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Top places to eat in Dorset

We've said it before but we'll say it again, Dorset offers some of the best places to eat and drink in the South West. These are our pick of the top fine dining experiences in the county to make your holiday feel super special.


During your holiday to Dorset, we’d recommend trying some of the county’s best produce. Depending on the time of year you might be able to catch a Christmas market or try some fishing or foraging but for year-round tasty goodness these are our top three venues for fine dining in Dorset. All restaurants take inspiration from the finest Dorset produce but bring their own unique twist to every dish. With all tastes and budgets catered for across the county, why not make your trip a little bit special with a visit to one of these?


Yalbury Cottage, Dorchester

Chef Jamie at the Yalbury, near Dorchester, strongly believes in bringing cooking back to its purest form so chooses only the finest ingredients from suppliers around the county for his menus. Taking inspiration from classical French dishes using the best Dorset produce, Yalsbury has a gorgeous mix of flavours to try. Served in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with a small but interesting cellar of wines, the Cottage thrive on offering every individual an exceptional dining experience. Try visiting for the Farmers Market Sunday Lunch where you’ll be served homemade canapes in the lounge or garden before sampling the best ingredients from across Dorset. 


Afternoon tea at the Summer Lodge Hotel in Dorset

Image Credit: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Evershot

Visit the Grade II listed Summer Lodge Country House Hotel to experience the epitome of luxurious country house charm. With an impressive wine list and delicious cuisine, Summer Lodge is a wonderful place to spend an evening (or two) whilst visiting Dorset. The restaurant serves traditional English dishes with a modern European twist. From the finest meats to delicately cooked fish, most ingredients used in these dishes are sourced from across Dorset and the Lodge’s own gardens. With a lunch special menu from Monday to Saturday and an a la carte dinner menu, there’s plenty to choose from for all tastes and budgets. If there’s something you fancy that’s not on the menu, Chef Steven will be sure to rustle up whatever you wish within the constraints of available ingredients. Summer Lodge clearly go above and beyond to offer their guests the best dining experience.


Upper Deck Bar and Restaurant, Christchurch

Combining coastal heritage with yacht chic, Upper Deck is a place to relax, dine and drink the day away in Christchurch. The menus are created by award winning Chef Patron Alex Aitken with the dishes reflecting his philosophy of fresh, seasonal and local. Aitken wants to create food that will keep guests coming back for more. The restaurant offers a broad menu and makes the most of the locale with Poole Bay rock oysters, cracked crab claws and even home-reared lamb, pork and beef. The Deck has special menus for groups making fine dining a real social occasion. On top of the gorgeous menus, there’s also cocktails, bites at the bar and a harbour view from the terrace. What more could you want from a fine dining experience in Dorset?


Keep enjoying the finest cuisine Dorset has to offer by staying in one of our Dorset Cottages.

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