The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Dorset

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Delicious food is a key ingredient to any holiday, whether you love dining at new restaurants, sampling regional specialities or uncovering the best local tipple. With its miles of coastline and bucolic countryside, Dorset is home to some of the finest produce in the South West. To help you discover the county’s exciting foodie scene, we’ve hand selected a list of the top fine dining restaurants in Dorset.

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Guildhall Tavern

Style of Food: French Seafood | Focus of the Menu: Fish, Shellfish, Meat & Vegetarian

Awards: Good Food Award, Harden’s Guide, Michelin Guide and Gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards for Restaurant of the Year

Located in the heart of Poole’s old town, this welcoming restaurant specialises in locally landed fish, crab and lobster prepared in the traditional French style. With set dinner and lunch menus available, the delicious dishes are complimented by an extensive wine, cognac, ale and lager selection.

Location: Poole

Website: www.guildhalltavern.co.uk

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 20 miles (car) and 9 miles (ferry)

Rick Stein, Sandbanks

Style of Food: Seafood & Shellfish | Focus of the Menu: Fish, Shellfish, Meat & Vegetarian

Awards: Michelin Guide, One AA Rosette

Perched on the edge of the popular Sandbanks Peninsula, Rick Stein’s restaurant features spectacular views across Poole Harbour. Perfect for a relaxed seafood meal, sample a range of Stein’s classic dishes including lobster thermidor, roasted monkfish tail and Brownsea Island oysters.

Location: Sandbanks

Website: www.rickstein.com/eat-with-us/rick-stein-sandbanks

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 5 miles

Fine-dining-dorset-restaurants-perfect-stays-10Sienna

Style of Food: Modern British | Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish & Vegetarian

Awards: Michelin Guide

Run by Head Chef Marcus Wilcox, this unassuming high street restaurant promises modern British food with a twist. A champion of West Country produce, Wilcox serves complex dishes alongside an extensive wine list. With four, six and eight course tasting menus as well as a vegetarian equivalent on request, Sienna has just five tables so booking ahead is recommended.

Location: Dorchester

Website: www.siennadorchester.co.uk

Our Nearest Property: The Water Tower – Approx. 31 miles

The Pig on the Beach

Style of Food: British | Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish & Vegetarian

Awards: Michelin Guide, Two AA Rosettes

With an emphasis on fresh, clean flavours, the menu at The Pig is inspired by the Dorset coast and countryside. Overseen by Chef James Golding and Head Chef Andy Wright, tuck into simple but delicious British food.

Location: Studland

Website: www.thepighotel.com/on-the-beach

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 1 mile

Yalbury Cottage

Style of Food: Anglo-French | Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish & Vegetarian

Awards: Gourmet Guide, Michelin Guide, Harden’s Guide

Run by Jamie Jones, former Executive Chef with Four Seasons, this exquisite restaurant is renowned for its seasonal food from the best suppliers in Dorset. Yalbury Cottage offers a creative but classical French menu in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Location: Dorchester

Website: www.yalburycottage.com/eating

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 23 miles

Mortons House Restaurant

Style of Food: British and International | Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish & Vegetarian

Awards: Two AA Rosettes

Friendly and unpretentious, Mortons House is all about informal dining in tranquil surroundings. With a reputation for British and international cuisine, traditional dishes are served with innovative twists to tempt the palate.

Location: Corfe Castle

Website: www.mortonshouse.co.uk/dining

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Aprrox. 6 miles

HIX Oyster & Fish House

Style of Food: Seafood & Shellfish | Focus of the Menu: Fish, Shellfish, Meat & Vegetarian

Awards: Michelin Guide

Perched on the clifftop with panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast, this modern Scandi-style restaurant serves exceptional locally sourced fish and seafood. From Lyme Bay shellfish soup to Portland Pearl Oysters, diners are guaranteed incredible food in a stunning setting.

Location: Lyme Regis

Website: www.hixrestaurants.co.uk/restaurant/hix-oyster-fish-house

Our Nearest Property: The Water Tower – Approx. 3 miles

La Fleur de Lys

Style of Food: Anglo-French | Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish & Vegetarian

Awards: Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide and Two AA Rosettes

This creeper-covered restaurant is set in a former girls boarding school and serves an ever-changing menu of traditional and modern Anglo-French food. Using high quality ingredients, indulge in a tantalising selection of veal sweetbreads, lobster ravioli and shellfish with Champagne sauce.

Location: Shaftesbury

Website: www.lafleurdelys.co.uk

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 38 miles

The Jetty

Style of Food: European | Focus of the Menu: Fish, Shellfish, Meat & Vegetarian

Awards: Michelin Guide, Two AA Rosettes, Good Food Guide

Set on the water’s edge in the grounds of Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, The Jetty is all about good food in a beautifully relaxed setting. With fresh fish caught and landed daily from Mudeford Quay, sample the region’s finest flavours to a spectacular harbour view backdrop.

Location: Christchurch

Website: www.thejetty.co.uk

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 17 miles (ferry) and 32 miles (car)

Limestone

Style of Food: British | Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish & Vegetarian

With an emphasis on quality produce from small local suppliers, Head Chef Jon Box brings creativity, enthusiasm and local knowledge to this hearty West Country restaurant. Always popular, the daily changing specials board features a catch of the day and fresh Lulworth lobsters (subject to availability).

Location: West Lulworth

Website: www.limestonehotel.co.uk/restaurant

Our Nearest Property: Kirrin – Approx. 17 miles