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10 Castle Street
Rub shoulders with the elite at this exclusive members country club set in deep Dorset – the home of hunting, shooting, and  shing. It’s open to non-members who can dine in the cosy restaurant or private dining room and enjoy the bar and segmented socialising areas. In fact one can also stay in one of the nine bedrooms as a non-member – so little is lost by visiting as a plebeian, if being categorised as a ‘passing member’ is acceptable to you?
10 Castle Street is a very noble venue with links to the classic Tess of the D’Urbervilles – a Grade II listed building set in noble grounds, re ecting its noble proposition, one that has improved, certainly by way of dining, since its 2015 opening.
Views of the terrace by day and roaring  res by night during the winter months – ladies that lunch and cocktails on the terrace during the summer, make 10 Castle Street unquestionably special.
The dining room is intimate, candlelit and o ers fares from the forest, stream and tide accompanied by an above average wine list that owner proprietor Alex Boon nurtures and enjoys.
A typical choice from the regularly changing menu of  ve starters and  ve mains welcomes diners, with an imaginative selection of breads and snacks to start.
We crack on and snack on with duck egg yolk – one of the best-presented snacks of the Feast tour, the ‘yolk’ delicately served in the eggshell, fun to eat. The starter of potato broth was superb (with another appearance from a duck egg yolk), and mushrooms – a classic umami fast – delicious. It is also good to see partridge and lobster on the starter menu.
The scallops were plump, juicy, large, and delicately cooked and served with hummus – robust and perfectly partnered with the scallops, cucumber, and spinach.
A bottle of Dufouleur Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2013 is ready for the duck breast and venison haunch.
The duck with bacon, squash, polenta, and kale, was served in a tower crowned by the kale, a good portion, piping hot with crispy skin, everything expected from a winter’s dish. The venison was peppered with Marmite, salsify, pearl barley, cauli ower and sorrel – pink as requested and very tender indeed.
Desserts are quite stunning and include chocolate and hazelnut deep and airy, the prune, apple, and sesame crunchy, creamy, and textured. Two glasses of Chateau Filhot Sauternes close another superb night at 10 Caste Street – prices – well surely if you have to ask... are from £9 for starters and from £19 for mains. The members club highlights include private viewings, exclusive parties, use of the aristocratic Eagle bar and restaurant, private lounge and billiards room.
01725 551133
10 Castle Street Cranborne, Wimborne Dorset, BH21 5PZ

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