Restaurants

Top Choice Modern British in Sherborne

Green

In this affable, elegant eatery, the furniture is more chic than shabby and the food is pure West Country élan. Dorset goodies might include steamed Lyme Bay brill made fragrant with wild garlic, or saddle of local …
Top Choice French in Poole

Guildhall Tavern

Poole's top table consistently delights as it combines local ingredients with lashings of French flair. Predictably, fish features strongly – the vanilla-infused confit salmon is superb; succulent skate wing comes à…
Top Choice British in Lyme Regis

Alexandra

It's like the setting for an Agatha Christie, minus the murder. Wicker chairs dot manicured lawns, glittering Lyme Bay sweeps out behind. The perfect spot for a proper English afternoon tea, complete with scones, ja…
Top Choice Seafood in Isle of Portland

Crab House Cafe

This is where the locals make for on hot summer days, to sit beside the Fleet Lagoon amid beach-shack-chic tucking into fresh-as-it-gets seafood. Fish is enlivened by chilli, curry, lemon and herbs; crab comes spicy…
Top Choice Fish & Chips in Weymouth

Marlboro

A sustainable slant and a 40-year history help lift this traditional chippy, just yards from Weymouth's quay, above its rivals – mackerel features among the long list of super-fresh fish. Take it away and duck the s…
Top Choice Seafood in Lyme Regis

Hix Oyster & Fish House

Expect sweeping views of the Cobb and dazzling food at this super-stylish, open-plan cabin. Lyme Bay shellfish soup comes with Cornish pastis liqueur; Newlyn hake head comes with Poole cockles. Perhaps start by slur…
Top Choice French in Dorchester

No 6

The local goodies here are dished up with more than a soupçon of French finesse. Expect oven-roasted duck with a Normandy cider sauce; net-fresh, simply cooked fish, and a corker of a West Country–themed cheese boar…
Top Choice Bistro in Bournemouth

Urban Reef

On sunny weekends a cool crowd queues out the door at funky Urban Reef. No wonder: a waterfront deck and balcony, punchy coffee, top-notch snacks and quality, sustainable restaurant fare. On stormy days snuggle down…
Seafood in Bournemouth

West Beach

The seafood and setting are hard to beat – bag a chair on the decking beside the sand, watch the waves lap Bournemouth Pier and tuck into perfectly cooked, perfectly fresh fish; perhaps grey mullet with chorizo and …
Bistro in Bournemouth

Reef Encounter

Big squishy sofas, a mellow soundtrack and a sea-view terrace give this chilled-out eatery a surf bar vibe. Imaginative takes on brunch include smoked salmon, egg and avocado, or opt for tasty burgers, ribs and wing…