Review on The Ollerod

Set in the delightful picturesque old market town of Beaminster surrounded by the magnificent Dorset countryside, The Ollerod, formerly the Bridge House Hotel & Restaurant has new owners, Chris Staines and his partner Silvana Bandini. They both have impressive credentials, Chris held a Michelin star at the Foliage in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and was also the Executive Chef for five years at the Abbey Hotel in Bath, while Silvana worked at the the highly regarded The Pig Hotel outside Bath.

Ollerod, an old Dorset dialect word for cowslip has seen a stylish refurbishment of the the 13th century building in keeping with its history, resulting in a cosy and inviting environment. The 50-cover restaurant has retained its beautiful fireplace, and wooden tables displayed with pretty vases of flowers are set with wicker chairs.

Chris sources from the fields, the foragers and the fishermen, and the kitchen is inspired by daily hauls from local producers, to create menus which balance a delicacy of technique with an intensity of flavour. Kick off with roast Norfolk quail, quail eggs, charred broccoli stems, chicken liver parfait, plum sauce and sesame ginger dressing before a main course of roast loin of Skrei cod, foraged sea herbs, bulgur wheat, brown shrimp, lemon and bergamot. Desserts conclude proceedings with a classy flourish witness, baked vanilla yoghurt, poached Yorkshire rhubarb, praline biscuit and and blood orange sorbet or warm almond financier, sea salt caramel, poached Passe-Crassane pear and bay leaf ice cream. Other options with regard to dining is the small plates menu that operates all day.

Should you wish to linger and explore this beautiful area further, The Ollerod has 13 individually styled bedrooms.

The Ollerod is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA Guide

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Modern British


Chris Staines

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (12.00 - 9.00pm Small Plates Menu)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm (9.30pm Sat & Sun)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for The Ollerod

Facilities at The Ollerod

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 45 covers


Accomodation is available, (1 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Ollerod
3 Prout Bridge

Customer Ratings on The Ollerod

5  / 5

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  • avatar
    July 2019

    3 people found this review helpful
    Unmistakable perfection

    The Ollerod's addition to Beaminster has been the best thing that has happened in many years. We get so tired of the pretentious, stuffy, pompous-even settings around good dining, and The Ollerod stands a mile above the rest as a place that serves incredible food, with service that is warming, and a quality-level that is second to none. A menu selection that caters to every appetite and food preference - whether you're peckish or in the mood for something substantial. A carefully curated winelist and in a beautiful setting, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything so lovely anywhere else.

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The Ollerod Christmas Menu

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