The Restaurant at Knoll House

4.3
56 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
With a focus on fine Anglo-French food and a traditionally English atmosphere, our restaurant offers a selection of dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients. The dress code is smart casual, and you can join us for breakfast from 8-10am and dinner from 6-9pm.

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £18.50 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Afternoon Tea is served daily in the restaurant from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Childrens Dinner

    £10.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Dinner served in the restaurant for our younger guests

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 56 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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3.9
ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Most staff were friendly, although bar staff rude when asking to pay. The hotel itself it’s terribly worn down and you can’t smell the old musty dusty scent everywhere and could do with a good scrub and lick of paint.

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MattB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food is nice but over priced. Service is inadequate, particularly regarding drinks. There was no knowledge of cocktail choices or non alcoholic drinks. We could also over hear other guests complaining that it took 3x to ask for their drink to arrive. Nice view from the window, but would not rush back.

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AliM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We visited Knoll House for an anniversary cream tea. First the not so great. Service was disappointing - delays in service, dirty cups, food plonked on table like a sack of potatoes, had to ask for plates and cutlery. However staff were friendly and seemed a bit inexperienced and too few for number of customers. Good point was the food. Lovely selection of tasty sandwiches, warm fluffy scones (but a bit mean on clotted cream portion) and takeaway box provided on request for cakes we couldn't manage. Overall a good experience with spectacular views across Studland bay.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great character,
Good food at a reasonable price. Lovely views from the terrace.
Family friendly

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Guestknollhouse
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The staff are happy, friendly and very overworked. There is clearly a shortage of staff impacting those remaining to hold the fort. Good on them, there was no sign of panic just a quiet resolve to work quickly and effectively against the odds.
Such a shame the quality of food deserves service to match. Meal time is probably twice what it should be.

KB
KatB
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

While the interior of the restaurant asks for refreshment and renovation, the location is excellent and the quality of food and service is definitely above the level of the looks. We had everything served quite quickly, the staff were lovely and accommodating, and the food was really nice. A good value for money, just look outside the window and enjoy a lovely meal!

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PaulI
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was of very good quality and delicious. The staff are really nice and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent evening

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nonickname
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Very slow and poor service. Staff were friendly but did not seem to know what they are doing

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EllieNewbery
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food defiantly not worth £18.50 for a main !!!

Waiter was rude and seemed extremely uninterested

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lolly
Leicestershire
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service

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DebraJ
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service, an enjoyable evening

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Difficult
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A general air of faded gentility. A lick of paint new scatter cushion,just a gentle lift to bring it up to scratch. So much wasted potential and such a glorious setting.

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HappyCustomer
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Friendly helpful staff and wonderful delicious choice.

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jamesE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary dinner and the hotel went out of its way to make it special. Cakes and champagne as a surprise

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jamesE
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent, our first night of our stay at the hotel. Staff very pleasant despite Covid regs

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EmmanuelleP
London
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Second time we had dinner there in a week as we liked it so much! Great food, good wine selection and the most friendly staff you can dream of. Special thanks to Alex and Martine for such welcoming service!

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EmmanuelleP
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very friendly and efficient. The food was excellente (feather steak and goat’ cheese fritters as mains, mackerel pate and breaded seafood as starters plus chocolate cake). The decor is very 70s (but not shabby at all) and this gives a lovely atmosphere to the restaurant! All in all a delightful evening!

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AdrianA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (4 of us) dined during the Covid regime which the hotel organised extremely well with social distancing etc.etc. The staff were very attentive although I am sure that their numbers were limited which led to a an acceptable delay at times . The quality and quantity of food both at breakfast and dinner was of a very high quality (especially the Feather steak for dinner .We did encounter a minor issue when the cooked salmon was not cooked through out and the restaurant manager resolved the issue in a timely and very professional manner and completely to our satisfaction .

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LynetteA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb - nicely presented and cooked to perfection. Staff were very attentive and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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CynthiaT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so helpful My husband has diabetes so sometimes its quite hard for him to find something to select from a menu. Staff in the restaurant couldnt be more helpful especially Alex the manager. Liked the choice on the daily special

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Impeccable service and fantastic food!

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Pols
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Part of a Travel Zoo deal
Very good choice at breakfast, well presented
Service a little slow, otherwise excellent

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JudithW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service and lovely to have GF options but the breakfast wasnt particularly hot and the "full English" was missing the black pudding as shown on the menu

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Pols
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Part of a Travel Zoo deal
Excellent food, we had two courses
Excellent service

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JudithW
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food served quite quickly and nice and hot. Staff very helpful. A good selection of Gluten Free options which I appreciated

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Pols
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cream tea with prosecco, travel zoo deal.
Excellent value for money.
Only minor complaint, waited a little too long between the delivery of the tea/prosecco and the scones.
Otherwise perfect

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Starnurse
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Having stayed at this hotel before, we knew we would be well fed. However, they are suffering terribly form under staffing. I don't know if this is due to Covid or coming out of the EU, but we had to change our 8 pm reservation to 6.30 in order to eat at a sensible time. The previous night buy the time starter was served we had been in the restaurant one hour (from an 8pm reservation). By the time we finished it was well past 10pm and we found it very uncomfortable eating that late. As I put in the stars, the food is excellent but just don't eat too late. Be patient with the waiting & bar staff, they are doing their best - just not enough of them. There are many rumours that the hotel is to be developed into apartments, and this would explain the lack of updating that is seriously needed everywhere as a hotel/restaurant. Fab rooms, too.

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SueW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The staff were super friendly and efficient which made the whole dining experience relaxing. The food was great and presentation excellent. Felt very safe. Thank you!

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

happy to recommend, lovely friendly staff with excellent menu & quality of food

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Lovely food great staff especially Alex and warren

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice food and lovely staff

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GrahamR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have to say having read some of the former reviews I was sceptical however having had 2 nights B and B and dinner in the restaurant on the Saturday night I was pleasantly surprised. Breakfast was fabulous and was varied and arrived hot. Couldn't fault it at all. Dinner in the restaurant, was a varied selection and I have to say probably expensive for some, however the quality of the food was fabulous and I again could not fault it. We did a travel zoo deal delayed from last year and it was excellent value for money.

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Lenny
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and welcoming staff although not enough of them, so service in the restaurant is rather slow. Delicious local fish, well-cooked.

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JohnR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This Hotel does amazing breakfast plus the staff cant do enough to help they are a major asset

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely service by all staff.
Professional hard working and kind.

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Vicki
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starting with drinks on the terrace with the best view down to the sea. We had a delicious meal in this characterful unique dining room.
Friendly staff.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed lovely meals during our stay at Knoll House. Staff are really fantastic. We will definitely be back very soon!

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solstalker
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Booked lunch at short notice, warm welcome and we sat out in the garden with a great sea view. We shared the croquette as a starter (delicious) with some amazing pickled carrots. The sandwiches were a decent size and tasty and the chocolate brownie for pud was great. Lovely way to spend a lunchtime with good service, really glad we took the opportunity.

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GloriaG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome, table spacing, food and ambience all good. Bread, sauces and fish were top notch. Very quiet unobtrusive music in the background. Good choice of music not pseudo classical, something far more upbeat. Since this is an honest review the only mildly disappointing thing was the tea. I drink it black and it tasted as if it had not been made with really boiling water. There is nothing about the restaurant that would stop us from using Knoll House again. It is our first choice of restaurant when in the area. We will return again and again. It's lovely to see that the major players regarding staff are the same as last year. That's got to be good.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice meal nice outlook friendly staff would recommend

FAQs

The Restaurant at Knoll House is rated 4.3 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.