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Explore Dorset’s finest eating and drinking establishments

Looking for some fantastic dining out opportunities in Dorset? Our handy eating and drinking guide divulges the best bars, restaurants, pubs and cafés to visit during your stay.

In the not-so-distant past, the county of Dorset was known more for its traditional Knob biscuits and delicious apple cake than its bars and eateries. However, in recent years this has changed dramatically, with foodies in the know flocking to the beautiful area to sample some of its best cuisines, as more and more fantastic restaurants, pubs and cafes are appearing in the county. While on your trip, you will not struggle for quality places to eat in Dorset.

Make sure to stop off at La Fosse in the charming village of Cranborne, a brilliant restaurant that prides itself on its use of the finest local produce. Another delightful restaurant in Dorset would be family-run Clavell’s Restaurant in the village of Kimmeridge. Housed in a historic thatched cottage, the eatery has an ethos of ‘from field to fork’, which is reflected in the varied meat dishes on the menu, sourced from the family’s own farm.

There are plenty of charming country pubs in Dorset. One that is steeped in both literary and factual history would be the 400-year-old Acorn Inn. Fans of Dorset-born novelist, Thomas Hardy, may know the pub as the ‘Sow and Angel’ in his novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. It now boasts two bars as well as an award-winning restaurant, all set in the tranquil village of Evershot. There are many cosy tearooms and quaint cafes in Dorset, which make for the perfect place to sample the county’s famous apple cake, this Dorset delicacy is not to be missed.

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  • Acorn Inn, dorset

    Acorn Inn

    28 Fore St
    DT2 0JW


    Set within a beautiful 16th century coaching inn, The Acorn Inn is an award-winning restaurant in Dorchester. Immaculately and elegantly furnished and decorated, The Acorn Inn prides itself on serving tasty food created from sustainable sources.

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    Clavell’s Restaurant

    BH20 5PE


    Clavell’s live by the ethos ‘from field to fork’, evident in their menu compiled of homemade dishes showcasing locally-sourced ingredients. Winner of a Gold award in the Taste of the West Awards, Clavell’s is a relaxed establishment, serving delicious and imaginative dishes.

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    La Fosse

    La Fosse at Cranborne and Restaurant
    8-9 The Square
    BH21 5PR

    Winner at the Taste of Dorset Awards in 2016, La Fosse is a delightful restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients of the highest quality and admire the charming views of rural Dorset whilst you dine.

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  • the greyhound inn

    The Greyhound Inn

    26 High St
    Sydling St Nicholas
    DT2 9PD


    Two-time winner at Dorset’s Dining Pub of the Year Awards, The Greyhound Inn is a no-frills establishment that promises mouth-watering, hearty meals. The menu changes daily, so you can expect an exciting variety of dishes to choose from.

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  • watch house cafe

    Watch House Café

    East Beach
    West Bay
    DT6 4EN

    01308 459330

    This café has undergone an extensive refurbishment and now boasts areas of outdoor seating set against a beautiful coastal backdrop. Admire the Jurassic Coast whilst tucking into a delicious cake and a cup of tea or perhaps sample one of their delightful, locally-sourced seafood dishes.

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