Food and Drink in Dorset

Dorset Food and Drink 

Dorset food and drink is some of the finest in the country, from fabulous places to eat out, wonderful farmers’ markets and Food Festivals, all celebrating the wealth of local produce from lush countryside and sparkling seas. Come and enjoy the true taste of Dorset

Dorset Food & Drink is an organisation founded to celebrate the best producers and purveyors to be found in this beautiful and verdant county.

Listed below are some of the many festivals held each year to celebrate the diverse produce derived from the sea and countryside.

Food and Drink Festivals – Calendar of Events

The following calendar is based on 2019- before COVID restrictions were put into place. It is to be hoped the most, if not all events will take place in 2021.

April

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival, Kingston Maurward,

Dorset Knob Throwing

Apart from having fun with the Dorset Knob, sample, taste and purchase a fine range of foods including breads, cheeses, ciders, meats game & poultry, pies, preserves, and puddings in addition to chocolate, coffee and wine supplied by well respected local businesses. 

May

Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival
Dorset Food Events
Numerous food stalls and cooking demonstrations. Festival entertainment including the annual Cheese Run on Gold Hill,

Springtide, The Jurassic Food Festival
Burton Bradstock

Sherborne Castle County Fair

Sherborne County Fair

 

June

Swanage Fish Festival, Swanage 
Swanage Food Festival
Cooking demonstrations by day and stalls offering a mouth-watering array of exotic fish fare and locally sourced fresh catch of the day’, champagne and oysters, or a humble fish finger bap

Bridport Food Festival, Bridport  
Bridport Food Festival
‘Everything delicious in the Bridport area’ a celebration of locally sourced food and drink. Stalls and cookery demos.

July

Dorset Seafood Festival 
Dorset Seafood Festival

The award winning, free to attend  Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival taking place around Weymouth’s famous historic harbour

August

Food Rocks Lyme Regis
Food Rocks Lyme Regis
Food Rocks has just celebrated its fifth year of fun and food, the brain child of chef Mark Hix. The aim of the annual event is to promote his hometown Lyme Regis, by presenting some of the best food, producers and suppliers that Dorset and the South West has to offer. The main stage offers interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings.

September

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
The Blackmore Vale was referred to by Thomas Hardy as ‘The vale of little dairies’. The festival includes stalls from a wide range of cheese and other local food and drink suppliers and cookery demos. 

October

The Wimborne Food Festival
Wimborne Food Festival
Nearly 100 food and drink stalls and a wide range of cookery demonstrations

November

Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair, Athelhampton House, 
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Over 50 food stalls in this historic house. ‘the fair aims to be a true celebration of Dorset’

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Places to eat along the Jurassic Coast 

Discover some of the best Dorset food and drink in one of the restaurants and cafes listed below

Lyme Regis

Hix Oyster and Fish House     Wonderful location, good food but relatively expensive. Patchy feedback on service

Tierra Kitchen                          Vegetarian restaurant with consistently good feedback

The Millside Restaurant          Located in one of the oldest parts of the town, provides delicious food using locally sourced ingredients

Food on the go :   Lyme Regis has several pasty shops and delis- and a fudge shop!

Seatown

The Anchor Inn                       Busy beachside inn, voted ‘Gastro-pub of the Year’  in the Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2017

West Bay

There are several excellent fish restaurants in this harbour town, the best being

The Riverside                          Not an imposing exterior – but the food is great!

Burton Bradstock  

Hive Beach Cafe                     Great location, great food- fresh fish   and home -made cakes                              

Weymouth

The Crab House Cafe              Located on the outskirts of Weymouth overlooking Portland, this is an excellent fish restaurant,

                                                     voted ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’   in The Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2017

Mallams Restaurant                 Fine dining,  harbourside

The Crustacean Restaunt        Fish restaurant

 Dorset Burger Company         Independent restaurant with emphasis on locally sourced produce

 Taste Café Chesil                      Overlooking the Fleet and Chesil Beach a lovely place to stop for refreshments

Lulworth

The Limestone House             Excellent dining in in West Lulworth just above the Cove

The Lulworth Cove Inn            Just a stones throw from the Cove itself with good pub food, Dog- friendly too

Lulworth Lodge                       Situated very close to the Cove itself serving ‘bistro’  food with an emphasis on local ingredients

Kingston                        

The Scott Arms                      Popular inn, recently listed as  one of ‘The Times top 25 Country pubs for food’.

Corfe  

The Morton House Hotel      The hotel has held a 2 AA rosette for good quality local food since 2002

Swanage                        

The Salt Pig Too                    Good Café with excellent locally produced food- the original Salt Pig being in nearby Wareham.

 Studland                      

The Pig on the Beach             Excellent fine British dining with wonderful views over Studland Bay   Save

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