Eat at The Priory
“Cooking is an art, and art is a passion.”
We are currently running winter operating hours:
We are closed from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning and serve dinner to Residents and Non-Residents from Tuesday – to Saturday. We are currently serving lunch Wednesday – Sunday.
Thank you for your understanding.
Please visit our Book a Table page view our availability.
Head Chef Stephan Guinebault’s ethos lies at the heart of all that he does. When Stephan joined The Priory in 2006, he brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, which all stemmed from growing up on his grandmother’s (grand-maman) farm in the Loire Valley, and her cooking! Motivated by his love of (her) food, he first started work as an apprentice chef while simultaneously attending catering college. He progressed through ‘Michelin’ and ‘Relais & Chateaux establishments in France, gaining invaluable ‘classical’ training and an understanding of regional dishes and techniques. Today, Stephan’s passion for food is as evident as ever. He thrives on obtaining quality produce, with a guaranteed provenance, using fine, locally sourced, ‘seasonal’ produce, whenever possible. He is inspired by both European and International cuisine, along with traditional French and English dishes, which all translate perfectly to the plates of our discerning customers.
Our Garden Room restaurant brings the outside in, come rain or shine you will dine with views over our lawn and down to the river. With ceiling-height windows that open fully, green oak beams, and luxury Mulberry Home interiors, we hope to bring you one of the best dining experiences in the whole of Dorset.
Please mention any dietary requirements, allergies, or intolerances when booking. Our food is a huge part of our experience so unfortunately, given the style and nature of our cuisine, we cannot cater specifically to Vegan diets. We will happily discuss if any of our Vegetarian dishes on the menu the day you are dining would be suitable or adaptable.
The Garden Room Restaurant is smart casual. Smart jeans are suitable; men often wear a jacket in the evening. During the summer months, at lunch only, it would be acceptable for men to wear tailored shorts with a shirt. We politely request no trainers or flip-flops, please. Many people choose The Priory to celebrate special occasions, we operate a dress code to ensure the atmosphere of our dining room reflects that.
Children over the age of eight are very welcome in our dining room, however, younger children can only be accepted when part of a private party using our private dining room or for exclusive use. This includes babes in arms.
Please kindly note that a booking is only confirmed once a deposit of £10 per person has been received (refundable if cancellation is made 3 days or more before the date of your reservation).
Thank you for your understanding and for helping us keep The Priory experience special for all our guests.
Service charge: On your bill, non-residents will find a 12.5% and residents a 5% discretionary service charge. We feel the choice should be left to our customers to show their appreciation. 100% of which is split fairly between everyone who works here.