A Taste of Dorset – January’s Special Midweek Menu

What could be a better way to chase away the January blues than enjoying some top-class cuisine at the Arbor, Bournemouth’s newest two-AA rosette restaurant?

Throughout January, from Monday to Thursday each week, Arbor will be offering a very special ‘Taste of Dorset’ menu. Featuring the freshest of top-quality local ingredients, this four-course tasting menu offers a snapshot of some of the wonderful flavours of our region, and is sure to delight with its blend of classic and contemporary styles.

But the best bit is that the delights on offer come as a surprise to us, as well as to you! Each morning we take delivery of a variety of seasonal local produce from our carefully-selected and trusted suppliers… but there may be some surprises in there! Our Head chef Andy Hilton gets his thinking cap on and comes up with an amazing menu that will bring out the best in the produce. It’s our very own Mystery Box Challenge!

So what sort of produce might be on offer?

Of course, winter is the season for game, maybe some beautiful pheasant or pigeon. We source game that delivers a robust flavour without being aggressively ‘gamey’; add in some beautiful warming wintry notes of red wine, berries and a deep earthy hit of mushrooms, and you can see the type of flavours on offer.

January is a also great month for seafood, with scallops, cockles, mussels and oysters in season, and sea bass and sole are at their best. As we use local suppliers from along our beautiful stretch of the Dorset coast, you know the seafood we use going to be as fresh as you can get. How about some wonderful Lyme Bay scallops, perhaps served with creamed peas and bacon? If we get the produce in the morning, it’ll be on the menu in the evening.

Winter veg offers some real treats, with lovely fresh flavours to give a taste of the outdoors in a month when most people are curling up on the sofa. But we don’t just mean the usual suspects like kale, leeks, and parsnips; we might feature purple sprouting broccoli, Jerusalem artichokes, or vibrant Savoy cabbage. These vegetables are not just accompaniments, they’re stars in their own right. How about some sticky red cabbage, cooked in sugar, vinegar and red wine? It adds a tangy sweetness and colour to a dish, and is ideal to balance the richness of a game dish.

And of course the desserts bring the perfect close to any menu. Winter food doesn’t have to be heavy; Head Chef Andy will use seasonal ingredients like delicate early forced rhubarb to bring a lightness of touch to dishes on offer.

If you’d like to see how Andy has risen to the daily challenge, come along to the Arbor on Monday to Thursday until the end of January and try the ‘Taste of Dorset’ four-course taster menu for just £22.50 per person. We can’t say for sure what will be on the menu, but you are guaranteed to have a superb dining experience, with a real flash of inspiration.

To book a table call us on  01202 498 900 or click here.

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