Elegant escape at The Eastbury Hotel & Spa in Sherborne
For one of the most charming getaways in Dorset, you’d be hard pushed to top a visit to The Eastbury Hotel and the opportunity to step back into a more glamorous age.
Start your evening with a Dorset Viper Gin in the cocktail bar with its retro pin-up imagery and leopard print carpet. Then move through to the conservatory-style Seasons Restaurant where, if you time it right, your supper may be accompanied by a pianist tickling the ivories.
However delightful the music, it’s got serious competition for diners’ attention from Matthew Street’s excellent cooking and clever execution of classic dishes with a modern twist. Everything’s crafted with confident elegance – and without a single bum note.
Herbs from the kitchen garden mingle with locally supplied produce in dishes that provide a taste of the South West: Devon crab is elevated by cucumber, wasabi, green apple, grapefruit and dill, while blowtorched sea trout shares plate space with grilled baby gem lettuce, dulse, sea beet and crispy clams.
The pleasures don’t stop there, however, as a flower-filled walled garden, smart contemporary bedrooms and the woodland-style boutique spa provide further reasons to linger.