The Dining Room at Summer Lodge is awarded best restaurant in Dorset

  • Date: Monday, 05 September 2011

The five-star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Evershot, Dorset has once again been recognised for its culinary prowess, winning the “Best Restaurant” in the 2011 Taste of Dorset Awards.

The Taste of Dorset Awards were announced this weekend, recognising the best foodie treats in Dorset from restaurants, pubs, local food heroes, farm shops and independent food and drink producers.

The “Best Restaurant” category has a particular emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, and was judged by sponsor Princecroft Willis.  Summer Lodge has been nominated in this category every year of the awards’ four-year history, and has won twice.

Executive Chef Steven Titman and his team serve traditional English dishes tempered with a twist of modern European. The menus offer the finest meats and the most delicately cooked fish dishes with many of the ingredients sourced from the wealth of fine produce found in the locality, and from the hotel’s own organic gardens.

Signature dishes include:

  • ‘Ceviche’ of Lyme Bay Scallops and Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio with Pickled Vegetables, Soy and Sesame
  • Grilled Breast of Pigeon with Golden Beetroot, Macerated Cherries and Dorset Watercress
  • A Taste of Rare Breed ‘Middle White’ Pork with Potato Mille Feuille, Gooseberry Puree and Baby Vegetables
  • Roast Loin of Dorset Lamb and Braised Shoulder ‘Shepherds Pie’ with Savoy Cabbage and Rosemary Jus
  • English Strawberries with Elderflower ‘Savarin’, Lemon Balm Custard and Clotted Cream Ice Cream

This is the latest in a long line of accolades that the Dining Room at Summer Lodge has received, including winner of the 'Best British Cheeseboard 2010' by The British Cheese Awards and No.1 restaurant in Dorset (plus No.2 in South West England and No.27 in Britain) according to the Sunday Times Food List, 2010.

Not forgetting the importance of marrying the finest wines with the delicious menus, Summer Lodge’s world-class sommelier Eric Zwiebel is always on hand to make recommendations from the hotel’s impressive wine cellar. Eric has been named one of the world’s four most accomplished practitioners in the Best Sommelier of The World Competition and Ruinart’s UK Sommelier of the Year, for which is he now on the judging panel himself.

Summer Lodge is regularly innovating and offering food-loving guests a variety of events, masterclasses and special dinners. Events this year have included a Cheese Lunch & Masterclass, a series of mushroom, hedgerow and seashore forages and an exclusive lunch event with TV chef Lesley Waters.

Summer Lodge Hotel & Spa, part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, is a beautiful Georgian manor partially designed by Thomas Hardy.  It is located in the pretty village of Evershot, surrounded by four acres of pristine gardens and boasts an award-winning restaurant and a spa, with indoor pool, sauna, beauty salon, whirlpool spa and treatment rooms.

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa