Food and drink
Our lovely Mediterranean style restaurant looks out over Chesil Beach, The Fleet and the open sea; on a sunny day, there's nothing like it.
Under the guidance of talented Head Chef, Tony Smith, guests of all ages enjoy the very best in modern British/French cuisine with an emphasis placed on the use of the freshest local produce available. Whether it be Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner time, the restaurant buzzes. When the weather is warm enough, the patio provides a perfect sun trap on which to enjoy an alfresco lunch or one of our renowned barbecues.
The most important meal of the day is served in the restaurant from 7.00am. This is very much a family experience and our youngest guests are positively encouraged to help themselves from a range of cereals, yogurts, fresh fruits, pastries and croissants and hot food. With small tummies satisfied, parents can indulge in the continental buffet selection and then enjoy a traditional cooked breakfast. The most important meal of the day is guaranteed to fortify you, ready for a day of exploring.
Lunch is very informal at Moonfleet as we know many of our families like to go out and about during the day. We offer a lighter menu for parents and a children's menu is available from 12 noon until 2.00pm. In the summer, dining spills out onto our sunny terrace for alfresco meals from leisurely lunches to indulgent afternoon teas. For those venturing out you can always arrange to take a picnic from the hotel with you.
Sunday lunch is a much more traditional event, offering one of the best Sunday lunches in Dorset! Every Sunday from 12 noon until 2.00pm we offer of Sunday Lunch menu which includes 2 Roast options!
High Tea & Dining with Children
For our very young guests, children's high tea is served every day from 5-5.45pm.
For those wishing to dine as a family this can from 6.00pm with last sitting with children at 7.30pm. This provides a time for the whole family to sit down together – parents can relax with a drink whilst children enjoy a hearty tea. The Fleet Menu is available 6pm for adults and the Candlelight menu from 6.30pm onwards. The Children’s menu is severed throughout the family dining times.
Dinner for Two...
The restaurant at Moonfleet offers 2AA rosette dining in the evening as a grown up experience – the relaxed ambience is complemented by an excellent wine list, fabulous menus and discreetly attentive service. Our talented team of chefs have an enthusiastic commitment to food and are always very happy to cater for special dietary requirements.
About our Chef
After graduating from North Devon college in the mid 1980s, Tony Smith sought fame and fortune in London then spent several years training in many luxury country houses all around the country. In 1993 Tony moved to Hanbury Manor under Rory Kennedy with Albert Roux as consultant chef and learnt about achieving consistent high food quality in a 4 rosette environment.
We base our style on good quality ingredients, handled with respect and served simply, the emphasis being on flavour. Our aim in the near future is to increase our partnerships with local suppliers. As well as an abundant feast of quality seafood, Dorset also has some great farmland and produces an array of quality dairy, vegetables, fruits and livestock.