Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Dorset
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Dorset restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 113 restaurants in Dorset and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Dorset restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Dorset Restaurants
. Rick Stein
Fish & seafood restaurant in Sandbanks
10-14 Banks Rd - BH13
“A great improvement on the Padstow restaurant’s location!” – “the view across Poole Harbour is superb, as is the food and service” at this Stein empire yearling, which outscores all its stablemates including the original Seafood Restaurant, and which increasingly looks set to become the flagship of the group. The following report (of the many we received) nails the key points: “OK, so the Rick Stein brand has been slightly diluted, so we were prepared to be underwhelmed, but were very impressed. It’s a cool place, quite hushed, until about 10pm when the Sandbanks crowd let down their hair (along with their pretensions). But, the main point is, the fish is fabulous. Expensive compared to other smart restaurants, down in Dorset and in London, but good, very good. Second visit we took our much-loved Australian in-laws, who know how to eat well. They absolutely loved it!”
. Summer Lodge, Summer Lodge Country House
British, Modern restaurant in Evershot
“Fine dining at its best in the most relaxing environment” – this “grand” Relais & Châteaux country house hotel inspires nothing but enthusiasm for its romantic dining conservatory, and even if the food can seem rather “elaborate” it’s “beautifully cooked and presented”.
. Stock Hill Country House Hotel & Restaurant
East & Cent. European restaurant in Gillingham
2017 Review: For “a delightful experience in beautiful peaceful surroundings”, head to Peter Hauser’s “splendid” old-school country house hotel. “Quality ingredients are respectfully prepared (with some hints of Austrian influences)” to an outstanding level, while “wife Nita is a consistently charming front of house”.
. White Post
restaurant in Yeovil
Rimpton Hill - BA22
Brett & Kelly Sutton are “succeeding in spades” at their simply styled pub – now a restaurant-with-rooms; “Kelly always finds time to chat”, and Brett turns out “top quality, local and fabulous” food, with the “B&B and 10-course tasting menu” being “a joy to eat and fantastic value too”. Fact fans: the Somerset/Dorset border runs through the pub.
. Guildhall Tavern
Fish & seafood restaurant in Poole
15 Market Street - BH15
“A wonderful find tucked away in Poole” – a well-established local favourite “on the harbour seafront” where “a lovely French family serve the most fantastic seafood”.
British, Modern restaurant in Dorchester
36 High West Street - DT1
MasterChef finalist Marcus Wilcox, who took up the baton here in May 2015, seems to be an able replacement for former owners Russell & Elena Brown at this tiny 16-seat dining room, turning out “well-crafted” and “tasty” British food that’s “unlike anything else in Dorset”.
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