10 Castle Street
If you’ve ever felt you belonged in a different era, one of elegance and tranquillity, you’ll feel right at home at 10 Castle Street. This Grade II listed 18th-century country house hotel is tucked away in the charming village of Cranborne, offering an unforgettable setting and an equally impressive dining experience.
Thai-born, French-trained chef Bill Keera creates seasonal menus using fresh vegetables and fruit from the five-star hotel’s own garden, as well as locally farmed meat and fresh fish that has been hand-selected from Poole fish market. Bill skilfully marries Asian cooking influences with traditional British flavours, creating unique and delicious dishes. Seated in the drawing room, surrounded by comfy sofas, a crackling log fire and beautiful paintings, I enjoyed miso-marinated black cod, pickled cucumber and shimeji served with a drizzle of flavoursome ponzu sauce, followed by coconut and lemongrass-infused chicken breast with wok-fried greens and chilli and lime polenta cake. I finished my meal with mouth-watering white chocolate Baileys cheesecake, accompanied by a crisp South African sauvignon blanc. Also on offer are breakfasts, snacks, lunches and highly popular afternoon teas. Alternatively, simply stop by and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple or a freshly brewed coffee outside on the terrace. You won’t regret it.