The Lord Bute & Restaurant
“Boutique hotel between the New Forest and the sea” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
In the grounds of 18th-century Prime Minister Lord Bute's Highcliffe Castle, this hotel is just next door to east Dorset's golden beaches. The place is very elegant and commands a fierce loyalty among local ‘ladies who lunch’. Cuisine is charmingly traditional, and the excellent team are never complacent about their standards of service or cooking.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 95
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 35
- Wines over £30: 13
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: British, Mediterranean
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About the area
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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