9 restaurants in Shaftesbury
Restaurants in Shaftesbury:
Lower Street, Donhead St Andrew, Shaftesbury, SP7 9EE [Map]
Forester Inn brings together rustic and chic elements to create an interesting and appealing contrast, where the exterior with its thatched roof quietly underplays the luxurious interior with its stone walls, warm fireplace and a superb vaulted ceiling. This 14th century Donhead inn is more like a modern day boutique hotel although loyalists will find that the image of a gastropub does sit well on Forester's even it might seem a little askew at first. Outside seating offers pretty views of the countryside and is a popular seating option in summer.
The food is of exceptional quality, a statement amply justified when faced with dishes like Serrano wrapped fillet of pork with seared foie gras, chargrilled loin of swordfish or rillets of rabbit with poached prunes. All ingredients are fresh particularly the fish, and patrons are of the opinion that the weekday set lunch menu offers great value. Real ales and beers helpfully ease your thirst and accompany the meals excellently.
Lowe Blandford Road, Compton Abbas, nr Shaftesbury, SP7 0NL [Map]
Café, English, Restaurant
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AW [Map]
Shaftesbury is perched on a hill top overlooking Blackmore Vale. La Fleur de Lys shares those views even better from its position on the edge of the town. As the name might imply the menu has a Gallic influence but using the best of local ingredients to meet the varying needs of the clientele. Results are certainly modern in style, without being over-clever. House wine at £12 is supported by a French leaning list with some of the higher price bottles a real find.
Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, SP7 9PX [Map]
Everything, including even the sorbets and petits fours, is made on the premises. The high standard of food produced is reflective of Ryan's training at restaurants including the Michelin Star rated Le Poussin at Lyndhurst, Hampshire and The Chesil Rectory in Winchester. They offer a set priced lunch menu starting at £13 for two courses and a set evening menu at £35 for three courses.
Middlemarsh, nr Shaftesbury, DT9 5QN [Map]
Best Western Royal Chase Hotel, Royal Chase Roundabout, Shaftesbury, SP7 8DB [Map]
It seems unlikely that the original inhabitants of this former monastery would recognize either the victuals or the surroundings in present form, though rumour has it that the upper echelons looked after themselves quite well. The decor and general setting of the dining room is warmly restrained and in summer the terrace offers a delightful alternative. Mark Newton presides at the stoves to produce an interesting range of dishes of varying degrees of intricacy. The grills, using local meats, are notable. The fish too is reliable. A reliable wine list with house at £12.
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