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The Restaurant at Knoll House

4.2
4.2
94 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British

With a focus on fine Anglo-French food and a traditionally English atmosphere, our restaurant offers a selection of dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients. The dress code is smart casual, and you can join us for breakfast from 8-10am and dinner from 6-9pm.

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Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 08:00–10:00
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–14:30
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 14:30–16:30
    Dinner
    Daily 19:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01929 450450

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £18.50 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea is served daily in the restaurant from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Childrens Dinner

    £10.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Dinner served in the restaurant for our younger guests

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

Starters

  • Chef's Homemade Soup of the Day

    • Bangkok Crab Cake

      Chili jam, wilted pak choi

      • Gravalax of Salmon

        With lemon dill and Hendricks gin cured cucumber and melba toast

        • Pan Fried Wood Pigeon

          With blue cheese risotto, pickled shallots

          • Leek and Blue Cheese Croquette

            Served with salad garnish

            Main Course

            • Monkfish and Parlourde Clams Tagliatelle

              In a white wine and dill sauce

              • Braised Lamb Shoulder

                With a carrot and star anise puree, fondant potato, roasted shallots, red wine jus

                • Pan Fried Cod

                  With a chorizo and bean cassoulet, baby spinach

                  • Confit Pork Belly

                    With a beetroot mash, apple and berry compote, red wine jus

                    • Roasted Pumpkin Tortellini

                      With a mushroom and tarragon sauce, toasted pine nuts, shaved pecorino

                      Last updated: 9 April 2021

                      What 94 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                      4.2
                      4.2 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.3Food
                      • 4.3Service
                      • 3.9Ambience
                      • 4Value

                      NoiseModerate

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                      • Dorset

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                      1. W

                        Windypop

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing food and good service. Love this hotel......

                      2. SC

                        SimoneC

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                        Set meal through travelzoo but we’re able to choose from normal menu too Not as good as I’d expected but tasty and filling Nice wine list and complementary glass of bubbles for our anniversary which was lovely! Staff fab Breakfast today was great, good choice and hot food order taken at table so much nicer than buffet

                      3. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        London

                        8 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        A very lovely place to eat x

                      4. CL

                        CameronLondon

                        London

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall3food4service3ambience3

                        We had a delicious dinner. First I had a delicately flavoured mixed vegetable salad, then grilled salmon with samphire and tasty tarte tatin for desert.

                      5. BB

                        BarryB

                        Dorset

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We were warmly welcomed, the staff were attentive. The food for for breakfast was hot and tasty.

                      6. CL

                        CameronLondon

                        London

                        2 reviews

                        3.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall3food3service3ambience2

                        We had a tasty breakfast with everything we needed and the view through pine trees to the horizon was wonderful!

                      7. BB

                        BarryB

                        Dorset

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on 24 November 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We were warmly welcomed, the staff were friendly and attentive. The food and wine were excellent with a good choice.

                      8. BB

                        BarryB

                        Dorset

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on 23 November 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The welcome was friendly, the food excellent as where the staff.

                      9. SH

                        SueH

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 23 November 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                        Excellent service as always, a pleasant stay. Hope to return.

                      10. SF

                        SteveF

                        Berkshire

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 22 November 2021

                        overall3food4service4ambience2

                        The food and service were very good. Unfortunately the room used for the afternoon tea was very large and the heating was not on so it was cold whilst just seating.

                      11. JF

                        JaneF

                        Dorset

                        8 reviews

                        4.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on 22 November 2021

                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                        Enjoyed afternoon tea overlooking the sea with friends, very homely hotel, like stepping back in time. The waitress who looked after us was so friendly and the afternoon tea was excellent and very good value.

                      12. NN

                        NickyN

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 19 November 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Fantastic food, fresh and tasty. Great choices to select from. Breakfast and dinner spot on.

                      13. Z

                        Zarasmum

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 13 November 2021

                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                        A lovely hotel , quirky and not corporate , right by a fabulous beach . Food was much better than we’d expected . We’d go there again and as dogs are welcome it’s even more appealing .

                      14. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 11 November 2021

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        Part of a Travelzoo deal with accommodation. Good value excellent choice of menu. Food cooked perfectly. Good device

                      15. P

                        Pamina

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 11 November 2021

                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                        We ate in the restaurant each of the four nights that we were staying in the hotel and enjoyed something different from the menu each evening. The staff were very friendly and efficient. The location is excellent and the whole experience was very homely and enjoyable.

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Dorset

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 10 November 2021

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Food was delicious and the service first class

                      17. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Dorset

                        2 reviews

                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on 9 November 2021

                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                        Food and service was excellent.

                      18. DT

                        DianaT

                        Buckinghamshire

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on 7 November 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Wonderful. Originally booked in March 2019 for a stay in June. After a couple of cancellations due to Covid we made it this weekend. Lovely food, beautifully cooked, served by friendly staff. Came home relaxed and refreshed. Thank you.

                      19. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 5 November 2021

                        overall3food4service5ambience3

                        The hotel is dated but lovely and quirky, staff very friendly, loved the bar billiards in bar, great touch, kept my partner very happy my first time playing? We stayed in the garden annex surprised at lack of outside light, food was lovely, our waiter was very helpful, a little disappointed and surprised at 10% service charge with everything we had, that should be a choice ? Overall had a lovely stay, would definitely stay again, local sights breath taking to see 😃

                      20. TC

                        TanyaC

                        London

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 24 October 2021

                        overall2food2service3ambience2

                        It is like going back to the seventies with the decor! The Sunday lunch was average and I have had better elsewhere for less! Service was fast, friendly and efficient.

                      21. t

                        tome

                        London

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 13 September 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Already completed on trip advisor! The hotel is very dated but the tea was great. Delicious homemade food and great service

                      22. EB

                        EB17

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 11 September 2021

                        overall2food2service4ambience2

                        Poor quality. Not fresh . Tired building needs gutting.

                      23. JM

                        JeffM

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 5 September 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Lovey sunny afternoon meant we could have afternoon tea outside. Nice selection of savoury and sweet . Staff pleasant and attentive, including offering to replenish our teas.

                      24. RM

                        RonanM

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 5 September 2021

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Pleasant Sunday lunch on the patio. Food well cooked and presented. Chicken portion huge, fish a bit small! A bit more veg would be good.

                      25. CB

                        CarolineB

                        Dorset

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 4 September 2021

                        overall3food3service3ambience2

                        Luckily we were given a voucher so we didn’t have to pay ourselves. Very disappointed- thought it was going to be a really nice, aesthetically pleasing, up market restaurant but it was a dated, mediocre hotel with average food and sharing the restaurant with holidaymakers staying in surrounding American motel type accommodation.It would have been nice if there had been a more exclusive, bistro style restaurant just for adults who want to visit and have a really nice, a la carte meal. All in all, the best thing about it was the location.

                      26. RT

                        RebeccaT

                        Derbyshire

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on 4 September 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing food and they accommodated us at a lovely table outside with our two dogs x

                      27. NB

                        NBRM

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 1 September 2021

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        Double Gin & Tonic's from bar excessively expensive. When paying in cash you are not offered your change it is assumed by bar staff to be a tip. £35.00 for two double gin and tonic's is a rip off. The interior decoration is dowdy, old, unclean, unwashed, dirty. Carpet in reception and throughout was fashionable 40 years ago and everywhere was grubby. The other clientele treat the furniture as a dosshouse by putting their feet and shoes on chair cushions. We were ignored by the reception staff on entry to the building, found own way to restaurant and then bar. Food was OK but had better the day before at the Harvester in Bournemouth at half the price. We paid the restaurant bill and 10% service charge which at 5.0% would of been a rip off. We stayed from 6.30 p.m to 7.50 p.m. We were grateful that the breeze 50 bus service stopped outside to allow us to return to swanage where we finished off our evening in a pleasant environment with a selection of deserts and further reasonalbly priced drinks. Please don't think that the one stars that I have given are appropriate as this was the lowest allowed on your system. It should be a zero star. Based on our experience I can't recommend the Knowell for having a drink, staying at or eating at.

                      28. KS

                        KevinS

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 31 August 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Outstanding. As good, if not better than any London hotel afternoon tea.

                      29. F

                        Foodie

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 August 2021

                        overall1food1service5ambience2

                        Very overpriced food and only one vegetarian option on menu.

                      30. PB

                        PatriciaB

                        Hampshire

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 26 August 2021

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        Menu was very diverse, loads to choose from with daily specials also. Fantastic, tasty starters and main courses. Puddings were all homemade and a wonderful choice. The teenagers even had seconds! The service was excellent, prompt, attentive and professional . Filipa was brilliant. We have a nut and sesame allergy and the head waiter actually checked and gave us a specific menu which was safe to choose from. Overall excellent and would return.

                      31. m

                        martin

                        Bedfordshire

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 26 August 2021

                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                        Had afternoon tea on the terrace, with sea views and lovely food. Choice of different teas and coffees, good selection of mini sandwiches, two wonderful warm scones each with jam and cream, little pots of chocolate mousse (and a box to take the other four cakes each home in) all served on a pretty tiered cake stand.

                      32. AL

                        AL66

                        Oxford

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 23 August 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The whole experience was fantastic. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and the food was exceptional Great value for money and the dessert was to die for Would definitely recommend this place- oh and it’s even more like Kellermann’s from Dirty Dancing on the inside than outside.

                      33. LA

                        LisaA

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 17 August 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Wonderful place for afternoon tea in the sunshine. It was our wedding anniversary and the lovely lady serving us gave us a complimentary glass of fizz. The view over Studland Bay in the sunshine was stunning. The food was was just perfect. All for a decent price. Well worth a visit.

                      34. LS

                        LauraS

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 15 August 2021

                        overall1food1service2ambience1

                        Food was terrible - bland, cold and odd mix of over and undercooked. Very expensive given how bad it was. Dining room wasn’t particularly clean and was practically deserted during Sunday lunch in August. Messed up bill and tried to charge us twice for several of the meals. Would definitely not recommend.

                      35. RR

                        RobR

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 14 August 2021

                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                        Gooooooooooooooooooooood option - old school dining.

                      36. NA

                        NinaA

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 13 August 2021

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Great food, Good friendly service in a fabulous location. Good music too!

                      37. SB

                        SibiB

                        London

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on 30 July 2021

                        overall5food5service4ambience3

                        Great food & service- decor needs a makeover

                      38. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 July 2021

                        overall2food2service1ambience2

                        Most staff were friendly, although bar staff rude when asking to pay. The hotel itself it’s terribly worn down and you can’t smell the old musty dusty scent everywhere and could do with a good scrub and lick of paint.

                      39. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Dorset

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 July 2021

                        overall3food5service2ambience2

                        Gréât food, great table service but a lack of communication between the kitchen and waiters led to mistakes made and an hours wait for food.

                      40. MB

                        MattB

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 28 July 2021

                        overall2food3service2ambience1

                        Food is nice but over priced. Service is inadequate, particularly regarding drinks. There was no knowledge of cocktail choices or non alcoholic drinks. We could also over hear other guests complaining that it took 3x to ask for their drink to arrive. Nice view from the window, but would not rush back.

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                      The Restaurant at Knoll House is rated 4.2 stars by 94 OpenTable diners

                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                      Booked 16 times today
                      Experiences are available.
                      Google Map for The Restaurant at Knoll House

                      Knoll HouseFerry Road,Studland Swanage, Dorset BH19 3AH

                      • Area

                        Swanage

                      • Hours of Operation

                        Breakfast
                        Daily 08:00–10:00
                        Lunch
                        Daily 12:00–14:30
                        Afternoon Tea
                        Daily 14:30–16:30
                        Dinner
                        Daily 19:00–21:00

                      • Cuisines

                        Contemporary British

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Elegant

                      • Dress Code

                        Smart Casual

                      • Payment Options

                        MasterCard, Visa

                      • Additional

                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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