Best Gastro Pub of the Year winner at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2015
PUBLISHED: 01:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:51 09 December 2015
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Judges were looking for a pub that offered excellent customer service, value for money and quality of food, with a commitment to using local suppliers and seasonal produce
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Winner: The White Post, Rimpton
With the Somerset and Dorset county border line running straight through the middle of its restaurant, The White Post was described by many readers as a true ambassador for the area with a menu inspired by local food and drink. Run by Brett Sutton, who readers describe as a chef at the top of his game, mouth-watering dishes are cooked with flair using superb locally sourced seasonal ingredients, including ones foraged by him.
Highly Commended: The Kings Arms, Portesham
The menu at this traditional country pub reflects both Dorset’s coast and country with ingredients sourced as locally as possible including meat direct from local farms; they also offer a choice of real ales on rotation. Readers were impressed by how the owners have turned this local into a great food destination experience, but have retained the warm welcome of a village pub.
Highly Commended: The Wise Man, West Stafford
Traditional village pub meets rustic gastro cuisine at this pub in West Stafford. Head chef, Leigh and his team, have created a menu that brings together aspects of world cuisine with rural Dorset produce and Great British Classics. Our readers loved the combination of well-cooked food with imaginative twists and local sourcing.