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In the grounds of 18th-century prime minister Lord Bute's Highcliffe Castle, this hotel has wonderful neighbours – east Dorset's golden beaches. Among highlights on the classical restaurant and orangery menu are fillet of Jurassic Coast beef stuffed with mushrooms; pan-seared halibut, king prawns, garlic and chilli; and roasted vegetables, spinach, asparagus and mozzarella.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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2 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

Boutique hotel between the New Forest and the sea

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- AA Inspector
The Lord Bute & Restaurant
179–181 Lymington Road, Highcliffe-on-Sea, CHRISTCHURCH, BH23 4JS
Phone : 01425 278884

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 95
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Days Closed: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 35
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 10
  • Cuisine style: British, Mediterranean

About The area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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