Limestone Hotel & Restaurant

4.4
98 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
Head chef Jon Box, brings the best local produce to your table, combined with his creativity, enthusiasm and local knowledge - it's a recipe for good food! ​Dorset is home to quality produce and we are fortunate to have made connections with small local suppliers. Our meat is sourced from Maiden Castle farm Dorchester, lobsters straight from Lulworth cove, our fish is caught along the Dorset coast, crab and scallops from Portland and Jon even grows his own Chilies which feature in one of his hot chutney's - delicious with salt & pepper Bridport squid or a South West cheese board !
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 18:30 - 21:00
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Phone number
01929 400252
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jon Box
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Parking Details
Road parking available 100 yards away from the Restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View
What 98 People Are Saying
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LB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed the Lamb Rump 2 of us had was fatty, had gristle in it and looked as if just dumped on plate, fine dining it is not. The Octopus starter was disappointing and the Octopus looked as if it had been bought from supermarket. The Scallop starter got the thumbs up as did Prosecco.

Disappointed to see some people making no effort to dress in appropriate manner, not what would expect in what is setting out to be an exclusive dining room, there needs to be standard minimum dress code.

Unfortunately unable to recommend, not what we were expecting, better meal had on Friday night in Lolworth Cove.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food excellent as always but on this occasion the restaurant area was far too hot and fire alarms went off several times during the meal. Not conducive to a relaxing romantic dinner.

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m
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Evening meal was excellant however I did feel the quality of the cooked breakfast was not great. Sausages were tough both days, and didnt like the fact that fruits and cold breakfast material was uncovered. Numerous flies in the restaurant landing on the food. Should be covered up.

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SS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant evening with some very good food. A bit on the pricey side.

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BR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Used restaurant twice while staying at the hotel. Really nice on both occasions and good value.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here two nights running and throughly enjoyed both meals. The ambiance and decor is excellent as are the staff. Great food, well cooked - highly recommended. Would also recommend booking a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

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PR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited while staying at the sister hotel called Limestone Lodge. Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food in beautiful surroundings

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SS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant offering delicious food. Atmosphere is particularly good as it is small and intimate dining. Service is friendly and professional. Would certainly recommend this restaurant.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal in a lovely spot. Very intimate surroundings as the dining room isn’t very big. Amazing views over the countryside around Lulworth. We’ll be back.

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Y
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all round experience that we couldn't fault. Always like to see a limited menu rather than one that tries to be a bit of everything. Whilst fish and seafood are the stars of the show, there are great meat and vegetarian dishes on the menu that are just as good. This restaurant more than stands on its own two feet and is not just there for hotel guests. Chef comes and speaks to all once he has finished the cooking and is a lovely guy genuinely pleased to receive showers of praise from all. Great spot in an elevated position amid very pretty landscaped garden - lots of stairs though. Very big portions of fresh local fish and seafood given the reasonable prices. Highly recommended.

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r
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked for birthday and anniversary Dinner. Staff congratulations on arrival and birthday message dusted onto a dessert plate which was nice. No complaints with the food - specials board provides a great set of additions. Highly recommended

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Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal, excellent service. Highly recommended.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were very happy with the service and the excellent meal, could not fault it. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. Great setting, high up from the road with a lovely outlook. Seating outside available if you want an aperitif before dinner, not sure if you can eat outside, possibly lunch or afternoon tea maybe. Overall I would definitely recommend it.

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A
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was amazing, the menu was made with local product and the service was excellent! I definitely suggest this place!

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AK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Great for a special occasion.

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W
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had high hopes after reading the glowing reviews but unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. The food was pretty average and the dishes didn’t seem to gel together. Maybe we jut chose badly because the couple next to us couldn’t have been more complimentary

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L
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice evening. Lovely food in a very pleasant atmosphere. Lovely setting with nice views. Good choices.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

A lovely small hotel and restaurant for an evening meal. Food and service were excellent. Parking a short walk away in a beautiful countryside village near the sea. Will return. Much the best place to eat in the Purbecks for food quality and presentation, service and value.

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b
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Afternoontea to die for. Could not face dinner later that day! Home made breads, cakes yummy. Really loved this restaurant as it is small enough to imagine the care being taken by the chef who takes pride in his craft. Superb breakfast.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal here to celebrate my birthday. The service was very friendly and welcoming without being intrusive. Our food was delicious and we would definitely return again.

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TU
London
28 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting and excellent service, staff were fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. Food was very good, but a couple of little things that stopped it from being 5 stars (lamb was a bit tough and the strawberries weren't hulled), picky details though that certainly didn't soul the whole lovely experience.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent staff excellent and hotel wonderful Can say no more!
Obviously will return at another time.

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HR
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Very nice food , however service was a little
Slipshod
Id say ... waiter and wairesss seemed preoccupied .. over all a good experience . I will go again

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CH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is one of the most pleasant restaurants I have been to in a long time. It has some of the most charming village views in Dorset and the ambiance to match. The food was excellent, uncomplicated, local and tasty. It was served with a very pleasant reserved sense of care and attention without being overwhelming.

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S
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautifully situated hotel/restaurant with wonderful scenic views.

The service, hospitality and food were first class.

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CB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at the limestone hotel , had a gin and tonic on the terrace while we looked at the menu, also the specials board was also presented and read out to us. The meal was lovely could not fault also service was excellent. Would definitely go again if we were to visit lulworth cove. Hopefully again soon.

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V
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual never disappointed when having a meal at this hotel

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PC
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and pre dinner drinks on the patio but service seriously dropped off after our mains had been served and the hotel guests arrived. Our dessert order took more than hour to be taken and served. Coffee wasn’t offered taking the edge off our evening. In addition there was no parking for for non hotel guests we had to park 400 yards away Ok on a summers evening but may be an issue on a dark winters night.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and hospitality was wonderful. It was a beautiful sunny evening so sat outside watching the sun go down. The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly would definitely recommend staying there or just having dinner! Lovely.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic location with very courteous staff. Great outside area for pre dinner drinks. Savoury food was amazing. Desert less so.
A very relaxing evening. Touched that staff put a congratulatory card for my daughter. Will definitely visit again and recommend.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply stunning. Gorgeous food, gorgeous atmosphere, spectacular scenery! Will definitely go again

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was good as was the service. However, the music being played was both too loud and totally inappropriate. We came a long way for dinner and did not want to listen to "Hit the Road Jack" and similar tunes . It ruined the meal and the atmosphere.
We asked for the music to be played less loudly but even then Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York did nothing for the evening.We paid and left after our main courses.Never again !

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was to a high standard and although small the dining room was very pleasant. The staff were lovely and we enjoyed our evening. The homemade bread was particularly nice.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Super situation but the rooms are tired and the food is hit and miss. Staff were very friendly but some were slow and had to be reminded of orders placed.

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LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here on the recommendation of our excellent B&B (Bindon Bottom) only a short walk away, and on Trip Advisor reviews. We were not disappointed. The front terrace offers a lovely setting for pre-dinner drinks and the restaurant is relatively small so you can enjoy your meal without excessive background noise but still with a good atmosphere. It follows that you should book ahead to guarantee yourself a table. The only slot available for us when we booked was 1830 but that suited us anyway. The staff are smartly dressed, attentive without being pushy, and very friendly. Our food was excellent, and there is a good specials selection available. We skipped starters, as normal for us. My fillet steak was very well cooked (the chef willingly gave me an alternative sauce as I am not a fan of Béarnaise) and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her Crab, Scallops and Prawn Gratin. I recommend the Minervois wine, a sensibly priced and pleasant wine. Desserts were nice too – a custard tart special for me and the fresh berries for my wife. Overall this was a very enjoyable meal in pleasant surroundings and was a pleasant change from the local pub grub. We will definitely eat here again if we return to this area.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice location but if going for dinner you need to select yout table well ir be blinded by tbe sun

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RG
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our evening at the Limehouse was absolutely lovely. The beautiful setting, fantastic service and delicious food all made this place definitely worth visiting again.

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VB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at the Limestone several times and it is always a memorable experience.
The a la Carte menu is supplemented with a good choice of specials which change daily.
All the food is of excellent quality and cooked with care to produce a dish you will remember.
Lovely sauces and vegetables compliment the meat or fish and produce is generally locally sourced .
I had lobster from Kimmeridge bay which was amazing. Also can recommend the duck and pork.
The staff are amazing. They are so welcoming and attentive. Thank you for the special dessert and good wishes on my husband’s birthday.We love everything about the Limestone and will be back again in the future.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th visit and still as enjoyable as ever. Service is always with a smile, bar/restaurant area comfortable and relaxing. As we are both vegetarian it is so good to have at least 3 starters and mains to choose from. Quality of food is above average - always tasty and well presented. Booking essential - Open Table simple and direct - no fuss.
We enjoyed our evening and spent nearly 3 hours having a leisurely meal in pleasant surroundings. Nice to be able to go somewhere decent but dress casual/smart.
Staff are always friendly and helpful.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I booked a meal here for her Birthday. We received a very warm welcome and were shown into a comfortable bar for a pre-dinner drink.
Having chosen our meals we were shown through into a very pleasant dinning room with a very scenic view. The food was excellent, well presented and extremely well cooked. The service was attentive without being overbearing, all the staff on duty that night were very friendly and pleasant.
We were very pleased with all aspects of our evening and it made a superb night out to celebrate my wife's birthday.

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