With an executive chef who once worked in one of America’s top ten hotel restaurants, Summer Lodge Hotel’s restaurant leads the way in fine dining in Dorset. The chef’s reputation has attracted foodies from miles around since he started his own venture on English soil, and along with his dedicated team he impresses every time.
The restaurant focuses on British classics with modern European influences and it’s an exciting approach to dining that has reviewers making glowing notes even before they’ve left their tables. The menu is rich in local produce, including fish and meat – and where possible the ingredients are even grown in the restaurant’s garden. The Sunday lunches are always popular, and whether you go for a roast with all the usual trimmings or try something else from the menu you’ll enjoy that laidback weekend feeling at Summer Lodge.
Speaking of laidback, those with reservations for dinner sittings can join one of the hotel’s foraging trips free of charge. River Cottage’s John Wright leads groups out and about to peer into rock pools and inspect the natural world nearby for edible ingredients. Better yet, if you give your findings to the award-winning chefs in the kitchen they’ll incorporate them into the evening’s dishes.