The White Post, Rimpton is owned by The Suttons; Brett, Kelly and their 2 sons George and Harry and is right on the Dorset, Somerset border. Brett is a multi award winning chef that specialises in local sourcing and as his twitter handle suggests “@foragingchef” loves combining foraged food in all his dishes.
The Suttons took over The White Post in February 2014 and the locals were most relieved that the pub was continuing as the village local, also now with brilliant food. Brett & team are already receiving amazing reviews from all who eat there.. So it was time we headed up t’north to sample his cooking….
The afternoon of the meal Brett tweeted photographs of wonderful fresh hake, turbot, crab, scallops, monkfish, gurnard and clams — wowzers a fish platter for two looked like it would feed four very hungry people, so we ordered two between the four of us!!
After a leisurely 40 minute drive from Dorchester we arrived at The White Post and the first thing that you notice is the amazing view over to the Charlton’s & beyond! The White Post has been thoroughly modernised but still has a rustic charm with piles of logs outside the main entrance.
We were very warmly greeted as we entered and inside there is a small bar stocked with local ales & ciders, I was designated driver so it was ginger beer for me… To avoid driving or for a special gourmet break, The White Post also has accommodation and for £150.00 per double room, you will receive dinner, bed & breakfast – outstanding value for money!
We relaxed in the luxurious leather settees to read the menu. As with all good restaurants, the menu was short, but well balanced between fish, meat & vegetarian. It also listed their local suppliers of wonderful foodie goodies!! We ordered three starters, Vicky deciding to save herself for the mouth-watering desserts!
After being shown to our table we were brought freshly baked Butcombe Beer bread & butter, with hummus. Quickly followed by a mini glass of pea & ham hock soup, which caused us all to break out into a chorus of hmmmm’s & aaahh’s – what amazing flavours packed into dish that on the face of it, is such a simple one!
To go with our meal we ordered a nice bottle of Malbec, yes we are the rebels who like bold & fruity red wines with our fish!!
Starters: How could you resist Brett’s Piggy Nibbles: pulled pork, honey glazed banger, red wine poached chorizo, crackling, pork belly nugget, apple and cider chutney. Two of us couldn’t!! The Piggy Nibbles of course tasted as good as it looks and the firm favourite was the red wine poached chorizo, but only by a short snout!
Jackie ordered the Hamper of Chicken: chicken slider, spiced chicken samosa, chicken BLT, BBQ chicken wing, potted chicken, pear jelly, crispy chicken skin. Which was pure theatre, arriving in a quaint picnic hamper and she enjoyed every single element of the dish.
Once the starter was cleared away, we had to make room for not two boards but four!! In they came, first was the whole turbot covered in samphire & clams, sautéed new potatoes and roasted monkfish. The second board had the crab & scallop gratin, lemon sole and gurnard, plus two monster prawns. WOW!
We all took a deep breath before we knuckled down to tackle this mountain of seafood. The lemon sole was so sweet and the turbot was succulent, hell it was all bloody amazing and so was the accompanying vibrant herby salad!!
Everyone was now quiet and before we knew it, all that was left was a pile of bones and empty shells (Vicky & I failed to finish the last gurnard) – phew we had done it, Kelly was very impressed!!
Somehow Vicky then found room for a dark chocolate fondant, caramel sauce, latte ice cream and caramel nibs, it was decadently superb!
The White Post doesn’t have airs or graces, just great food and a wonderful friendly service from the whole team. Especially Kelly (Brett’s wife) who has a wonderful cheery nature and a lovely smile making everyone feel at ease…
Yes we can thoroughly recommend The White Post and suggest you give it a go, because we know you will enjoy every morsel of food i.e. Sunday lunch roast with potatoes cooked in dripping – yum!!
and what a view!
The White Post
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