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The Restaurant at Knoll House, Swanage, Dorset

The Restaurant at Knoll House

4.2
4.2
234 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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2 people

23:30


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sunday Roast Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Afternoon Tea Mon–Sat 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

What 234 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
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Child Friendly

  • Dorset

    Scenic View

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

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  1. JH

    JillH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A well presented traditional menu, and the choice of desserts was amazing
  2. AB

    AnnaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best hotel in Dorset customer service is very good and food is delicious
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday lunch . Delicious roast beef . Prompt, friendly and attentive service . Beautiful setting
  4. r

    raymond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    the menu was interesting and varied supplemented by chef specials each evening. Dishes were nicely presented and the food piping hot. Service was warm friendly and efficient from what appeared a very happy team.
  5. MB

    MartinB

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pre booked for 4pm but it was almost 5pm before we got our afternoon tea to eat. Otherwise very happy with the afternoon tea and additional birthday cake ordered in advance. Be aware that the hotel add 10% service charge to the bill.
  6. MS

    MartinS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Teapot could have come undamaged looked like it been thrown against a wall otherwise good
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The moules starter on Monday 18/7 was delicious, they were very fresh and the cream sauce was especially tasty.
  8. DB

    DickB

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely to be able to eat on the terrace, with spectacular views yet shielded from the baking sun. Very helpful waiters.
  9. LR

    LindaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The dining room is airy with lovely views across the garden to Studland Bay. The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is of a high standard, but would benefit from having more vegetarian options, hence 4 stars rather than 5.
  10. AS

    AndyShep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining straight out of 1940/50 please never change pure heaven
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and service
  12. KM

    KelvinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Something for everyone with a chef special daily on Monday to Friday. Highly recommend the soups - really tasty and filling.
  13. GB

    GillianB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We came five years ago and food was a lot better standard had gone down. Same menu every night with two different specials each night one of which has a supplement added. Also 10 percent added to your drinks. Place is still lovely but swimming pools looking tired and gardens look a bit neglected much better five years ago looks as though it’s being run down.
  14. PH

    PaulH

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Besides sitting at Enid's table and being served by Philip in a very friendly manner, the food was far to expensive and bad, for a roast beef ( two slices?) and some parsnips etc.. Enid would not have liked it either.
  15. SJ

    StuartJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Used the restaurant whilst staying at the hotel for an evening meal. Was told on booking that I needed to pre-book a time slot so they could balance the numbers throughout the evening due to limited staff. The restaurant is a lovely old, large room with beautiful views over to Studland Bay. Crisp white linen on the table and a Jazz duet playing live at the back. As others have said a bit old fashioned but in a good way, perhaps mixed with a bit of faded grandeur. The staff were very attentive and service was surprisingly good despite them being short staffed. The food was good and certainly passable but maybe lacking that something special that perhaps the prices suggested. Still overall a very pleasant experience.
  16. GK

    GillK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We love The Knoll House Hotel. It’s like going back in time - In A Good Way. Enjoyed the food and great Staff.
  17. LD

    LynneD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at this hotel. I hope it never changes. It’s so English. I really appreciate the little touches like linen tablecloths and table service. Meals are never hurried and there’s no pressure to eat up quickly. There was a good selection for each course and the food was excellent.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant time made possible by the friendly staff
  19. HL

    HowardL

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We enjoyed most of our experience. However my partner's food was not up to standard reprice. Mushroom was cold also the tomato hard an inedible. We were given a refund but it tarnished our meal together.
  20. RD

    RobertD

    Norfolk

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing was too much trouble for the staff all very polite.The full english breakfast was excellent with the buffet it made a very good start to the day. Well done to all staff
  21. B

    Broikholding

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was superb, food was good although it was a little pricey, but appreciate the view from the window. Counted 15 light bulbs which needed replacing in the chandeliers. Over all a pleasant experience, even though a little quirky would definitely come again
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    80th birthday treat
  23. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received a warm welcome, friendly staff and delicious food, would highly recommend.
  24. KF

    KarenF

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The knoll hotel food is nice really enjoyed it great ambiance.
  25. SB

    SteveB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely settings very friendly staff And the food was fantastic Will definitely go again
  26. PL

    PatL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely laid back restaurant with very good service
  27. DS

    DerekS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Spacious restaurant with attentive service and varied menu
  28. NB

    NigelB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Interesting period hotel, good menu, well presented, friendly staff and super location.
  29. t

    tablemanners1

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The head waiter gave us a window table asked,the dining room is pleasant. I ordered the sea bass which was fine if a little bland. My husband had the roast chicken which he described as fine but again bland. It was a bit like school dinners. Roast potatoes were not crispy and it was a £1 extra for a yorkshire pudding. This is a bit steep considering the roast dinner was £20 to start with. We live in the Cotswolds and can get a fantastic roast perfectly done for a lot less. Desserts were a bit of a disaster ,at £8.50 we expected a good dessert. Apparently the description of one dessert on the menu was not right so we asked what it consisted of. The waitress did not know and it took three trips to ask what it was and eventually the answer was a waffle with philadelphia on top. We decided to order as we were intrigued by then. We did not not get it as apparently it had sold out! The couple behind were told the same. We then ordered the shortcake layer consisting of crumbed shortbread with prosecco infused strawberries,layered with mascapone and ice cream. What we were given was a flat plate with dried out cake with the consitency of toast which tasted of nothing,the strawberries and ice cream were nice. This was topped with a watered down piped version of mascapone. Breakfast was very hit and miss. I had a vegetarian breakfast without eggs and the hash brown was dry and tough,the veggie sausages I can only describe as charcoaled. I took one bite and left them. I could not be bothered to ask for more as it was quite a wait for the first ones. Mushrooms were fine and the tomato. My plate was whisked away pretty quick. My husband had the full english and the eggs he said were good,same dry hash brown. I would not recommend eating there at all.
  30. T

    Tweedledum

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    I had taken 2 friends who although live in Poole had never been to The Knoll where as my husband and I had a few years ago spent the weekend there, and had further more been for many Breakfast, coffees and a few Lunches without any complaints what so ever , but on Sunday we were all so disappointed that we have taken the sad decision not to return until perhaps they obtain their planning permission to expand and re start at the quality that such a wonderful Hotel should be able to give to disearning clients. The main course, 3 Lamb and 1 Beef, the meat had been machine this sliced and it was evident it had been microwaved and ruined. The vegetables were passable. The Sweets were of a reasonable standard. I must say the staff were excellent. A sad and embarassing lunch for us.
  31. W

    Woodgate

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Hotel generally need a lot of money spent updating. Restaurant was fine with lovely views. Lunch was a bit disappointing with under cooked veg and slow service.
  32. MT

    MartinT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    A disappointing experience. The menu choice was poor, only soup and sandwiches available. The service was poor due to a wedding taking place, the staff said this was the reason. but still the booking was accepted with no warning of this.
  33. LP

    LouiseP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Evening meal very good , had to pay a little extra on top of meal voucher which was fine though that didn’t include our drinks bill which was put through our door in the morning which we found slightly confusing!!! Add it all together or explain when you pay the extra at the end. What let’s the eating experience down.. the staff what a shame service with a smile always works for me
  34. MC

    MarieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was great! Plenty of options for breakfast, very accommodating if you have fussy kids!! Didn’t have to wait long at all! Lovely spacious dinning room with great views! Staff really friendly and chatty certainly felt nothing was too much trouble!
  35. U

    Unsatisfied

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The presentation of the food was of putting. It was just dropped the the plates. The beef was tough and able to be eaten.The pork was to thick and the mixed veg was again unable to be eaten
  36. H

    Howie

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    My wife was brought the wrong main course. On leaving we asked for bill and at the third attempt were advised to go to check in desk. After several attempts to find my name we were presented with a bill for around £11 for 2 two course meals! It took another lengthy delay for the correct bill to arrive with a service charge added, needless to say that was not accepted.
  37. KF

    KarenF

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant as always .
  38. RN

    RosemaryN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food in a lovely setting. Difficult to get through it all as the portions are very generous
  39. DE

    DavidE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Knoll House hotel. A lovely atmosphere, and the the staff are really good. This time our waiter was Liam, and he was brilliant
  40. AB

    AngelaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner.Varied menu .Polite friendly staff.Pleasant atmosphere with live music. Beautiful views of the Isle of Wight

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

FAQs

The Restaurant at Knoll House is rated 4.2 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Restaurant at Knoll House

Knoll HouseFerry Road,Studland, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3AH

Additional information

  • Area

    Swanage

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sunday Roast Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Afternoon Tea Mon–Sat 14:30–16:30 Dinner Daily 19:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Hotel Parking

  • 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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