Places to Eat & Drink in Dorset

One of the great lasting memories of any break away is finding fantastic places to enjoy and buy some incredible local food and drink. 

Want to eat in a restaurant where the food on your plate has come from their own kitchen garden or that the wine in your glass is from the local vineyard? Well that’s not a problem, as there are hundreds of eateries all over Dorset who serve local produce.

Local produce that dazzles the taste buds!

Dorset has some of the finest food and drink to be found anywhere and is famous the world over for its quality and quantity.

With our mild climate and fertile soil, the county is home to some of the finest local produce.  Couple that with some of the freshest seafood and you'll see why Dorset has a winning combination for fabulous food and drink. And as we know it’s important to you to know exactly where your fish or steak has come from, if it was farmed or caught in the area, we’ll definitely be telling you about it, so look on menus for local specialities.

Why not have a wander around one of the county’s many farmers’ markets, have a chat to some of the producers themselves and stock up on some wonderful local produce? You won’t believe the range of delicious food and drink on offer, much of which is organic and produced just a few miles from the market itself.

There are also many events taking place across the county throughout the year that celebrate our wonderful foodie delights. Enjoy a perfect day out where you can taste lots of produce, buy from some local producers and pick up tips at cookery demonstrations by top chefs from Dorset.

Enjoy delicious food and drink in delightful locations

Dorset boasts a number of award winning restaurants, tea rooms, seafront cafes and traditional Dorset pubs.

There really is something for all tastes, whatever your hunger craves.

With the quality of produce available in Dorset it is no wonder that some of the UK’s finest celebrity chefs have chosen Dorset as the location to set up their restaurants.  What could be better than having one of the country’s finest chefs working with the best local produce to prepare a dish just for you?

Tasty Takeaways

Many of Dorset’s restaurants, pubs and cafes offer takeaway services to collect or have delivered to your door.

It’s not just about Chinese, Pizza and Curry takeaways any more. Indulge in Sushi, French cuisine, Roast Dinners, Thai and of course Fish and Chips.

So give the cooker and dishwasher a break and support Dorset’s businesses with a takeaway at home.

Wash it all down with wonderful wines and awesome ales!

Whilst in Dorset make sure you sample some of our award winning ales and wines produced right here in Dorset.

Take a tour at of Palmers Brewery, England’s oldest thatched operating brewery or enjoy the fruits of the Furleigh Estate’s labour and enjoy a glass of award winning wine produced by vines growing on their rolling hills.

Make sure you visit Langham Estate Wine, where you can follow the production process from grape to bottle of their outstanding English Sparkling Wine…we’re bubbling with excitement already!

Ready to book your foodie break?

If good food and drink is a must for your holiday, Dorset is the place for you!

Make sure you book your break now and tantalise those taste buds with delicious Dorset fayre!

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Coast Restaurant - Grand Hotel

The Coast Restaurant is fully air-conditioned with commanding views across Swanage Bay, offering fine dining with exciting and innovative cuisine, using fresh local produce where...

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Key West Bar and Grill

Key West Restaurant Bar & Grill is a relaxed, must-visit destination located at the end of the iconic Bournemouth Pier. This location provides you with unrivalled panoramic views that will take...

Little Waddon Vineyard

Little Waddon Vineyard is a small boutique low-intervention vineyard producing wine without the use of pesticides or synthetic chemicals in a nature friendly way. Nestled in an Area of...

Mortons Manor Restaurant

Our award-winning restaurant is at the heart of Mortons Manor and sources from local Purbeck suppliers where possible for fresh ingredients, that together create a delicious and memorable experience....

Seasons Restaurant at The Eastbury Hotel and Spa

Seasons Restaurant at The Eastbury Hotel and Spa is a multi award winning 2 AA Rosette restaurant located in the centre of the beautiful, quaint and historic town of Sherborne in Dorset. Our executive...

Symondsbury Kitchen

Symondsbury Kitchen pride themselves in growing their own salad, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs in their vegetable garden. They also use their home made produce as well as their delicious home...

The Halfway Inn

The Halfway Inn is a beautiful and historic pub and is perfect for drinks, lunch or dinner. Situated in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck at the gateway to Swanage and Studland beach, the Halfway is...

The Kings Arms

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The Priory Hotel

The Priory Hotel offers accomplished menus, excellent wines, and professional friendly service. You will find a  subtle blend of classic and modern dishes, using locally sourced ingredients and...

The Sandford Pub

The Sandford Pub is a great place for lunch or dinner when you visit The Purbecks. We are a friendly family pub with large car park, beer garden, pets’ corner and children’s play area....

The Saxon Arms

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The Tea House Cocktail Parlour

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Pubs & Bars

Dorset has many traditional inns and family friendly pubs serving delicious dishes to try.


There's a variety of fantastic restaurants in Dorset offering mouth watering menus.

Cafes & Coffee Shops

If you're looking for a snack or drink, you’re never too far from a café or coffee shop in Dorset.

Afternoon Tea

Relax and enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea at one of Dorset’s superb restaurants or...

Farmers Markets

Farmers’ markets take place all across Dorset and are a great place to pick up some local Dorset...

Local Produce

Dorset’s lush pastures and miles of coastline mean the quality of its locally produce is difficult...

Celebrity Chefs

Many a top chef has relocated to Dorset to take advantage of fresh produce right on their doorstep!

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Food & Drink events

Dorset has plenty of festivals and events that celebrates our wonderful local produce.

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Gardens & Parks

Dorset’s mild climate makes it a perfect location for some truly magical gardens.

Heritage & Culture

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Dorset has a fantastic range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.