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Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Best Restaurant/ Dining Experience

PUBLISHED: 08:56 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 07 October 2016

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Best Restaurant/ Dining Experience

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Best Restaurant/ Dining Experience


Everything from the décor and service to the food and the wine list that make dining such a pleasure were judged for this prestigious award. Here, we announce Dorset Magazine’s Best Restaurant/ Dining Experience 2016


Al Molo, Weymouth

Weymouth’s elegant art deco Pier Bandstand is where you will find this fine dining Italian restaurant, opened by Tim Newton and his partner Giuseppe Vannucci last year. Readers loved the superb fresh pasta made by Giuseppe, such as veal ravioli with walnuts, baby spinach and cream. Service was described as first class and readers said the food was “authentic and delicious” accompanied by “stunning views across Weymouth Bay”.

The Larder House, Southbourne

It wasn’t just the cocktails at The Larder House that our readers found “simply mind-blowing”, the food they serve is firing up their taste buds too. Founded by award-winning bartender James Fowler in 2011, readers loved the laid back atmosphere and friendly staff at The Larder House. They raved about the dishes cooked in the wood fired oven such as the rosemary and thyme roasted Chateaubriand. “From fine food through to amazing cocktails every meal here is a great experience,” said one satisfied reader.

And the winner is…

Roots, Southbourne

Opened in November 2015, Roots offers highly innovative 5 and 7 course tasting menus, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients in unusual and beautifully presented combinations. The dazzling menus are devised by Jan Bretschneider, who runs Roots with his wife Stacey, a talented pastry chef. With dishes like a sweet and savoury pot of carrot with tarragon snow and desserts such as chocolate parfait with sour cherry sorbet and edible twigs, readers described eating here as “An exciting taste adventure with amazing combinations of flavours and visual artistry.”

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*Best Restaurant / Dining Experience of the Year was sponsored by Furleigh Estate


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