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“Super Sunday lunch”

Abbots Cellar Restaurant at Priory Hotel
Ranked #18 of 61 Restaurants in Wareham
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 15 July 2014

A fabulous place for Sunday lunch. Arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful gardens before having a drink on the terrace. Lunch was excellent; interesting menu, plenty of choice, lovely flavours, wonderful cooking and presentation. Wine menu just a bit pricey though...

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

As it was such a beautiful day we went early and had coffee on the terrace. We then walked around the 4 acres of grounds with so many lovely plants and different pools and ponds. Lots of seats so you can sit and relax. The river is also at the bottom of the garden so there is always plenty to watch there. The staff laid the tables up for lunch outside under umbrellas and you cannot fault the food or the service.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

After having a fantastic meal for my 50th it seemed to make sense to celebrate our eldest sons' 21st here.The weather was glorious and on arrival we were seated outside, under a canopy, the table set with crisp, dazzling white,linen and sparkling glassware.The view from the terrace across the rolling manicured lawns to the river, and beyond to the Purbeck hills was undeniably stunning.
The staff greeted us warmly, and throughout the Sunday Lunch they attended to us with warmth,attention to detail and good humour.( one waiter showing his hidden talent of a powerful singing voice in his rendition of Happy Birthday!).
Our youngest is highly allergic to gluten and as we were seated, baskets of different,delicious warm breads were served in crisp linen lined baskets, and they served him his own gluten free bread basket...a lovely treat for him.
So....why the rating of merely good ? Well, it's £32.00 per head for Sunday Lunch, if you look hard enough you can get some very serious good food for that.This was where the meal was hit and miss.
A starter of warm cod, scallop and saffron was well presented, with fresh pea shoots and a most glorious dribble around the plate of Lobster oil, but the pea puree on which it rested was tired and overcooked.
The bowl of soup, served between starter and main, was billed as leek and potato. It appeared as a dark green liquid, resembling chlorophyll, and no amount of personal seasoning around the table could save it from being put down.
There were highlights on the main, the fresh Portland Crab salad was lovely (no cooking there ) but the roast beef sirloin was marred with a 'gravy' that appeared as an oily slick with some sort of tomato puree laying within.It neither tasted of beef or tomato....it just was. I have had better roast potatoes at the end of a long day at a chain carvery. The roast pork was equally forgettable,
Desserts were back on track, chocolate fondants and the cheeseboard were excellent (again the cheeses require no cooking) and again the staff pulled out the stops with a lovely gluten free chocolate parfait for our youngest.
We paid, thanked the lovely staff and left them a tip.....I hope they didn't have to share it with the chef.
Will we return ? I am not sure, if the chef is at the top of his game then yes....but you have to think hard when a meal plus drinks is averaging at £55 - £60 a head. Like I say, the staff were as exceptional as they were on our first visit, but I could have stepped in and produced more satisfying food that day.

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Thank Clare B
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Because of the way Trip Advisor works, I cannot review the Garden Room, which is where lunch is served. This was my second visit, and the room is pretty and overlooks the lovely gardens and river. A visit to The Priory Hotel makes a good day out. This time, the weather (late May) was not great and when we arrived we were expected and ushered to a comfy sofa by the open fire to look at the menu and have pre-lunch drinks. Soon after we sat down a member of staff came in to make sure that the fire was burning well, a lovely touch to make sure we were comfortable. Our meal, we both had two courses of fish was very good, with top quality produce well and simply cooked, and with interesting sides that were appropriate for each dish.
Good coffee and petits fours afterwards.
We did not drink any alcohol, so I cannot comment on the wine list.
This is not a cheap restaurant, but does everything well and it is good to have proper napery, service and cutlery for a change.

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

The Duck was very good very subtle flavour. Very comprehensive winelistThe service was excellent.We are looking forward to our next visit.

Thank Hawks2009
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