Crab House Café
Labelled ‘an epic, Homeric, three-ring spectacle of fishy magnificence’, it is clear the Crab House Café is a remarkable restaurant. Overlooking Chesil Beach and home to the Portland Royal Oyster Farm, this restaurant is one of the South West’s hidden pearls.
Its exceptional surroundings are matched by the talent of its chef Will Smith, who has created a spectacular seafood menu that has to be sampled to be believed and is more than worthy of its AA rosette. Most loved are the fresh local crabs, which are caught along the English Channel before being served traditionally cold, or chopped in half and steamed in garlic, chilli, ginger and herbs. The delicious menu also features an abundance of delights that change daily depending on what the fishermen have caught. Oysters come straight from the Crab House Café’s own oyster farm, so you can devour them at your table within minutes of them leaving the water. With desserts like pears poached in honey and lavender, it’s all too easy to surrender to self-indulgence. Complete the whole experience with any of the wonderful world wines.
Crab House Café has approval from top chefs such as Rick Stein, as well as from broadsheet supplements like The Independent, who gave the Crab House a five-star review. You can also read owner Nigel Bloxham’s Crab House Café book for inspiring recipes from the kitchen. Treat yourself to an extraordinary dining experience at the Crab House Café, before heading down to Billy Winters, a relaxed boho bar and diner, and Nigel Bloxham’s latest venture.