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. Booking essential
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. Booking essential.
The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole. - 7 miles : 01935 872337
Village pub serving good homecooked food. Scrubbed pine and Farrow and Ball colours.
The New Inn, Cerne Abbas - 9 miles : 01300 341274
Well presented good food, informal atmosphere, and some traditional pub grub.
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. Recommended, and booking essential.
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.
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.
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.