Worth Tea and Supper Rooms is a charming little place opposite the Duck Pond in the picture perfect village of Worth Matravers. Now entering its 5th year, the Tea and Supper Rooms front of house is run by Diana with husband Dave the chef.
It’s a quirky, intimate set up in the main room with a fantastic array of teapots on beams and shelves, a welcoming wood burning stove on at one end and a full house for dinner. As the weather warms up, afternoon tea in the cottage garden is a real treat and we particularly appreciate the dog friendly nature of the hosts!
The menu is appealing with a good mix of local meats (inc game) and fish with some house favourites as well as newer dishes. The wine list is keenly priced with a reasonable selection of wines by the glass as well.
Having a fridge full of lamb and beef for the Easter weekend from Wilkswood we both decided to stick to the sea for our dinner on Saturday night.
Sarah started with the baked crab topped with Coastal Cheddar served in a scallop shell. It’s a very moreish start to the meal with sweet crabmeat complemented well by the tangy cheddar.
My brown shrimp on sourdough was a slightly modern take of potted shrimp on toast which is a firm favourite of mine. The brown shrimps were delicious and packed full of flavour. Both starters came with fresh salads, nicely dressed with a mix of interesting leaves.
For main course Sarah enjoyed a generously portioned hake fillet, beautifully cooked with crushed potatoes, spinach and a rich creamy seafood sauce with leeks.
My Swanage Bay seabass fillets were delightful – two plump pieces with crispy skin and soft flakes of fish. What really made the dish was the accompanying chorizo, lentil and chickpea ragout, full of earthy, smoky flavours with an accompanying pesto providing a good sharp counterpoint.
As well as the fish dishes the menu included venison loin that looked exceptional and slow cooked pork belly – carnivores are well looked after here as well!
As usual I left no room for dessert although did manage to lend a helping hand with Sarah’s peanut butter cheesecake with caramel popcorn. It was a slightly de-constructed cheesecake served in a bowl that drew admiring glances from the table next door.
The service was friendly and welcoming as usual from Diana and her team. Sarah and I have enjoyed tea and supper here many times since house hunting in the area more than three years ago and have always been well looked after. Whether you’re in the mood for afternoon tea, a light lunch or a fuller dinner the Worth Tea and Supper Rooms are definitely worth a visit.
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