Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton (DT2 7TD): Only a few yards from the house, but well worth a visit! It’s an award winning, 18th century thatched inn, that serves very good food and an excellent selection of local beers. Or kids love the burgers! Click here for pub website.
The Brace of Pheasants, Plush (DT2 7RQ): Only a few miles away, the pub was recently awarded Dorset Dining Pub of the Year Good Pub Guide, so well worth dropping in for lunch or dinner! We know the owners, Phil and Carol, and they would be delighted to see you. Book first though!
The Blue Vinny, Puddletown (DT2 8TE): Again, just a few miles away, we used to visit this pub regularly when we lived opposite! Good food, good beer and a large beer garden. Take a look at the website.
The Poachers Inn, Piddletrenthide (DT2 7QX): Next village along the valley, the Poachers Inn has a swimming pool that you can use if you’re eating there, so well worth a visit in the summer! Bit more info here.
The Hambro Arms, Milton Abbas ( DT11 0BP): We’ve only eaten there once, but it was very good. More foodie than a pub, it’s worth visiting just to have a walk around the ‘chocolate box’ village. Visit the pub’s website.
The Green, Sherborne (DT9 3HY): Been here quite a few times over the years and it never disappoints. a Grade II Listed ‘picture postcard’ building, serving locally sourced food. Very good. Click here for more info.
The Crab House Cafe, Wyke Regis (DT4 9YU): One of our absolute favourites! Nothing fancy about the place, just excellent, fresh seafood. We often go for a quick swim afterwards. Great fun. Take a look at their website.
The Riverside Restaurant, West Bay (DT6 4EZ): Another favourite. For a special occasion, this restaurant is a must. Famous for its fish, but a great varied menu. A cool place, great wine menu. Find out more here.
Rick Stein, Sandbanks (BH13 7QB): Haven’t been here, but Stein’s restaurants are always amazing. And the setting, with views across the water, is meant to be worth the visit! Click here for the website.
Zizzi’s, Dorchester (DT1 1QR): A favourite for our kids. It’s a great location too, within the Brewery Square complex. Cinema right next door!
Cote, Dorchester (DT1 1QR): Another chain restaurant within the Brewery Square complex. There’s also Nando’s and a very good Pizza Express.