Here are my reviews for the FEAST Weymouth 2017 menus that I have have been lucky enough to sample during the event, I will be adding new reviews as I go along :-

Go direct to your favourite restaurant
Rendezvous
Billy Winters
Nothe Tavern
Delicious
Les Enfant Terribles
Stable Weymouth
Cafe Oasis
Al Molo
Mallams
New Inn, Portland
Fish ‘n’ Fritz
Bennett’s Fish & Chips
The Crow’s Nest
Shalim’s Balti House

For the complete list of venues & menus www.weareweymouth.co.uk/feast-weymouth/menus

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Rendezvous (aka The Vous)

The Rendezvous enjoys some of the finest views of Weymouth Harbour. It is split over three floors. The ground floor is the Anchor, a Sports Bar with multiple HD screens, it also has outside seating on the quay. The main floor is the restaurant area, that has a fantastic family-friendly atmosphere. The top floor hosts the luxuriously sleek nightclub, DAO.

Their FEAST menu is £15 and you get 2 x cocktails and 3 x tapas dishes from their main tapas menu. I ordered a Strawberry Daiquiri as my cocktail, Jordan mixed it to perfection and served with a flourish. It was great sipping into this liquid dessert watching the boats cruising up & down the harbour.

Rendezvous Weymouth
Strawberry Daiquiri

My three tapas were Calamari, Patatas Bravas and Chorizo with Cider & Honey. These were more than enough as a meal, the chorizo and Patatas Bravas had good strong flavours (probably not the best choice to go with my cocktail!) The Calamari had a great crispy outer, with tender well cooked squid inside. Great value for money and there are nine other tapas dishes for you to choose from.

They are also planning on having a vegetarian and vegan Tuesday night specials, so please check out their website for more details www.craft-pubs.co.uk/rendezvousweymouth

Rendezvous Weymouth

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Billy Winters

Billy Winters (the name of locally caught Weymouth Bay prawns) Diner Bar sits on the old Weymouth to Portland railway line, right on the beach of Portland Harbour. Hugely popular with the wind junkies and those liking the quieter life, as a great place to chill out watching the world (boats, kite boards etc. etc.) go by.

Their first year in FEAST and not surprisingly its all seafood; for £10.00 you can have two dishes from their squid & or prawn menu.

My first dish was a classic prawn cocktail, I’m one of those that can remember when this was an exotic starter. This one didn’t disappoint, fresh Marie Rose dressing over crisp lettuce and full of delicious prawns – I was back in the 60’s!

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Retro Prawn cocktail with marie rose sauce

My second and the one I was looking forward to the most, was their Spicy Spanish squid stew with tomato. 
Chuncks of succulent local squid that had been slowly cooked in rich tomato sauce. The sauce had just the right kick to it and the coarsely ground black pepper provided extra heat – delicious.

FEAST Weymouth 2017 Menu Reviews
Spicy Spanish squid stew with tomato

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Nothe Tavern

The Nothe Tavern is sat at the entrance to the Nothe Gardens and enjoying views over Weymouth. The Nothe is well known for its great food and comfortable surroundings.

Their FEAST menu is three courses for £20.00. It is a set menu of Soup of the day
, fish & chips, followed by a chocolate brownie.

I tried their cod & chips; the batter was crispy and very light, allowing the taste of the flaky white cod to shine through. Served with a good portion of fries, all asking to be dipped into the chunky tartare sauce made this a perfect meal for fish Friday.

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Traditional fish & chips in our secret recipe batter served with mushy peas, tartare sauce & dressed salad

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Delicious

When I first reviewed Delicious, I said it was an oasis of wonderful Dorset food amongst the objet d’art of a typical seaside street, it still is and going from strength to strength.

Their FEAST menu is cheeseboard deals for two people, starting at £10 to £25 for a cheeseboard & bottle of wine. Then on Fridays, you can enjoy a Fondue Friday for £20.

I was there to try one of their cheeseboards; today’s specials were a very strong and creamy Snowdonia Black Bomber Cheddar. A full flavoured French Rustique Brie. A strong but delicate creamy Blue Perl las, which is a Welsh organic Blue cheese. Served with a dish of Chutters for Cheese from Ajar Of and some wonderful gluten free beetroot, sweet potato & spinach crackers. Carl has a great collection of other cheeses, especially Dorset cheese and he is only too happy to serve you your favourites or just let him surprise you….

FEAST Weymouth 2017 Menu Reviews
Rustique Brie, Snowdonia Black Bomber Cheddar, Blue Perl las

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Les Enfant Terribles

Les Enfant Terribles is the place to head to for Chef Eric’s touch of French wizardry on our local seafood.

His FEAST menu is three courses for £25 Tuesday-Friday and £20 on a Sunday.

His starter of salmon and caper fishcakes with wilted spinach. The fishcakes have a great crispy outer and the capers help cut through the richness of the salmon.

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Salmon and Caper Fishcakes with Wilted Spinach

For main I ordered Les Enfant Terribles Seafood Casserole, which looked a picture as it arrived. Cod & bass sprinkled with lemony sumac and lots of fiery black pepper. Served with creamed potato and a rich tomato sauce, roasted vegetables & sweet cockles. A most enjoyable plate of seafood.

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Les Enfant Terribles Seafood Casserole

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Stable Weymouth

For cider & pizza there is no better place to head to than the Stable Weymouth.

Their FEAST menu is pizza, dessert and a drink for £15.00 – from 17:00 Sunday to Thursday inclusive (except for Tuesday’s when it is their Tuck-in Tuesday offer) Vegetarian, vegan & NGI options available.

My pizza the Weymouth Wailer, not only looks like a chilli pizza should; the hot Naga pork topping really did have a kick like a mule. You can also ask for more fresh chillies – wow.

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The Weymouth Wailer – spicy chopped pork, marinated in our homemade Naga chilli harissa, red onion, basil leaves, field mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella

In complete contrast The Bucky Doo, had subtle rich flavours and the Blue Vinny gave it a different dimension.

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The Bucky Doo – herb-roasted potato, Dorset Blue
Vinney cheese, roasted Spanish onions, fresh spinach, tomato sauce and mozzarella

The soft, moist and bursting with chocolate Brownie, brought out the oohs & aahs – scrumptious.

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Brownie – warm chocolate brownie, with clotted cream

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Café Oasis

Dorset is blessed with an array of restaurants/cafes overlooking the wonderful Dorset coast. Café Oasis is one of these where you can relax and enjoy great food, with the sea just yards away.

Their FEAST menu is 2 courses for £15.00, 3 courses for £20.00 (Booking recommended. Only available Friday/Saturday Evenings)

I was there to sample their pan-fried mackerel in Parma Ham with horseradish butter and micro herb salad. Fresh mackerel straight from the sea with salty Parma wrapped round the fish was a delight. The crisp salad had a little burst of flavour from the sweet dressing, delicious.

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Pan fried Mackerel in Parma ham with horseradish butter and micro herb salad

Then I enjoyed their dreamy, creamy mango and passion fruit crème brûlée with crumbly shortbread.

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Mango and passion fruit crème brulee with shortbread

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Al Molo

Al Molo, the Pier Bandstand, Weymouth is a wonderful art deco building that was once the place of big dreams & big bands. It is now a fine dining Italian restaurant, with stunning views across Weymouth Bay.

Their FEAST menu is 3 courses for £25.00 (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday only – PRE BOOK ONLY, MAX 6 PEOPLE)

For starter I had the home made pork belly, the pork was succulent and rich. The fennel and rocket with lemon dressing provided the balance to make this a refreshing dish.

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Home-made pork belly (porchetta style) with fresh fennel rocket and lemon dressing

We also tried their starter of meaty mussels and clams, in a herby tomato sauce, with a little kick of chilli.

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Pot of mussels and clams with white wine garlic tomato and chilli

The main dish was silky ravioli, filled with ricotta & spinach, covered in lots of buttery sage sauce.

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Ravioli filled with ricotta & spinach in a butter and sage sauce with rocket (v)

The second dish we tried was a moist flavourful chicken breast, filled with ricotta and spinach. With a smooth buttery, basil mashed potato.

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Chicken filled with ricotta and spinach served with basil
mashed potatoes

Then we were brought a lemon cheesecake to photograph, but we succumbed to this perfect finish to a meal.

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Lemon cheesecake

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Mallams

When Steve & Janice Gosson first opened Mallams in April 1990, Madonna was number one with Vogue and England were preparing for the Italian World Cup.

After 27 years Mallams is now run by Lauren their daughter, together with her partner, expert mixologist Christian Lohez (CJ).

FEAST Weymouth 2017 Menu Reviews

Their FEAST menu is 3 courses for £25.00, plus you can enjoy one of their house cocktails and a glass of house red or white wine for £10.00 per person. (Monday to Friday evening, Friday & Saturday lunchtime)

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Clovers Twist – Rosemary infused raspberry puree, gin, lemon, dry Vermouth and egg white

You also get an amuse bouche with your FEAST meal, todays was Parmesan crusted courgette bon bon and Tomato Chilli Jam, Pak Choi micro cress.

FEAST Weymouth 2017 Menu Reviews
Parmesan crusted courgette and Tomato Chilli Jam, Pak Choi micro cress

Their starter of Oriental beef salad was an outstanding dish of food. The chargrilled fillet beef was so tender you could cut it with your fork. The salad was crisp and fresh with subtle flavours of the east.

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Oriental beef salad – slivers of beef fillet seared, honey, soy, sesame oil and ginger dressing topped with toasted sesame seeds and served with a watercress, white mooli and radish salad.

The very creamy butternut squash soup was a chilly autumn day’s delight.

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Creamy butternut squash soup flavoured with cumin, crème frâiche, toasted pine kernels.

My chicken main course was cooked just how I like it, succulent but with plenty of caramelisation. The delicate mustard sauce with hints of aniseed from the chervil harmonised with the salty bacon and cabbage.

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Chicken breast, vermouth and mustard sauce creamy mash and savoy cabbage.

We also tried some beautifully cooked bass served with herby crushed new potatoes, with a summer deep tomato sauce and Mediterranean vegetables.

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Bass, Mediterranean ratatouille, basil oil, crushed potatoes

For dessert we enjoyed a mellow white chocolate cheesecake, with rich berries and a butter rich base.

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Colombian white chocolate cheesecake, mixed berry compote.

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New Inn, Portland

Stacey & Spencer run and own the New Inn Boutique Hotel, Portland and it was great to visit this great pub again to sample their food.

Their FEAST menu is a Tasting Board & Bottle of Wine for 2 to share £20.00 or House Seafood Platter & Bottle of Wine for 2 to share £25.00. Not available on Saturday evenings.

We sampled their seafood tasting board of Dressed crab, mackerel pate, citrus cured salmon, anchovies, bread & pickles. Wonderful fresh and sweet crab, with a light crème fraîche smoked mackerel pate. We also ordered a side of fries as well, well it was Sunday..!

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Seafood Board: Dressed crab, mackerel pate, citrus cured salmon, anchovies, bread & pickles

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Fish ‘n’ Fritz

For the past 20 years Paul Hay has been the driving force behind Fish ‘n’ Fritz and is now one of Weymouth’s favourite fish & chip shops.

Their FEAST menu is a meal for 2 £15.00 or a meal for a family of four (2 adults & 2 children) £25.00 – only available in the restaurant.

Great portion of fish & chips, beautiful light crispy batter. Why not pop in and order some from Lisa.

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Large cod & chips

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Bennett’s Fish & Chips

It was called the Waterfront in my youth, but Bennett’s Fish & Chips has now been part of Weymouth’s Quay as long as I care to remember. Serving up great fish & chips throughout the year to locals and holidaymakers.

Their FEAST menu is – two meals for £15.00 Medium cod, haddock fillet or plaice & chips with mushy peas, curry sauce or bread & butter. Served with tea or coffee. 2 meals for £25.00 “Large Cod”, Haddock or Plaice & chips with mushy peas, curry sauce or bread & butter. Served with Pinot Grigio white wine (187ml), Ringwood Forty-niner (500ml), Stowford Press (500ml) or Peroni (330ml)

We enjoyed the flaky succulent haddock, with delicious batter and some proper chips, crispy on the outside, soft & fluffy in the middle.

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Haddock & chips, mushy peas and coffee (hidden from view)

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The Crow’s Nest

The Crow’s Nest is tucked away in the corner of Hope Square. During the day it serves great breakfast and meals to suit everyone. Then in the evening it switches to the flavours of Spain, with an exciting Tapas menu.

Their FEAST menu is a light breakfast and a pot of tea, a cup of coffee or a glass of orange or apple juice for £5.00.

What a way to start the day and great value. Beans, a tasty herby sausage from the Fantastic Sausage Factory, sweet tomatoes, thick slice of bacon and a deep yellow runny egg. With toast on the side and a steaming hot cup of coffee – thumbs up from me…

FEAST Weymouth 2017 Menu Reviews
A light breakfast and a pot of tea, a cup of coffee or a glass of orange or apple juice

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Shalim’s Balti House

After three weeks of sampling great FEAST food, I can’t think of a better way to end, than with a curry, especially at Shalim’s Balti House.

Their FEAST menu is £15.00 per head, Starter, main + rice each (from their FEAST menu), Naan to share

Vicky’s Onion Bhaji was beautifully presented, it had a crispy coating and a soft fluffy spiced inside.

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Onion Bhaji

My Chicken Tikka was again well presented, succulent chicken with that Tikka spice mix that is guaranteed to make people smile when they eat it.

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Chicken Tikka

For main Vicky had a Vegetable Balti, a rich lightly spiced (heat) sauce with a mix of vegetables. Served with Pilau Rice and Naan with a crispy bottom and the top was soft & buttery.

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Vegetable Balti

My main of Chicken Dhansak had a satisfying chilli heat, good thick Dal and plenty of chicken. Washed down with a pint of Anokha.

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Chicken Dhansak

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Thanks to everyone for inviting me to try your FEAST menus, it was great fun…

For the complete list of venues & menus www.weareweymouth.co.uk/feast-weymouth/menus

Please always mention that you would like their FEAST menu when booking.

FEAST Weymouth is entirely supported by Weymouth BID and is promoted through the visitor website www.weareweymouth.co.uk

Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? Yes
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? No
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? Yes
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? Yes
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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  1. One month to go to grab a FEAST – The success of the 2017 event has also been aided by John Grindle aka the Dorset Foodie Family. Venues had the chance to welcome John and his camera to sample their FEAST menus and John shared his experience of the dishes he tried which can all be found here. http://www.wpchamber.co.uk/one-month-to-go-to-grab-a-feast/

    1. Thank you so much, it was amazing and a pleasure to visit so many excellent restaurants in Weymouth — roll on next year…

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