Dorset's reputation for delicious places to eat grows year by year, with a number of excellent pubs and restaurants serving delicious local food nearby.
Pubs serving excellent food:
The Acorn Inn, Evershot - 3 miles : 01935 83228
Very good food, served in the restaurant or bar, with bar meals also available. Warm and friendly service. Pretty village. This year it is absolutely essential to book as soon as you are able. Last minute most likely not possible.
The Greyhound Inn, Sydling St Nicholas - 7 miles : 01300 341303
Well cooked food in a country pub. Wide range of choices and friendly hosts. Also a pretty village and more relaxed than The Acorn. Booking essential.
The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole. - 7 miles : 01935 872337
Village pub serving good homecooked food. Scrubbed pine and Farrow and Ball colours. Good value, and friendly.
The Anchor or Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock - 12 miles : 01308 897228 or 01308 897259
Two good pubs in this village close to Bridport, informal atmosphere, and good food in both.
By the coast
The Clubhouse, West Bexington, DT2 9DG 01308 898302
New in 2017, almost on the beach, serving primarily fresh local fish and seafood. Simple menu offered for outside tables, and more elaborate for restaurant. Very good food. Recommended, and booking very essential. Closed Monday/Tuesday
Rachels at West Bay - Brilliant outdoor cafe serving ultra fresh scallops, fish, crab, fish and chips. Lunches only, 12noon - 4pm approx. Booking not possible
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 Serves good contemporary food. Small restaurant in the Square with friendly owners. Booking essential.
Little Barwick House near Yeovil. - 7 miles 01935 423902
Excellent modern British food and lovely personal service from owner Emma. Two or three course menus, which are a real treat. Good for a special occasion.
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.
Tierra Kitchen, Lyme Regis - 23 miles 01297 445189
Wonderful Vegetarian restaurant with interesting dishes for everyone. Open Tuesday - Saturday for dinner; and Wednesday - Saturday for lunch
Hix Oyster House, Lyme Regis - 23 miles 01297 446910
Mark Hix grew up in Dorset, formerly of The Ivy and Caprice restaurants in London. Small restaurant serving good food, not just oysters !
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. Good walks from here.