Thanks to all the generous hoteliers, restaurateurs and chefs who have supported Screen Bites this year, offering meals for two at their establishments, all of which specialise in local sourcing and seasonal produce.
We don’t tell our audience which Feast will be on offer at which venue, just to add a little excitement. So here are the Feasts, in alphabetical order
THE Acorn in Evershot is a real English country pub where locals come to enjoy a pint, a snack and skittles, hikers and riders stop in and visitors keep coming back for the delicious food cooked by chef Guy Horley, which has just won Gold in Taste of the West 2015. Bar and kids menus complement the a la carte offerings and daily specials.
Rich McGrath is head chef at the Anchor, a red-brick pub in the village of Shapwick, near Badbury Rings. There is a daily changing specials board, as well as a bistro style menu with something for all tastes, appetites and pockets. And the staff know the importance of an enjoyable, fun and social experience with friends and family.
Chettle, Blandford DT11 8DB :
01258 830096 – www.castlemanhotel.co.uk
The Castleman is an independent owner-managed hotel and Barbara Garnsworthy is owner, manager and head chef. Local sourcing is at the heart of the Castleman’s culinary style. Herbs, salads, vegetables and fruit are grown in the gardens, and if you are enjoying a traditional Sunday lunch, you can be told from exactly which of the local farms your meat has originated.
Matt Street is head chef at Sherborne’s award winning Eastbury Hotel, a boutique hotel in a Georgian house, where diners can enjoy their meals in the conservatory restaurant or outside on fine days. The kitchen team is committed to sourcing the finest local and seasonal ingredients, and Matt is inspired by the hard work and dedication of Dorset’s food producers.
Mark and Emmanuelle Hartstone gained their passion and experience in several great hotels and restaurants, including Chewton Glen, Pebble Beach, Le Manoir
aux Quat’Saisons and Blantyre Hotel (USA). Cheese specialist Mark’s menus always include details of the meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, and the “food miles” they have travelled to Cranborne. Mark was chosen as Chef of 2015 in the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.
Head chef Simon Clewlow, who worked in Bermuda with Anton Mossiman, is now settled in Dorset. He and his team prepare contemporary English cuisine at the Grange. They are committed to using fresh local and seasonal produce in his dishes, served in a restaurant overlooking the beautiful garden, floodlit at night. The Grange was judged the 2015 Dorset Tourism Best Small Hotel.
Regularly described as Britain’s most romantic hotel,
Howards House has a lovely restaurant, overlooking the delightful garden and the little river Teff.
Unlike so many chefs, Nick Wentworth’s passion is not fame but presenting food that is filled with its own flavour, using his experience and skill to bring out the best in local meats and game, seasonal fish and seafood and the freshest of vegetables. Howard’s House has just opened the original Coach House, restored and restyled as an event and function space.
Winners of Gold awards in the Taste of the West, Gordon and Kate Sutherland
and the hardworking and charming staff of Moreton Tea Rooms create their entire, and frequently changing, seasonal menus on the premises. Delicious home-made cakes are displayed on the handcart that took the body of Lawrence of Arabia to his grave.
They are once again providing tastings for our Purbeck Film Festival night at Moreton Village Hall
The Pig on the Beach’s greenhouse restaurant offers outstanding coastline sea views out to Old Harry Rocks. From garden to plate, what cannot be grown in The Pig’s well-stocked kitchen garden and fruit cages will be sourced within a 25-mile radius. The food is seasonal and influenced by the forest and coast, with the emphasis on fresh, clean flavours.
The Taste of the West Gold award winning pub, restaurant and inn at Corton Denham makes its Screen Bites debut this year. On the border between Dorset and Somerset, it’s a place of pilgrimage for foodies, whether ordering from the tempting a la carte menu or a homemade pork pie and a pint of local ale at the bar. Dogs and children are equally welcome, and there’s a terrace as well as the comfy bar and stylish restaurant where food and drink is served.
Consistently rated one of the country’s top seafood restaurants, The Riverside at West Bay has been a mecca for lovers of crab, lobster and other fresh seasonal fish for more than 50 years. Arthur and Jan Watson and their inspirational head chef Tony Shaw win high ratings in the Good Food Guide, and this year another Taste of the West gold award.
Formerly a coaching inn, the 18th century Ship
Inn on the A30 continues to provide a warm welcome to tourists and travellers, as well as being a favourite destination for locals wanting a proper village pub with real ales and good food. Owner Gavin Griggs, chef Bruce Cox and the team pride themselves on using local and seasonal ingredients. In 2016, The Ship won the Campaign for Real Ale’s Heart of Wessex area award and the regional round, and went on to be one of the finalists for the national title.
Fore Street, Evershot, DT2 0JR
01935 482000 : www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk
Summer Lodge, Red Carnation’s hotel in Evershot, is the choice of visitors from around the world. Built in 1798 as a dower house by the second Earl of Ilchester, it was refurbished by architect and writer Thomas Hardy, and modernised in 1932. The winners of our Pie Contest will enjoy a splendid tea in the beautiful restaurant – or in the gardens if they chose the weather wisely.
The Tickled Pig
26 West Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1NF
01202 886778 : www.thetickledpig.co.uk
Taking food back to its roots is the ethos of The Tickled Pig. Jez and Niki Barfoot are passionate about home-grown and locally sourced produce, with flavour, seasonality and pure enjoyment at the heart of everything. Beginning life in 2012, the Michelin recommended restaurant has added a deli, an outdoor catering service and a range of hands-on courses.
Brett Sutton and his wife Kelly own the White Post at Rimpton, the only pub in the country that straddles a county boundary. Listed in the Michelin guide, The White Post has won Gold in Taste of the West and the awards for Best Gastro Pub and Best Sunday Lunch in the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming awards. Brett uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, creating memorably inventive and delicious food.