete with a trickling stream – will greet you (and your dog) with open arms. Why not make a day of it and take a stroll around the picturesque Osmington Mills hamlet? Afterwards you can stop off for a refreshing pint of locally brewed Badger ale at The Smuggler’s.

The Inn at Cranborne

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 Location 5 Wimborne Street, Cranborne, BH21 5PP t: 0844 502 0568 w: www.theinnatcranborne.co.uk e: info@theinnatcranborne.co.uk

ED Jane Gould spent a long time looking for the perfect country inn and it was certainly worth the search. There are few places as charming as the 16th-century Inn at Cranborne, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural £18 to Beauty. Fishermen, walkers, locals and visitors all sing its praises. £28 Cosy corners, roaring fires, Sunday roasts and real ales are just the tip of the iceberg. Jane and the chef develop menus that reflect the freshest locally soured ingredients, helping the inn win Best Restaurant at the Blackmore Vale Media Taste of Dorset Awards 2018. Local foraging results in the likes of wild garlic, nettles and blackberries, while vegetables, herbs and fruit come from the inn’s cottage garden. We whetted our appetites with delicious starters of three-cheese soufflé with chive sauce, and sautéed wild mushrooms Open: Mon 10.30am-10pm; on brioche with a blue cheese glaze. To follow, I sampled delectable poached Tues-Fri 10.30am-11pm; chicken breast with creamy mashed potato, pak choi and wild mushroom sauce, Sat 8.30am-11pm; while my partner plumped for hearty suet steak and mushroom Sun 8.30am-10pm pie with fresh seasonal vegetables. To accompany the food, we enjoyed refreshing gin and tonics selected from the impressive gin collection, which features over 40 varieties. Pop in for a hearty breakfast if you’re off to walk the Jubilee Trail, which runs past the pub, or enjoy it at leisure if you’ve chosen to stay in one of the eight en-suite rooms. A good night’s sleep beneath a fluffy feather duvet will set you up for exploring the local area. Dorset Guide 2020

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The Worlds End  Location Almer, Nr. Blandford Forum, DT11 9EW t: 0844 502 9496 w: www.worldsendalmer.co.uk e: worldsend.blandford@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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A firm fixture of the local community, this welcoming country pub is bursting with character, and provides a hearty welcome to everyone who steps through its doors. The traditional thatched country pub is an inviting sight and boasts £16 to a spacious outdoor patio that’s perfect for a summer tipple. Inside you’ll find £28 a cosy environment with oak beams and log fires creating a relaxing space in which to while away the hours. When it comes to food, The Worlds End excels. The menu features an extensive range of classic favourites alongside more innovative creations, which makes choosing what to sample a difficult choice indeed. My wife and I opted to start with a deliciously rich baked Camembert, which was enhanced by flavours of Open: garlic and thyme and served with fresh bread, celery and carrot sticks. For Mon-Sat 10.30am-10pm; me the 8oz flat iron steak clinched the role of the main course. Served with Sun 11.30am-9.30pm skin-on fries, plenty of rocket and chilli butter, the succulent meat tasted Food Served: incredible and the presentation Mon-Sat noon-9pm; was superb. My wife opted for the Sun noon-8pm chicken Caesar burger – a feast to behold with chargrilled chicken fillets, crisp smoked bacon, melted Monterey Jack and Caesar mayo in a toasted brioche bun. It was evident that we were pleased with our choices as we devoured every last morsel. Delicious food and exceptional value for money all served up in a laid-back home-from-home environment – what more could you want? Traditional

The Old Granary  Location The Quay, Wareham, BH20 4LP t: 0844 502 0985 w: www.theoldgranarywareham.co.uk e: oldgranary.wareham@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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The iconic Old Granary is a highlight of Wareham Quay’s dining scene. Sitting on the edge of the River Frome, it’s an atmospheric spot that’s great for any occasion, from brunch or a quick drink through to a long evening meal. £16 to Downstairs you’ll find the bright and airy bar and Pantry, where you can £28 discover the range of Badger beer and settle down for a relaxed bite to eat. Venture upstairs for a quieter, more intimate dining experience, and take in the excellent views looking out onto the river. The à la carte menu features an array of wonderful dishes, such as the crab mayonnaise starter I sampled. It was a great opener, comprising both brown and white crabmeat with chives and mayonnaise served with fresh malted sourdough. My companion tucked into a steaming bowl of homemade soup, which proved a simple but delicious treat. Another tasty dish followed: succulent Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; confit leg of duck served with creamy mashed potatoes, red cabbage and Sun 10am-10.30pm Blandford Fly ale gravy – a Food Served: harmony of flavours. My Mon-Sat 9am-9.30pm; partner tucked into Badger Sun 10am-9pm beer-battered fish and chips with tartare sauce and mushy peas, which he declared the best in the area. We were welcomed like family and could have stayed longer, working our way through the menu while watching swans and boats leisurely passing by outside. There’s also an outdoor terrace where you can sit and while away summer evenings – what could be better? 46

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The Botany Bay Inne

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 Location Winterborne Zelston, Nr. Blandford Forum, DT11 9ET t: 0844 625 3379 w: www.thebotanybaydorset.co.uk ND Tucked away near the picturesque village of Winterborne Zelston, The Botany Bay Inne is the epitome of a cosy country pub. Inviting decor, a buzzy atmosphere, bundles of olde worlde charm and a warm welcome make this a go-to destination. £19 to The menu brings new life to traditional pub classics, offering a wealth of old £23 favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s even a fantastic Sunday carvery, but booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The Botany Bay Inne’s delightful garden is also home to Rootz Caribbean Grill Shak, where guests can enjoy the likes of jerk chicken, curried goat and prawn skewers. We visited for supper on a beautiful spring evening and enjoyed delectable starters of perfectly seasoned Atlantic prawn cocktail, and rich pâté with Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm, toasted farmhouse bread and pickles for a hint of sharpness. For mains my 6pm-9pm; companion opted for a juicy rack of barbecued ribs from the grill, served with Fri & Sat 9am-11pm; crisp chips and mushrooms. I branched out and ordered from the specials Sun 9am-10.30pm board, choosing succulent confit duck leg in a Port wine jus, perfectly complemented by creamy potato Dauphinoise and carrot and orange purée. To finish we enjoyed two heavenly puddings. My guest couldn’t resist an indulgent steamed treacle sponge with custard. I was sure the delectable dark chocolate mousse was not to be missed and I was quite right – with its pairing of orange and crisp amaretti it was a real treat for a sweet-tooth.

The Ship Inn

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 Location Custom House Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8BE t: 0844 502 0993 w: www.shipweymouth.co.uk e: shipinn.weymouth@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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We were thrilled to stumble upon The Ship Inn – a fantastic pub nestled along Weymouth’s quayside, with wonderful views of tethered boats and meandering passersby walking the old stone pier. Struggling to choose between the many dishes on offer from the well-crafted menu and specials board, we eventually settled on an indulgent starter of baked Camembert spiked with fragrant garlic and thyme and served with bread, celery and carrot sticks – a real treat for the tastebuds. For the main course, I was perhaps inspired by our seaside location and couldn’t pass up the crayfish linguine in delicious lobster bisque. My partner opted for the vibrant Buddha bowl – a symphony of colourful veggies, grains, pulses and pomegranate seeds drizzled with lemon dressing which made for the perfect summer treat. For dessert we shared three delightful mini puddings: white chocolate and raspberry panna cotta, lemon meringue mess and chilled seasonal fruit crumble.

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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm Food Served: Sun-Fri noon-9pm; Sat noon-9.30pm

Whether dining inside in the cosy restaurant or enjoying your meal al fresco in the lovely outside area, you’re sure to be impressed by The Ship Inn. Captivating views accompanied by top-notch food make this a sure-fire winner. The jewel in the crown of Weymouth’s dining scene, this delightful establishment deserves to be discovered and treasured. Dorset Guide 2020

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The Amberwood  Location 154 Ringwood Road, Walkford, Nr. Christchurch, BH23 5RQ t: 0844 683 5126 w: www.theamberwood.co.uk e: mcewen.amberwood@talktalk.net Situated just off the A35 at Walkford, a short jaunt from the historic New Forest and stunning Dorset coastline, this pub is an ideal port of call for travellers. The Amberwood is a superb place to get a real taste of life in the New Forest area. In fact, as it does so much for its local community, the pub was awarded the Hall & Woodhouse Community Asset award in 2013, and consistently receives favourable reviews on TripAdvisor.

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To experience this pub at its best, make like the locals and opt for a home-cooked Sunday roast with family and friends. The extensive weekday lunch menu, meanwhile, features options such as traditional ploughman’s and generously filled jacket potatoes. Bargain-hunters will find it hard to resist the two-course lunch or early supper from just £10.75. As everything is home-cooked, dietary requirements can be catered for. From the main menu, you might start with a platter for two featuring spicy wedges, onion rings, breaded mushrooms and butterfly king prawns, before moving on to a hearty main such as local rump steak, grilled sea bass fillets or Thai red curry. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself prolonging your stay; with live music every Friday, a quiz night on Monday and jazz performed every other Tuesday, your languid lunch may turn into a vibrant night out. Check Facebook for details of upcoming events. Open: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-11pm; Fri 11am-11.30pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-8pm

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The Sandford  Location Wareham Road, Sandford, BH20 7AE t: 0844 502 8211 w: www.thesandfordpub.co.uk e: contact@thesandfordpub.co.uk

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In the five years since Zanda and Jamie took over The Sandford, this charming pub has gained a solid reputation as a family-friendly venue serving delicious, home-cooked food. Situated on the main road in the village of Sandford, this charming spot has ample parking, and the plentiful outdoor seating makes it ideal for sunny afternoons.

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We were greatly impressed by both the value for money and the impressive variety of tasty options, which included a selection of specials and a separate vegetarian and vegan menu. A chilled glass of pinot grigio went perfectly with my starter of twice-baked Cheddar soufflé, which was light and fluffy. My companion chose equally well with juicy panko-crumbed tiger prawns. To follow, I selected comfort food at its very best – honey-roasted ham with free-range Open: eggs and chunky triple-cooked chips, which our friendly server informed us is Mon-Thurs 11.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-11.30pm; a local favourite. My friend opted for rich Mediterranean vegetable Sun 11am-10pm lasagne, which was perfectly seasoned and full of flavour. Despite the generous portions, it would have been impossible to resist the delectable desserts. I chose the Belgian waffle, which came smothered in strawberry ice cream and refreshing berry coulis, while my friend couldn’t resist the heavenly sticky toffee pudding with New Forest ice cream. It’s easy to see why The Sandford is such a firm favourite. 48

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The Brewers Arms

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 Location Martinstown, Nr. Dorchester, DT2 9LB t: 0844 502 9524 w: www.thebrewersarms.com e: contact@thebrewersarms.com

WD The Brewers Arms is a charming family-run free house that boasts a spacious beer garden and a great food offering. Known for its first-class service and friendly atmosphere, this pub is ideal for refreshing summer visits and getting cosy in £15 to winter – The Brewers Arms has tailored its offering to suit all seasons. The lovely £25 restaurant seats around 35 guests and there’s room for around 30 more in the bar area, making it a top location for large family gatherings as well as intimate dining. The aptly named Brewers Arms boasts a great selection of drinks to suit all tastes, including craft and local ale served direct from the cask. With such superb produce to be found in the local area, the kitchen team takes advantage of the fantastic meat, dairy and vegetables available on their doorstep to create a range of delicious dishes. There really is something for everyone here. Daily specials like the fish of Open: Tues-Sat the day ensure that there’s always something new and exciting on the cards, noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; while the main menu ranges from traditional pub classics such as homemade steak Sun noon-4pm and Stilton pie and hearty Sunday lunches, to beer-battered fish and chips and delicious Thai curries. There’s also a great selection of vegetarian and gluten-free offerings, and delicious homemade desserts to top it all off. At lunchtime, lighter options such as baguettes, a tasty ploughman’s lunch, and jacket potatoes provide sustenance and satisfaction. The addition of two spacious and beautifully decorated bed and breakfast rooms makes this welcoming pub the perfect base from which to explore Dorset’s picturesque countryside and the nearby Jurassic Coast.

Bankes Arms Hotel

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 Location 23 East Street, Corfe Castle, BH20 5ED t: 0844 625 7498 w: www.bankesarmshotel.co.uk e: george@bankesarmshotel.co.uk

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The historic village of Corfe Castle is well known as a delightful holiday destination, and where better to stay than at the Bankes Arms Hotel? The characterful bedrooms boast individual period features and are perfect for anything from a romantic mini break to a family trip away. Overlooking the ruined castle for which the village is named, the hotel is housed in an enchanting Grade II listed manor house. There’s nothing like warming up by the fire with a pint of local real ale, and the well-stocked bar delivers this and more. If beer isn’t your tipple of choice you’ll also find a hand-picked wine list, and an eclectic range of spirits including locally distilled Conker Spirit gin, Tovaritch vodka, Rives pink gin, and Calle 23 tequila. When the weather’s fine, why not enjoy your drink in the picturesque garden? It offers stunning views of the castle and the Swanage Railway steam trains as they pass by.

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‘...stunning views...’ If you’re feeling peckish, the Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm attractive restaurant (chef profile page 63) offers a menu bursting with popular classics. Round off a breathtaking hike up to the castle with a hearty plate of vegetarian lasagne, or a meltingly tender lamb shank with seasonal vegetables. You’ll also find a weekly changing specials board with a wealth of tempting options, including irresistible homemade puddings. Dorset Guide 2020

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The Kings Arms  Location 3 Corfe Road, Stoborough, Nr. Wareham, BH20 5AB t: 0844 502 0544 w: www.thekingsarms-stoborough.co.uk e: thekingsarmsatstoborough@hotmail.com

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Set over the causeway from Wareham in the picturesque village of Stoborough, this thatched 17th-century pub stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, just a few minutes’ drive from the golden sandy beaches and awe-inspiring views of the Jurassic Coast. An inn has stood on this site for over 400 years, and today The Kings Arms exudes character and warmth.

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‘...exudes character and warmth...’ Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm, 5pm-late; Fri & Sat 11am-late; Sun noon-late Food Served: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.15pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; Sun noon-9pm (all day, every day during summer holidays)

The talented head chef creates dishes with an irresistible mix of the modern and traditional. Try the unique flavours of the chef’s own seafood casserole, or, for something very local, go for the homemade 8oz prime Purbeck venison burger. With regularly changing specials, the menu offers something for everyone – this pub is certainly a destination for food-lovers.

The Kings Arms is a dog-friendly family inn that has established itself as a community hub, supporting many local organisations, sports teams and local young farmers. A large garden and patio area is the perfect spot for sipping a chilled glass of wine and enjoying the country views. The Kings Arms features in both The Good Pub Guide and CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019. Traditional

The Saxon Arms  Location 20 The Square, Stratton, Nr. Dorchester, DT2 9WG t: 0844 502 0543 w: www.thesaxon-stratton.co.uk e: rodsaxonlamont1@yahoo.co.uk

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Voted West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017, this rural thatched pub is set in the charming village of Stratton in West Dorset, and has established itself as one of the best dining pubs in the county. The newly refurbished Saxon Arms prides itself on delivering high-quality food at affordable prices, and this philosophy is realised by a talented team of award-winning chefs.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-late; Sun noon-late Food Served: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-2.15pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; Sun noon-8.30pm

The pub features a tantalising selection of daily changing specials and a broad range of classic British favourites, including fresh local fish, prime English meats, local game and vegetarian dishes. To accompany your meal, there’s a fine range of award-winning ale, wonderful wine and a comprehensive list of malt whisky and gin.

In 2013, The Saxon Arms was nominated for a Community Hero Award in recognition of the exceptional contribution it makes to the local community – over the last few years the team has raised over £42,000 for charitable causes. The Saxon Arms was also a recent finalist for Dorset’s Local Pub of the Year award, and is in The Good Pub Guide and Good Beer Guide 2019. Central to community life, The Saxon Arms welcomes all, loves dogs and accommodates various local clubs and associations, all of whom regularly return to enjoy the warm, welcoming hospitality and fine food. This is truly what a genuine British pub is all about. 50

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The Quay Inn

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 Location The Quay, Wareham, BH20 4LP t: 0844 502 0556 w: www.thequayinn.com e: info@thequayinn.com

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A quaint and beautiful riverside public house that serves high-quality dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, The Quay Inn is one of the finest dining establishments on the Jurassic Coast. The Quay Inn’s excellent reputation is thanks to a creative and talented kitchen team, whose delectable signature dishes include juicy seared scallops with sweet potato purée and the hugely popular crab and lobster bisque. This popular eatery has developed an enviable reputation for excellent service, high-quality fare and a well-considered wine list. The kitchen team has built up strong links with local suppliers, sourcing the very best produce in order to create the British dishes for which the inn is renowned. With plenty of expertise and experience, the team delivers beautifully presented dishes such as Angus beef Stroganoff and Purbeck beer-battered cod loin. Heavenly desserts include delectable sticky toffee pudding with rich toffee sauce and gooey Belgian chocolate pudding. Feeling hungry yet?

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Open: Sun-Thurs 8am-11.30pm; Fri & Sat 8am-midnight Food Served: Mon-Sun 8am-9pm

Outdoor seating is plentiful in both the beautiful beer garden at the rear of the pub and the seating area that overlooks the very pretty riverside setting. Quality bed and breakfast rooms are available and offer fantastic views across the River Frome.

The Gloucester

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 Location 85 The Esplanade, Weymouth, DT4 7AT t: 0844 502 0559 w: www.thegloucesterweymouth.com e: info@thegloucesterweymouth.com

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The Gloucester is situated on Weymouth Esplanade and boasts an impressive panoramic view of Weymouth Bay. The original building is said to have been built in 1783 and was the royal residence for King George lll between 1789 and 1805, who was quoted as saying: ‘never have I seen a sight so pleasing’, about his royal abode and its views. A modern sports pub, The Gloucester has gained a reputation as one of the finest casual dining eateries in Weymouth. Sample flavoursome rotisserie chicken and sticky barbecue ribs, or pick from an array of seafood and steaks straight from the grill. The Gloucester’s menu boasts a rotisserie section for roasting meats, as well as the unique Black Rock dining experience, which allows you to cook your locally sourced steak yourself on a heated volcanic rock at your table and to your own taste. Try the satisfying Sunday carvery, regarded by many as the best in town thanks to its selection of succulent meats and delicious homemade Yorkshire puddings.

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On top of the great food, The Gloucester is also renowned for its live music weekends and entertainment. The pub has always been the place to go in Weymouth for sports fans thanks to its array of screens, all showing the latest offerings from BT and Sky Sports. Dorset Guide 2020

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Lulworth Cove Inn  Location Main Road, Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ t: 0844 502 0982 w: www.lulworth-coveinn.co.uk e: lulworthcoveinn@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Lulworth Cove Inn lies just yards from its charming namesake at the threshold of picturesque Lulworth Cove, with awe-inspiring views over the beautiful historic thatched village. Conveniently close to the Jurassic Coast footpaths, the inn delivers on both food and atmosphere. Boasting rustic charm aplenty, this delightful establishment is just as suitable for a get-together with a large group of friends as it is an intimate dinner for two.

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Our first stop was the bar where I treated myself to a refreshing Dorset Conker gin and tonic, and my partner opted for a pint of The Blandford Fly, a ginger-infused golden ale from local Badger brewery. We pondered the menu as we sipped our drinks and, after much deliberation, I opted to start with crisp whitebait with tartare sauce – it was so fresh I could all but taste the sea. I Open: followed with a mouth-watering dish of vegan meatballs in flavoursome Mon-Sun 11am-10.30pm marinara sauce served atop Food Served: linguine, and couldn’t resist a bite Mon-Sun noon-9pm of my husband’s steak and Tangle Foot ale pie, which was packed with flavour. We left most impressed with the entire evening, from the delicious food and drink to the friendly service and incredible setting. Next time we visit, we might just have to make a weekend of it and take advantage of one of the delightful en-suite guest rooms.

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The Grasshopper  Location 139-141 Bournemouth Road, Poole, BH14 9HT t: 0844 502 0994 w: www.thegrasshopperparkstone.co.uk e: grasshopper.poole@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Within easy reach of Bournemouth and Poole, The Grasshopper is a popular hub in the local area and also attracts visitors from much further afield thanks to its welcoming staff, well-priced quality fare and striking decor. Fully refurbished in 2018, the interior features various artefacts from Hall & Woodhouse’s old Victorian brewery, including the bellows from the old maltings which have been transformed into a quirky coffee table that now sits in the Common Room.

£16 to

£28

Boasting an extensive and varied menu, the emphasis is on traditional pub fare with a contemporary interpretation. Add to this a frequently changing specials list and you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. My partner and I started by sharing the veggie plate, a delicious mezze of hummus and Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; toasted pitta, crunchy slaw, warm falafel, tzatziki, turmeric-roasted cauliflower Sun 9am-10.30pm and quinoa. For our mains, I plumped for the incredible H&W burger, Food Served: comprising two juicy British beef Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm; patties, melted Monterey Jack, Fri & Sat 10am-9.30pm; caramelised streaky bacon and Sun 10am-8pm homemade burger sauce. My partner enthused over his beerbattered fish and chips, which he paired with a pint of award-winning Tangle Foot ale. We rounded things off with a rich chocolate brownie and vowed to return soon to sample the other tempting dishes that caught our eye. 52

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The Old Inn

Traditional

 Location Holt, Nr. Wimborne Minster, BH21 7DJ t: 0844 502 0457 w: www.oldinnholt.com

ED The Old Inn, situated in the heart of Holt, is a characterful traditional pub, known for its friendly staff and excellent selection of ale, lager and cider. Add to the mix a spacious outside seating area and welcoming, cosy interior, and you’re £18 guaranteed a memorable experience every time you stop by. Recently to £35 refurbished, the interior now boasts stylish modern features such as the new zinc bar, whilst retaining the natural charm of the building with its exposed wooden beams and traditional wood fire. The main menu boasts a selection of pub classics, such as deep-fried haddock with chips and salad, and roasted pork belly served with sautéed potatoes, apple sauce and crackling. Try the mouth-watering burger, served in a brioche bun with smoked streaky bacon and Monterey Jack cheese. For vegetarians, we recommend the Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; homemade Thai vegetable curry with rice and mango sauce. Stone-baked pizzas are cooked to order in a wood-fired oven for a rustic flavour. On Mondays take Sun noon-10.30pm advantage of The Old Inn’s steak deal and receive £5 off the price of your steak. Make sure you leave room for dessert because the sweet menu is a treasure trove of homemade comforts. Between the chocolate fondant with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, and the lemon tart with clotted cream and raspberry sauce, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This spacious pub is perfect for special events and The Old Inn is also renowned for its outdoor cinema, which screens films all year round. All day every Friday, The Old Inn offers half-price house Champagne, while all other Champagne is available with a third off. What could be better?

Hunter’s Moon

Traditional

 Location Middlemarsh, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 5QN t: 0844 502 0590 w: www.hunters-moon.org.uk e: info@hunters-moon.org.uk

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Surrounded by wide, open countryside, the Hunter’s Moon in Middlemarsh is a prime getaway location. Whether you want to stay overnight or just visit for the day, book out the whole venue for a party or just bring the family (dogs are welcome too), this 18th-century inn can fulfil your needs.

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£20

‘...a prime getaway location...’ The menu includes a wide range of pub favourites, all offered at affordable prices. You might start your meal with homemade soup of the day, or more modern classics such as breaded calamari with garlic mayonnaise, and juicy pan-fried king prawns. Main courses include the likes of succulent lamb shank in a mint and redcurrant sauce, crispy beer-battered fish and chips and juicy hunter’s chicken Food Served: Mon-Thurs topped with barbecue sauce, crispy bacon and melting cheese. You’ll also find a noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; selection of salads, curry specials and pie of the day on the extensive menu. Enjoy Fri noon-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm; your meal inside, snuggled up beside Sat noon-9.30pm; one of the roaring log fires, or Sun noon-9pm outside in the spacious beer garden. The bar offers a variety of draught beer and cider, wine and spirits. TripAdvisor is flooded with praise for the Hunter’s Moon, and its sterling reputation has earned the pub a well-deserved Certificate of Excellence. In acknowledgement of its great service, the inn has also been recognised in The Good Pub Guide every year since it opened its doors in 2007. Dorset Guide 2020

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Ye Olde Two Brewers Inn  Location 24 St James Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8HE t: 0844 625 7603 w: www.2brewers.co.uk e: ldetdamaliti@yahoo.co.uk

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For those wishing to explore the beauties of Shaftesbury, there is no better base than Ye Olde Two Brewers Inn. The pub is nestled at the bottom of Gold Hill – a picturesque cobbled street famed for its beauty and commonly described as one of the most romantic sights in England. This child- and dog-friendly spot also boasts a spacious beer garden with stunning views over the Blackmore Vale and a play area for little ones.

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£25

‘...stunning views...’

This venue has much to recommend it besides its enviable location, including two menus – one bursting with British pub classics and the other boasting authentic Greek dishes. Peruse the pub classics menu and enjoy the likes of crisp beer-battered fish and chips, juicy charcoal-grilled tuna steak and butternut squash and goat’s cheese pie. Those plumping for the Greek menu can choose Open: Tues-Fri from a delectable range of hot and noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; cold mezze. You might tuck into Sat noon-11pm; stifado – succulent slow-cooked Sun noon-6pm beef in a rich tomato and red wine sauce, or lamb kleftiko so tender it practically falls off the bone. Why not round off your meal with one of the homemade Greek desserts – perhaps delectably sweet baklava or delicate kataifi? Those passing by on Sundays can also enjoy an irresistible roast lunch, with a choice of meat or a tasty vegetarian option. Traditional

The White Hart

 Location Bishop’s Caundle, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 5ND t: 0844 502 8459 w: www.thewhitehartpubandkitchen.com e: thewhitehartbishops@gmail.com A classic country pub and kitchen, The White Hart is nestled in the tranquil village of Bishop’s Caundle, surrounded by open fields and thatched cottages. Having £17 been taken over by a new team, The White Hart now boasts a tasty menu of to £20 homemade British classics as well as an exciting calendar of upcoming events, including charity quizzes and steak nights. Award-winning chef Matthew Schofield (chef profile page 63) knows the value of sourcing fresh, high-quality ingredients and strives to incorporate as much local produce as possible into his dishes. To begin your meal, whet your appetite with juicy chicken skewers with homemade peanut satay sauce or opt for deep-fried popcorn cockles with tangy chilli vinegar. When choosing your mains, you’ll be spoilt for choice: the selection includes steak and Prophecy ale pie with rich gravy and flaky beer-battered fish and chips, while the chef’s Open: recommendations include a pulled Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; jackfruit burger and a sumptuous Sun noon-3pm Thai green curry bowl. To accompany your meal, order a pint of real ale from the bar or enjoy a glass of specially selected wine. In the summer, the beer garden provides a sunny spot in which to dine al fresco and is perfect for guests with pups, while on cooler days you can settle in the dog-friendly bar area. For those planning private events the function rooms are ideal for anything from wedding celebrations to office parties. WD

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King John Inn

Traditional

 Location Tollard Royal, SP5 5PS t: 0844 625 7569 w: www.kingjohninn.co.uk e: info@kingjohninn.co.uk

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Home to an award-winning restaurant, a well-stocked bar, and eight comfortable rooms, the King John Inn is found in the heart of the picturesque Cranborne Chase. Surrounded by rolling hills and open fields, the King John is dedicated to supporting and celebrating the British countryside: the team works with a number of local suppliers to source the finest ingredients and fresh seafood is obtained from the nearby south coast.

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Inside the King John, you’ll find a stylish and sophisticated pub complete with flagstone flooring and wood panelling, as well as a relaxed lounge with comfy leather sofas and a bar that offers a wide selection of beer, wine, whisky and gin. Diners are offered a seasonal menu of modern British classics, including starters of Portland crab on toast and Devonshire steak tartare and mains of beer-battered fish and chips and succulent slow-cooked pig’s cheek in a hearty Food Served: Mon-Sat vegetable broth. If you prefer noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm; something light, peruse the aptly Sun noon-3pm, 7pm-9pm named garden menu. Tasty plates like Jersey oysters and shell-on prawns with Marie Rose sauce are perfect for enjoying al fresco during the warmer months. Why not prolong the enjoyment by ordering a dessert? Mouth-watering treats such as spiced caramel tart and white chocolate panna cotta have played an important part in earning this restaurant its two coveted AA rosettes.

The Monmouth Ash

Traditional

 Location 93 Manor Road, Verwood, BH31 6DT t: 0844 502 0983 w: www.monmouthash.co.uk e: monmouthash.verwood@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Just a stone’s throw from the popular Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, tucked away in the petite town of Verwood, The Monmouth Ash is a treasure just waiting to be discovered. It’s a great option whether you’re looking for a delicious family meal or simply fancy a refreshing drink with friends. When the New Forest sun pokes its head out from the clouds, the spacious patio is perfect for al fresco dining, with outdoor heaters if things turn a little chilly.

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£28

The smart exterior is a welcoming sight, and a private car park makes this a convenient destination to escape to. Inside, we discovered a cosy, bucolic interior complete with wooden beams, bookcases and a crackling log fire. The menu features a range of tempting dishes that are cooked to perfection by the excellent chef and presented beautifully. I enjoyed a memorably delicious Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11.30pm; meal, starting with a tasty prawn and avocado cocktail followed by sumptuous Sun noon-11pm vegan meatballs made with ground Food Served: almonds, tempeh, oregano and Mon-Sun noon-9pm vegan Cheddar and served in rich marinara sauce with linguine. My partner was equally impressed with the honey-roasted ham served with a brace of eggs, triple-cooked chips and piccalilli, and we finished with deliciously smooth cappucinos. Book a table or drop by and discover this hidden gem – you’re bound to be impressed. Dorset Guide 2020

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The Gainsborough Arms  Location 74 Gainsborough, Milborne Port, DT9 5BB t: 0844 625 5663 w: www.thegainsborougharms.com e: info@thegainsborougharms.com

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The sign above the door to The Gainsborough Arms promises a warm welcome, and that’s exactly what this enchanting pub delivers. Upon entering, guests are immediately struck by the friendly ambience, and decor that blends modern comfort and traditional charm. The current owners took over in 2018 and have transformed the pub into a real community hub, with an emphasis on beautifully presented homemade fare and local real ale. For those looking to stay in the area, there are also several attractive guest bedrooms where a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.

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£24

We visited for supper and were spoilt for choice. The regularly changing menu showcased a wealth of popular homemade classics. I decided on a delectable homemade pie filled with succulent beef and rich sauce, topped with gorgeous shortcrust pastry. My wife selected the New York chicken – tender chicken breast smothered with bacon and melted cheese in a tangy barbecue sauce. Our meal was perfectly complemented by fruity glasses of house red. We finished by sharing a bowl of fruit crumble which achieved the perfect balance of sweet and tart, with an excellent crunchy topping. The Gainsborough Arms also serves a generous Saturday breakfast and a popular Sunday carvery, and we can’t wait to come back to sample them. Open: Mon 5pm-11pm; Tues noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Weds 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Thurs noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-11pm

Traditional

St Peter’s Finger

 Location Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, Nr. Poole, BH16 6JE t: 0845 468 1741 w: www.stpetersfinger.co.uk e: stpetersfinger.poole@hall-woodhouse.co.uk St Peter’s Finger is the sort of place where you feel right at home, thanks to friendly, welcoming staff and the perfect laid-back atmosphere. It’s a favourite £16 to haunt for locals, with a fantastic bar boasting a range of local ale, wine and £28 spirits, and a dining area with ample room for large parties and romantic meals alike. We visited in the evening and were welcomed like regulars. After perusing the menu, it was hard to look past the baked mushrooms to start, comprising large Open: flat mushrooms accompanied by Puy-style lentils and a moreish citrus, caper Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; and sunblushed tomato dressing. My partner’s prawn and avocado cocktail was Sun noon-10.30pm just as tempting. For my main course, I went for the falafel burger seasoned Food Served: with Mediterranean herbs and topped with vegan burger sauce, and couldn’t Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; have been more impressed. My guest sampled the award-winning steak and Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; Tangle Foot ale pie, which was Sun noon-8pm packed with tender steak and rich gravy encased in crisp shortcrust pastry. Served with creamy mash and braised cabbage, leeks and bacon, it’s comfort food at its finest. Almost replete but determined to enjoy the puddings on offer, we tucked into chocolate brownie and a delicious lemon tart. With delicious coffee and Hall & Woodhouse’s hallmark Badger beer on offer, there’s a tipple for every occasion. Even midweek, the pub was full of diners, so booking in advance is recommended. Pu

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The Acorn Inn

Traditional

 Location 28 Fore Street, Evershot, DT2 0JW t: 0844 625 7525 w: www.acorn-inn.co.uk e: stay@acorn-inn.co.uk

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The Acorn Inn has been a fixture in the pretty village of Evershot since the 16th century. A traditional coaching inn, this welcoming pub has gone by various different names throughout its long history but most notably was described as The Sow and Acorn in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles. Inside The Acorn, oak beams, terracotta tiles and intricately carved fireplaces create an atmospheric and welcoming feel that’s enhanced by the courteous and attentive team, and upstairs the beautiful rooms offer a unique and comfortable place to spend the night.

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The bedrooms at The Acorn have all been individually decorated in a classic English style – some even boast a four-poster bed – and each one comes with convenient modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping and tea- and coffee-making facilities. As a pet-friendly venue, The Acorn Inn is a popular stop with walkers and families exploring the area – indeed, there’s plenty of interesting sights to see in and around Hardy’s Dorset. In addition to this, this inn is also home to not just one but two well-stocked bars that offer traditional ale, fine wine, various gins and fantastic local beer. The award-winning restaurant is a must-visit too and The Acorn was crowned Best Pub of the Year at the 2018 Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards. The menus at The Acorn focus on classic British flavours, crafted with high-quality local ingredients. The selection of starters comprises various appetising plates: try the crab and Cornish Yarg soufflé, which is served on a bed of pickled samphire, sample the smoked salmon and mackerel terrine, or opt for the simple but tasty deep-fried whitebait with tartare sauce. Moving on, the range of mains is equally enticing, comprising rich and luxurious plates as well as tried-and-tested English classics: the honey- and ginger-roasted chicken is succulent and perfectly cooked, the trio of pork comes with sage-creamed potatoes and sweet Bramley apple sauce, and the burgers – there are beef and vegetarian patties to choose from – are served in a soft brioche bun with delicious homemade coleslaw. On top of this impressive main menu, there’s also a kid’s menu and a puddings list that’s bursting with tempting sweet treats.

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Traditional

The Chequers Inn  Location 75 High Street, Lytchett Matravers, Nr. Poole, BH16 6BJ t: 0844 625 3968 w: www.thechequersinndorset.co.uk e: enquiries@thechequersinndorset.co.uk

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If you’re looking for excellent pub grub in an authentic location, look no further than The Chequers Inn. With its welcoming interior and traditional lowered ceiling in the main bar, the pub presents an idyllic £14 to picture. Updated with a spacious conservatory area and a new menu, this £26 characterful venue is popular with locals and visitors alike. When we visited, the venue was buzzing with happy visitors drinking, dining and even enjoying a game of cards in a cosy corner. My starter of juicy prawns in chilli sauce on a bed of greens was perfect to whet the appetite. My guest opted for something a little different with Open: scrumptious grilled halloumi. The pub puts on regular themed foodie Sun-Thurs noon-11pm; events like Wednesday curry nights and a sumptuous Sunday carvery. We Fri noon-midnight; visited for the popular Thursday steak night. It seemed a shame not to take Sat 11am-midnight advantage of the tasty options on offer and my sirloin steak was cooked to Food Served: perfection, with a range of Mon & Tues noon-3pm; sauces and sides, and a generous Weds-Sat noon-3pm, helping of crispy chips. My partner 5.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-6pm selected an equally delicious alternative – delicate salmon fishcakes with lashings of tartare sauce. We finished with two triumphant puddings – the rich and creamy Baileys and white chocolate parfait was a real must and lived up to my every expectation, while my partner’s apple and sultana crumble was a cinnamon-infused delight. Traditional

The Yachtsman  Location Lake Road, Hamworthy, Poole, BH15 4LW t: 0845 468 1744 w: www.yachtsmanhamworthy.co.uk e: yachtsman.poole@hall-woodhouse.co.uk This brilliant traditional pub serves a wonderful selection of food and drink in relaxed, friendly surrounds. Inside you’ll find a nautical theme befitting of the pub’s moniker – think wooden oars displayed on walls, model ships and photos of historic ocean liners. With plenty of potable options including local Badger ale and New World wine, as well as all the popular lagers and spirits, The Yachtsman is a great spot for a drink with friends and family. Why not take your drink outside to the spacious beer garden where your little ones can enjoy the play area?

PB £16 to

£28

We visited to sample the delicious fare on offer, and after our attentive waiter showed us to our seats and we were promptly served our starter – a generous helping Open: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; of vegan Buffalo-spiced tempeh wings to share. Accompanied by delicious vegan Sun noon-9.30pm aioli, the wings were flavoursome and moreish – we didn’t miss the meat at all. For Food Served: the main course, the preserved lemon- and garlic-roasted chicken leg stood out to Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; me, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; chicken was beautifully tender and Sun noon-8.30pm served with Dauphinoise potatoes, charred tenderstem broccoli and lemon dressing. My partner plumped for the roasted squash, tenderstem and cream cheese tart with homemade almond pesto and a fresh salad of cherry tomatoes, red onion and rocket. I couldn’t resist a bite and was astounded by how such a simple-sounding dish could be so tasty. With fantastic food and drink, a wonderful atmosphere and excellent service, The Yachtsman ticks all the boxes. 58

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Rose & Crown

Traditional

 Location 178 Wareham Road, Lytchett Matravers, BH16 6DT t: 0844 502 9575 w: www.roseandcrownlytchett.co.uk e: admin@roseandcrownlytchett.co.uk Situated in Lytchett Matravers, the Rose & Crown is a family-friendly pub that simply oozes charm. Proprietors Heather Campbell and Neal Russell ensure that all patrons are made to feel at home in an instant. Since taking over the pub, the team has given it a new lease of life, even adding a series of brand-new boutique bedrooms for overnight visitors.

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£20

The extensive menu boasts light bites and sandwiches, and a daily blackboard of specials showcases various dishes, including homemade vegetarian and gluten-free options. For your main, we would recommend the steak and ale pie made with shortcrust pastry and served with a choice of mash and veg or chips and peas, or the wild boar and apple faggots, braised in rich gravy and accompanied by creamy mash and peas. A children’s menu is available Food Served: for little ones with smaller appetites. Every Saturday is steak night: pop by Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, to enjoy two juicy rump steaks 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm for just £22. You can also enjoy a bottle of fine house wine for just £12. At the weekend, the traditional Sunday roast is incredibly popular and comprises sumptuous meats, Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and lashings of delicious gravy. In addition to all this, the pub also hosts a friendly coffee morning every third Thursday of the month, and on the third Wednesday guests are invited to join in the popular bingo night.

The Stocks Inn

Traditional

 Location Furzehill, Nr. Wimborne Minster, BH21 4HT t: 0844 625 3724 w: www.thestocksinn.com e: goodfood@thestocksinn.com

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Head off the beaten track to the peaceful hamlet of Furzehill and discover The Stocks Inn. Why not pop by after a trip to the nearby market town of Wimborne Minster? The Stocks Inn is a popular spot with cyclists and dog-walkers thanks to its proximity to a network of picturesque cycle and walking trails, and you won’t find a better place in which to revive yourself. With traditional oak beams and plenty of cosy nooks to settle in, The Stocks Inn has buckets of traditional charm.

£16 to

£25

The bar is stocked with a great selection of real ale, lager, cider and wine so you’re bound to find your tipple of choice or perhaps discover a new favourite. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Those looking for a hearty meal will be pleased to discover a host of tasty Sun 11am-10.30pm dishes made using fresh produce procured from the surrounding area. Start Food Served: with a classic prawn cocktail or homemade sun-blushed tomato bread. To follow, Mon-Thurs noon-8.30pm; sample the popular homemade Fri & Sat noon-9pm; steak and ale pie made with tender Sun noon-8pm Dorset beef and real ale gravy, or if you fancy something a little different, opt for the delicious original Stock burger. The menu also features seafood dishes including catch of the day, various steaks, vegetarian options and choices for coeliacs. Consistently top-notch food and impeccable customer service ensure diners return again and again. Please see The Stocks Inn’s website for full menu details. Dorset Guide 2020

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Traditional

The Crown Hotel  Location West Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AJ t: 0844 502 0991 w: www.crownhotelblandford.co.uk e: crownhotel.blandford@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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With views overlooking the River Stour and the picturesque Georgian town of Blandford Forum, it’s easy to see why Dorset’s oldest inn is such a popular destination. As we stepped into the splendour of the dining room at The Crown, we £16 to knew we were in for a treat of an evening. From the high ceiling with its lantern £28 roof framing the blue spring sky, to the artwork adorning the walls and shelves lined with books, every element has been carefully considered. The result is a wonderful setting in which to dine. The menu offers a selection of delectable dishes, and our helpful and friendly waitress was on-hand to offer advice and recommendations. The chicken, duck and red onion terrine provided the perfect starter for me, while my companion delighted in her crab mayonnaise with sourdough. My main course of roasted Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; chicken leg in preserved lemons and garlic was exceptional, and came with Sun 8am-10.30pm Dauphinoise potatoes, charred tenderstem broccoli and a delicious lemon dressing Food Served: that drew all the flavours together. Mon-Sat 8am-9.30pm; My partner was equally impressed Sun 8am-9pm with her main course of crayfish linguine in lobster bisque and white wine sauce, topped with chives, shaved Parmesan and pangritata. For fabulous food in sumptuous surrounds, you won’t find better than The Crown Hotel. Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of the 27 Georgian or modern-styled guest rooms? There are even dog-friendly options, so there’s no need to leave your canine companion at home. Traditional

The Angel  Location 188 Ringwood Road, Longham, Nr. Wimborne Minster, BH22 9AP t: 0844 502 0986 w: www.theangellongham.co.uk e: angelinn.wimborne@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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With fantastic food, a friendly atmosphere and a large beer garden in which you can enjoy one of the many tasty real ales available, The Angel is an excellent to choice. Nestled on the edge of rolling Dorset countryside, this delightful spot £25 is a family- and dog-friendly venue that’s sure to impress. Inside, traditional decor brings nostalgic charm to the light and airy interior, creating a wonderful setting for a drink and a bite to eat. We were made to feel most welcome as we were greeted by staff and shown to our table. We found a pleasing combination of traditional favourites and modern dishes as we perused the menu. I opted to start with the moreish baked mushrooms with Dorset Blue Vinny, while my companion tucked into rich chicken, duck and red onion terrine with Melba toast and pickled blackberries. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; A deliciously decadent roasted squash, tenderstem broccoli and cream Sun noon-10.30pm cheese tart complemented by Food Served: homemade almond pesto and a Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; cherry tomato, red onion and Sun noon-8pm rocket salad. My guest plumped for the succulent confit duck leg accompanied by smooth mash, red cabbage and Blandford Fly ale gravy. To finish, we couldn’t resist sampling the indulgent Orchard crumble made with chunky apples in salted toffee and beer sauce, which was every bit as satisfying as we’d hoped. £15

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The Olive Branch

Traditional

 Location East Borough, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1PF t: 0844 502 0988 w: www.theolivebranchwimborne.co.uk ED e: olivebranch.wimborne@hall-woodhouse.co.uk On the beautiful spring evening we called in, The Olive Branch was pleasantly abuzz with the friendly chatter of relaxed patrons. The garden was packed £16 to with groups of friends enjoying drinks under the warmth of the sun, a family £28 seated at a large table celebrating a birthday, and couples relaxing with pints of Badger beer in hand. We settled at a cosy window seat overlooking the teeming garden – the life and soul of the market town of Wimborne Minster. Our charming waitress made sure we were well looked after all evening, and provided us with helpful recommendations when we struggled to choose from the plethora of tempting options on the menu. We Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; started by sharing the butcher’s plate, a delicious platter of pork belly bites, lamb Fri & Sat 8am-midnight; kofta, glazed sausages and Buffalo hot wings. To follow I plumped for a healthier Sun 8am-10.30pm option and enjoyed a delicious chicken Caesar salad, which was beautifully fresh Food Served: and crisp – perfect for a warm Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm; evening. My partner opted for Fri & Sat 7am-9.30pm; steak frites and was delighted with his succulent cut of meat, cooked Sun 8am-11am, noon-8pm perfectly rare and complemented by crab butter. Thanks to my lighter choice of main I had a little room left for dessert, and indulged in a beautiful homemade lemon tart. Having enjoyed such a faultless evening at The Olive Branch, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular venue – we’ll certainly be returning.

1777.

Bed & Breakfast

 Location 19 High Street, The Square, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HR t: 0844 502 7732 w: www.1777.co.uk e: albion.wimborne@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Set in the market town of Wimborne Minster, 1777. dates back to the 17th century and is the oldest coaching inn in Wimborne, having housed the magistrates’ court and the school house in the past. Today, this stylish and welcoming bed and breakfast retains much of its olde-worlde charm – many of the rooms showcase period features such as wood panelling or beautiful four-poster beds – while also incorporating all the modern conveniences you need for a comfortable stay.

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Its location makes 1777. a popular spot for leisure and business visitors alike. Just off the A31, it’s only a short drive away from Bournemouth, a stone’s throw from the picturesque Cranborne Chase and less than 20 minutes from the New Forest. Each room at 1777. is decorated in Georgian style and boasts an en-suite, smart Open: please call reception TV, free Wi-Fi and incredibly comfortable beds. Rooms vary from standard to for details superior but if you really want to treat yourself, be sure to book a luxury room. In the morning, the staff prepare a truly sumptuous breakfast offering at the bed and breakfast’s sister restaurant, The Olive Branch, which is only 152 steps away. Including a classic Continental breakfast and a delicious full English, it’s guaranteed to fuel a day of exploring. If you’re looking for a drink or an evening meal, The Olive Branch offers an array of delicious tipples and dishes that will please even the most discerning of diners. *Price range represents the cost of a bed and breakfast room per night. Dorset Guide 2020

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Chef Profile

Matthew Street – The Eastbury – Pg 5 Local boy Matthew discovered an interest in cooking while observing his parent’s dinner parties as a child. The excitement of creating something delicious from simple ingredients, combined with the satisfaction that comes from putting a smile on diners’ faces, still inspires Matthew today. He now heads up a team of five chefs at The Eastbury. As head chef, Matthew relishes the opportunity to get involved in all sections of the kitchen, though when asked he did admit to a preference for the pastry section, which has a more relaxed atmosphere and affords him the chance to get creative.

‘...looking forward to what the future will bring...’ With an impressive career so far, which includes competing in Masterchef: The Professionals and becoming a finalist in the 2009 Roux Scholarship, as well as retaining The Eastbury’s two AA rosettes year on year, Matthew is looking forward to what the future will bring. Chef Profile

Eric Tavernier – Les Enfants Terribles – Pg 24 From collecting recipe cards from his mum’s magazines to getting a cookery book for his 11th birthday, Eric Tavernier has always been passionate about cooking. By the age of 13 he had developed an impressive skillset, learning to make butter on his cousin’s farm and spending a summer with a local butcher training to make sausages, terrines and pâté.

‘...delectable and innovative dishes...’ To polish his already prodigious skills, Eric received classical training in a catering college in the French town of Henin-Beaumont, before travelling the world to expand his repertoire. Now back in England and in charge of his own restaurant, he uses his much-lauded culinary skills to delight his guests with ever more delectable and innovative dishes. Regular guests have gone so far as to describe Eric as a master of flavour, with his innate knowledge of seasoning and his careful selection of the very best produce.

Chef Profile

Shannon Richards – The Italian Kitchen – Pg 27 Growing up in her family’s bars and restaurants provided the perfect environment to nurture Shannon’s love of cooking. She worked in kitchens and front-of-house roles from the age of 13, and gained a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of restaurant dining. Her impressive repertoire and expansive skillset were further developed through a recent work placement at Michelin-star-awarded restaurant Paul Ainsworth at No. 6.

‘...works with focus and passion...’ Having received classical training under talented chefs, Shannon works with focus and passion to create fine modern Italian dishes at the family-run Italian Kitchen. To her, good food means a beautifully presented dish made with the finest quality ingredients, and Shannon takes great pride in the positive feedback she receives from diners. Her favourite season is spring, when she can take advantage of the fantastic local produce available, such as Dorset crab and lobster. 62

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Alin Sumanariu – Bankes Arms Hotel – Pg 49

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Alin Sumanariu’s early journey as a chef progressed rapidly from his first job at a fast food chain, to training in a high-end kitchen under Raymond Blanc. His wide-ranging experience has inspired a love of all areas of the kitchen, from the fast-paced meat and fish stations to the excitement of the pass, where it’s his job to make sure every dish is perfect.

‘...passion for good food...’ Alin has come to believe that the most essential thing you can have as a chef is a strong team behind you, united by a passion for good food. One of the uniting values of the Bankes Arms Hotel team is an acute understanding of the importance of good produce. Being on the coast means Alin has easy access to wonderful fresh seafood, and he sources meat and cheese from a local farm. This makes for an exceptional range of flavours and adds a fresh vibrancy to every dish.

Matthew Schofield – The White Hart – Pg 54

Chef Profile

The White Hart’s idyllic location makes it a chef’s paradise when it comes to produce. Situated ten miles from the coast there’s no shortage of fresh seafood and close proximity to a number of excellent farms means Matthew can source the best seasonal produce. He visits each supplier personally to select the highest-quality produce. This attention to detail exemplifies his cooking style – he especially enjoys working on the pass, where he can ensure that every dish that leaves the kitchen is perfect.

‘...especially enjoys working on the pass...’ Coming from a family of keen cooks, Matthew began dabbling in the kitchen at an early age. His hobby first became professional during his gap year in Greece, where he gained experience working under local chefs. Though he has since won numerous accolades for his cooking, his main drive is still just to make people happy with his food.

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Index 10 Castle Street – Cranborne ............................................. 8 1777. – Wimborne Minster .............................................. 61 Acorn Inn, The – Evershot ............................................... 57 Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant – Lyme Regis....................... 7 Amberwood, The – Walkford ............................................ 48 Angel, The – Longham ..................................................... 60 Aruba – Bournemouth ..................................................... 37 Bankes Arms Hotel – Corfe Castle ................................... 49 Botany Bay Inne, The – Winterborne Zelston .................... 47 Bournemouth Pizza Co. – Bournemouth ........................... 28 Brewers Arms, The – Martinstown ................................... 49 Brewery Tap – Blandford St Mary .................................... 35 Brown’s – Poole .............................................................. 23 Bull Hotel, The – Bridport................................................ 23 Café 11 – Dorchester ....................................................... 40 Café Sladers – Bridport...................................................... 9 Chequers Inn, The – Lytchett Matravers............................ 58 Coast Restaurant – Swanage............................................. 21 Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, The – Bournemouth .............. 20 Crab at Bournemouth, The – Bournemouth ......................... 9 Crab House Café – Wyke Regis ........................................ 26 Crow’s Nest in the Square, The – Weymouth ..................... 29 Crown Hotel – Poole ........................................................ 18 Crown Hotel, The – Blandford Forum ............................... 60 Da Vinci’s Ristorante & Pizzeria – Poole .......................... 26 Dorset Kitchen, The – Dorchester ..................................... 40 Drax Arms, The – Bere Regis ........................................... 20 Duchess of Cornwall Inn – Poundbury............................... 34 Eastbury, The – Sherborne.................................................. 5 Gaggle of Geese – Buckland Newton ................................ 19 Gainsborough Arms, The – Milborne Port ......................... 56 Galley Café, The – Lyme Regis.......................................... 42 Gloucester, The – Weymouth............................................. 51 Grange at Oborne, The – Oborne ........................................ 3 Grasshopper, The – Poole.................................................. 52 Green Man, The – Wimborne Minster................................ 44 Greyhound, The – Corfe Castle ......................................... 16 Greyhound, The – Sydling St Nicholas................................. 7 Hall’s Kitchen – Weymouth ................................................ 6 Hambro Arms, The – Milton Abbas .................................. 19 Hix Oyster & Fish House – Lyme Regis ............................... 3 Hotel Rembrandt – Weymouth.......................................... 16 Hunter’s Moon – Middlemarsh.......................................... 53 Inn at Cranborne, The – Cranborne................................... 45 Italian Kitchen, The – Wareham....................................... 27 James and White – Christchurch....................................... 36 Jazz Café – Poole ............................................................ 34 Key West Bar & Grill – Bournemouth ............................... 35 King John Inn – Tollard Royal .......................................... 55 Kings Arms at Longham, The – Longham.......................... 32 Kings Arms, The – Charlton Horethorne............................ 18 Kings Arms, The – Stoborough.......................................... 50 Knoll House – Studland ................................................... 10 Les Enfants Terribles – Weymouth ................................... 24 Library Harbour Café – Weymouth .................................. 42 Lolas – Bournemouth ...................................................... 28 Lulworth Cove Inn – West Lulworth ................................. 52 Manor House, The – West Bexington ............................... 15 Martyrs Inn, The – Tolpuddle ........................................... 20 64

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Monmouth Ash, The – Verwood ........................................ 55 Museum Inn, The – Farnham ........................................... 11 Neo Restaurant – Bournemouth ......................................... 8 New Inn, The – Cerne Abbas .............................................. 4 Old Granary, The – Wareham ........................................... 46 Old Inn, The – Holt .......................................................... 53 Old Thatch, The – Wimborne Minster................................ 22 Olive Branch, The – Wimborne Minster............................. 61 Olive Café – Bournemouth ............................................... 39 Oliver’s – Sherborne ........................................................ 42 Oriel on the Quay – Poole ................................................. 25 Ox Row Inn, The – Salisbury ............................................ 14 Pickled Ginger – Bridport ................................................ 12 Pilot Boat, The – Lyme Regis ........................................... 22 Poole Arms, The – Poole .................................................. 25 Quay Inn, The – Wareham ............................................... 51 Quayside Barn, The – Wareham ....................................... 44 Reef Encounter – Bournemouth ........................................ 36 ReLOVED – Dorchester ................................................... 43 River Cottage – Axminster ......................................... 28, 41 Rose & Crown – Lytchett Matravers ................................. 59 Sandford, The – Sandford ................................................ 48 Saxon Arms, The – Stratton ............................................ 50 Secret Garden, The – Weymouth ...................................... 38 Seventh Wave – Swanage ................................................ 38 Shave Cross Inn, The – Shave Cross ................................. 11 Shed Café, The – Weymouth ............................................ 40 Ship Inn, The – West Stour ................................................ 6 Ship Inn, The – Weymouth ............................................... 47 Smokin’ Aces – Bournemouth .......................................... 31 Smuggler’s Inn, The – Osmington Mills ............................ 45 St Peter’s Finger – Lytchett Minster ................................ 56 Stocks Inn, The – Furzehill .............................................. 59 Swan Inn – Abbotsbury ................................................... 44 Swanage Railway Dining Trains – Swanage ...................... 17 Twelve Eatery – Bournemouth .......................................... 12 Urban Beach – Bournemouth ........................................... 32 Urban Garden – Bournemouth ......................................... 33 Urban Reef – Bournemouth .............................................. 33 Ventana Grand Café – Bournemouth .................................. 4 Vesuvio – Bournemouth ................................................... 27 Village Inn, The – Swanage ............................................. 37 West Beach – Bournemouth ............................................. 24 Westbourne Grill House – Bournemouth ........................... 30 White Hart, The – Bishop’s Caundle ................................. 54 White Hart, The – Wimborne Minster .............................. 13 White Horse Inn, The – Stourpaine .................................. 21 White Lion, The – Bridport .............................................. 36 Winyard’s Gap Inn – Chedington ...................................... 14 Wishing Well, The – Upwey ............................................. 43 Worlds End, The – Almer ................................................. 46 Yachtsman, The – Poole ................................................... 58 Ye Olde Two Brewers Inn – Shaftesbury ............................ 54 Zim – Poole .................................................................... 29


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