Dorset's reputation for delicious places to eat grows year by year, with a number of excellent inns and restaurants serving delicious local food nearby.
Pubs serving excellent food:
The Acorn Inn, Evershot - 3 miles : 01935 83228
Good food, served in the restaurant or bar, with bar meals also available.
The Greyhound Inn, Sydling St Nicholas - 7 miles : 01300 341303
Well cooked food in a country pub. Wide range of choices and friendly hosts. Booking essential.
The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole. - 7 miles : 01935 872337
Village pub serving good food. Scrubbed pine and Farrow and Ball colours.
The Half Moon Inn, Melplash - 10 miles : 01308 488321
Excellent menu using local seasonal produce. Pub atmosphere with good service. Booking a good idea.
The New Inn, Cerne Abbas - 9 miles : 01300 341274
Well presented good food, informal atmosphere, and some traditional pub grub.
by the coast
Rachels at West Bay - Brilliant outdoor cafe serving ultra fresh scallops, fish, crab, and related dishes, fish and chips. Lunches only 12noon - 4pm approx. No bookings.
The Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock - serves fresh crab, fish and other goodies - open lunch times and early evening at weekends
Crab Shack near Portland - serves wonderful fish, crab and seafood - great for lunches or early evening, as you can sit outside
Wonderful Restaurants within easy driving distance:
Brassica, Beaminster - 7 miles 01308 538100
New restaurant since October 2014. Serves good contemporary food. Friendly owners and good reports. Booking essential.
Little Barwick House near Yeovil. - 7 miles 01935 423902
Excellent modern British food and lovely personal service from Emma
The Riverside, West Bay - 14 miles 01308 422011
Superb seafood restaurant with long established reputation.
River Cottage Canteen, Axminster - 21 miles 01297 631862
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, where there is also a deli. Friday (or Saturday) Nights at River Cottage are proving a huge success. Check their website for full details.
Hix Oyster House, Lyme Regis - 23 miles 01297 446910
Mark Hix grew up in Dorset, formerly of The Ivy and Caprice restaurants in London.
Summer Lodge Hotel, Evershot - 3 miles 01935 482000
Country house hotel with sophisticated restaurant and excellent wine list.
Best Local Pubs:
Fox Inn, Corscombe - 3 miles : 01935 892381 - Pretty thatched country pub offering a small balanced menu, informal friendly atmosphere.
Fox and Hounds, Cattistock - 5 miles 01300 320444 - Good honest pub food with beer on tap.
The New Inn, Stoke Abbott, near Beaminster - 10 miles : 01308 868333 - Traditional pub with cosy and relaxed atmosphere.