Imagine sitting outside on a sunny terrace, looking across Chesil Beach to the sea, with a glass of tinglingly good wine in your hand and a plate of locally sourced seafood in front of you.
Food is a delectable blend of Mediterranean and British, with an emphasis on locally produced ingredients. The terrace is a perennial suntrap, but even on more ‘British’ days, you can enjoy the fabulous views across the Fleet from inside the restaurant.
Our chef and suppliers
Stephen Wilson brings 15 years of experience as a chef in a number of kitchens. Part of the kitchen brigade for eight years, he took the helm as our head chef in 2015. By using fresh ingredients and carefully preparing each dish to order, he and the team bring a high standard of cuisine to every table. Under Stephen’s careful watch, the Moonfleet restaurant maintains an AA rosette.
Our ingredients are rigorously tested for quality and locally sourced. Favourites include Jeff Milner’s Portland crabs, West Dorset Brewing Company fine ales and Black Cow vodka, distilled from milk.
Served from 7:30am - 10:00am in the restaurant, with a range of help-yourself options, including cereals, yoghurt, fruit and croissants. Even the youngest children will love choosing their own breakfast selections (just don’t be surprised by the combinations they come up with: yoghurt and egg on toast, anyone?) If you need energy for an active day, we also serve a traditional cooked breakfast.
If you’re not out exploring, come for a relaxed lunch in the restaurant between 12pm and 2pm. There is a lighter menu for parents and tasty child-friendly meals, while for those heading out on micro-adventures in Dorset, we also provide filling packed lunches.
If you’re still hungry, enjoy afternoon tea with all the trimmings: scones topped with a generous dollop of strawberry jam and lashings of clotted cream from local cows.
High tea and dining with children
For smaller (and hungrier) children, tea is served at 5pm in the restaurant. Between 6pm and 7.30pm, the whole family can dine together, choosing from the evening menu and a thoughtfully created children’s menu.
Dinner for two
Once the children are in bed, you can enjoy the tantalising menu choices, taste some excellent wines, and get properly waited-on for a change. Choose from mouthwatering meat dishes (the belly of pork, venison loin and confit duck leg are our favourites) and fresh-off-the-boat local seafood such as Lyme Bay scallops and Portland crab.