Situated on the English Channel coast, the Southwestern English country of Dorset is famous among travellers for its beautiful coastlines, strikingly beautiful landscapes and its food. From farmer’s markets full of locally grown fruit and vegetables to an amazing array of seafood, Dorset is rich with some of the best produces in the world. Food is a really important part of this country, which makes it one of the best places to go for a food trip in England. Just find a nice Dorset holiday cottage to stay during your trip and head out to taste the classic newspaper full of English fish ‘n chips, the beloved Dorset cheese or some delectable modern western cuisine. You’ll be spoilt for choices when it comes to food in Dorset, and here’s a list of three restaurants in Dorset to have the ultimate gastronomical experience.
3. The Bluefish Café & Restaurant, Isle of Portland
Located just below the shingle bank at the Portland end of Chesil Beach; The Bluefish Café & Restaurant offers a really extravagant menu and unique dishes that make it one of the must visit restaurants during your Dorset food trip. Run by a young and enthusiastic French chef, this restaurant uses blue cheese, prunes, squid inks, chorizo and many more varied ingredients to provide you with overwhelming culinary experience.
Some of the brilliant dishes which you should try from this restaurant are braised pig cheeks with beetroot and gherkins, poached sea bass with local faggots and serrano ham, and also the scallops with black pudding and orange butter sauce. They also have one of the best and biggest moules frites you’ll ever get to eat.
2. Marlboro Restaurant and Weyfish fishmongers, Weymouth
Weymouth is most famous for the Jurassic Coastline and Olympics, but for the foodies among us, the true beauty of this place lies in the harbour area. The area is bejewelled with fresh produces bought up from the sea all the time, and you can buy and have some the freshest, most delicious seafood in this area.
In fact, there are so much seafood in this area that suggesting only one restaurant here is not possible for any respectable food lover. Visit the Marlboro Restaurant to have one of the best fish ‘n chips you’ll have in your life. The batter-fried haddock and chips or mackerel bap is the standout dishes which you must try from their menu.
After you have finished eating here, visit the nearby Weyfish fishmongers and get a bag of freshly caught Weymouth Bay prawns, boiled and served in their shell. The local whelks soaked in malt vinegar, or pickled Portland crabs are also some of the things which you should try here. Snack on and walk around the harbour watching the streets bustling with fishermen and dredgers bringing in fresh produce.
1. Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis
Owned by the famous gastronomy-magician Mark Hix, this small yet insanely beautiful restaurant offers one of the most brilliant experience of dining in Dorset. Hix Oyster & Fish House takes pride on serving the freshest and the best produce in a really simple style. You can taste some of the most brilliant dishes you can find in Dorset while enjoying some beautiful coastal views.
The simple grilled fish on the bone or the varieties of oysters that you find in this restaurant truly make a memorable meal. They also hosts and organises various food festivals which you must visit if you get the chance. The beautiful ambience, the excellent views and the soulful, simple yet extraordinary dishes truly makes Hix Oyster & Fish House the must-try restaurant while you are in Dorset.