Rick Stein to open Sandbanks restaurant this autumn

Rick and Jill Stein have announced plans to open a restaurant in Sandbanks, Dorset. With views overlooking the water the restaurant will seat around 200 and is set to open in late autumn.

The restaurant will offer classic seafood dishes such as Dover sole meunière, turbot hollandaise and fruits de mer, alongside a more casual lunch time menu with dishes such as a crab salad and moules frites.

On signing the lease with business partner and wife, Jill, Rick Stein said, “Sandbanks is the perfect place for a good fish restaurant. I’ve had my eye on it ever since I passed through about 15 years ago when I travelled the coast of Britain to make the Seafood Lovers’ Guide. Somewhere to drop in for local lemon sole, oysters or crab I thought, and now my dream has come true.

“It’ll be a place for some informal, inexpensive seafood maybe coming off Sandbanks beach or for spending some time on the Poole harbour side of the restaurant eating lobster or Dover sole, drinking lovely chilled white Burgundy and thinking how relaxing a view over the water can be. I’m very excited.”

Bruce Grant-Braham, Chair of Poole Tourism, said, ‘I am absolutely delighted that Poole will be welcoming a Rick Stein restaurant later this year. Their reputation for quality and fine cuisine is second to none, and will act as a major draw for visitors to the town. Poole already boasts a strong eating-out scene and the investment in this new restaurant will endorse that still further’.