Food glorious Dorset food!

Dorset is renowned for its fantastic selection of food,  we have sourced a collection of places to eat, places to buy, places to visit and food to try.  We hope, like us, once you have tried the produce our beloved Dorset has to offer try you will be hooked and wanting more.
Dorset Cottage Holidays are really passionate about food that is locally sourced and of exceptional quality. In this blog we have put hunted out locally sourced food and drink, that we hope you enjoy. We also have personally been too and tried all the produce so you know its good….because we are fussy!

Places to Eat In Dorset

dorset pub of the year halfway house

The Halfway Inn

Halfway Inn – Nr Corfe Castle
This dog friendly 16th century thatched pub is a walker’s delight being only opposite Hartland Heath that boasts fantastic walks. With great staff, a colourful history and great food it ticks all the boxes.  The Goats Cheese Lasagne is a must, as is the Blanched Whitebait, the staff fuss over dogs with a biscuit jar on the bar.

Scott Arms – Kingston
A pretty pub with probably the best views in the Purbecks, serving fantastic food, local ales and at weekends what really makes this pub unique is its Jerk shack which serves up King Prawns, Chicken and Pork Caribbean style!

The New Inn – Church Knowle
A tradition village pub serving British food with a modern twist. If its seafood you’re after then go no further as this pub has an amazing selection. From Lobster to sardines the whole menu is a culinary delight!
A note for your diary – 25th August till the 11th September the New Inn hosts a summer seafood festival

Seventh Wave – Durlston
Located in the grounds of Durlston Castle and Park, the Seventh Wave restaurant is one of the Purbecks most spectacular view points. Overlooking the sea with Old Harry, The Isle of White on your left and Portland Bill on your right its makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. The outside seating area gives you a perfect place to eat your food and take in the views. Durlston also offers the best place to see dolphins, be sure to get there early in the morning for the best chance of spotting them!

The Kings arms – Portesham
Located on the spectacular coastal road between Weymouth and West Bay the Kings Arms is a great family friendly pub, with its large garden, pretty stream running through its garden, spacious indoor seating area it is a fantastic place to stop and refresh. A real must is the Sunday lunch, a generous plate of food for a brilliant price, I don’t know how or what they do the purple cabbage but it’s amazing!!!

The Manor House – West Bexington
A hidden gem that is a real treat. A beautiful old Manor in a secluded area along the famous Fleet coastline, made famous through programs such as Broadchurch the atmosphere here is lovely, the only sound is seagulls and the chatter of other people. The menu offers a variety of food but at a sensible price. A personal recommendation to try the Crab sandwich!

Farm Shops in Dorset

Farm Shops – in case you’re feeling inspired to rustle up your own Dorset feast!

Washingpool Farm – Bridport
Just been awarded the Gold taste award 2016 Washingpool Farm shop has carefully sourced a variety of locally source treats.

The Dorset Charcuterie Company – Lytchett Minster
Started in 2010 with help from the Princes trust this company has firmly made their mark. Only sourcing free range, wild and tradition breeds directly from small farms within the Purbecks.

Norden Farm shop – Norden
Starting off as just a small shed selling chicken eggs this great shop has grown from strength to strength having recently had a refurb it now sells everything from locally baked cakes to Goat meat.
A small selection of our local treasures

Local Dorset Producers With A Twist.

Black Cow – Pure Milk Vodka
Made purely from the rich milk of grass only grazed cows, this smooth and unique spirit will be impress even the fussy drinkers

Dorset Cereals
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, with the huge and interesting variety Dorset Cereals has to offer you will be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The chocolate granola with a table spoon of Yeo Valley yogurt and fresh strawberries is amazing!!!!

Lyme Bay Winery
A unique selection of ciders, fruit wines, meads, fruit liqueurs and English wines all lovingly made by a dedicated team of staff. From nettle wine to traditional mead, each bottle tastes amazing.

Woolery Cheese
Yum yum yum!
Award winning family run business that produces cow and goats cheese. All naturally handmade and tastes great, perfect to add to your picnic or add to your salad.

Dorset Pie company
Who doesn’t love a pie? Founded only in 2013 this outstanding company uses only locally sourced ingredients – make sure you try the Venison and Chorizo

chococo chocolate makers in swanage dorsetChococo – Swanage
This great little shop come café is tucked behind the main street in Swanage offering not only yummy and quirky chocolates but the best hot chocolate around!

Purbeck Ice cream
Made with fresh milk, thick double cream and natural flavourings the variety Purbeck Ice cream has to offer is huge but it’s not your average chocolate, vanilla and strawberry supplier……there’s blood orange sorbet, sweet fennel ice cream, crackling chocolate, beetroot sorbet, honeycomb hash, salted caramel and more!!!!!

Olives Et Al
Mouth-watering company who’s shop in Sturminster Newton is heaven. The staff are helpful, the variety in the shop is great and they are now selling their produce in most farms shops and café around Dorset. As well as the tradition olives they also have Dukkha which is great on roast potatoes and a selection of salad dressings – be sure to try the beetroot and thyme dressing with chopped yellow and red pepper and tomatoes – amazing!

Chesil Smokery
If you’re yet to try smoked food whether it be fish or meat be warned as once you have sampled this companies food you will be hooked! The food is only put in the smoker once you have ordered it so it is a fresh as can be. Chesil smokery also does pressie boxes that can be delivered to your door….perfect for when you are coming to stay in one of cottages!

Dorset Food Festivals

Church Knowle food fayre – 17th July
Food Rocks – Mark Hix Oyster and Fish house – Lyme Regis – 3rd and 4th September
Great Dorset Chilli Festival 30th July
Ale and Cider festival – Corfe Castle 26-29th August

This is just a small selection of yummy treats Dorset has to offer, here at Dorset Cottage holidays we are always happy to advise and help in your decision on where to get and where to source your food,because like you we love Dorset and all it has to offer.

Our cottages are in a prime position to be able to offer you the best Dorset has to give, please visit Dorset Cottage Holidays website.