This pretty stone house, houses a good neighbourhood restaurant. The dining room, with its exposed beams, is a romantic place to eat, particularly in the evening, when it’s candlelit.
Chef/proprietor Sasha Matkevich sources top-quality, mainly local, ingredients have been given gentle modern make-overs – without hiding their intrinsic flavours.
So while the menu’s change with the seasons, starters such as ‘Chilled Melon Gazpacho with Red Pepper, Purple Basil & Chargrilled Cucumber’; ‘Free Range Chicken Ballotine with Walnut Aioli, Olive Oil Foccacia & Pickled Baby Vegetables’ and ‘Char-Grilled Scallops with Spiced Black Pudding Crisp, Puy Lentils & Sea Buckthorn Berries’ set the early summer style.
Perhaps to be followed by ‘Creedy Carver Duck Breast with Sir Fried Vegetables, Rye Noodles, Quince & Mirin Preserve’; ‘Sea Trout Steamed in Elderflower with Lobster Ravioli, Bisque & English Asparagus’ and ‘Fillet of West Country Beef with Potato Fondant, Potato Galette, Wild Asparagus & Cep Sauce’.
Desserts don’t disappoint, with perhaps ‘70% Dark Chocolate Fondant with Iced Dorset Clotted Cream, Sea Buckthorn & Toasted Almonds’ and ‘Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Snap & Caramel Sauce and Lime Leaf Ice Cream’ on offer.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00; mains about £10 to £17; set L Tues-Thurs £20 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.30; set D Tues-Thurs £20 (3 courses); mains about £14 to £17
- Seats: 50, plus 10 outside
- Wine: a concise, but well-balanced list, based on France, has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Sherborne Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: 2 weeks Feb, 1 week June, 1 week Sept, Bank Holidays
- Outside eating