Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Best Seafood Restaurant
PUBLISHED: 08:58 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 07 October 2016
We announce the winner of Best Seafood Restaurant. In this new category Dorset Magazine were looking for restaurants that celebrated the fabulous local seafood landed in this county and made this the star ingredient of their menus
Martin and Nikki Else are the passionate foodies behind this family run fish and chip shop with seafood restaurant which sources as much locally caught seafood as possible. Readers loved the variety of the dishes on offer including “Drunken Prawns” with a Jack Daniels sauce and the platter of mixed local shellfish served on a smoking bed of dry-ice. Their top notch fish and chips received high praise and readers were keen to tell us that you can opt for a gluten free batter. “Martin achieves a superb balance of flavours in his innovative dishes and the presentation is always excellent,” said one happy reader.
This popular local tapas bar in Penn Hill is owned by local fisherman and oyster producer Pete Miles who is a passionate and vocal champion of sustainable locally sourced fish. Almost all their seafood comes from Poole Bay, much of it from their own fisherman. Readers loved the daily menu including Poole Bay oysters, cockles, mussels, clams, lobster and crab. Seasonal and local ingredients are the star of Pete’s menus and readers marvelled at the range of different fish and tapas dishes on offer. “Never have I seen a restaurant adapt its menu daily just to ensure its produce is fresh and local” marvelled one reader.
And the winner is…
Situated on the edge of the Fleet Lagoon our readers love the informal ‘crabshack’ vibe of this venue. Chef proprietor Nigel Bloxham and his team source most of their fish and shellfish from Weymouth, and its often dropped off by the skippers, including line-caught sea bass from boats fishing just a stones throw away from where customers are dining. Readers loved the fact that they could tuck into oysters harvested from the Fleet just feet away and special mention was also made of the freshly caught Portland crab - served on boards with hammers and bib. “This is a place to fall in love with that will create wonderful memories you will talk about forever,” said one reader.
Best Seafood Restaurant was sponsored by Dorset Magazine