Page 1

1 0 TH A N N I V E R S A RY E D I T I O N

10th annual edition

DORSET

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


R E A L I TA L I A N C U I S I N E

Dorset’s newest dining experience overlooking the river at Wareham Quay Wareham Quay | 37 South Street | Wareham | Dorset BH20 4LR

tel. 01929 550990

www.theitaliankitchendorset.com


Welcome Welcome to the Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2019. 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 Sherborne

ND

Blandford Forum

WD Beaminster Lyme Regis

Bridport

ED

Sturminster Newton Cranborne Verwood

Piddletrenthide Dorchester

WP

Weymouth

Wimborne Ferndown Minster

PB

Bere Regis

Bournemouth

Ch

Christchurch

Wareham

Pu

WP Weymouth & Portland £25 to

£30

ND North Dorset

ED East Dorset

Pu Purbeck

PB Poole & Bournemouth

Food & Drink Guide 2019 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve

Swanage

WD West Dorset

Dorset

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

Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Maddie Chapman Graphic Designer Ruth Harris Photography Greg Thurtle (www.blandfordstudios.com); Pg 2 Foreword image © R W Brown (www.creativeaboutcuisine.com); Pg 46 The Chequers Inn image © Mark Cornwall Contributors Katie Dancey, Pam Fudge, Nathaniel Hobby, Lindsay Merton, Caroline Millar, George Pasparakis, Helen Summer, Dominic Tancock, Tracy Willoughby Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Tim Hall, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Emma Clarke, Sam Terrett, Tara Hennell

Foreword ......................2

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

Ice Cream Parlour...........36

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

Gastropub ...................27

Tearoom..........................37

Fine Dining .................10

Bistro .........................28

Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd

British ........................10

Bar & Bistro ...............28

Traditional ......................38

Publisher Sam Collins

Modern European........19

Bar & Restaurant ........29

Italian.........................21

Café, Bar & Restaurant ...34

Chef Profiles ...................61

Tapas ..........................23

Café ................................35

Index ..............................63

Thai ................................60

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 2018

Dorset Guide 2019

1


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Foreword

Chris Staines Dorset has a lot to be proud of; it’s an epicurean’s dream, brimming with local produce and fantastic independent restaurants. Being so close to the coast is a huge bonus – the fish and shellfish from Weymouth and West Bay is some of the best in the world. The UK food scene has dramatically changed over the past 20 years. It’s now possible to travel to all corners of Britain and find an establishment with a talented team that’s passionate about both service and food. Consumers are much more aware of the provenance of their food – they like to know how far it’s come from and how it was reared or grown before reaching their plate. What is really interesting to me as a chef is that in rural communities such as Dorset, this never went away, and people know the value of great produce. As diners become more knowledgeable, chefs can get creative and spend more to source the best available produce. Since moving here we have discovered a bounty of passionate producers with a real focus on quality and service. Some of my favourites include Davy’s Locker in Bridport for outstanding fish, and we source fruit and vegetables from a small organic growing group who share a plot of land just down the road from our restaurant, The Ollerod. We never know what they’re going to bring, so it’s exciting to incorporate various ingredients into our menu. It’s not just the food producers that are so fantastic in Dorset, we’ve also got Furleigh Estate just down the road who produce the best English wine I have tasted, and Black Cow who have created an amazing vodka made from milk. I feel sure that many of the relationships we’re currently forging with suppliers will blossom into long and mutually beneficial partnerships. Of course, there is so much wild food growing in the area; we try to take advantage of this as much as possible. We recently foraged for wild garlic and our next haul will likely be fresh elderflower. We are also lucky enough that locals will often drop by with ingredients they’ve found – only last week someone turned up with a bag full of wild mushrooms for us. Dorset has so much to offer as a county, and the food scene here is as healthy and exciting as any I have come across. The produce is exceptional and the beautiful coast and countryside are home to a wealth of superb eateries, so get out there and start discovering for yourself.

2

Dorset Guide 2019


The Ollerod

Modern British

 Location 3 Prout Bridge, Beaminster, DT8 3AY t: 0844 625 3913 w: www.theollerod.co.uk e: enquiries@theollerod.co.uk

WD

Under new ownership since March 2018, The Ollerod – formerly the Bridge House – is an exceptional establishment residing in the countryside town of Beaminster. It’s owned and run by head chef Chris Staines, who held a Michelin star at a previous venture in London, and his partner Silvana Bandini who has a wealth of hospitality experience under her belt.

£25 to

£30

The local area is the focal point for everything at The Ollerod, from the name of the restaurant – which is the old Dorset dialect for cowslip – to the decor and the incredible food served. The walls and tables are adorned with artwork from Dorset-based artists, and you’ll find local, home-grown seasonal produce on your plate. The exceptional food is paired with a picturesque and relaxed setting, with original architectural features like medieval mullioned windows and flagstone floors that add to the unique experience. Al fresco dining is encouraged on the spacious garden terrace, and heated lamps and woollen blankets keep diners warm on cooler evenings. Dishes change to reflect the seasons and each offering showcases the amazing diversity of locally grown produce, while echoing Chris’ passion for international influences. Asian flavours are subtly introduced throughout the menu, resulting in innovative and exciting dishes. Alongside the à la carte there’s a small plates menu that gives diners the opportunity to share and sample a variety of dishes. Starters may include flame-grilled mackerel, kimchi and smoked mackerel bone broth, or glazed sweetbreads with ricotta, white asparagus and smoked grelot onions. Mains are impressive and bold; try the 55-day-aged Middle White suckling pig with pea risotto, wild garlic, morels and roast lemon purée, or perhaps a vegetarian option like polenta and shiitake mushroom fritters with baba ganoush and coriander yoghurt. If you’re looking for an informal meal with friends, the small plates menu might be just what you’re after. Expect to see the likes of soba noodle salad with grilled purple sprouting broccoli, peanut, ginger and sesame dressing, as well as Middle Eastern spiced lamb shoulder with hummus, yoghurt and pomegranate. Open every day of the year for lunch and dinner with stylish bed and breakfast accommodation, The Ollerod is the perfect gastronomic country retreat.

Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-5pm, 6pm-9.30pm

Dorset Guide 2019

3


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Modern British

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

ND

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 room, £25 to 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. 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 e: ventana@cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk Service is of the utmost importance at this two-AA-rosette-awarded eatery, where every member of staff aims to deliver a memorable experience to all who visit. The £22 to impressive Ventana Grand Café sits in the iconic four-star Art Deco Cumberland £32 Hotel, which also boasts a large outdoor pool and poolside lido deck. Spa days, food and drink promotions and other exciting events are held regularly. Epicureans are in for a treat at Ventana Grand Café, where the greatest care and detail is put into every element of the menu, which features modern British dishes enhanced by a selection of seasonal signature offerings. Diners might like to start with pan-fried Cornish scallops accompanied by pea purée, black pudding and parsnip crisp. Follow with Ventana’s signature dish: three variations of Dorset lamb Open: Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; comprising braised lamb shank shepherd’s pie, rump of lamb hot pot, and Fri-Sun noon-10pm lamb and mint toad in the hole. To finish, tuck into chocolate orange mousse with spiced figs, brioche and vanilla mascarpone, or try Giggi’s handmade Italian amaretto cherry ice cream. The Cumberland Hotel was named Best Large Hotel at the 2019 Bournemouth & Poole Tourism Awards, while Ventana Grand Café previously won the much sought-after title of Best Afternoon Tea. Diners are blown away by the tower of delights that includes fine finger sandwiches, homemade scones and French pastries. Artisan tea, Champagne and coffee are also served. It could be argued that no other venue in Bournemouth can boast such sights, sounds and tastes. PB

4

Dorset Guide 2019


The Eastbury

Modern British

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

WD

Occupying a prime position in the heart of historic Sherborne, not far from Sherborne Lake and the Old Castle, you’ll find The Eastbury, an award-winning boutique hotel with a fantastic restaurant to boot. 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. 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

£36

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 seared and marinated Dorset lamb with pickled root vegetables and Lyburn cheese. Main-course options could include harmoniously balanced plates such as venison loin with salt-baked swede, kale, toasted oats and crisp sage, and delicate hake atop nero tagliatelle flavoured with saffron and fennel served with cavolo nero and shellfish cream. You’ll want to save room for dessert and indulge in delights such as Valrhona chocolate crémeux with passion fruit cream and toasted hazelnut ice cream, or blackberry soufflé with apple mousse and toffee sauce. Now under the ownership of the de Savary family, The Eastbury is expected to undergo 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, 11.30am-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sat & Sun 8am-10am, 11.30am-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm

Dorset Guide 2019

5


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Modern British

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

WD

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 well thought out wine list with tipples from around the world available by the bottle or glass. They also stock a wide range of spirits including six gins and six single-malt whiskies, alongside Fever-Tree mixers. In warmer months you can head to the 50-seat courtyard, or the large walled garden where a charming apple tree takes centre stage.

£25 to

£30

The food reflects the surroundings, with traditional pub favourites featured alongside appealing modern British dishes. To start you might try chicken pot pie with a smoked bon bon, wild mushrooms and pickled onions, or perhaps beetroot and Black Cow halibut gravlax with pink peppercorn vinaigrette. For your main course, expect to see the likes of Dorset rose veal rump with roasted onion and ale fondue and bone marrow sauce, or cod loin with confit leeks, mussels, and a cider and black garlic sauce. 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

Modern British

The Tickled Pig  Location 26 West Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1NF t: 0844 502 0438 w: www.thetickledpig.co.uk e: info@thetickledpig.co.uk

ED

Husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Niki Barfoot go to extraordinary lengths to ensure every element of their monthly menus has been locally and ethically sourced, whether that means using vegetables grown in their own garden, £25 to meat reared by themselves, or ingredients sourced from local Dorset suppliers £30 who share their love of organic food. Their restaurant, The Tickled Pig, can be found standing proud on West Borough in the centre of the beautiful town of Wimborne. It was difficult to choose from their June menu – everything sounded intriguing. After a lengthy debate, we settled on starters of smoked mackerel rillettes with pickled cucumber and herb croûtes, and Romsey cherry tomatoes with Food Served: quinoa, goat’s curd, basil and candied pecan. Both dishes were extremely Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, tasty and delivered with exquisite presentation. For the main course, I chose 6pm-9pm orange- and ginger-glazed pork belly complete with fennel seed crackling, spring onion mash, carrot and honey purée and spring greens, while my friend went for herb-crusted cod fillet, warm tartare sauce, wilted spinach and south coast mussels. The pork was some of the best I have ever tasted, and the cod was perfectly prepared, infused with a rich, complex flavour thanks to the seasonings and accompaniments. The almond milk and mascarpone panna cotta accompanied by Disarronno caramel and shortbread proved an astonishingly good finale, leaving a lasting positive impression that will have us return to try more innovative, carefully compiled dishes soon. 6

Dorset Guide 2019


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

WD

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, locally and ethically sourced cuisine, including seafood, meat, salads, vegan and vegetarian lunches, snacks, high teas and weekend breakfasts. The café is fully licensed, and boasts an excellent wine list, locally brewed beer and cider, spirits, cocktails and liqueurs. With its five Taste of the West Gold Awards, Café Sladers is the ideal place for a three-course lunch with wine, a delicious cream tea, or an organic coffee paired with a dreamy 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 fishing (hours may vary in winter, harbour of West Bay (a location for Broadchurch), near the beach and famous please call for details) golden cliffs. 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 dances, 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.

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

WD

The food served at the Alexandra’s award-winning restaurant showcases Dorset’s finest seasonal ingredients and chefs. Head chef Tom Holloway 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 while dining in the restaurant or on the Food Served: garden terrace. The Alexandra Mon-Sun noon-2pm, hosts regular food and drink events 6.30pm-9pm throughout the year, including Afternoon Tea Served: cocktail nights and food and wine Mon-Sun 3pm-5.30pm pairings. Keep an eye on their website for the latest goings-on.

Dorset Guide 2019

7


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

The Station Kitchen

Modern British

 Location The Old Railway Station, Station Road, West Bay, DT6 4EW t: 0844 625 3361 w: www.bridportrestaurant.co.uk e: station@sausageandpear.co.uk This superlative eatery occupies a unique position in what was once West Bay’s railway station. Step aboard the old train carriage and you’ll find a wonderfully quirky and cosy interior that lends a contemporary touch to the old-fashioned station setting. The food is as magnificent as the surrounds and showcases Dorset’s finest produce. From fresh fish of the day with garlic, rosemary and chilli butter, to succulent rump of local lamb flavoured with lavender and Dijon mustard, each dish is infused with delectable flavours. Whether discovering the prized gin collection or sampling a beautifully crafted afternoon tea, amiable staff will ensure your visit is as delightful as can be. The outside seating area is perfect for soaking up the coastal sun, or stargazing after a romantic dinner à deux.

WD £27 to

£40

Open: Weds-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-late; Sun noon-4pm

The UK’s most comprehensive guide to eating out.

Print

Online

Mobile

Order any of our regional restaurant guides for free.

Search for restaurants and check out our foodie blog.

Download our free app and find restaurants near you.

www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk 8

Dorset Guide 2019


The Green

Modern British

 Location 3 The Green, Sherborne, DT9 3HY t: 01935 813821 w: www.greenrestaurant.co.uk e: info@greenrestaurant.co.uk

WD The picture-perfect, Grade II listed Green is situated in the charming town of Sherborne. In a town with such a discerning audience, it is testament indeed that The Green consistently remains firmly at the top of diners’ must-visit lists. £20 to Head chef and owner Sasha Matkevich brings an artist’s touch, and a compendium £30 of rich, cultural influences to familiar classics as well as innovative new dishes. The menu evolves with the ebb and flow of the seasons and often includes the chef’s own locally foraged ingredients. The menu du jour offers disarmingly good value, while the spontaneous nature of a daily menu provides Sasha with the opportunity to experiment with exciting seasonal ingredients, textures and flavours. Expect to sample the likes of pickled roots with quail’s egg, hazelnuts and minted yoghurt, or fillet of Cornish hake served with almond mash and sauce vierge. Open: Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, The à la carte menu features popular starters such as trio of Dorset crab, consisting 6.30pm-9.30pm of Mediterranean-style soup, white meat brûlée and brown meat tuile. Imaginative main courses include West Country beef fillet served with potato duo with onion escabeche, wild rocket, tomato, and porcini cream. The chefs clearly relish the creation of innovative desserts too, with delectable options such as new season meadowsweet mousse, accompanied by confit kumquat, walnut praline and citrus syrup. The Zakuski menu provides a colourful Russian slant on tapas, offering diners the choice of a quick pre-show bite or relaxed social grazing with friends. They also serve an exceptional Sunday lunch. The Green garners deserved praise for its friendly and professional staff, affordable prices and, of course, the exquisite food.

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 views of chalk hills, £15 to surrounding watercress farms and picture-perfect thatched cottages before retiring £20 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 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 Guide Open: Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, and the Good Beer Guide 2019, The Greyhound has high standards for dining. The 5.30pm-late; Sat 11am-11pm; daily changing menus showcase the region’s freshest produce, from Dorset beef Sun noon-late (hours may vary, to seasonal game like venison and wild boar. The chef sources fish straight from please see website for details) the Jurassic Coast, just 20 minutes away, on a daily basis. Choose to dine in the dog-friendly bar area amid all 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 as the bar area, 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 2019

9


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Fine Dining

The Point Restaurant at Haven Hotel  Location Banks Road, Poole, BH13 7QL t: 0844 502 9401 w: www.fjbhotels.co.uk/haven-hotel e: reception@havenhotel.co.uk

PB

You couldn’t wish for a more idyllic location than that of The Point at Haven Hotel, found at the tip of Sandbanks peninsula in Poole. This highly acclaimed restaurant, with an al fresco terrace at the water’s edge, enjoys glorious views of Studland Bay and Old Harry Rocks and has direct access to seven miles of Blue Flag beaches.

£20 to

£55

The luxurious four-star hotel is the perfect hideaway – the rooms are elegant but comfortable, with many boasting stunning ocean views, and the restaurant is renowned for providing memorable fine dining experiences. The Point, helmed by head chef Jason Hornbuckle, has deservedly been awarded two AA rosettes. Jason uses local and sustainable ingredients wherever possible and is passionate about reducing the nautical miles of seafood, so diners can look Open: Mon-Sun noon-10pm forward to the freshest dishes. To start, you might opt for the marinated squid with chilli, lemongrass, cannellini bean and chorizo ragout. Follow with one of the elegantly presented main course options, such as braised pork belly served with confit onion and apple purée tortellini in pork and apple jus. The selection of desserts is to die for – we recommend the chocolate fondant with confit kumquats and cardamom ice cream. The Point’s afternoon tea features freshly baked scones with thick Dorset cream and jam, and is sure to appeal to those with a sweet-tooth. This indulgent treat is best enjoyed while watching the boats sail by, perhaps with a glass of bubbly in hand. British

Eastclose Country House Hotel  Location Lyndhurst Road, Hinton, Nr. Christchurch, BH23 7EF t: 0844 625 3766 w: www.eastclose.com e: events@eastclose.com

Ch £25 to

£35

Open: Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm

Focusing on local suppliers, the new table d’hôte menu at the Eastclose Country House Hotel offers an affordable yet delicious selection of seasonal dishes with a contemporary interpretation. You might start with butter-fried New Forest wild mushrooms with pickled saffron, fennel and smashed avocado atop sourdough. Delectable main courses include the likes of slow-roasted pork belly with sautéed new potatoes, greens, and a pineapple and cashew nut mojo dressing. Round things off with a crushed raspberry and pistachio meringue or perhaps a plate of Dorset and Hampshire cheese and biscuits accompanied by fig and truffled honey.

Set amongst 18 green acres on the edge of the New Forest, this historic 18th-century mansion is a delightful spot to meet, or to stay in one of the 15 boutique bedrooms. Alongside the new table d’hôte menu, guests can also enjoy afternoon tea or a nice glass of Pimm’s on the terrace. Traditional Sunday lunch is served in the Garden Room from noon to 3pm. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing overnight stay with breakfast, or a casual lunch with friends, you can be assured of a warm welcome from the friendly, professional team, and delicious cuisine from executive head chef Ian Gibbs and his brigade. The events team can plan any event, from weddings and Christmas parties to business meetings, and will assist with every detail. Take a look online to view their latest offers. 10

Dorset Guide 2019


The White Horse Inn

British

 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 a flavoursome, velvety gravy, or succulent lamb tenderloin served in a 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 £12.95, representing great value for money. As a free house, the bar offers a fantastic range of drinks, including over 50 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.

Winyard’s Gap Inn

British

 Location Chedington Lane, Chedington, Nr. Beaminster, DT8 3HY t: 0844 625 3887 w: www.winyardsgap.com e: enquiries@winyardsgap.com

WD

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. Inside, rustic furniture and soft candlelight create an intimate setting and a home-away-from-home feel.

£20 to

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. As for the mains, the chargrilled Open: Tues-Fri 11.30am-3pm, chicken supreme with pancetta, fondant potato, black garlic, and soya bean 6pm-11pm; Sat & Sun Bourguignon is sensational. End on a sweet note with a blackberry and hazelnut 11.30am-11pm tart – a saccharine treat that will leave your tastebuds tingling. The team also Food Served: serves a fantastic Sunday carvery Tues-Sun noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm 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? Dorset Guide 2019

11

£25


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App British

Scott Arms

 Location West Street, Kingston, Nr. Corfe Castle, BH20 5LH t: 0844 502 4690 w: www.thescottarms.com e: info@thescottarms.com On arrival, sip your ale, wine or spirit of choice from the Scott Arms’ outstanding selection and enjoy the spectacular views of the Purbeck countryside. With a light, airy interior, this atmospheric gastropub oozes style and comfort, and boasts four cosy guest rooms. The menu comprises British classics and exciting world food offerings that showcase the very best local produce. Start with delicate tempura calamari with aioli before mains of succulent chicken with market veg and Dauphinoise potatoes, or meltingly tender Angus steak. Homemade chocolate brownie with Purbeck ice cream from the neighbouring farm, or a board of locally sourced Dorset cheese is perfect for rounding off any meal. From June to September you can also enjoy the Jamaican landlady’s Caribbean specialities from the Jerk Shak barbecue. Families with little ones and dog owners are welcomed warmly, meaning that the Scott Arms is the perfect place to start or end a weekend stroll in the stunning Purbeck countryside.

Pu £20 to

£25

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-8.30pm British

The Fisherman’s Haunt

 Location Salisbury Road, Winkton, Nr. Christchurch, BH23 7AS t: 0844 625 4024 w: www.fishermanshauntdorset.co.uk e: fishermanshaunt@fullers.co.uk This beautiful, historic pub overlooks the River Avon, providing striking views of the Avon Meadows wetland and nature reserve. With 13 attractive bedrooms, this enchanting venue is ideal for anything from a romantic weekend getaway to a family holiday. Positioned in the village of Winkton, The Fisherman’s Haunt offers easy access to both the town of Christchurch and the picturesque New Forest. The menu comprises hearty country classics and excellent fresh fish dishes. You might start with rabbit and pistachio croquettes served with plum chutney. For your main course, why not sample one of the kitchen team’s expertly crafted fish dishes? We’d recommend the squid and mackerel burger with tempura crayfish tails, kimchi, and triple-cooked chips. To accompany your meal, choose a tipple from the well-stocked bar, or opt for one of the delicious Fuller’s ales on tap.

Ch £20 to

£35

Open: Mon-Thurs 7.30am-11pm; Fri 7.30am-11.30pm; Sat 8am-11.30pm; Sun 8am-10pm British

The Bull Hotel

 Location 34 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF t: 0844 625 3979 w: www.thebullhotel.co.uk e: info@thebullhotel.co.uk If you’re wandering around bustling Bridport, be sure to seek out The Bull Hotel, a fabulous traditional pub housed in an attractive 16th-century coaching inn. With a homely atmosphere and an abundance of historic charm, The Bull is a delightful place in which to unwind and enjoy top-notch food and drink. Its 19 well-appointed bedrooms and proximity to a host of local attractions make The Bull an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Hit the bar and enjoy an array of libations, from international lager to world wine and Fuller’s real ale, and there’s a 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 British dishes, like pan-fried sea bass with grilled artichokes, pickled walnuts, roasted heritage tomatoes and garlic spinach purée.

WD £20 to

£32

Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-10.30pm 12

Dorset Guide 2019


The Crown Hotel

British

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

PB

In the heart of Poole Old Town, just a short walk from the iconic quay, sits The Crown Hotel, a fantastic establishment that serves a variety of elegantly presented dishes.

£20 to

From an initial glance at the menu it’s evident that the team takes the food seriously. You’ll find a fantastic selection of classic British dishes like homemade steak and kidney pie alongside adventurous plates that take inspiration from around the globe, such as tuna steak marinated in Asian spices. Making the most of its waterside location, the Mussel Treasury menu lists a bounty of fresh mussel dishes with various flavour combinations. 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 a 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, which provided a wonderful end to the meal.

£38

‘...timeless classics showcasing the best local produce...’ Each dish was beautifully presented and adorned with delicate garnishes and edible flowers. 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 to give a delightfully rich, nuanced flavour. 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. With innovative flavour combinations and timeless classics showcasing the best local produce, combined with excellent service and special offers, The Crown Hotel has certainly made me a regular.

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

Dorset Guide 2019

13


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App British

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 This cosy pub couples historic charm with quirky touches – think scrubbed pine, inviting nooks and attractive exposed beams. Pull up a squashy armchair by the fire and enjoy a pint of Fuller’s real ale or a cup of tea. Given its location near Salisbury’s historic Butcher Row, it’s no surprise that steak is a prominent feature on the menu. Meat-lovers can expect a weekly changing rare-breed special as well as the more standard cuts, and there’s even a succulent Chateaubriand. The Ox Row Inn has an eclectic hand-picked wine list with a broad range of Old and New World wines, so you can find a tipple to perfectly complement your meal. An excellent selection of cask ale and craft beer is supplemented by local breweries like Stonehenge Ales providing excellent variety. If you decide to stay for pudding, why not accompany your tarte Tatin or gooey chocolate brownie with a Fuller’s Brewer Street Coffee?

ED £23 to

£34

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm

FRE

E

Res ta Guid urant e Ap p

RESTAURANT GUIDE APP Download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant App

14

Dorset Guide 2019

See

Mo

re


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 outstanding country pub that offers a friendly salutation to everyone who walks 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 lights overhead.

£20 to

£35

The team goes to every effort to find produce from the surrounding area, keeping dishes simple to let the first-class ingredients speak for themselves. Guests can Food Served: expect starters such as crayfish cocktail, and flavoursome terrine served with Sun-Thurs noon 8.30pm; rustic bread and chutney. To follow there’s a range of enticing daily specials, as Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm 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?

Crown Inn

British

 Location Church Street, Puncknowle, DT2 9BN t: 0844 625 3303 w: www.thecrowninndorset.co.uk e: email@thecrowninndorset.co.uk

WD

With The Jurassic Coast on one side and the picturesque Bride Valley on the other, the handsome village of Puncknowle is an idyllic spot for a relaxing getaway. Standing proud opposite the village church is the Crown Inn, a delightful thatched pub that dates back to the 16th century. Boasting a large beer garden with beautiful views, as well as a cosy log burner in the bar to keep the cold at bay, this local hub is a fantastic destination all year round.

£19 to

£25

Working alongside premium local suppliers, the Crown sources first-class seasonal ingredients to showcase the best that Dorset has to offer. The menu changes frequently, so you might find starters such as potted duck accompanied by chutney and sourdough toast, or smoked mackerel and salmon fishcake with heritage beetroot and an orange and horseradish salad. Follow with flavoursome Open: Mon 5.30pm-11pm; home-glazed ham, egg and chips or perhaps the comforting West Bay fish pie Tues-Fri noon-3pm, made with mash, leeks, tarragon 5.30pm-11pm; and seasonal vegetables. You’ll Sat noon-11pm; find tables of family gatherings Sun noon-close alongside couples enjoying the delicious food and convivial ambience, while cheerful staff ensure everyone feels right at home. With two dog-friendly en-suite guest rooms, the Crown Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area with your pooch in tow. What could be better? Dorset Guide 2019

15


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App British

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

WD

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 mirrors, £22 to Jacobean-style table and chairs and local artwork adorning the walls. Large French £30 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; into a sumptuous harissa chicken Sun noon-2pm, 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

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

Pu

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.

£15 to

‘...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. It certainly lives up to the restaurant’s claim of having views to dine for. 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 Open: Mon-Sun 8am-10am, England award for Best Breakfast noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm (please is well-deserved. see website for details) The Grand Hotel is the perfect venue for your special function, 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? 16

Dorset Guide 2019


The Ilchester Arms Hotel

British

 Location: 9 Market Street, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JR t: 0844 625 3989 w: www.theilchester.co.uk e: info@theilchester.co.uk

WD

The Ilchester Arms Hotel is an enchanting venue that’s as welcoming in the winter as it is on pleasant summer evenings like the one on which we visited. Set in the picturesque West Dorset village of Abbotsbury, a short hop from the Jurassic Coast, the pub provides a great setting in which to relax. Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine in the pretty garden with a backdrop of rolling Dorset hills, or kick back on one of the comfy sofas in the recently refurbished bar area. In winter you can enjoy a board game by the glorious log fire, and dogs are welcome to join in the fun too.

£20 to £25

‘...a great setting in which to relax...’ Settled in the dining room we absorbed the menu over a pint of local ale. Seasonal menus ensure that you’ll find the freshest produce year-round, and everything is crafted from local ingredients. Specials such as pan-fried salmon fillet atop sweet chilli stir fry, and spinach, spring onion and pine nut salad proved tempting options, as did classic pub dishes like beer-battered cod and chips and build-your-own burgers. However, I was craving seafood so opted for pan-seared scallops with pea purée, chorizo, bacon and tender pea shoots. The dish was absolutely stunning – the large succulent scallops were cooked to perfection and the pea purée provided a harmonious complement. My partner’s classic prawn cocktail was just as delightful with its flavoursome Marie Rose sauce and fresh salad. To follow, I plumped for an incredible homemade fish pie, packed with chunks of local cod, hake, coley, salmon and smoked haddock and topped with Dorset Red Cheddar. Accompanied by seasonal mixed vegetables, it was classic pub food at its finest. My partner opted for succulent pork belly with bubble and squeak and crisp crackling. I couldn’t resist sampling a bite, and the meat proved to be a tender, flavoursome delight. Finally, we rounded off a wonderful evening with sumptuous homemade raspberry and blueberry cheesecake and a comforting sticky toffee pudding. The Ilchester Arms Hotel provides that quintessential British pub experience: lovely food, great drinks and a warming atmosphere all served up in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8pm

Dorset Guide 2019

17


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App British

Rivers Arms  Location Cheselbourne, Nr. Dorchester, DT2 7NW t: 0844 625 3783 w: www.theriversarms.co.uk e: victor.wyle@gmail.com

WD

Head inland to Cheselbourne, a quiet little village nestled in Dorset’s finest rolling countryside, to find the Rivers Arms. Inside this charming pub you’ll find peace, tranquillity and a warm welcome from the pub’s owners, Victor and Anne. Surrounded by hillside views, the pub has five delightful dining areas to choose from, all of which are tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished. Upstairs, the spacious covered deck makes for a serene place in which to dine al fresco while taking in the countryside views.

£15 to

£20

Chef Victor has crafted an original, constantly changing menu with a host of tempting dishes, while Anne heads up the front of house ensuring everyone feels part of the family. On the day we dined, we found a variety of delectable dishes such as beef casserole, turkey goulash, slow-cooked belly pork and roast beef. I opted for a delicious bowl of Mexican pork chilli served with fluffy rice and cooling mint yoghurt, while my partner revelled in the aromatic Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Thai red curry. We followed with a fabulously creamy bread and butter pudding with custard, and a slice of tasty apple tart with ice cream. A great range of local ale, cider and wine makes Rivers Arms an excellent option for a drink with friends. For top-notch food and drink at astonishingly reasonable prices, head for the countryside and seek out Rivers Arms – you won’t regret it.

X

FOOD

N

N

.co.uk

FINDER X

FIND EVENTS NEAR YOU AT www.foodfestivalfinder.co.uk 18

Dorset Guide 2019


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 pleasant environment in which to enjoy a leisurely meal.

£18 to

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 Open: Tues 5.30pm-10.30pm; Bay seasoning. The pan-fried chump of Devon lamb was sensational and came Weds-Sat 11am-3pm, with the most incredible red cabbage and mint salsa, while the mussels in Thai 5.30pm-11pm; green curry sauce were undoubtedly some of the finest seafood I’ve ever tasted, 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. For dessert we indulged in homemade lemon tart and a sumptuous rhubarb cream.

£25

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.

Pickled Ginger

Modern European

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

WD 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 right £18 to at home. Don’t let the relaxed, convivial ambience fool you though; when it comes £34 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 Tues & Weds 10am-2pm; he ensures that most of the menu is gluten-free and dishes can be adapted to suit Thurs & Fri 10am-2pm, your needs. You’ll find a selection of mouth-watering plates cooked with precision. 6pm-9pm; Sat 9.30am-2pm, Start with seared scallops complemented by crispy pancetta and cauliflower 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm purée, or perhaps the goat’s cheese, roasted pepper and courgette stack will (open Sundays from October take your fancy. Main-course options may include the likes of to June) 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. Dorset Guide 2019

19


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Modern European

Moonfleet Manor  Location Fleet Road, Fleet, Nr. Weymouth, DT3 4ED t: 0844 625 3996 w: www.moonfleetmanorhotel.co.uk e: info@moonfleetmanorhotel.co.uk

WD

This striking Georgian manor can be found in the midst of sprawling countryside on the West Dorset Heritage Coast. Slightly off the beaten track, Moonfleet Manor is a beautiful hotel with an excellent restaurant to boot. Head outside to the suntrap terrace and enjoy sweeping views of the famous Chesil Beach, or dine in the restaurant and take in the countryside vistas.

£28 to

£35

The interior takes you back to the days of Georgian splendour, complete with chandelier lighting, sumptuous furnishings and photographs of times gone by. Moonfleet’s outstanding restaurant welcomes both residents and non-residents, and you’re guaranteed to receive the utmost hospitality from genial staff who take care of your every need. Talented chefs have crafted a delectable menu that seamlessly blends British dishes with exciting Mediterranean flavours. Provenance is key to the team’s ethos, so you can rest assured that the food on your plate will be procured nearby. From Jeff Milner’s Portland crab to Dorset Brewing Company ale, the restaurant showcases the region’s finest produce. To start, delight in the likes of pan-fried scallops with cauliflower purée, toasted cashew nuts and curry oil. Moonfleet’s proximity to the coast means you’ll find a selection of irresistible fish dishes like pan-seared sea bass, Portland crab and smoked salmon risotto with tenderstem broccoli and shellfish reduction. Of course, meat-lovers are well catered for too, with dishes such as Jurassic Coast beef rump pavé served with potato terrine, butternut squash purée, baby spinach and red wine jus, while vegetarians can enjoy roasted aubergine, chickpea, spinach and sweet potato curry with fragrant rice.

Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 6pm-9.15pm

20

Dorset Guide 2019

It’s a fantastic destination for a getaway, whether you’re with the whole family or enjoying a romantic break for two. Moonfleet prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere, so children are free to roam the house and gardens, climb trees and make the most of the countryside. From the hotel’s swimming pools to nearby rock pools, you’ll find plenty to keep the kids entertained, and if you’re craving an afternoon off, you’re free to enjoy a relaxing spa afternoon or evening meal while hotel staff take care of the little ones. The hotel also has dog-friendly rooms, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home.


La Fosse

Modern European

 Location London House, 8-9 The Square, Cranborne, BH21 5PR t: 0844 625 3987 w: www.la-fosse.com e: lafossemail@gmail.com Occupying a prime location in Cranborne, close to both the stunning Dorset coastline and Hampshire’s New Forest National Park, this charming bed and breakfast is ideal for those seeking a bolthole in the countryside. Whether staying the night in one of the cosy en-suite rooms or simply looking for a delicious meal, all are welcome to dine in La Fosse’s exceptional restaurant. The menu changes frequently depending on what’s in season, and all ingredients can be traced back to suppliers from the region. Talented chef Mark is also happy to tailor dishes to suit any dietary requirements. You might sample the likes of delicate pan-fried hake fillet in sumptuous lobster and shellfish broth, or perhaps duck confit with caramelised salsify, Jerusalem artichoke, cherry gravy and greens. For a truly impressive gastronomic experience, opt for the bespoke six-course tasting menu. Mouth-watering food and fine wine paired with an inviting ambience and delightful countryside location makes La Fosse a compelling destination.

ED £25 to

£30

Food Served: Mon-Sat 7pm-9pm

Franco Manca

Italian

 Location The Square, Bournemouth, BH2 5LY t: 0844 625 3845 w: www.francomanca.co.uk e: bournemouth@francomanca.co.uk We stopped by Franco Manca in Bournemouth and pulled up a pew by the open-plan kitchen, where we could see chefs busy working the famed sourdough that’s put this pizza restaurant on the culinary map. The sourdough is made with a 200-year-old starter culture from Naples and takes 20-30 hours to rise before being kneaded and stretched, covered with delicious toppings and blasted in the custom-made oven. The result is astounding. While our toppings of smoked buffalo and Franco & Lloyd mozzarella, artichokes, wild boar salami and truffle and watercress were delicious, the dough itself was a treat on its own. The chefs were as Italian as they come, singing Neapolitan ballads as they bustled about the kitchen. The accompanying selection of organic wine was both delicious and interesting. Like everything else, the team behind Franco Manca takes a personal approach to their wine, working directly with small organic wine producers in Italy.

PB £10 to

£20

Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10pm

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS, WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS WE NEED YOU! Drop us a line at writers@foodanddrinkguides.com for more information Dorset Guide 2019

21


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Italian

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

PB

If you long for authentic Italian cuisine that will transport you straight to Italy, Vesuvio is the place for you. Around the venue, the vast blue sea and a stretch of silky sand create a picture-perfect seaside setting. The restaurant has gained a reputation for serving top-notch food to its guests who, when the sun is out, enjoy dining al fresco on the terrace that runs all the way around the venue.

£20 to

£40

Sit and enjoy the striking views while you ponder the menu. Pasta, pizza and Italian classics fill the extensive menu, but there’s also a weekly changing specials board that’s well worth your consideration. Wood-burning ovens give pizzas that authentic, smoky flavour, so it’s no wonder they’re so popular with diners. Tempting topping combinations include spicy sausage, ham and mushroom, and anchovies with capers and olives, to name just a few. The team at Vesuvio uses locally sourced meat and seafood, delivered to their door daily, Open: Mon-Sun 10am-late so why not start with mussels in (hours vary in winter) white wine sauce, or the Carpaccio? For the main course, try the sea bass, or the veal Milanese. Pasta is the obvious choice for those wanting a traditional option and diners can choose from the likes of cannelloni, ravioli, lasagne, penne and spaghetti vongole. As the beautifully presented dishes arrive, it’s clear to diners that the Vesuvio team truly celebrates Italy and its stunning culinary traditions.

Italian

Italian Café  Location Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AQ t: 0844 502 0429 w: www.ocean-beach.oceana-collection.com e: manager@oceanbeachbournemouth.co.uk The Italian Café brings variety to the Bournemouth foodie scene. The restaurant sits within Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa, and has contemporary yet rustic charm thanks to its use of bold colours, exposed brickwork and attractive lighting. Inside, diners enjoy ocean views overlooking the outdoor pool and impressive street-art mural that surrounds it.

PB £17 to

£23

This relaxed venue offers a chance to sample traditional Italian cuisine from a great seafront spot. The menu features a range of favourites such as the Italian Café’s speciality dish, lasagne, as well as calzone, creamy pasta, steaks and fresh fish. A great selection of Italian wine and beer completes the experience. Begin with the insalata Caprese – a refreshing mix of mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, Open: Mon-Sun noon-late fresh green pesto and black pepper. Follow with an authentically made pizza, Food Served: which are home-cooked and made Mon-Sun noon-9pm with fresh ingredients, just like every other dish served. For a refreshing end to your meal, try the signature dessert: authentic Italian tiramisu. The individuality of this restaurant really shines through. Italian Café serves authentic Italian food in an impressive space that boasts stunning views over Bournemouth Bay from the large terrace. This perfect recipe for success keeps diners returning time after time. 22

Dorset Guide 2019


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 located 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 before you dine, or digest a little after your meal by pottering along the scenic waterway.

£15 to

£35

‘...great food and friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere...’ 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 family-run team is guided by executive chef Summer Open: Antony Biles, who already looks after several other eateries in the area. The Mon-Sun 11am-10pm menu reflects simple, authentic Italian food in a modern style, using only the Winter Open: Tues-Thurs best local ingredients. Dishes are accompanied by an eclectic array of wine from around the world. At The noon-9pm; Fri-Sun noon-10pm 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.

Vida Comida

Tapas

 Location The Swan Yard, Cheap Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AX t: 0844 625 3735 w: www.vidacomida.co.uk e: theswan@vidacomida.co.uk

WD

Vida Comida is an impeccable eatery that brings an authentic taste of Spain to Sherborne. We arrived with high expectations and the delightful evening we spent here turned out to be better than we’d even hoped.

*

£22 We were welcomed by owner Rob, who explained how he and partner Jacqueline to wanted to open a restaurant that embraces that quintessentially Spanish love £30 of food. Relaxed, sociable dining is the order of the day, and there’s a host of mouth-watering tapas plates to share with loved ones. Dishes are crafted with local Dorset produce as well as high-quality speciality ingredients from Spain. My wife and I delighted in twice-cooked potatoes served with spicy salsa, and halloumi a la Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; plancha grilled to perfection with honey and oregano. The incredibly flavoursome hand-carved jamon Iberico was artfully presented, while miniature pork and beef Sun 11am-4pm burgers with aioli and red pepper were a charming treat with an impressive combination of flavours. Perhaps the stand-out plate for us was costillas de cerdo – succulent pork ribs in a smoky homemade marinade. I followed with divine churros coated in cinnamon and sugar accompanied by warm chocolate sauce, while my wife plumped for an intensely citrussy lemon mousse that was beautifully offset by raspberry coulis. The broad drinks menu features craft beer and cider, carefully selected Spanish wine and Cava, and delectable cocktails. Combine this with a merry ambience and first-class tapas and you’ve got the perfect destination for a memorable evening out. *Price range represents the cost of three tapas and a drink. Dorset Guide 2019

23


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App 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

WP

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 South £22 to West’s hidden pearls. £28 Its exceptional surroundings are matched by the talent of its chef Will Smith (chef profile page 61), 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 Open: the fresh local crabs, which are caught along the English Channel before being Weds & Thurs noon-2.30pm, served traditionally cold, or chopped in half and steamed in garlic, chilli, ginger 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat and herbs. The delicious menu also features an abundance of delights that change noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; daily depending on what the fishermen have caught. Oysters come straight from Sun noon-2.30pm, the Crab House Café’s own oyster farm, so you can devour them at your table 6pm-8.30pm within 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. Seafood

Les Enfants Terribles  Location 19 Custom House Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8BG t: 01305 772270 w: www.les-enfants-terribles.co.uk e: e.tavernier@hotmail.com

WP

Occupying an enviable spot on the picturesque Georgian harbour of Weymouth, Les Enfants Terribles is a little corner of heaven with wonderful vistas of harbour life. Now in its third year, this charming establishment provides fine fresh seafood £20 to cooked to perfection by chef and owner, Eric Tavernier (chef profile page 62). £30 With a 30-year culinary career circumnavigating the globe, before opening his own seafood restaurant in sunny Weymouth, chef Eric’s phenomenal experience makes him well-equipped to ensure that every diner’s meal is unforgettable. This small and welcoming restaurant is a refuge from life’s troubles, where fine food, great company and unbeatable service ensure that those who visit return time and again. Fresh fish and seafood feature Open: Mon-Sun noon-10pm heavily on the menu – the glorious signature dish of sea bass en papillote is a must-try – but you’ll also find daily meat and vegetarian offerings, and delightful children’s options. All produce is sourced locally, including Dorset meat and vegetables and fresh fish from Poole, while daily specials are sourced from just over the sea wall, travelling about four metres from the sea to your plate. With exceptional dishes like moules marinières, Portland crab salad, pan-fried plaice, clams in a sumptuous cream sauce, trout with toasted almonds, and prawn linguine, you can’t fail to be impressed. If you consider yourself a foodie, or are simply looking to sample mouth-watering locally caught fish and shellfish in a seaside location, be sure to seek out Les Enfants Terribles. Booking is highly recommended, as this popular restaurant is brimming with satisfied diners most evenings. 24

Dorset Guide 2019


A

TIONA I D L

T

S

R P Salt, vinegar and r F I S H oper a little sprinkling & CH IPS of magicH

C

EZ FR E

SER

Fish and chips... The nation’s favourite comfort food Bournemouth’s famous restaurant and takeaway

The ul comftoirmate t f ood D W

D

Since 1989, we’ve been welcoming locals and visitors with our award-winning fish and chips and our trademark service with a smile, here in our beautiful restaurant and takeaway in the heart of Westbourne.

L

VE

Succulent, flaky fish in crisp, golden batter. Perfectly fried chips - crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. And Fred’s secret recipe mushy peas and tartare sauce the perfect accompaniments to Britain’s ultimate comfort food.

ITH A SM

We’ve been voted Britain’s best fish and chip shop. We’ve featured in The Sunday Times Food List for value for money. And, over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to serve many famous faces.

But to this very day, the thing that makes us happiest is wowing our customers - newcomers and regulars alike with a warm welcome, traditional fish and chips with all the trimmings... and just a little sprinkling of magic.

Restaurant & Takeaway 10 Seamoor Road Westbourne Bournemouth BH4 9AN Tel 01202 761023 www.chezfred.co.uk /Chez-Fred @ChezFredUK

I


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Seafood

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

PB

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.

£25 to

£40

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

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.

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 2019. What could be better on a beautiful sunny day than sitting outside with a refreshing pint and some well-priced fresh seafood?

As the UK’s largest producer of eating-out publications, we’re always looking to snap up new photographers.

If you’re talented with a camera, organised and personable, send your CV and examples of your work to photojobs@foodanddrinkguides.com

26

Dorset Guide 2019


The Kings Arms at Longham

Gastropub

 Location 77 Ringwood Road, Longham, Nr. Ferndown, BH22 9AA t: 0844 502 0497 w: www.thekingsarms-longham.co.uk ED e: thekingsarmslongham@yahoo.co.uk Beautifully refurbished in 2014, this former Dorset Dining Pub of the Year (featured in both The Good Pub Guide and the Good Beer Guide 2018) offers everything you £13 to could look for in modern British dining: exceptional food, elegant furnishings and £25 a relaxing ambience. The kitchen is run by Nick Brooke and Mark Miller, who together have accumulated a long list of awards throughout their very successful careers. To cap off the award-winning service, the restaurant is ably managed by an enthusiastic team of foodies. The menu showcases many traditional British dishes and is renowned for its grill selection. A must for beef-lovers, The Kings Arms offers such regular choices as bavette, sirloin, rib-eye, fillet and côte de boeuf – all are the highest-quality beef, carefully selected from specialist butchers or delivered direct from local farms and the neighbouring counties. There is also a constantly updated, mouth-watering selection of specials and fresh fish, Open: Mon-Sat 11am-late; Sun noon-9pm including the catch of the day. Food Served: Mon-Sat Every dish represents great value for 11.30am-9.30pm; money, and regular offers shouldn’t be missed (check the website for Sun 11.30am-9pm details). To complement the fine food, there are over 36 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.

The Overcliff Pub

Gastropub

 Location The Suncliff Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AG t: 0844 502 0430 w: www.suncliff.oceana-collection.com PB e: theovercliff@suncliffbournemouth.co.uk The Overcliff Pub caters for both tourists and local residents of Bournemouth. Located in the Suncliff Hotel right on the seafront, this traditional venue boasts £15 to stunning sea views from its clifftop spot and serves honest, quality food within £21 its relaxed, friendly restaurant and outdoor terrace. The reclaimed wood interior, feature lighting and Chesterfield sofas create a cool, homely environment in which to unwind. The spacious dining room conservatory enjoys panoramic views from Hengistbury Head across the bay to Old Harry Rocks – it’s the perfect backdrop for sipping a pint of real ale whilst tucking into a delicious pie. The menu lists a range of hearty dishes and favourite pub classics. Begin with Overcliff pâté served with toast, chutney and a tangle of leaves. When looking for mains, diners with an appetite won’t be Open: Mon-Sun noon-late disappointed by the beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare Food Served: sauce. Accompany your meal with a pint of real ale, or if beer isn’t Mon-Sun noon-9pm your thing, choose a tipple from the fully stocked bar. Finally, for dessert, opt for the hot pud of the day with lashings of custard. Weekly food and drink promotions, including midweek happy hour and early-bird dining, ensure that the food and drink is affordable and everyone feels truly welcome. The Overcliff Pub regularly plays host to popular events such as quiz nights and live local music, and offers Sky Sports for sports fans. Dorset Guide 2019

27


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Bistro

The Galley Bistro  Location Hope Square, Weymouth, DT4 8TR t: 0844 502 0586 w: www.thegalleybistro.co.uk e: enquiries@thegalleybistro.co.uk

WP

Just a short stroll from Weymouth’s harbour is the charming Hope Square – home to The Galley Bistro. It lends the square a Mediterranean ambience in summer, with parasols and checked tablecloths making this the perfect setting for al fresco £20 to dining. The building itself retains original low, beamed ceilings and walls of elegant £30 Portland stone, while benefitting from the atmospheric addition of flagstone floors, dark wooden furniture and Tiffany-style lighting. Food at The Galley is sourced locally wherever possible; steaks and sausages are provided by local butchers and fish from the day-boats is supplied by Davy’s Locker in Bridport, while fish that can’t be caught locally is bought from sustainable Open: Mon 10am-3pm; sources. Fish options may include crabcakes or scallops to start, and mains of lemon Tues-Thurs 10am-3pm, sole fillet stuffed with crab and prawn mousse. For meat-eaters, the steak comes 6pm-9pm; highly recommended, as do lighter bites such as toasted sandwiches and ciabattas Fri & Sat 10am-3pm, at lunchtime and the generous Sunday carvery. The Galley Bistro also offers a 6pm-10pm; Sun 10am-4pm great range of breakfast options, like the hearty Galley full English. You can enjoy this top-notch food in the comfort of your own home, as the restaurant offers a takeaway and delivery service – check out their website for more details. There are 20 different wines available, from both the Old World and the New, as well as draught lager and cider, bottled real ale from local breweries, a whole host of soft drinks, and tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Whatever the weather and the time of day, The Galley Bistro is sure to please. 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

PB

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 is 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.

£20 to

£31

Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm

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 cauliflower mac and cheese from the vegan selection, followed by slow-braised West Country beef cheeks with lobster tail and celeriac purée, or perhaps a fillet of Cornish hake. Finish off with a gooseberry and elderflower Queen of Pudding.

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. 28

Dorset Guide 2019


Bull & Boat

Bar & Bistro

 Location 2 Ulwell Road, Swanage, BH19 1LH t: 0844 502 0598 w: www.bullandboat.co.uk e: info@bullandboat.co.uk The Bull & Boat is one of the most beautiful spots in Swanage to eat, drink and escape to. Seafront dining doesn’t get much better than this, with a beach deck on which to sit and savour your meal, an outdoor Pimm’s bar, and a relaxed lounge for late-night socialising. Bring your friends – this restaurant caters for parties large or small, for all occasions. Guests can book a table in the restaurant for brunch, lunch or dinner, and enjoy fresh local meat and fish as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. There’s a delightful children’s menu and dogs are welcome too. Potable options include hot and cold drinks, wine, spirits and local ale. This delightful bistro is an unforgettable place in which to dine al fresco and fully relax – booking is highly recommended. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Pu £25 to

£30

Open: Mon-Sun 10am-11pm (hours vary seasonally, please call for details)

Reef Encounter

Bar & Restaurant

 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?

PB £15 to

£20

Open: Mon-Fri noon-late; Sat & Sun 9am-late

James and White

Bar & Restaurant

 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.

Ch £15 to

£20

Open: Mon-Fri 10.30am-11pm; Sat & Sun 9am-11pm Dorset Guide 2019

29


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Hotel Rembrandt

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 12-18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT4 7JU t: 0844 502 9301 w: www.hotelrembrandt.co.uk e: reception@hotelrembrandt.co.uk With Weymouth Esplanade and beautiful sandy beaches nearby, Hotel Rembrandt is the ideal base from which to explore Weymouth, Portland and the historic Dorset World Heritage coast. Located within the hotel, the Gallery Restaurant serves up top-notch British and international cuisine. Diners can expect to sample delicious starters and classic main courses. The extensive à la carte menu is available in the evenings and changes seasonally, while specials are offered on a weekly basis. On Sundays visit for the outstanding carvery, which has proved so popular that it is now served on Wednesday lunchtimes too – perfect for a mid-week treat. The adjacent Gallery Bar is open every day for bar meals, and offers a fine selection of wine, ale and spirits. Whether you’re looking for a drink with friends or a delightful meal, the attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere will ensure you leave feeling satisfied.

WP £21 to

£35

Restaurant Food Served: Mon & Tues 6.30pm-9.15pm; Weds noon-1.45pm, 6.30pm-9.15pm; Thurs-Sat 6.30pm-9.15pm; Sun noon-9.15pm Bar Food Served: Mon-Sat 10am-9.15pm Bar & Restaurant

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 has undergone extensive refurbishment, and now its striking interior is 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 cod and chorizo fritters and pulled pork croquettes 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 well-stocked bar has a great selection of ale and masterful cocktails, and entertainment such as open mic nights, live DJ sets every Saturday and a regular trivia quiz make this the ideal choice for an evening out. Once you’ve discovered The White Lion, you’re bound to stop by again.

WD £18 to

£23

Open: Mon-Weds 9am-11pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 10am-11pm

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS, WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS WE NEED YOU! Drop us a line at writers@foodanddrinkguides.com for more information 30

Dorset Guide 2019


Cow & Apple

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 30 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT t: 0844 625 3358 w: www.cowandapple.co.uk e: dorchester@cowandapple.co.uk

WD

The historic market town of Dorchester is home to Cow & Apple, a fantastic bar and restaurant that specialises in mouth-watering burgers and local cider. Inside, the place has a vibrant feel complete with industrial-style decor – think exposed brickwork, reclaimed wood and corrugated iron features. Expect an enthusiastic welcome from staff and a casual, convivial atmosphere in which to imbibe.

£16 to

£24

Cow & Apple is open all day, so you can pop in any time from morning to evening. Kick-start your day with a hearty farmhouse breakfast or bowl of granola with fruit compote. For a deliciously satisfying meal, you can’t go wrong with one of the team’s exceptional burgers made from carefully sourced, premium-quality beef. You’ll find plenty of tempting flavour combinations such as the Piggy Back with bacon, Brie and caramelised onion, and The Combine, stacked with Cheddar, bacon, onion rings, barbecue sauce and salad. Vegetarians can enjoy tasty options Open: Mon-Sun 9am-late such as the smoked mushroom burger made with Portobello mushrooms, smoked cheese, sundried tomatoes and rocket, and there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, you can sample some of their amazing tacos or loaded hotdogs, and wash it all down with a refreshing cider from the extensive range. Don’t just take our word for it – Cow & Apple won a Taste of the West Gold award in 2017 for their top-notch offering. They’ve got a restaurant in Yeovil too, so if you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by.

The Village Inn

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Ulwell Road, Swanage, BH19 3DG t: 0844 502 0490 w: www.villageinn-swanage.co.uk e: enq@ulwellcottagepark.co.uk

Pu

The Village Inn is situated on Ulwell Road, on the outskirts of the lovely little seaside town of Swanage. This quiet, out-of-town spot welcomes cyclists, walkers and groups and is the ideal spot to start or finish your walk on the Purbeck Hills. There is ample car parking, an outside patio area for the warmer months and cosy indoor seating by the log fire in winter. A heated indoor pool adjoins the inn, and there’s a children’s play area a short distance away, making The Village Inn a lovely spot for the whole family.

£18 to

£30

The informal bar area serves Palmers Brewery ale from Bridport and other guest beers, plus a good selection of wine by the glass or bottle, soft drinks, and tea and coffee, with morning coffee and cake available from 10am. There’s Food Served: Mon-Sun also a small restaurant and both areas offer choices from the main menu and noon-1.45pm, 6pm-8.45pm the blackboard of daily specials. The food is cooked to order and where possible (hours vary seasonally, please the chef uses produce sourced from call for details) local farms and suppliers. Dishes include succulent steaks, a range of pork specialities, and particularly delicious Sunday roasts, perfectly rounded off with a scoop or two of Purbeck ice cream. Food can also be ordered to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your home. The adjoining village shop is open all day from 8am, from Easter to late October, serving delicious bean-to-cup coffee, cream teas, panini and croissants, as well as a variety of tempting cakes and sandwiches. Dorset Guide 2019

31


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Bar & Restaurant

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

PB

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.

£23 to

£35

‘...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 fruits de mer platter, dressed Lymington crab with a soft-boiled egg, and teriyaki Severn and Wye salmon burger. Meat and vegetarian dishes are equally inventive. No matter what you choose, the energetic team will make sure your every need is met. The Urban Reef is proud to be part of the Urban Guild, a group of local venues that includes the award-winning Urban Beach Hotel and Jenkins & Sons restaurant. Bar & Restaurant

Hotel Aqua  Location Castletown, Portland, DT5 1BD t: 0844 502 0459 w: www.hotelaqua.co.uk e: reception@hotelaqua.co.uk

WP

Hotel Aqua is a hotel with an historic waterfront location. Situated next to the port on the Isle of Portland, it offers a range of amenities including a warm restaurant space, relaxed bar area and comfortable accommodation, all of which have been recently refurbished.

£18 to

£25

Food Served: Mon-Sun 7.30am-3pm, 6pm-9pm

The restaurant is ideal for visitors travelling from Weymouth via the ferry, which docks in front of the hotel. It also caters for a steady stream of sailors and divers looking to sate appetites after a day at sea, as well as those visiting the recently opened Castletown D-Day Centre, which sits directly opposite the hotel. The decor is tasteful and understated, paying homage to marine life and the area’s WWII heritage. Visit on an evening to sample from the bar menu – the mixed platter offers a range of antipasti and nibbles, well paired with a cool draught lager. For larger appetites, the chef’s hearty homemade burger is sure to satisfy, while a dessert of sticky toffee pudding is too good to resist.

Customer satisfaction is key at Hotel Aqua, and its proximity to the water makes it popular with holidaymakers and regulars alike. A simple formula of honest food and good service has ensured the venue’s well-deserved success. Group bookings can be catered for in the Castle Suite, which is available to hire for private dining. 32

Dorset Guide 2019


The West Bay

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Station Road, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EW t: 0844 502 0467 w: www.thewestbayhotel.co.uk e: thewestbayhotel@live.co.uk

WD

Located on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast, The West Bay hotel serves a consistently high standard of food, which exceeds expectations and keeps regulars returning. West Bay’s towering cliffs and stunning sandy beaches make it a popular destination, and the hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch was also filmed here, giving it additional appeal.

£25 to

£30

Voted Palmers Food Pub of the Year, an accolade that recognises their commitment to continually developing and improving their food, The West Bay Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; hotel’s menus are regularly reviewed in consideration of current foodie trends, Fri & Sat noon-midnight; and the kitchen team steps up to the plate when faced with creating innovative Sun noon-10pm dishes. The à la carte menu changes every two months and boasts fresh, locally Food Served: Mon-Fri sourced seafood alongside delicious options for both meat-eaters and vegetarians noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; alike. There’s also a selection of tempting daily specials. To accompany your meal, Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; there’s an excellent range of drinks, Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8pm including locally brewed ale and an extensive wine list. Try a refreshing bottle of the Sierra Grande, a Chilean sauvignon blanc that goes perfectly with white fish. This charming bar and restaurant has a rustic, eclectic feel with walls decorated with nostalgic photographs of West Bay – there’s even a traditional skittles alley. The evening service is organised in time slots, ensuring nobody waits long for food.

Jenkins & Sons

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Bank Chambers, Penn Hill Avenue, Poole, BH14 9NB t: 0844 502 0437 w: www.jenkinssons.com e: hello@jenkinssons.com

PB

Jenkins & Sons is part of the Urban Guild group in Bournemouth and Poole. According to owner Mark Cribb, each venue brings the design, decadence and energy of London to a seaside space, which boasts fresh air and beautiful sand. Jenkins & Sons embodies this vision, and is a popular venue decorated with rustic-chic furnishings and industrial lighting.

£21 to

£38

‘...design, decadence and energy...’ The establishment specialises in barbecued meat and fish cooked over Josper coals, and prides itself on its extensive range of local craft beers. We began our meal with pork short ribs braised in rum and Coke with pineapple salsa and an Urban Guild ale- and lime-roasted cauliflower salad. Colourful and unique, both dishes were unlike anything I have ever tasted. To test the kitchen’s recreation of pub classics, we gallantly ordered from the West Country steak Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm menu. The classic rib-eye was a feast to behold, while the mixed grill was cooked to perfection over the open flames of the Josper oven. Finally, I chose a classic rhubarb fool for dessert while my companion opted for a refreshing pineapple tarte Tatin. Both dishes were packed full of flavour, and provided the perfect end to what was a first-class meal. Dorset Guide 2019

33


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Café, Bar & Restaurant

Compton Abbas Airfield Restaurant  Location Ashmore, Nr. Salisbury, SP5 5AP t: 0844 502 0442 w: www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk e: fly@abbasair.com

ND

Proudly occupying a broad expanse of scenic Dorset countryside, Compton Abbas Airfield is a unique local attraction that draws visitors throughout the seasons. The restaurant offers the chance to appreciate unbeatable views while devouring a hearty meal. This buzzing restaurant plays host to tourists and locals alike, serving hearty breakfasts, hot and cold lunchtime favourites and traditional puddings.

£10 to

£18

Before a morning spent enjoying the runway terrace, why not schedule in breakfast? A selection of classics including a full English and bacon sandwiches – made using award-winning local meat – is available, alongside vegetarian options. Visit for lunch and treat yourself to a familiar favourite such as ale-battered fish and chips with peas, or opt for the popular Aviator burger or the delectable baked goat’s cheese salad with red onion chutney and a crusty Open: Tues-Sun 9.30am-5pm roll. Freshly made baguettes and Food Served: sandwiches are filled with classic Tues-Sun 9.30am-4pm flavours such as butcher’s sausage and cheese with country pickle. Finish in style with a delightful homemade Eton Mess. Eating at the airfield is an exclusive experience unlike any other in Dorset. Only here can guests dine al fresco alongside pilots while watching magnificent aircraft take off into the sky.

Café, Bar & Restaurant

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

Pu

*

£8 to

£16

Open: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-5pm; Fri & Sat 9.30am-5pm, 6pm-late; Sun 9.30am-4pm (hours vary seasonally, please see website for details)

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. 34

Dorset Guide 2019


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 just seconds from the beach you’ll find The Galley Café. Since opening its doors in 2014, the café has gained an enviable reputation for its delicious locally sourced food, friendly staff and laid-back ambience. Everything that leaves the kitchen is freshly homemade, from delicious cakes to sausage rolls, excluding only the award-winning Cornish pasties from the Posh Pasty Co. Visit in the morning for the Full Montgomery, which is 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 with a variety of fillings. There’s also an excellent menu for little ones, and dogs are welcome too. Regular live music and poetry nights are proving popular, and provide 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.

WD

*

£8 to

£12

Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

High Street Café

Café

 Location 3 High Street, Swanage, BH19 2LN t: 0844 502 0465 The team at High Street Café knows all there is to know about cooking up a first-rate breakfast, as they’ve been doing it for over ten years. The classic big breakfast, which features two slices of bacon, two sausages, two fried eggs, beans and toast is sure to set you up for a great day exploring the coast or Isle of Purbeck. Vegetarians, vegans and those following a gluten-free diet aren’t left out though, as there are special meat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free breakfasts too. There are plenty of extras available, such as black pudding, hash browns and mushrooms to complement your breakfast. Those popping in for lunch will find plenty to choose from, including jacket potatoes, sandwiches and rolls. Everything is made using fresh, local produce and free-range, organic eggs where possible. You can get your caffeine fix from a cup of ground Fairtrade coffee, or sip herbal tea or a soft drink. Prices are reasonable at this family-run café, so you can treat the whole family to a breakfast out. *Price range represents the cost of breakfast and a drink.

Pu

*

£5 to

£12

Open: Mon-Sun from 7am

The Courtyard Café

Café

 Location The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU t: 0844 625 3214 w: www.courtyardcafelyme.co.uk e: laura@courtyardcafelyme.co.uk The Courtyard Café is a fantastic local hub situated in the heart of The Town Mill, in Lyme Regis. Independently owned and run by chef Laura Joyce, the café offers a variety of nutritional, tasty dishes that boast a fusion of flavours. Everything is cooked with attention to detail and nutrition in mind, which is evident when your delicious dish arrives. You’ll find freshly made, locally sourced food that’s Fairtrade and organic wherever possible, and the team recycles 75 per cent of the waste the café produces. Spelt flour ground in the town mill is used to make bread, cakes, pastries and scones daily, while meat comes from Colyton Butchers, fresh fish is plucked from Lyme Bay, and seasonal vegetables and salad come from Trill Farm and the café’s own garden. The team is mindful of allergies and caters for special dietary requirements – several vegan and gluten-free options are available.

WD £10 to

£15

Open: Mon-Sun 9.30am-4pm Dorset Guide 2019

35


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Cobbs at Wilton

Café

 Location Unit 7 Wilton Shopping Village, Wilton, SP2 0RS t: 0845 468 1742 w: www.cobbsatwilton.co.uk e: hello@cobbsatwilton.co.uk Sit down, relax and prepare to indulge in wholesome, homemade food at Cobbs at Wilton. There’s no better place to watch the world go by than in the historic Wilton courtyard, and when the weather turns cooler, visitors can take a seat inside the cosy, quaint café and enjoy the aroma of freshly ground coffee. This market café is open seven days a week, welcoming visitors to sample the breakfast and lunch menu before browsing the artisan food area. Here, you will discover foodie delights including a unique range of chutneys, preserves, condiments, biscuits and traditional sweets. There’s also an excellent range of beverages. Why not pick up a bottle of English sparkling wine, which is produced at their vineyard in Berkshire? If all this isn’t enough to tempt you, there is also a delicious selection of homemade cakes, and a daily changing specials board that features more mouth-watering options. *Price represents the average cost of lunch, a slice of cake and a hot drink.

ED

*

£14

Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 10.30am-4pm 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 six 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.

Pu

*

£2 to

£6

If the sun isn’t shining, take a seat inside with an Italian coffee or real Dorset tea. There are also cakes and pastries available, suitable for a quick lunch or light bite to keep hunger at bay. A visit to The Quayside Barn is a must if you’re exploring the wonders of the Purbecks. *Price range represents the cost of coffee and an ice cream. Summer Open: Mon-Sun 10am-7pm Winter Open: Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm

FRE

E

Res ta Guid urant e Ap p

RESTAURANT GUIDE APP Download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant App

See 36

Dorset Guide 2019

More


ReLoved

Tearoom

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

WD

For a fun vintage experience, visit ReLoved, a family-run tearoom, ice cream parlour and cocktail bar in Dorchester. Head upstairs to the pretty tearooms for wholesome, homemade food that’s lovingly produced in the tiny kitchen, including delicious breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and amazing cakes, as well as freshly prepared roasts on Sundays. The cream teas are superb, and there’s a great selection of gluten-free and vegan dishes, including their famous vegan chocolate cake. ReLoved’s ice cream parlour serves traditional sundaes piled high with homemade sauces and treats, and, of course, a cherry on top. As ReLoved is licensed, you can enjoy Prosecco with your tea party, a pint of Peroni with your roast, a Conker gin and tonic with your quiche, or a White Lady cocktail with your lemon meringue sundae.

*

£8 to

£12

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm Bar Open: Tues & Weds 6pm-2am; Thurs-Sat 5pm-3am

Spend the evening in the atmospheric Basement Bar where you might sample a Hemingway Daiquiri, just one of the wonderful authentic cocktails on offer at the well-stocked bar, alongside local draught beer and a special selection of whiskey and gin. Check out their Facebook page or website for details of events such as the Wednesday open mic night, where you’re free to join in the showcase of vibrant talent ranging from comedians and poets to singers and accordionists. Every Thursday evening you can dance the night away at the Vinyl Disco. It’s a complete vintage experience all under one roof. *Price range represents the cost of lunch, a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

HUNGRY FOR MORE?

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE PUBLICATIONS 15th annual edition

14th annual

1 0 TH A N N I V E R S A RY E D I T I O N

10th annual

edition

edition

BRISTOL

DEVON

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

SUSSEX

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

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

We produce eating out guides for over 26 regions in the UK Head to our website to request a free copy

www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk Dorset Guide 2019

37


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

George Hotel

Traditional

 Location South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NQ t: 0844 625 3616 w: www.thegeorgebridport.co.uk e: info@thegeorgebridport.co.uk Occupying a prime position in the centre of Bridport you’ll find the George Hotel, a brilliant pub where great food and fantastic drinks go hand in hand. From family affairs to cosy dos for two, all parties are welcome to enjoy the George’s friendly, laid-back ambience and top-notch hospitality. The pub’s attractive interior makes for a great environment in which to spend a leisurely evening, and dogs are welcome in both the bar and restaurant areas. If you’re popping in for a drink, you won’t be disappointed with this Cask Marque-accredited establishment’s selection of ale, and there’s an excellent wine list to boot. Chef and landlord Alan Fryer uses his wealth of experience to create fine food using ingredients from the region. The menu changes seasonally and might feature the likes of liver and bacon and traditional fish and chips alongside delicious vegetarian moussaka, and Levantine lamb with tabbouleh and tzatziki.

WD £21 to

£25

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 11am-5pm

The Green Man

Traditional

 Location 1 Victoria Road, Wimborne, BH21 1EN t: 0844 625 3749 w: www.greenmanwimborne.com e: info@greenmanwimborne.com A firm fixture in the market town of Wimborne, 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.

ED

*

£10 to

£15

Open: Mon 11am-11pm; Tues-Thurs 10am-11pm; Fri & Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10am-10.30pm

www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk

38

Print

Online

Mobile

Order any of our regional restaurant guides for free.

Search for restaurants and check out our foodie blog.

Download our free app and find restaurants near you.

Dorset Guide 2019


The Half Moon

Traditional

 Location Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury, SP7 8BS t: 0844 625 4023 w: www.halfmoonshaftesbury.co.uk e: halfmoonshaftesbury@gmail.com

ND

The pretty town of Shaftesbury is home to The Half Moon, a fantastic traditional pub with a host of excellent qualities. You can expect to be greeted with a smile from the family-run team, and the homely atmosphere instantly makes you feel at ease. The cosy interior features traditional elements like exposed brick walls and rustic wood beams; it’s a wonderfully relaxing environment that’s great for all manner of occasions, from family gatherings to intimate meals for two.

£18 to

£25

‘...the best local and seasonal ingredients...’ All food is cooked fresh to order and made in-house, from the shortcrust pastry in your pie to the triple-cooked chips – everything is prepared lovingly by the kitchen team that day. The team prides itself on using the best local and seasonal ingredients, so dishes are constructed with fresh meat and vegetables sourced within a 40-mile radius of the pub. The extensive menu offers a delicious range of classic dishes and has a great selection of gluten-free options.

‘...offers a delicious range of classic dishes and has a great selection of gluten-free options...’ Start with the likes of slow-braised pig cheeks with celeriac mash, chestnut purée and baby leeks, or perhaps you’ll fancy the Mediterranean-inspired chorizo and smoked bacon hash with sundried tomato pesto and a poached egg. For your main course, indulge your tastebuds with sumptuous confit duck leg in lentil and chasseur sauce with polenta toast. Other stand-out options include beef Bourguignon with horseradish mash, and mouth-watering 8oz rump steak served atop pak choi with a chilli, ginger, coriander and lime salsa. You’ll also find fresh fish dishes, and a selection of tasty burgers as well as pizza, which can be ordered to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. A delightful children’s menu makes The Half Moon an excellent choice for families. Make sure you pop by on Sunday for the popular carvery; it’s more than worthy of the praise it garners from diners. If you enjoy great food and drink in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, The Half Moon might be just what you’re looking for.

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-late; Sun noon-late

Dorset Guide 2019

39


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

The Horns Inn  Location Burt’s Hill, Wimborne, BH21 7AA t: 0844 502 9532 w: www.thehornsinncolehill.co.uk e: thehornsinncolehill@outlook.com

ED

Just a few minutes’ drive from Wimborne, The Horns Inn dates back to the early 20th century and has brought traditional British hospitality to the area ever since. Over the years, the pub has been respectfully extended, allowing its £10 to olde-worlde charm to shine through. Wooden features and log burners afford £15 the bar and restaurant areas a cosy warmth, while a large garden allows you to take advantage of the pub’s countryside location and soak up the sunshine while the kids enjoy the extensive outside play area. A wide range of traditional beer, ale and lager, and a great selection of wine and spirits make this pub a popular watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Delivered with friendly efficiency, the food at The Horns Inn is simple and Food Served: Mon-Sat delicious. It’s the sort of wholesome comfort food that we all crave every noon-2.30pm, 5pm-8pm; once in a while, and a regularly changing menu means that there’s always Sun noon-3pm something new to try. From fresh local meat and fish dishes, to traditional favourites such as pie of the day and beer-battered fish and chips, and great-value Sunday roasts, there’s something for everyone here. You’ll also find a great selection of vegan and gluten-free dishes. The experienced team values your dining experience above all else, ensuring that you leave with a full belly and a smile on your face. Sports fans will be pleased to find BT Sport in the bar area where dogs are welcome too, and the restaurant is as family-friendly as can be. Guests are welcome to pitch up their campervan or mobile home on the pub’s premises and make a weekend of it. Traditional

The Seven Stars  Location East Burton Road, Wool, DT2 8RL t: 0845 468 1746 w: www.sevenstars.co.uk

WD

The Seven Stars in rural Dorset is spacious, rustic and charming. Dogs are welcome in the bar and there is an expansive garden with a children’s play area and bouncy castle (weather permitting). Inside, the comfortable restaurant area can just as £15 to easily cater for large groups as romantic evenings for two. A well-stocked bar offers £20 guest ales and fine wine, with something for every taste and budget. The menu lists an abundance of pub favourites and items from the grill, and there’s an ever-changing specials board with a host of tempting options. We chose warm goat’s cheese salad on a bed of pickled beetroot, and smoked salmon, prawn and crayfish salad to whet our appetites. Crusty, seeded granary bread provided a delicious accompaniment to both dishes. We were delighted with our main courses: Open: Mon-Fri 10.30am-3pm, smoked haddock in creamy sauce served on a bed of bubble and squeak with a 5.45pm-11pm; Sat & Sun poached egg and vegetables for me, and Steve’s homemade chicken and prawn satay 10.30am-11pm for my companion. We’d heard from other diners that the latter dish featured some Food Served: Mon-Fri of the best satay sauce they’d ever noon-2pm, 5.45pm-9pm; tried, and we thoroughly agreed. Sat & Sun 10.30am-9pm After much deliberation, we settled on Aunty Pauline’s special recipe sticky toffee pudding and homemade treacle sponge served with lashings of custard – a satisfying end to a wonderful meal. We’ll certainly be back to sample the exceptional Sunday roast, which boasts a selection of three meats and all the trimmings. A rural countryside pub with history, character and a menu to die for, The Seven Stars ticks every box. 40

Dorset Guide 2019


The Crown

Traditional

 Location Greenhill, Sherborne, DT9 4EP t: 0844 625 3307 w: www.crownhotelsherborne.co.uk e: crownhotelsherborne@gmail.com Nestled in the heart of Sherborne, The Crown is a long-standing fixture of the local community. Cheerful staff offer a convivial reception to families, couples and groups of friends who assemble here to enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed, friendly setting. Recently refurbished to a high standard, the interior is clean and contemporary, and boasts cosy features like an open fireplace as well as four en-suite guest rooms and a function room. Those seeking a hearty plate of home-cooked food are sure to be impressed by the dishes on offer. Diners rave about traditional pub classics such as roast chicken and chips served in a basket, and tender chicken burger piled high with cheese, bacon, onion rings and homemade coleslaw. For liquid refreshment, the bar stocks a great selection of beverages including ever-changing guest ales. Add regular live music and you’ve got all the excuses you need for a great night out.

WD £15 to

£20

Open: Mon-Sun 10am-late

The Clifton Hotel

Traditional

 Location 50 Grove Road, Portland, DT5 1DA t: 0844 502 0487 w: www.thecliftonhotelportland.co.uk e: info@thecliftonhotelportland.co.uk Fi and Mig welcome you to The Clifton Hotel and restaurant. Having taken over in early 2013, this creative twosome have established a friendly atmosphere, welcoming families and man’s best friend to dine or stay in comfortable accommodation. In the restaurant, good homemade food is served with care. Diners can opt to order from the main menu or the changing specials board, and meals can be enjoyed in the large dining room or outside on the decking. The spacious interior and convenient large car park make it a great choice for parties and weddings. If you’ve got the kids in tow, the play area will keep them occupied and help them let off a little steam. If you’re looking to explore the beautiful Isle of Portland, make The Clifton Hotel your base and enjoy homely bedrooms (all en-suite), a hearty full English in the morning and very reasonable rates.

WP £14 to

£16

Open: Sun-Thurs noon-midnight; Fri & Sat noon-2am

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS, WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS WE NEED YOU! Drop us a line at writers@foodanddrinkguides.com for more information Dorset Guide 2019

41


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

The Red Lion  Location Winfrith, Nr. Dorchester, DT2 8LE t: 0844 625 3826 w: www.winfrithredlion.co.uk e: ashleyhamilton@sky.com

WD

Positioned in the village of Winfrith in the midst of rolling countryside, The Red Lion is a charming country inn that provides welcome respite to locals and travellers. Inside, the pub’s traditional decor provides a cosy atmosphere that’s enhanced by the welcoming staff. It’s truly a pub for all seasons, with warming log fires creating warmth during the winter, and an inviting pub garden for sunny days. The pub also boasts five delightful en-suite bedrooms as well as camping and caravanning facilities, which, combined with its prime location near top Dorset attractions, makes this the perfect spot for those seeking a West Country getaway.

£17 to

£25

The menu is packed with home-cooked favourites and changes regularly, so you’ll always find something to pique your interest. You might start with flavoursome mussels cooked in tomato, chorizo and smoked paprika, or perhaps the black Food Served: pudding stack with potato rosti, Mon-Sat noon-9pm; bacon and a fried egg. Follow Sun noon-8pm with wholetail scampi served with chunky chips, tartare sauce and peas, or a succulent locally sourced steak from the grill. For a lighter bite to eat there’s a selection of baked jacket potatoes, baguettes, sandwiches and salads. As well as satisfying food, you’ll find a great range of award-winning ale, lager and cider. Book yourself a spot – you won’t be disappointed.

Traditional

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 £15 to Amberwood is a superb place to get a real taste of life in the New Forest area. £20 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. To experience this pub at its best, make like the locals and opt for a Open: home-cooked Sunday roast with family and friends. The extensive weekday Mon-Thurs 11.30am-11pm; lunch menu, meanwhile, features options such as traditional ploughman’s Fri 11am-11.30pm; and generously filled jacket potatoes. Bargain-hunters will find it hard to Sat 11am-11pm; resist the two-course lunch or early supper from just £10.75. As everything is Sun 11.30am-10.30pm home-cooked, dietary requirements can be catered for. From the main menu, you Food Served: Mon-Sat might start with a platter for two noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm; featuring spicy wedges, onion rings, Sun noon-8pm 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. Ch

42

Dorset Guide 2019


The Grove Arms

Traditional

 Location Ludwell, Nr. Shaftesbury, SP7 9ND t: 0844 625 4029 w: www.grovearms-ludwell.co.uk e: ninabartlett123@gmail.com

ND

Nestled in the midst of lush rolling countryside, the attractive village of Ludwell is a beautiful destination to escape to. After exploring the stunning scenery of the Donhead Valley, head to The Grove Arms to relax and refresh yourself. Popular with locals, visitors, walkers and even pilots from the nearby airfield, this charming pub is a real community hub. It’s as family-friendly as they come, and four-legged friends are welcome too – they’ll find a willing companion in the pub’s resident Labrador, Buddy. The inviting thatched building dates back to the 16th century, and retains several original features including mullioned windows and decorative carved cornices. These traditional elements are combined with comfortable, contemporary decor making The Grove a wonderful place in which to while away the hours. Friendly staff make sure guests feel welcome as soon as they step through the door; it’s no surprise that visitors return again and again.

£18 to

£26

‘...the menu centres on the fantastic local produce...’ The team prides itself on offering a wide selection of dishes to suit all palates. Pop by for a delicious breakfast and sample a hearty full English or veggie breakfast, or perhaps smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. Nutritious and tasty doggy breakfasts and dinners are also available if you fancy treating your pup. Head chef Sue Craig heads up the kitchen with aplomb, creating top-notch home-cooked dishes that consistently satisfy diners. The menu centres on the fantastic local produce that’s delivered fresh each day. You might start with delicious whitebait and tartare sauce, or a warming bowl of Sue’s soup of the day. Follow with merlot-braised lamb shank served with minted, crushed new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy, or perhaps a delicious vegetarian aubergine and tomato bake topped with mature Cheddar. You’ll also find tempting handmade burgers, succulent steaks and tasty pies among other options. Several mains are available in smaller portions – perfect for those with less of an appetite. The Grove boasts six splendid bed and breakfast rooms that offer cosy respite to visitors. All rooms are en-suite, dog-friendly and furnished to a high standard, making The Grove a wonderful place to rest your head after a busy day.

Open: Mon-Sun 7am-11pm

Dorset Guide 2019

43


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

The Countryman Inn  Location East Knighton, Dorchester, DT2 8LL t: 0844 502 0489 w: www.thecountrymaninndorset.com e: countrymaninndorset@gmail.com

WD

Walkers and visitors to the Jurassic Coast take heed, there is an inn just waiting to spoil you on your visit, with luxurious rooms and tasty home-prepared food to sate your appetite after a long ramble in the surrounding countryside. The Countryman Inn is just minutes by car from the coast and only two miles from the train station, making it the perfect base from which to explore all that the area has to offer, whether you are looking to roam the coastal paths and country walkways or wander the historic villages around Dorchester.

£15 to

£25

When it comes to the food, everything is inspired by the seasons and made using the best produce available, so the menus change frequently. Diners will find something for all appetites, from freshly made sandwiches with fillings along the lines of Dorset sausage with homemade red onion chutney and posh fish Open: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm fingers, to hearty mains such as chicken breast topped with bacon and served Summer Food Served: with tangy barbecue sauce, moules Mon-Sun noon-9pm marinières and steak sizzling from Winter Food Served: the grill. A carvery is served every Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-8pm week and the drinks offering is just as impressive and extensive as the food. As well as fine ale and cider, there is plenty of white and red wine to suit every palate and pocket. Welcoming everyone young and old, The Countryman Inn is a fine choice for a weekend break or a simple meal out.

Traditional

The White Hart  Location 6 Corn Market, Wimborne, BH21 1JL t: 0844 625 3997 w: www.thewhitehartwimborne.co.uk e: info@thewhitehartwimborne.co.uk

ED

Nestled in the Corn Market in the historic town of Wimborne, The White Hart is a delightful 16th-century pub that’s full of character and charm. You’ll find a friendly team serving a great selection of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks, including ale from local Ringwood Brewery and a large selection of flavoured gin. The traditional public bar, with its pool table and jukebox, is a great place in which to unwind with friends, and there’s an expansive beer garden with sweeping views over Wimborne Minster – you can even enjoy a game of table tennis outside.

£15 to

£33

If you’re looking for a hearty meal, head to the restaurant and check out the two specials boards – seafood-lovers will be delighted with the dedicated fresh seafood board. The à la carte offers a tasty selection of light bites, sharing Open: boards and pub classics, as well as dishes that showcase the French head chef’s Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; tantalising cookery. The quality Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight; of the fresh, locally sourced food Sun noon-11pm is even more impressive given the generous portions and reasonable prices. Every week the pub runs special evenings such as Monday curry night, Thursday grill night and Fish Fridays. You won’t want to miss out on the outstanding Sunday carvery – booking is advised as it proves popular every week. It’s not just food that The White Hart excels at – a regular quiz night and live music at the weekend make this a great spot for an evening out. 44

Dorset Guide 2019


The Stocks Inn

Traditional

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

ED

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. Those looking for a hearty meal will be pleased to discover a host of tasty Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; dishes made using fresh produce procured from the surrounding area. Start Sun 11am-10.30pm with a classic prawn cocktail or duck spring roll with sweet chilli dipping sauce. Food Served: To follow, sample the popular Mon-Thurs noon-8.30pm; homemade steak and ale pie made Fri & Sat noon-9pm; with tender Dorset beef and real ale Sun noon-8pm gravy, or if you fancy something a little different, opt for the delicious coconut and lime chicken breast coated in panko breadcrumbs. The menu also features a great selection of seafood dishes, burgers and steaks as well as vegetarian options, and there’s plenty of choice for coeliacs. Consistently top-notch food and impeccable customer service ensure diners return again and again.

FRE

E

Res ta Guid urant e Ap p

RESTAURANT GUIDE APP Download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant App See

Mo

re

Dorset Guide 2019

45


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

The Inn at Cranborne  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 knows that fresh local ingredients are the best, so she and the chef have launched a new menu comprising ingredients sourced nearby. Local foraging results in the likes of wild garlic, nettles and blackberries, while vegetables, herbs and fruit come from the inn’s cottage garden. The chefs behind the scenes are passionate about produce and change the menu seasonally. We whetted our appetites with delicious starters of three-cheese soufflé with Open: Mon 10.30am-10pm; chive sauce, and a contemporary prawn cocktail. To follow, I sampled delectable Tues-Fri 10.30am-11pm; wild mushroom cannelloni, while my partner plumped for hearty suet steak and Sat 8.30am-11pm; mushroom pie with fresh seasonal Sun 8.30am-10pm 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 beautiful local area. Traditional

The Chequers Inn  Location 75 High Street, Lytchett Matravers, BH16 6BJ t: 0844 625 3968 w: www.thechequersinndorset.com

Pu

Upon entering The Chequers Inn we felt immediately at home. It’s a wonderful establishment that has all the charm and character of an old English pub, combined with a refined and spacious restaurant area. Surrounded by £19 to picturesque Dorset countryside, The Chequers Inn has everything you’d look for £30 in a country pub: fresh, tasty food, a cosy ambience and a plethora of drinks and snacks. The menu changes regularly ensuring that you’ll always find the freshest seasonal food on your plate. We started with a delicious Mediterranean-inspired dish of grilled halloumi on a bed of olives and sundried tomatoes, alongside melt-in-the-mouth confit pulled duck complemented by blow-torched orange Open: Sun-Thurs noon-11pm; segments. For our main courses we kept things traditional and delighted in thick gammon served with two fresh eggs and chunky chips, and deliciously flaky fish Fri & Sat noon-midnight with chips and creamy mushy peas. Each dish was superb – a great testament to Food Served: Weds-Sat the skill of the kitchen brigade. We noon-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm; made sure to save room for dessert, Sun noon-6pm treating ourselves to a decadent chocolate and amaretto tart and lemon and honey cheesecake – the perfect option for those looking for a fresh, zesty finish. The pub’s cosy nooks are perfect for intimate dinners, while the bright conservatory area allows plenty of space for larger get-togethers. There’s also a corner with children’s toys, making this a great spot for families too. 46

Dorset Guide 2019


The Royal Oak

Traditional

 Location 23 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JG t: 0844 502 9511 w: www.theroyaloakcerneabbas.co.uk e: royaloakcerneabbas@gmail.com

WD Diners at The Royal Oak can expect an exciting combination of traditional and innovative pub food made using locally sourced produce, providing a genuine taste of Dorset. £16 to A warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere greet diners as soon as they £22 step through the door. The talented team takes pride in delivering delicious, high-quality pub food in the charming 16th-century pub. Enjoy the open fire and try a pint of freshly brewed Cerne Abbas Brewery ale from just up the hill, or relax in the beer garden under the grapevines with a glass of pinot. You’ll be pleased to see pub favourites such as salmon, sweet chilli and spring onion fishcakes, and a gourmet steak burger with Cheddar and bacon. Specials like beef Wellington, and lamb shank with honey and mint sauce and garlic Food Served: Mon-Sun mash mean that there’s something for all tastes. For dessert you can sample the likes of the chef’s delicious bread noon-2.15pm, 6pm-8.30pm and butter pudding, made to a secret family recipe that dates back to the 1680s, or perhaps a gooey chocolate and caramel tart served with clotted cream ice cream – the perfect way to end your meal. The Royal Oak is nestled in the stunning village of Cerne Abbas, with its ancient abbey ruins and the iconic landmark, Giant, within a ten-minute walk. Children and dogs are very welcome. Take the time to seek out and enjoy everything this delightful 16th-century country pub has to offer – you won’t regret it.

The Goods Yard

Traditional

 Location 14 Station Approach, Broadstone, BH18 8AX t: 0844 502 0432 w: www.thegoodsyard.com e: info@thegoodsyard.com

PB The stylish red-brick Railway Hotel has been given a new lease of life as a privately owned free house – The Goods Yard. With its traditional atmosphere, top-notch food and service and dog-friendly bar, this charming venue has become the hub of the local £15 to community and consistently receives good ratings on TripAdvisor. The pub is popular £22 with visitors as well as locals, particularly with cyclists, walkers and golfers, as it is very close to the popular Castleman Trailway and near the Broadstone Golf Club. The menu showcases fresh produce, and changes regularly with the seasons. Pub classics such as sausage and mash, homemade pies, steaks, and handmade burgers with triple-cooked chips are rightly popular choices, though more unusual options Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; are a cut above standard pub fare. Tapas-style starters could include halloumi fries Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; with aioli, Thai fishcakes, or glazed pork belly with pickled apple purée. Main courses Sun 11am-10.30pm might feature rump of Wessex lamb with spring greens, and Sri Lankan curry with Food Served: aromatic rice. A specials board showcases fresh local fish and there are delicious Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; desserts on offer, such as lemon Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; Baked Alaska, and milk chocolate Sun noon-8pm mousse. The Goods Yard is Cask Marque-accredited and the bar offers four real ales, a great range of draught and craft lagers, and a selection of fine wine, all available by the glass, including Champagne and Prosecco. Visit for a family lunch, a romantic meal or the lively party atmosphere at the weekend – whatever you come for, you’re sure to enjoy The Goods Yard. Dorset Guide 2019

47


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

Hunter’s Moon  Location Middlemarsh, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 5QN t: 0844 502 0590 w: www.hunters-moon.org.uk e: info@hunters-moon.org.uk

WD

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.

£15 to

£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 paprika mayonnaise, and cured meats with olives, sunblushed tomatoes and toasted ciabatta. Main courses include the likes of pork steak in a cider and thyme gravy, roasted chicken breast in a creamy white Food Served: Mon-Thurs wine and garlic sauce, and beer-battered fish and chips. You’ll also find a selection noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; of salads, curry specials and the pie of the day on the extensive menu. Enjoy your Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm; meal inside, snuggled up beside one Sat noon-9.30pm; of the roaring log fires, or outside Sun noon-9pm 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 their 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. Traditional

Drusilla’s Inn  Location Wigbeth, Nr. Horton, BH21 7JH t: 0844 502 0486 w: www.drusillasinn.co.uk e: info@drusillasinn.co.uk

ED

This gorgeous thatched family-run free house, set in Dorset’s lush countryside, is a unique gem of yesteryear – a must for those who appreciate great food and excellent hospitality. You’re bound to fall in love with the place, with its crooked 17th-century walls, low beams and roaring fires. Once you’ve torn yourself away from views of the historic Horton Folly Tower, it’s the menu – brimming with free-range and local produce – that will grab your attention next.

£15 to

£20

‘...brimming with free-range and local produce...’ All the sauces are made using top-quality, fresh stock and all chips are hand cut. Everything is prepared on-site by the talented head chef and his team, so accommodating dietary requirements is not a problem. You can also sip real ale, beer and fine wine in the bar, where you can order snacks and specials.

Open: Mon-Sun 10am-11pm Summer holidays see events taking place, such as family barbecues with live music. There’s also a function room available for those hosting an event – hired for free if you’re ordering food. There is now extra accommodation in the form of two luxury shepherd huts, with plans for three more to be built by local craftsmen. These come complete with king-sized beds and hot showers and are perfect for keen walkers and those after an idyllic short break. They’re just one more reason as to why you should visit this lovely inn, where warmth and sincerity reign. 48

Dorset Guide 2019


The Halfway Inn

Traditional

 Location Norden, Nr. Wareham, BH20 5DU t: 0844 502 0468 w: www.thehalfwayinnwareham.co.uk e: halfwayinnnorden@btconnect.com

Pu

The Halfway Inn is a beautiful thatched 16th-century pub on the Purbeck heathland between Wareham and Corfe Castle. You can expect a warm reception from Ben and Anne Brown and their friendly team, as well as a great range of wine and fine Badger ale. Groups, walkers, cyclists, families and dogs are all welcome here.

£15 to

£25

The traditional pub menu boasts classics such as steak and ale pie, and beer-battered fish and chips, as well as a delicious 28-day-aged sirloin steak, and a selection of chargrilled burgers and seasonal salads. A wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes are available, including the tasty five bean and lentil chilli, and a burger with goat’s cheese. There’s also an extensive daily changing specials board offering fresh fish and seasonal produce. Don’t forget to leave room for a delicious homemade dessert, too. All produce is delivered Open: Mon-Fri noon-8.30pm; daily by local suppliers and dishes Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-7pm are freshly prepared to order. This means the kitchen team can cater for most special dietary requirements and food allergies. Booking is highly recommended for their exceptional Sunday roast, which is carved to order and served with six vegetables and a giant Yorkshire pudding. With large gardens, a heated courtyard and a play area for little ones, this is the perfect place for a family lunch in summer. In winter, The Halfway Inn’s two wood-burning stoves will keep you toasty and warm.

The Black Dog

Traditional

 Location St Mary Street, Weymouth, DT4 8PB t: 0844 502 9448 w: www.blackdogweymouth.co.uk

WP

The Black Dog is one of Weymouth’s oldest pubs, dating back to the 16th century. The history and character of this charming inn show in spades – you can expect to find a roaring wood burner that warms even the coldest of cockles in winter, as well as oak-beamed ceilings and a beautiful traditional facade. As you’d expect from such a traditional establishment, the ale offering is top-notch. They boast at least three different cask ales on tap, which change regularly – and in summertime this ale-loving team introduces even more.

*

£8 to

£13

The menu is equally traditional, offering the likes of scampi and chips, hearty lasagne and locally sourced ham with eggs and chips. If you’re looking for a light bite at lunchtime, plump for the delicious ploughman’s or a jacket potato laden with tasty fillings. Children have plenty to choose from, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly – you won’t find formally laid-out tables at The Black Dog, but you’re guaranteed a good, Open: hours vary seasonally, hearty meal in a home-from-home please call for details atmosphere. The pub also offers a warm welcome to dogs of all shapes and sizes, so there’s no need to leave your canine companion at home. Call in at the weekend with friends or family and enjoy live music – what better way to round off a week than toe-tapping with a pint in hand? *Price range represents the cost of a meal. Dorset Guide 2019

49


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

The Kings Arms

Traditional

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

Pu

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.

£13 to

£20

‘...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 award-winning head chef creates dishes with an irresistible mix of the modern and the 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 the Good Beer Guide 2018. 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

WD

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 £13 to on delivering high-quality food at affordable prices, and this philosophy is realised £20 by talented head chef Gareth Homer, who was previously voted Dorset’s Rungis Chef of the Year. 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 is a fine range of Open: Mon-Thurs award-winning ale, wonderful wine and a comprehensive list of malt whisky and gin. 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; In 2013, The Saxon Arms was nominated for a Community Hero Award in Fri & Sat 11am-late; recognition of the exceptional contribution it makes to the local community – over Sun noon-late the last few years the team has Food Served: Mon-Thurs raised over £40,000 for charitable 11.30am-2.15pm, 6pm-9pm; causes. The Saxon Arms was also a Fri & Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; recent finalist for Dorset’s Local Pub Sun noon-8.30pm of the Year award, and is in The Good Pub Guide and Good Beer Guide 2018. 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

Dorset Guide 2019


The Old Inn

Traditional

 Location Holt, Nr. Wimborne, 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 guaranteed a £18 to memorable experience every time you stop by. Recently refurbished, the interior now £35 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 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 advantage of The Old Inn’s Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; steak deal and receive £5 off the price of your steak. Make sure you leave room for dessert because the sweet menu is a Sun noon-10.30pm 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?

The Gloucester

Traditional

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

WP

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. The steak and seafood grill menu developed by top local chef, Antony Biles, is proving extremely popular. The Gloucester’s menu boasts a rotisserie section for roasting meats, and the extremely popular Black Rock dining experience, which allows you to cook your own locally sourced steak 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 meat and delicious homemade Yorkshire puddings.

£15 to

£20

Open: Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm; Fri & Sat 10am-12.30am

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 2019

51


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

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

Pu

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 executive chef Antony Biles and his team, all of whom work extremely hard serving up signature dishes such as the hugely popular crab and lobster bisque.

£15 to

£20

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

Antony began his career at The Priory country house hotel in Wareham, eventually arriving at The Quay Inn, and subsequently turning it into a popular eatery with an enviable reputation. Having spent nine years at the pub, Antony is in constant contact 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, he has created a menu that features 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?

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.

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

PB

Located in the pleasant area of Hamworthy in the coastal town of Poole, The Yachtsman is a brilliant traditional pub that serves a wonderful selection of food and drink. 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.

£15 to

£25

‘...a wonderful selection of food and drink...’

Our attentive waiter showed us to our seats and we were promptly served starters of flavoursome cheese and bacon potato skins, and delicious lamb kofte skewers with tzatziki. For the main course, the Badger beer-battered fish and Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; chips stood out to me, and I wasn’t disappointed. The fish was flaky and tender, Sun noon-10.30pm cooked in beautifully crisp batter and served with fluffy chips, tartare sauce and Food Served: mushy peas. My partner plumped for the chicken Caesar burger stacked with Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; juicy chicken breast and smoked Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm streaky bacon. We made sure to leave room for dessert, and indulged in silky coffee and walnut panna cotta and rich St Clements sponge with dairy custard. To accompany all the delicious food, you’ll find an excellent selection of drinks at the bar, including local Badger ale and New World wine, as well as all the popular lagers and spirits. Why not take your drink outside to the spacious beer garden where your little ones can enjoy the play area? 52

Dorset Guide 2019


The Worlds End

Traditional

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

ND The Worlds End is a welcoming country pub at the heart of the local community. From supporting local charities to welcoming patrons with open arms, everything is done with genuine care. £15 to My wife and I started with a butcher’s board to share, comprising pork belly bites, £25 lamb kofte, glazed sausages and Buffalo hot wings with accompanying dips. The contrasting flavours and textures made this a great way to start. The 8oz sirloin steak with smoked black garlic butter clinched the role of the main course. Served with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, watercress and skin-on fries, the melt-in-the-mouth steak tasted incredible, and the presentation was superb. My wife opted for pork medallions with wilted rainbow chard, potato rosti and a creamy Open: Golden Champion beer sauce – a feast to behold. It was evident that we were Mon-Sat 10.30am-10pm; pleased with our choices as we devoured every last morsel. For dessert I indulged Sun 11.30am-9.30pm in a childhood favourite with a grown-up twist – apple and beer-plumped sultana Food Served: crumble with ice cream. The Fursty Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Ferret ale-infused salted toffee sauce Sun noon-8pm was a real treat. My wife plumped for the Black Forest sundae from the specials board, comprising scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream layered with cherries, chocolate brownie pieces and whipped cream. Judging from the way her face lit up as our friendly waiter brought the sundae to our table, she was certainly impressed. Delicious food and exceptional value for money all served up in a laid-back home-from-home environment – what more could you want?

St Peter’s Finger

Traditional

 Location Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, Nr. Poole, BH16 6JE t: 0845 468 1741 w: www.stpetersfinger.co.uk Pu e: stpetersfinger.poole@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Hall & Woodhouse seem to have a knack for creating perfect pubs in lovely locations, and St Peter’s Finger might just be the jewel in the crown. On £15 to entry the pub has a charming atmosphere and seems to be a favourite haunt £25 for locals. The dining area has ample room for large parties and romantic meals alike. When we visited for dinner, we were welcomed like regulars. It was hard to look past the tiger prawns served with fresh bread to start, though my partner’s rabbit and cured pork terrine with Melba toast and pickled blackberries was just Open: as tempting. Mon-Sat 11am-11.30pm; For my main course, I went for the pork medallions with rosti potatoes and Sun noon-10.30pm Golden Champion beer sauce. My guest took inspiration from the specials Food Served: menu and ordered the British rose veal sirloin served pink with white bean and Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; thyme mash, rocket, sunblushed Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm tomatoes and chimichurri dressing. Care was taken to ensure that each dish was presented well – we couldn’t help but take photos of our dishes before diving in. For those who still have room, the pudding menu is full of British classics, and we polished off the Eton Mess and chocolate brownie. With delicious coffee and Hall & Woodhouse’s hallmark Badger beer on offer on top of all this, once you’re inside, it’s hard to leave. Even mid-week, the pub was full of diners, so booking in advance is recommended. Dorset Guide 2019

53


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

The Smugglers Inn  Location Osmington Mills, Nr. Weymouth, DT3 6HF t: 0844 502 0996 w: www.smugglersinnosmingtonmills.co.uk e: smugglersinn.weymouth@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Perched on a hill overlooking Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast with footpaths aplenty, The Smugglers Inn must be one of the best-placed pubs for enjoying well-earned refreshments following a brisk walk.

WD £15 to

£25

On a glorious April evening, seated beneath the low beamed ceiling and amidst the pub’s historical interior, I enjoyed a delicious starter of crispy whitebait served simply with tartare sauce, followed by Hall & Woodhouse’s award-winning steak and Tanglefoot pie served with creamy mashed potato and veg. I finished off with scoops of toffee and honeycomb ice cream from the renowned Salcombe Dairy. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-9pm

Offering a varied selection of dishes on the dining menu and specials board, and with smaller appetites catered for, meals range from traditional fish and chips and flat-iron steak, to burgers and everything in between, including a selection of impressive Sunday roasts.

Whether it’s a three-course dinner, light lunch or just coffee and cake you’re after, this traditional English inn, with its log fires and generous outside seating area complete with a trickling stream, will greet you (and your dog) with open arms. Should you fancy a post-meal walk, why not 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 Smugglers. Traditional

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

WP

You’ll be 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.

£15 to

£25

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm Food Served: Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm

Struggling to choose between the dishes on offer from the well-crafted menu and specials board, I eventually settled on crab mayonnaise, a blend of brown and white crabmeat, chives and mayonnaise with malted sourdough bread on the side – a real seaside treat. For the main course, I sampled the famous steak and Tanglefoot ale pie. Featuring deliciously tender steak and velvety smooth gravy topped with crisp shortcrust pastry, it’s no surprise this is an award-winning dish. Served with creamy mash and fresh veg, it’s comfort food at its finest. My partner opted for the grilled tuna steak Niçoise, a beautifully fresh salad that made for the perfect summer treat. For dessert we shared a wonderfully nostalgic Eton Mess featuring a simple but delicious tumble of strawberries, whipped cream and meringue.

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. 54

Dorset Guide 2019


The Olive Branch

Traditional

 Location East Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1PF t: 0844 502 0988 w: www.theolivebranchwimborne.co.uk e: olivebranch.wimborne@hall-woodhouse.co.uk On the beautiful spring evening we called in, The Olive Branch in Wimborne was buzzing. The garden was packed with groups of friends enjoying drinks under the warmth of the sun, a family seated at a large table celebrating a birthday, and couples relaxing with pints of Badger beer in hand.

ED £16 to

£25

We settled at a cosy window seat overlooking the teeming garden – the life and soul of the market town of Wimborne. We were served by Gabbi, who is part of the furniture at The Olive Branch and made sure we were well looked after all evening. I started with a delicious plate of maple and paprika tempeh skewers. I already knew that Hall & Woodhouse establishments serve excellent burgers, so I chose a falafel burger seasoned with Mediterranean herbs and spices and topped with vegan burger sauce. As an extra treat, I ordered sweet potato fries on the side. My partner plumped for the healthier option, and sampled a vibrant Vitality salad – a symphony of colourful veggies, leaves, toasted pine nuts and pomegranate seeds. Both meals were the perfect choice for a warm evening.

Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; Fri & Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs 8am-10am, noon-9pm; Fri & Sat 8am-10am, noon-9.30pm; Sun 8am-10am, noon-8pm

With little room left for dessert, I managed to finish the chocolate brownie, which was beautifully rich and had a gooey centre. This is the sort of place where you feel right at home and the food never disappoints.

The Old Granary

Traditional

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

Pu

Sitting on the edge of the River Frome is the iconic Old Granary pub, a highlight of Wareham Quay’s eateries. Recently renovated, the pub boasts an atmospheric bar and restaurant area downstairs. Guests can head upstairs for a quieter, more intimate dining experience, and take in the excellent views looking out onto the river. Any fan of real ale will be instantly pleased at the sight of the bar, which is stocked full of Badger beer, though the ample wine list is also tempting. The à la carte menu features some relatively rare dishes, such as the duck hash starter I sampled. It was a great opener, comprising a delicious combination of fried potato, onion and shredded duck served with a fried egg on top. My companion tucked into crab mayonnaise, which proved a simple but delicious treat. Another sumptuous dish followed: British rose veal tenderloin wrapped in sage and prosciutto with heirloom tomatoes – a harmony of flavours. There’s plenty to choose from, with pub classics like beer-battered fish and chips, pies and burgers also on offer. The dessert selection is also bountiful – I can highly recommend the homemade lemon tart.

£16 to

£28

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm; Sat 9am-11am, noon-9.30pm; Sun 10am-11am, noon-9.30pm

We were welcomed like family, and could have spent 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. The Old Granary should be top of every diner’s hit-list. Dorset Guide 2019

55


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

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

ED

Tucked away in the petite town of Verwood, just a stone’s throw from the popular Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, The Monmouth Ash lies like buried treasure waiting to be discovered. It’s a great establishment that’s worth £15 to seeking out. £25 The smart exterior is a welcoming sight, and a private car park makes this a convenient destination to escape to. Strolling through the spacious outdoor seating area, we remarked on what a lovely place this would be to come to on a sunny day. Inside, we discovered a cosy, rustic-style interior complete with wooden beams, bookcases and a crackling log fire. Staff are efficient and friendly, and we were made to feel most welcome. Open: The menu features a range of tempting dishes that are cooked to perfection by Mon-Sat 11am-11.30pm; the excellent chef, and presented well. We enjoyed a memorably delicious meal, Sun noon-11pm starting with a tasty mushroom Food Served: soup followed by a sumptuous Mon-Sun noon-9pm grilled tuna steak Niçoise salad served pink with new potatoes, a soft-boiled egg, fine beans, mixed olives, cherry tomatoes and a lemon and olive oil dressing. My partner’s sustainably sourced Badger beer-battered fish and chips was equally moreish, and we finished by sharing three mini puds: coffee and walnut panna cotta, Eton Mess, and chilled seasonal fruit crumble with custard. Each dish was as impressive as the last. Book a table or drop by and discover this hidden gem – you won’t regret it. Traditional

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

Pu

At the threshold of picturesque Lulworth Cove, with awe-inspiring views over the beautiful historic thatched village, and conveniently close to the Jurassic Coast footpaths, Lulworth Cove Inn is an unforgettable establishment with a rich past. Boasting rustic charm aplenty, this delightful pub-restaurant is just as suited to a get-together with a large group of friends as it is to an intimate dinner for two.

£15 to

£25

We pondered the menu as we sipped a chilled glass of pinot. I opted to start with mouth-watering tiger prawns served with garlic mayonnaise and sourdough – they were juicy and meaty; I could all but taste the sea. I followed with sublimely tender slow-braised chicken leg in a cream and tarragon sauce served with crushed new potatoes, and couldn’t resist a bite of my partner’s flat-iron steak, cooked perfectly rare and packed with flavour. For dessert we Open: revelled in rich chocolate brownie, Mon-Sun 11am-10.30pm and coffee and walnut panna cotta Food Served: – the perfect blend of textures, Mon-Sun noon-9pm with velvety cream beautifully offset by the crunch of caramelised walnut. As we sat back and enjoyed tasty cappuccinos from the Colourful Coffee Company, we were already thinking of booking our next table. We might just have to make a weekend of it and take advantage of one of the 12 en-suite guest bedrooms available. 56

Dorset Guide 2019


The Botany Bay Inne

Traditional

 Location Winterborne Zelston, Nr. Blandford Forum, DT11 9ET t: 0844 625 3379 w: www.thebotanybaydorset.co.uk

ND

The Botany Bay Inne is a friendly, well-loved local pub and trusted stop off for those travelling through Dorset. There’s real warmth and a community feel to this attractive venue, with the manager and his team taking real pride in what they have created – and justifiably so.

£19 to

After being promptly shown to our seats by our smiling and helpful waitress, we sipped chilled glasses of pinot grigio and perused the varied menu. We were delighted to find an excellent-value offering to suit every taste. I opted to start with a mature cheese soufflé – a starter so light and fluffy that it melted on the tongue. My partner was equally impressed with his starter, The Botany Bay’s take on the classic prawn cocktail. We followed with a superb chargrilled Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm, pork chop that was perfectly cooked and served with bubble and squeak and 6pm-9pm; a delicious apple chutney jus, and a hearty helping of vegetable moussaka. Fri & Sat 9am-11pm; Despite polishing off our generous Sun 9am-10.30pm portions, we were unable to pass on delectable New York cheesecake and homemade sticky toffee pudding.

£23

With steak night every Thursday, pie night on Fridays and an outstanding Sunday carvery, there’s always a reason to visit. In the summer, head to the charming garden where you’ll find the Grill Shack, offering a well-stocked salad bar complete with kebab skewers, steak, chops and whole fish – what could be better?

The Brewers Arms

Traditional

 Location Martinstown, 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 Open: Tues-Thurs noon-3pm, dishes. There really is something for everyone here. Daily specials like the fish 6pm-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, of the day ensure that there’s always something new and exciting on the cards, 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-3pm, while the main menu ranges from traditional pub classics such as homemade steak 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-4pm and Stilton pie and hearty Sunday lunches, to homemade haddock and horseradish fishcakes 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. Dorset Guide 2019

57


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App Traditional

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

ND

As we stepped into the splendour of the dining room at Crown Hotel, we knew we were in for a treat of an evening. After a prompt and pleasant greeting, we took in our surroundings – from the high ceiling with its lantern roof framing £16 to the blue spring sky, to the artwork adorning the walls and shelves lined with £28 books – all of which creates a charming atmosphere. The menu offers a selection of delectable dishes, and our helpful and friendly waitress was on-hand to offer advice and further detail. The tiger prawns served with lashings of garlic butter provided the perfect starter for me, while my companion delighted in her baked mushrooms – a delicious vegan dish. My Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; main course of pan-fried salmon pavé was exceptional – crisp on the top, tender Sun 11am-10.30pm and juicy underneath, and served with mixed greens, and a tartare potato Food Served: hash that drew all the flavours together. I’d happily return again to enjoy such Mon-Sat noon-9pm; perfectly cooked fish. My partner was equally impressed with her main course of Sun noon-8.30pm succulent pan-seared duck breast with boulangère potatoes and flavoursome dark cherry sauce. Almost replete but determined to enjoy the puddings on offer, we sampled homemade lemon tart with fresh berries, and St Clements posset, which completely satisfied my sweet-tooth and rounded off a marvellous meal. For fabulous food in sumptuous surrounds, you won’t find better than Crown Hotel.

Traditional

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

ED

Traditional decor brings nostalgic charm to the light and airy interior at The Angel Inn. A family- and dog-friendly venue, this attractive pub is certainly worth seeking out, especially on Friday nights when there’s live music to entertain.

£15 to

£25

The Angel Inn

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 a tasty prawn cocktail, while my companion tucked into rich pork and liver pâté with flavourful chutney. We also shared a bread board, which had a variety of delicious fresh breads to dip in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Aromatic lamb tagine followed, which was packed with lamb so tender it melted in the mouth, and was accompanied by Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; light and fluffy spiced couscous. My guest plumped for the 8oz British sirloin Sun noon-10.30pm steak complemented by field mushrooms, chips and chimichurri sauce. The Food Served: succulent steak was full of flavour, Mon-Weds 9am-9pm; while the chimichurri proved to be Thurs-Sat 9am-9.30pm; a revelation for my companion. To Sun noon-9pm finish, we couldn’t resist sampling the trifle, which was every bit as satisfying as we’d hoped. 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 Inn is an excellent choice. 58

Dorset Guide 2019


The Grasshopper

Traditional

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

PB Situated in the popular suburb of Parkstone, The Grasshopper is easily reachable from Bournemouth and Poole, but also attracts visitors from much further afield thanks to its welcoming staff, well-priced quality fare and striking interior. As £15 to part of the Hall & Woodhouse family its homely values are evident throughout the £25 venue. Recently refurbished, The Grasshopper seamlessly blends traditional charm with a fresh, modern feel – think wood panelling and retro antiquities, paired with chandeliers and large indoor palm trees. The pub’s relaxed ambience draws you in with its warmth and comfort. 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 Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; enjoyed starters of wild mushrooms atop sourdough bread, and scrumptious Sun 9am-10.30pm garlic tiger prawns. For our mains, I plumped for the perfectly pink British rose Food Served: veal tenderloin, accompanied by Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Dauphinoise potatoes, wilted greens, Sun noon-8pm honey-roasted carrots and sherry and wild mushroom cream sauce. My partner enthused over his beautiful pan-seared duck breast complemented by fruity sauce, which he paired with a pint of award-winning Golden Champion ale. We rounded things off with an ever-popular lemon tart, and a delicious selection of Salcombe dairy ice cream. We’ll certainly be returning to further explore the menu, and perhaps sample the tempting brunch offering.

The Duchess of Cornwall Inn

Traditional

 Location 12 Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Nr. Dorchester, DT1 3BW t: 0844 502 9364 w: www.duchessofcornwall.co.uk WD e: duchess.cornwall@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Stepping in through the entrance porch made from a giant copper tun, we were struck by the impressive interior of this first-rate establishment. Fantastically high £16 to ceilings and enormous windows ensure the space feels light and airy, while comfy £28 chairs and country house-style decor lend a relaxed, amiable feel. As we climbed the vast wooden staircase we noticed a mezzanine overlooking the pantry – a great place to relax and people-watch while enjoying a tasty meal or drink with friends. We settled at our table on the top floor and found ourselves in Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; the most spectacular dining room, boasting vast windows with far-reaching views Sun 8am-10.30pm Food Served: and a wonderful art collection. Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; The menu offers a tantalising selection of dishes to suit all tastes, but the garlic tiger prawns cooked in garlic butter were too good to turn down, and came neatly Sun 8am-10am, noon-8pm presented on a wooden platter with malted sourdough bread. My partner’s duck hash was just as tasty, providing an excellent opening to the meal. I followed with perfectly cooked British rose veal tenderloin, while my partner’s pan-fried lamb medallions diffused an incredible aroma that set our senses alight. To round off what was a delectable meal, we enjoyed refreshing Dorset pear sorbet and an indulgent apple and sultana crumble with Badger beer toffee sauce. The Duchess of Cornwall is a wonderful environment in which to relax and enjoy a top-notch culinary experience with loved ones. Dorset Guide 2019

59


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Koh Thai Tapas

Thai

 w: www.koh-thai.co.uk Occupying several locations in Dorset, Koh Thai Tapas not only offers an extensive menu of first-class cuisine, it also provides an education in Thai food. Friendly, knowledgeable staff are happy to explain every dish and assist you in putting together your own bespoke menu. You can sample any number of delectable dishes through the restaurant’s diverse tapas menu – from curries and stir-fries to pad Thai and salad. Each dish is classified as mild, medium or hot in terms of spiciness, so you can tailor your meal to suit your palate. My dining partner and I visited the Bournemouth restaurant located in the town’s vibrant Soho quarter, and opted to try the tapas set menu for two, consisting of six delicious plates served over two courses. Our first course certainly hit the spot, with duck and cucumber spring rolls accompanied by homemade hoisin sauce; chicken satay – succulent marinated chicken strips on bamboo skewers served with peanut sauce – and pan-fried crispy squid complemented by Koh Thai’s hot and sweet sauce. Next came our favourite dish: aromatic pork panang curry with green beans and lemongrass accompanied by the perfect jasmine rice. We also delighted in beef pad Thai garnished with peanuts and spring onion, and mouth-watering duck tamarind comprising roasted duck with crispy seaweed and a flavoursome tamarind sauce. Everything we sampled was cooked to perfection, mouth-wateringly delicious and beautifully presented. The laid-back atmosphere and captivating setting enhanced the experience. Enormous murals of plodding elephants and giant Buddhas set against fiery sunsets adorned the walls, while soft music and subtle lighting created a tranquil feel, and energetic bartenders shook up award-winning cocktails in the background. As well as the food, Koh Thai’s fantastic drinks menu draws plenty of guests. There’s a dedicated lounge area in which drinkers can kick back on comfy sofas and enjoy the convivial atmosphere. It’s also a wonderful destination for a leisurely lunch, and Tapas Tuesdays provide a great excuse for a meal out.

PB Ch £28 to

£30

 Location 38-40 Poole Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 5PS t: 0844 625 4303  Location 487-489 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4AE t: 0844 625 4280  Location 8-10 Castle Street, Christchurch, BH23 1DT t: 0844 625 4282  Location 292 Sandbanks Road, Poole, BH14 8HX t: 0844 625 4292 Food Served: Mon 5.30pm-10pm; Tues-Thurs noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm

60

Dorset Guide 2019


Matt Street – The Eastbury – Pg 5

Chef Profile

Local boy Matt 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 Matt today.

‘...the excitement of creating something delicious from simple ingredients...’ He now heads up a team of five chefs at The Eastbury. As head chef, Matt 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. 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, Matt is looking forward to what the future will bring.

Jon Newing – The Italian Kitchen – Pg 23

Chef Profile

Jon’s love of cooking has been with him throughout his life; he was attracted to a career as a chef as it gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He appreciates how his chosen career keeps him on his toes – Jon is constantly learning new skills and experimenting with ideas in order to improve his craft.

‘...high-quality establishments, including the two-Michelin-star-awarded Michel Chabran ...’ Having worked in various high-quality establishments, including the two-Michelin-star-awarded Michel Chabran, Jon now heads up the team at The Italian Kitchen where he creates outstanding food that makes the most of Dorset’s natural larder. His favourite time of year is spring, when wonderful green produce becomes available. According to Jon, the most satisfying elements of being a chef are making people happy through the food he creates, and being able to train young chefs and encourage them to achieve their goals.

Will Smith – Crab House Café – Pg 24

Chef Profile

Will Smith is the chef at the helm of the Crab House Café kitchen. He’s constantly striving to build upon the reputation and acclaim the restaurant has established over the decade it’s been open. For Will, it’s all about pushing the boundaries of the menu, innovating Crab House’s classic dishes and incorporating modern takes into the plates they serve.

‘...works closely with local producers to source the best ingredients...’ Will works closely with local producers to source the best ingredients that Dorset has to offer, including various different types of local fish – his favourite fish to cook is John Dory thanks to its delicious, delicate flavour. It’s important to Will to let the fish and shellfish he cooks shine and he sees cooking as an art rather than a science – he loves to get his creative juices flowing when in the kitchen.

Dorset Guide 2019

61


You can now download the FREE Food and Drink Restaurant Guide App

Eric Tavernier – Les Enfants Terribles – Pg 24

Chef Profile

Eric grew up in rural France watching his mum prepare family meals, and from an early age was obsessed with food. His extended family owns farms and taverns, so Eric has always been immersed in nature’s fine produce. After training as a chef in his native France, Eric worked in top restaurants in Megeve and London before embarking on a decade of travelling the world discovering new flavours.

‘...sources top-notch local ingredients from Portland, Weymouth and Poole...’ He then realised his lifelong dream and, along with wife Joanna, opened his own seafood restaurant, Les Enfants Terribles. Eric sources top-notch local ingredients from Portland, Weymouth and Poole for his constantly evolving menu, and feels that it’s a privilege to be in Dorset with world-class seafood at his doorstep. According to Eric, good food is all about balancing flavours – every dish he creates is hand-prepared and thoroughly tasted before he’ll serve it to his valued customers.

The UK’s most comprehensive guide to eating out.

Print

Online

Mobile

Order any of our regional restaurant guides for free.

Search for restaurants and check out our foodie blog.

Download our free app and find restaurants near you.

www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk 62

Dorset Guide 2019


Index Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant – Lyme Regis ...................... 7 Amberwood, The – Walkford............................................ 42 Angel Inn, The – Wimborne ............................................. 58 Black Dog, The – Weymouth ............................................ 49 Botany Bay Inne, The – Winterborne Zelston .................... 57 Brewers Arms, The – Dorchester ...................................... 57 Bull & Boat – Swanage ................................................... 29 Bull Hotel, The – Bridport ............................................... 12 Café Sladers – Bridport ..................................................... 7 Chequers Inn, The – Lytchett Matravers ........................... 46 Chez Fred – Bournemouth................................................ 25 Clifton Hotel, The – Portland ........................................... 41 Coast Restaurant – Swanage ............................................ 16 Cobbs at Wilton – Wilton................................................. 36 Compton Abbas Airfield Restaurant – Ashmore................. 34 Countryman Inn, The – Dorchester ................................... 44 Courtyard Café, The – Lyme Regis .................................... 35 Cow & Apple – Dorchester ............................................... 31 Crab House Café – Wyke Regis ........................................ 24 Crown Hotel – Blandford Forum ...................................... 58 Crown Hotel, The – Poole ................................................ 13 Crown Inn – Puncknowle ................................................. 15 Crown, The – Sherborne .................................................. 41 Drusilla’s Inn – Wigbeth .................................................. 48 Duchess of Cornwall Inn, The – Poundbury ....................... 59 Eastbury, The – Sherborne ................................................. 5 Eastclose Country House Hotel – Hinton .......................... 10 Fisherman’s Haunt, The – Winkton .................................. 12 Franco Manca – Bournemouth ......................................... 21 Galley Bistro, The – Weymouth ........................................ 28 Galley Café, The – Lyme Regis ......................................... 35 George Hotel – Bridport .................................................. 38 Gloucester, The – Weymouth ............................................ 51 Goods Yard, The – Broadstone ......................................... 47 Grasshopper, The – Poole ................................................. 59 Green Man, The – Wimborne ........................................... 38 Green, The – Sherborne ..................................................... 9 Greyhound, The – Sydling St Nicholas ................................ 9 Grove Arms, The – Ludwell .............................................. 43 Half Moon, The – Shaftesbury ......................................... 39 Halfway Inn, The – Norden .............................................. 49 Hambro Arms, The – Milton Abbas .................................. 15 High Street Café – Swanage ............................................ 35 Horns Inn, The – Wimborne ............................................. 40 Hotel Aqua – Portland ..................................................... 32 Hotel Rembrandt – Weymouth ......................................... 30 Hunter’s Moon – Middlemarsh ......................................... 48 Ilchester Arms Hotel, The – Abbotsbury ........................... 17 Inn at Cranborne, The – Cranborne .................................. 46 Italian Café – Bournemouth ............................................. 22 Italian Kitchen, The – Wareham....................................... 23 James and White – Christchurch ...................................... 29

Jenkins & Sons – Poole.................................................... 33 Kings Arms at Longham, The – Longham ......................... 27 Kings Arms, The – Charlton Horethorne ........................... 16 Kings Arms, The – Stoborough ......................................... 50 Koh Thai Tapas – Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole......... 60 La Fosse – Cranborne ...................................................... 21 Les Enfants Terribles – Weymouth ................................... 24 Lulworth Cove Inn – Lulworth Cove.................................. 56 Monmouth Ash, The – Verwood........................................ 56 Moonfleet Manor – Fleet ................................................. 20 New Inn, The – Cerne Abbas .............................................. 6 Old Granary, The – Wareham ........................................... 55 Old Inn, The – Holt .......................................................... 51 Olive Branch, The – Wimborne......................................... 55 Ollerod, The – Beaminster .................................................. 3 Overcliff Pub, The – Bournemouth .................................... 27 Ox Row Inn, The – Salisbury ............................................ 14 Pickled Ginger – Bridport ................................................ 19 Point Restaurant at Haven Hotel, The – Poole................... 10 Poole Arms, The – Poole .................................................. 26 Quay Inn, The – Wareham................................................ 52 Quayside Barn, The – Wareham ....................................... 36 Red Lion, The – Winfrith ................................................. 42 Reef Encounter – Bournemouth ........................................ 29 ReLoved – Dorchester ...................................................... 37 Rivers Arms – Cheselbourne............................................. 18 Royal Oak, The – Cerne Abbas ......................................... 47 Saxon Arms, The – Stratton ............................................ 50 Scott Arms – Kingston..................................................... 12 Seven Stars, The – Wool .................................................. 40 Seventh Wave – Swanage ................................................ 34 Shave Cross Inn, The – Shave Cross ................................. 19 Ship Inn, The – West Stour ................................................ 4 Ship Inn, The – Weymouth ............................................... 54 Smugglers Inn, The – Osmington Mills ............................. 54 St Peter’s Finger – Lytchett Minster ................................ 53 Station Kitchen, The – West Bay ........................................ 8 Stocks Inn, The – Furzehill .............................................. 45 Tickled Pig, The – Wimborne ............................................. 6 Urban Beach – Bournemouth ........................................... 28 Urban Reef – Bournemouth .............................................. 32 Ventana Grand Café – Bournemouth .................................. 4 Vesuvio – Bournemouth ................................................... 22 Vida Comida – Sherborne ................................................ 23 Village Inn, The – Swanage ............................................. 31 West Bay, The – Bridport................................................. 33 White Hart, The – Wimborne ........................................... 44 White Horse Inn, The – Stourpaine .................................. 11 White Lion, The – Bridport .............................................. 30 Winyard’s Gap Inn – Chedington ...................................... 11 Worlds End, The – Almer................................................. 53 Yachtsman, The – Poole ................................................... 52 Dorset Guide 2019

63


X

FOOD

N

N

.co.uk

FINDER X

Visit www.foodfestivalfinder.co.uk Never miss a beat with the UK’s largest online calendar for all food and drink events. Not only will you find food and drink festivals and markets up and down the country, but there’s also a veritable crop of foodie competitions, festival reviews, interviews with celebrity chefs and up-to-the-minute foodie news to get your teeth stuck into. Get in touch

hello@foodfestivalfinder.co.uk or call 0117 927 7167

Profile for Food & Drink Guides

Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2019  

A comprehensive guide to eating out in Dorset

Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2019  

A comprehensive guide to eating out in Dorset

Advertisement