ELEVEN Dorset restaurants have been declared the best of the south west after being included in a prestigious dining guide

The venues appear in this year’s Trencherman’s Guide.

The 11 are:

The Crab House Café in Weymouth

The Ollerod in Beaminster

Brassica Restaurant in Beaminster

The Station Kitchen in West Bay

The Alexandra

Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis

The Club House in West Bexington

Abbots Court in Blandford Forum

The Acorn Inn at Evershot

Plumber Manor in Sturminster Newton

The Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne

In addition to the restaurant reviews, Trencherman's Guide also includes leading chefs’ tip-offs on where they’ll be eating out in 2019 and bitesize round-ups of some of the best dining experiences.

Trencherman’s chairman, Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, calls it "a guarantee of exceptional dinning experiences".