The Restaurant at Knoll House

4.2
74 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.

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
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 74 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.2
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3.9
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tome
London
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

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EB17
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Poor quality. Not fresh . Tired building needs gutting.

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JeffM
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.

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RonanM
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.

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CarolineB
Dorset
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.

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RebeccaT
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NBRM
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.

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Very overpriced food and only one vegetarian option on menu.

PB
PatriciaB
Hampshire
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.

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martin
Bedfordshire
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.

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AL66
Oxford
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.

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LisaA
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.

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LauraS
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.

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RobR
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Gooooooooooooooooooooood option - old school dining.

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NinaA
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

SB
SibiB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food & service- decor needs a makeover

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OpenTable Diner
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
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.

MB
MattB
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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AliM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We visited Knoll House for an anniversary cream tea. First the not so great. Service was disappointing - delays in service, dirty cups, food plonked on table like a sack of potatoes, had to ask for plates and cutlery. However staff were friendly and seemed a bit inexperienced and too few for number of customers. Good point was the food. Lovely selection of tasty sandwiches, warm fluffy scones (but a bit mean on clotted cream portion) and takeaway box provided on request for cakes we couldn't manage. Overall a good experience with spectacular views across Studland bay.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great character,
Good food at a reasonable price. Lovely views from the terrace.
Family friendly

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Guestknollhouse
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The staff are happy, friendly and very overworked. There is clearly a shortage of staff impacting those remaining to hold the fort. Good on them, there was no sign of panic just a quiet resolve to work quickly and effectively against the odds.
Such a shame the quality of food deserves service to match. Meal time is probably twice what it should be.

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KatB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

While the interior of the restaurant asks for refreshment and renovation, the location is excellent and the quality of food and service is definitely above the level of the looks. We had everything served quite quickly, the staff were lovely and accommodating, and the food was really nice. A good value for money, just look outside the window and enjoy a lovely meal!

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PaulI
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was of very good quality and delicious. The staff are really nice and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent evening

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nonickname
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Very slow and poor service. Staff were friendly but did not seem to know what they are doing

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EllieNewbery
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food defiantly not worth £18.50 for a main !!!

Waiter was rude and seemed extremely uninterested

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lolly
Leicestershire
7 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service

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DebraJ
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service, an enjoyable evening

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Difficult
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A general air of faded gentility. A lick of paint new scatter cushion,just a gentle lift to bring it up to scratch. So much wasted potential and such a glorious setting.

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HappyCustomer
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Friendly helpful staff and wonderful delicious choice.

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jamesE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary dinner and the hotel went out of its way to make it special. Cakes and champagne as a surprise

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jamesE
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent, our first night of our stay at the hotel. Staff very pleasant despite Covid regs

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EmmanuelleP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Second time we had dinner there in a week as we liked it so much! Great food, good wine selection and the most friendly staff you can dream of. Special thanks to Alex and Martine for such welcoming service!

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EmmanuelleP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very friendly and efficient. The food was excellente (feather steak and goat’ cheese fritters as mains, mackerel pate and breaded seafood as starters plus chocolate cake). The decor is very 70s (but not shabby at all) and this gives a lovely atmosphere to the restaurant! All in all a delightful evening!

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AdrianA
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (4 of us) dined during the Covid regime which the hotel organised extremely well with social distancing etc.etc. The staff were very attentive although I am sure that their numbers were limited which led to a an acceptable delay at times . The quality and quantity of food both at breakfast and dinner was of a very high quality (especially the Feather steak for dinner .We did encounter a minor issue when the cooked salmon was not cooked through out and the restaurant manager resolved the issue in a timely and very professional manner and completely to our satisfaction .

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LynetteA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb - nicely presented and cooked to perfection. Staff were very attentive and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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CynthiaT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so helpful My husband has diabetes so sometimes its quite hard for him to find something to select from a menu. Staff in the restaurant couldnt be more helpful especially Alex the manager. Liked the choice on the daily special

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Impeccable service and fantastic food!

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Pols
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Part of a Travel Zoo deal
Very good choice at breakfast, well presented
Service a little slow, otherwise excellent

FAQs

The Restaurant at Knoll House is rated 4.2 stars by 74 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.