Category Archives: Wine & Dine

The Horse with the Red Umbrella restaurant sounds fun – and it is. After all, we associate theatres with fun and 10 High Street West is a former theatre – the Loyalty Theatre. The last play performed at the Loyalty Theatre in Dorchester was The Horse with the Red Umbrella and so it is a...

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Côte Brasserie

Having noticed the forthcoming opening of the much talked-about restaurant franchise to open at the Brewery Square development, a friend and I decided to have lunch there on its opening day.

Cotes BrasserieThe staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the extensive menu, which features largely classic,...

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Trinity Bistro

The Trinity Fish Restaurant is fun. Tucked down Trinity House Walk off Trinity Street, it beckons you with fairy lights twinkling and candles glowing on the bistro tables outside. Inside there is more to surprise and you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived on a beach bathed in evening sun in a...

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‘Best-kept secret’, hidden gem’, ‘like the Tardis’ – just some of the terms used to describe the beautiful and elegant Casterbridge Hotel in Dorchester’s High East Street.

Built in 1790 on the site of the short-lived county jail from the stone of the demolished building, 49 High East Street has a rich history.

Bought in 1923 by...

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Masala, 14 High East Street, Dorchester

They say that a curry is now the favourite meal out for us Brits, and Dorchester is blessed with at least four Indian restaurants.

One of the finest is without doubt Masala in High East Street – attested to by the fact that on the Friday evening we chose to eat...

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La Gondola, Trinity Street, Dorchester

In these days of fast food, it’s hard to find a restaurant or even a so-called gastro pub where the food is actually made on the premises by a chef.

Bizarrely, Trading Standards allows food to be described as ‘home-cooked’, ‘freshly made’, and all the other pseudonyms you can imagine, even if...

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