Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Gastro Pub of the Year

PUBLISHED: 08:56 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 07 October 2016

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Gastro Pub of the Year

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Gastro Pub of the Year


Combining country pubs and dining pubs, the whole eating out experience needed to be taken into account in this category. Here, we announce the winner of Dorset Magazine’s Gastro Pub of the Year 2016


The Kings Arms, Portesham

The menu at this traditional country pub reflects both Dorset’s coast and countryside sourcing 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 Jo and Lee have turned this village pub into a food destination, and they loved the classic pub grub alongside more unusual dishes. Mentioned in dispatches was the wood fired pizza oven in the garden with its mouth watering combinations like the Possum Porker with pulled pork and caramelised apple. One reader summed it up as: “A fantastic pub which has become a firm favourite with us thanks to its great menu and outstanding hosts.”

The White Post, Rimpton

With the Somerset and Dorset county line running through the middle of its restaurant, The White Post has a menu inspired by food and drink from both counties. Run by Brett Sutton and his wife Kelly, readers describe Brett as a chef at the top of his game, who creates innovative mouth-watering dishes using superb locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Whether it’s a simple pub lunch of local gammon, dripping cooked chips and Blackacre Farm eggs or a 10 course seasonally inspired tasting menu with matching wine flight, our readers said this outstanding pub offered outstanding food run by outstanding people.

And the winner is…

The Anchor Inn, Seatown

Idyllically located beneath Golden Cap on the Jurassic Coast our readers raved about the locally landed fish, tasty platters, homemade burgers and imaginative veggie dishes served at this seaside pub. “Sublime food in a gorgeous setting with fabulous service,” said one. They loved the dazzling array of locally sourced ingredients celebrated in the innovative ‘land, sea and field’ menu created by Head Chef, Jean Paul De Ronne - whether it’s the Smuggler’s Burger with Dorset wasabi mayo and blackened spiced pulled brisket or the Black Cow Vodka and anise sea trout gravlax with foraged sea buckthorn curd. “I am instantly hungry when I read the menu board with the daily specials,” said one reader. “The cocktail list is fabulous too. I have often spent a whole day there working my way through both menus!”

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Pub of the Year was sponsored by Orchard Park

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