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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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A pretty 16C house on a small town square plays host to this friendly, laid-back restaurant (sister to the homeware shop opposite). Constantly evolving...
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Brassica in Beaminster is a relaxed restaurant offering an outstanding experience of delicious food, wine and service in a cosy, stylish environment. With the modern European dishes changing daily, the menu has been designed to encourage a more informal way of eating good food - you can share main courses, order a selection of starters or just pop in for a carafe of wine and a plate of charcuterie. We have a shop next door selling wine, food, homewards, glassware and tableware.
PRICE RANGE
£16 - £35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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I had brunch here on Bank Holiday Saturday. The service was lovely but I wasn't terribly inspired by the menu - it was all a bit ho-hum. You could choose from pastries - croissant, almond or pain au raisin, or toast and butter with jam,...honey or marmalade, but it was the Greek yoghurt with fruit compôte and nuts which appealed the most and that was what I ordered to start with - it was delicious but not really any different to anything I could have done at home. The cooked options were very limited - fried or poached eggs on toast, or serrano ham with fried eggs & cornichons, or roasted tomatoes on toast with basil salsa verde, or a sausage sandwich with pickled red onion. After a lot of uninspired perusing I eventually ordered the mushroom & parmesan danish with a poached egg & spinach and it was good enough but all in all everything was a bit too simple for me and I was left quite disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb small restaurant. Great authentic Italian style food (think River Cafe rather than spaghetti and sauce.) had great starter of tasty tomatoes , mozzarella style cheese and a salsa verde. Then Hake with potatoes and spinach. All tasted exceptional. Fantastic will definitely visit again.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 16 April 2024 via mobile

Had wanted to try for a while and enjoyed a superb dinner. Great ingredients well cooked and presented. Lovely decor and ambience. Seasonal ingredients key so menu changes regularly so will return soon.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

Just had one of the best long lunches at this gem of a restaurant. Fabulous locally sourced ingredients creatively combined and paired with some wonderful wine Highly recommended

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

Excellent restaurant with very good food and great wine list. Service perfect. Hope to come again. Thx.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023 via mobile

Very high quality cooking in a family owned Dorset restaurant. Presentation of the food and the service were excellent.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

Apparently this restaurant is in the Michelin Guide...god knows why!!! We opted for the daily specials menu and chose x2 course for £20. The beef pasta stew was so bad. Firstly, the chef had run-out of the specified pasta. All that was served was cheap...mincemeat and al dente pasta swimming in a watery sauce...yuk. The desert was a warm sliced peach on a bed on Creme fresh and crumbed biscuit. Definitely not worth £20 + a discretionary 10% service charge..I don't think so! Will not return in a hurray!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 17 July 2023 via mobile

Brassica was recommended and I know it’s been mentioned recently in the paper as the place to go, so we thought we would splurge and try it as we love med cooking. The menu is limited and I didn’t fancy much from the starters so...just ordered the focaccia with aioli. The bread was nice but the aioli lacked flavour. My husband ordered the anchovies, at £9 you expect more than a few tiny fillets that look like they were just from the tin. The main course we chose was steak frites, again at £36 a plate I expected more. The steak lacked flavour but the chips were nice. The carafe of red wine (first one on the menu) was very nice, as were the cold rice pudding and brownie sundae for dessert. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it is a comfortable setting but I do feel it’s overpriced for what you get.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

Really fantastic restaurant, the food was excellent as was the service...can't wait to go back! The wine was reasonably priced too!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 June 2023 via mobile

This was our second trip to Brassica and it lived up to the first. We had a delicious lunch, the set menu is great value but we were also tempted by dishes off the main menu. Once again we had friendly service and really tasty...food. The decor and ambience makes this a lovely place for lunch or dinner. Sadly we don’t live nearby but will definitely book in again when we’re back in the area.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 16 June 2023 via mobile

A pleasantly decorated restaurant, quite informal and I would suggest the dress code is smart casual. The food sadly was not up to expectations, a very strange mix of ingredients, such as lentils on lettuce leaves and my starter was sliced tomatoes which were tasteless,...covered in a creamy dressing topped with a greasy crumb mix. For mains my husband had smoked trout served on a wedge of toast with salad leaves, the portion was small for a mains and I had orricchetti with crab, of which there was very little crab and it was in a very oily sauce. For what we had we thought it was expensive and will not be returning.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 24 May 2023

I particularly like that this restaurant changes its menu daily. Too many stick with the same old offerings for too long. I appreciate the effort it entails; it shows a real interest in what they are doing. Comfortably quirky and charmingly staffed, I will definitely...return. The food is imaginative without overdoing the fashionable ingredients and styles of the moment.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023 via mobile

Our recent visit to Brassica for my 40th birthday and anniversary celebration was truly unforgettable. This gem of a restaurant exceeded our expectations with its exquisite food, exceptional service, and elegant ambiance. We were greeted warmly upon arrival and whisked away to our beautifully set...table. The menu offered a tantalising array of creative dishes, making it difficult to choose. However, our attentive server provided excellent recommendations to suit our tastes. The food was divine, from the mouth-watering appetisers to the perfectly cooked main courses. Each dish showcased a brilliant balance of flavors, textures, and presentation. To top it all off, we were treated to a delightful dessert and a personalized touch to mark our special occasion. The attentive staff made our celebration truly memorable, ensuring that our evening at Brassica was nothing short of magical. I wholeheartedly recommend Brassica for a remarkable dining experience that will leave you longing for more.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 4 April 2023

We had passed the restruant many times but never entered. As a venue it has little to recommend it - a mismatch of decor, seeting and service. Seemingly local trade also eyes it with some suspicion as we were the only patrons. I did like...the cloth napkins though! We shared a starter of Finocchia which we had never had. I'm not sure that what appeared was authentic. Does Finocchi come on a plate with nothing to accompany it? Their interpretation of Finocchia is a plate of thinly sliced, day old greasy salami. The main course. I had Braised Pork - a gelatenous blob of fatty brown gloop with fried polenta, eadible but not a happy marriage of tastes. My partner had smoked Haddock with spinage - again an odd mix. The sweet course was the most strange. Tinned Rhubarb - when rubarb is in season! - a spoonful of creme fresh and a thin slice of slightly gingery cake - possibly the only thing not purchaed from the nearby Co-op. And all this for the princely sum of £70+ Needless to say we will not be returning.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 31 March 2023

Finally got round to trying Brassica again after a few hit and miss experiences along time ago. Sadly wish we hadn't bothered. Nothing tasted awful. Simplicity is often a great thing.. however the prices don't always reflect this. Our fish was abit overdone.. foccacia stale...and our frozen french fries soft. It's in the details. Wish we'd said something about these issues on the night but didn't want to taint the evening. Big reason for the low stars is the fact we payed an extortionate amount of money and 3 of the 4 of us left hungry. Paying £27-£29 for a main to then leave you hungry.. after paying £14-£15 for a starter! Their mains are not a complete meal.. you have to add sides which for the price is insane. Word of warning.. you'll have to order plenty of sides and don't go with a budget. Our friends who had come down from London were also dissapointed and shocked at the prices! Let that settle in.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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CBI62
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We allow small well behaved dogs during the day only. The restaurant just isn’t big enough to accommodate more. From mid-May we will have 4 covers outside and a dog bowl!
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Yes, Brassica of course! Within walking distance with great food and wine!
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5