This comfortable restaurant, has built a solid reputation for its high standard of cooking, and draws customers in from many miles around.
The kitchen, headed by Marcus Wilcox, offers a menu follows the seasons and relies heavily on carefully-sourced local ingredients. Dishes such as 'Crisp Ham with Parsnip, Pear & Cumin'; 'Poached Squid with Oxtail & Autumn Truffle' and 'Ballotine of Wood Pigeon wrapped in Prosciutto with Roasted Baby Beetroot and Parsley Root Purée' set the style for starters.
Perhaps 'Fillet of Veal with Pinenuts, Celeriac, Trompette Mushrooms & White Asparagus'; 'Monkfish Curry with Cauliflower, Mango & Lime'; 'Breast of Grouse with Beetroot, Salted Fruit & Cabbage'; 'Sea Bass with Seaweed, Orange, Chestnut & Spinach' and 'Risotto with Bubble & Squeak, Duck Egg & Cheese Straws amongst the mains.
As much care goes into the desserts with possibly 'White Chocolate Viennetta with Lemon, Hazelnut & Sorbet' and 'Blueberry Parfait with Sour Berries, Sheep Curd & Peach' to tempt you. Those with a more savoury tooth will enjoy their selection of West Country cheeses.
Children are welcome if they are well-behaved, and can eat from the normal menu.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00; set L £25.50 (2 courses) to £28.50; mains about £16 to £23
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.00; mains about £16 to £23; Tasting Menu £70 (whole table only)
- Seats: 15
- Wine: an interesting list licks off in the early £20's
- Children's portions: No, see above
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Dorchester Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: Sun & Mon; Bank Holidays - plus one week at the end of October
- Air conditioned