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British Food Fortnight - Taste of Dorset

Published: 26/09/2021

The Taste of Dorset

There’s Something to Tickle Your Taste Buds in Dorset

British Food Fortnight 2021 takes place from  18th September to 3rd October 2021.

This is the 20th year of the national celebration of British food and the health benefits and pleasures of eating quality, fresh, seasonal and regionally distinct produce. Dorset is famous for the quality of its food and drink. With fresh seafood in abundance and plenty of local produce, Dorset never disappoints. But some dishes are singular only to Dorset.

f you are visiting the wonderful county of Dorset and fancy sampling some traditional Dorset food, then look no further for inspiration. To celebrate British Food fortnight, here are dishes and cuisine local to Dorset and taste delicious.

Dorset Apple Cake

The area is well known for its apple cake – a delicious sweet cake often made with spices, including cinnamon. This region is well known for its apples’ quality, so it’s no surprise that they appear in several recipes. It’s on the menu of every tearoom dotted around the county and must be devoured with a hearty dollop of clotted cream.

Dorset Knobs

A crispy, roll-shaped, dry, savoury biscuits that you can try with chutneys and cheese alike. It’s also great if you dip it in a soup or simply spread it with butter. There is even a Dorset Knob throwing festival, held in Cattistock every year on the first Sunday in May. The festival includes such events as Knob Eating, Knob Painting, a Knob & Spoon Race and Guess the weight of the Big Knob.

Dorset Blue Vinney

This traditional, crumbly cheese is named for some Dorset slang, the word ‘vinew’, which means mouldy. Another explanation is that “vinny” is a corruption of “veiny”, referring to the blue veins running throughout the cheese. Dorset Blue Cheese has been awarded Protected Geographical Status, ensuring only cheese originating from Dorset may use the name.

Portland Pudding (Royal Pudding)

These so-called originated from King George III’s many visits to Dorset; his favourite haunt was the Royal Portland Arms, whose landlady came up with the Portland Pudding.

Apparently, the king loved it so much that he had an advert placed in the local paper to tell everyone about it.

To make Portland Pudding beat to cream ¾ lb. each of fresh butter and caster sugar, stir in the yolks of nine well-beaten eggs, and mix it gradually ¾ lb sifted flour and 2 oz. finely-shred candied peel beat all well together for about ten minutes, then stir quickly and lightly the stiffly-whipped white of the eggs, pour it into small moulds, and bake.

Portland lamb

Because of the diverse landscape, livestock in Dorset produces some incredible dinners. One famous breed is the Portland Sheep,

Portland Sheep produce high-quality meat with a fine texture and excellent flavour. The special flavour of the meat is due to the long time it takes for the sheep to mature and the need for the meat to be hung for a longer time to enhance the flavour and tenderness. Due to the breed being naturally fine and lean, the meat needs careful butchering to present it at its best.

Dorset Jugged Steak

Jugging is a method of slow cooking that is traditional to Dorset. The method of cooking retains all the flavours of the meat while mingling them with other ingredients included.

The lush pastures of Dorset are ideal for rearing beef cattle, providing unravelled flavour! You can sample the culinary delight in many of Dorset’s pubs and restaurants, or pick a cut up from the local farmer’s market and enjoy in comfort our your home or holiday cottage.


A long stretch of coastline ensures we have a steady supply of fresh, locally caught fish. We even have an annual Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth, attracting thousands of people from all over the world. Local restaurants prepare haddock casserole or mackerel baked in cider.

Dorset crab on toast is one of the finest and most famous seafood in abundance along the Dorset coast. And there are few simpler or lighter – yet more indulgent – lunches than a mixture of fresh, unpasteurised, hand-picked crab meat (brown and white) with butter, black pepper and lemon, ideally served with a glass of chilled white wine.

Check out TripAdvisor guide for best Seafood Restaurants in Poole

If you’re looking to visit Dorset, make sure to visit restaurants, cafes and tea rooms in the region and try many of these delicacies.