Having enjoyed a couple of quick lunches in Canteen I’d promised myself a more leisurely dinner with a chance to enjoy their killer cocktail list.

Located at 10-12 Kings Road East in Swanage, Canteen offers a short, simple menu with much locally sourced alongside a well priced wine list and that cocktail list.

After a long week at work and a journey down impacted by holiday traffic, a couple of sharpeners were welcomed. As a G&T fan, Sarah was intrigued by the rhubarb G&T – the introduction of rhubarb liqueur worked exceptionally well without overwhelming the gin. I had a standard issue negroni bringing a taste of Italy to Purbeck!

Sarah’s starter of slow roasted tomatoes, goats cheese and pesto was excellent. The tomato flavour intensified by the slow roasting was complemented by a punchy homemade pesto.

Canteen, Swanage

I had spotted a white wine and spinach linguine on the main course list that the restaurant were happy to turn into a starter portion. This was a vibrant dish that somehow managed to be luxurious and light at the same time – perfectly cooked linguine with spinach, parsley and pine nuts. A touch of cream brought a moreish element with the white wine acidity making sure it wasn’t cloying. Delightful.

Canteen, Swanage

For main course, Sarah had the sea bass with kale. Two crisp skinned sea bass fillets were paired with simply cooked kale and brought together with some herb butter. This was a simply prepared, well executed dish.

Canteen, Swanage

I kept up the seafood theme with the smoked haddock fishcakes and poached egg. As with the linguine the fishcakes were light and fresh, perked up with a good hint of lemon. A perfectly poached egg and a confident aioli were terrific accompaniments, as well as being great to dip the handcut skinny chips in!

Canteen, Swanage

To finish, Sarah had the New Forest Cherry Eton Mess with cracking chocolate ice cream. There’s not much that can go wrong with delicious cherries, crunchy meringue and whipped cream. Paired with ice cream laced with chocolate chippings, the Eton Mess was a successful conclusion to a lovely dinner.

As with previous visits, service was friendly and welcoming. The restaurant has a local but professional feel with a shabby chic interior that fits perfectly. Now open just for dinner it’s definitely worth a try – and the cocktails are a must!

The Canteen
10-12 King Street East, Swanage
01929 422 765

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Canteen, Swanage

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Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? Yes
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? No
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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