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Best Restaurant in Dorset – Blackmore Vale Magazine

Copy of article written by Tracey Ramsbottom of Blackmore Vale Magazine featured in the magazine in March 2016 It’s testament to its’ appeal and reputation that when I visited The Riverside on a wet weekday lunchtime in out-of-season October 2015 and again in February, it was packed. In an economic climate which sees pubs and restaurants […]

Riverside recommended by Hardens Restaurant Guide

The well-known Harden’s Restaurant Guide in its latest newsletter highlights the Riverside as a place to eat seafood.. although of course it should say for over fifty years! Arthur Watson “has maintained high standards for straight-from-the-sea fish, simply presented, for over thirty years”, at this “lovely” spot, which benefits from a “wonderful” harbourside location; “great-value […]

10 top seafood restaurants in Dorset August 2015

Sue Quinn, an independent food writer,  has highlighted us as one of her best 10 seafood restaurants in Dorset in August’s Dorset Magazine: “Arthur and Janet Watson, who have run this lovely West Bay restaurant for more than 50 years, received gongs for services to hospitality in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Their fantastic seafood […]

Top Restaurants in Dorset & Hampshire 2014

We are pleased to see that we have been recognised by the The Compass Magazine in their Top Seafront Restaurants in Dorset & Hampshire feature.  Click here to read the article  

Good Food Guide Accolade 2014

We are very proud to have been recognised as one of the best seafood restaurants in the UK by the Good Food Guide 2014. ‘Our inspectors have been trawling the country in search of the best seafood restaurants. From city seafood houses to shacks mere metres from the boats, our fishy eateries have been proving […]

Not just another fishy story – Tripadvisor February 2013

While in Dorset we visited the Riverside Restaurant at West Bay with a family group and the food as well as the welcome was excellent. Everyone in the group was impressed with the service and more to the point,the food.  It is so good to sit, eat fish and see the boats that have landed […]

Presented to perfection

“The Riverside did us proud with a delicious lunch. Lovely window table overlooked the river. Would recommend the seafood chowder full of scallops. My sea bass was cooked beautifully & I loved the butternut squash puree. My husband had belly pork & was delighted at the most generous portion of this dish he has ever […]

In The Observers Top 10

Rick Stein went on a coastal journey to gather the inspiration and recipes for his new book. He also visited fish restaurants galore. Here is his guide to the best seafood in Britain and Ireland Voted one of the Observers Top 10 Seafood Restaurants.

…pioneers of good food

“…Here the sustenance was provided by the Riverside restaurant, which for more than a decade has been one of the pioneers of good food in West Dorset.” Sunday Express 14th September 08

the ingredients speak for themselves

The menu is simple, is fish focused and makes clear that what is available depends on what has been caught.  As with Margot’s, they’re keen on letting the ingredients speak for themselves. …the best ingredients are cooked with the best technique, the outcome is the best dish”. Silverbrow on Food