Home to some of the most spectacular sights in the UK, such as Old Harry Rocks, Durdle Door, and an abundance of stunning beaches, Dorset’s food scene has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Covered in farmland and situated on the stunning Jurassic Coast, Dorset’s local produce is world class, encouraging chefs across the county to really push themselves creatively to make the most of this bountiful offering. From succulent beef, luscious lamb, and some of the UK’s best seafood, local pubs and restaurants thrive in this environment.
Of course, it’s not just the stunning produce that makes Dorset the perfect place for foodies to hang out, but the county is also famous for its numerous fantastic country pubs, giving you the chance to sit back and relax with a cold beer while you take in Dorset’s dreamlike surroundings.
To help you navigate your way through the many pubs across the region, here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite Dorset pubs for you to drink and dine in this season.
A popular pub with both locals and visitors much further afield due to its welcoming staff, well-priced quality fare and striking interior, The Grasshopper in Poole seamlessly blends traditional charm with a fresh and modern feel and is one of our favourite haunts in the region. Drawing you in with its warm and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel relaxed within the pub’s wood-panelled interior paired with retro antiques, chandeliers, and large indoor palm trees.
Their extensive menu boasts a varied choice of traditional pub fare but with a contemporary interpretation. Start with wild mushrooms atop sourdough bread and scrumptious garlic prawns then move onto the British rose weal tenderloin or the beautiful pan-seared duck breast.
A former winner of the Dorset Dining Pub of the Year, this beautifully refurbished pub boasts brilliant British dining, elegant furnishings, and a relaxing ambience. With a kitchen run by multi-award-winning chefs Nick Brooke and Mark Miller, the pub’s menu showcases a stunning selection of traditional British dishes and is famous for its grill selection.
Serving the highest quality beef carefully selected from specialist butchers or delivered direct from local farms or neighbouring counties, if you’re a beef lover you’ll be in heaven at The Kings Arms. To complement the fine food, the bar also serves over 36 wines from around the world including award-winning reds that have been chosen specifically to be served alongside the beef dishes.
Situated in the picturesque village of Sydling St Nicholas in the heart of Thomas Hardy country is The Greyhound. Offering the very best of home-from-home comfort, The Greyhound has been completely refurbished and now boasts a gorgeous glass and oak conservatory area perfect for outdoor dining.
The Greyhound is famous for its high standards when it comes to dining. It was awarded Dorset’s Best Pub for Food twice and has featured in both The Good Pub Guide and the Good Beer Guide 2018. The pub’s menu constantly changes to showcase the region’s finest produce including Dorset beef, seasonal game such as venison and wild boar, and fish straight from the Jurassic Coast.
Situated in the charming village of Stratton in West Dorset, this rural thatched pub, voted West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017, is one of the best in the country. Newly refurbished, The Saxon Arms prides itself on offering high-quality food at affordable prices.
With a kitchen run by head chef Gareth Homer, previously voted Dorset’s Rungis Chef of the Year, the pub’s menu features a tantalising selection of daily changing specials and boasts a broad range of classic British favourites such as fresh local fish, prime English meats, local game, and vegetarian dishes. The pub welcomes all, including dogs of course, and accommodates many local clubs and associations with its welcoming hospitality and first-class food. It’s exactly what a Great British pub should be.
A stunning thatched 17th-century pub situated in the picturesque village of Stoborough and just a few minutes’ drive from the golden sandy beaches and awe-inspiring views of the Jurassic Coast, The Kings Arms exudes tons of character and warmth.
The menu showcases delicious dishes designed by the award-winning head chef, combining a mouth-watering mix of the modern and traditional. A must-visit destination for foodies, try the unique flavours of the chef’s own seafood casserole or go for the local and homemade 8oz prime Purbeck venison burger. With regularly changing specials, the menu offers something for everyone.
A popular pit-stop for ramblers, cyclists, and those wanting to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside, The Mitre Inn is the perfect place to rest and enjoy some delicious pub grub. Why not start with the duck and pork pâté or the sumptuous fish platter before moving onto the perfectly cooked homemade steak and kidney pie with fresh vegetables and new potatoes? With a constantly changing menu, you’ll always be spoiled for choice whether it’s your first or fortieth visit.
The service here is always exceptional thanks to the pub’s friendly, attentive, and welcoming team, and in the summer months, the beer garden or spacious marquee allows guests to enjoy their delicious meals outside.
For even more fantastic pubs in Dorset, get your free copy of our Dorset Food and Drink Guide here.