Welcome to Shell Bay
A Scenic Seafood Restaurant & Bistro
We are now open ONLY AT WEEKENDS. We will be closing for December and January for the winter season. Please call us to reserve a table and avoid disappointment on 01929 450 363.Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant, Ferry Road, Studland,
Dorset, BH19 3BA
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"An eatery with a panoramic view out to Brownsea Island that is almost as stunning as the beautiful fresh fish fish they serve."
Shell Bay Seafood restaurant and bistro is in a setting like no other.
Nuzzled on the edge of the Isle of Purbeck, we overlook stunning Brownsea Island, the waters of Poole Harbour and Sandbanks.
Either enjoy a scenic drive through the Isle of Purbeck from Corfe Castle and find us at the edge of the National Park that dominates this side of the Jurassic Coast. Or, if you’re coming from Bournemouth, Poole or Sandbanks, simply hop onto the chain ferry and you’ll find us there alongside the tip of the beach as you disembark.
We have glorious outdoor dining areas that are ideal spots for a good sunset on warm evenings.
Or, if the temperature isn’t quite on side, we have clear-canopied areas that allow you to enjoy the view at any time of year.
We are a seasonal restaurant but we are currently open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. We can be very busy when open and, thanks to the inclement weather on this side of the Dorset coast, it is better to ring and make sure we are open.
We look forward to seeing you this summer.
If you are passing, we have a fantastic a la carte menu packed with fresh, local seafood and produce from the surrounding areas. If you are hankering for a snack or a freshly brewed cup of coffee before a beach walk instead, we have garden seating (also with water views) and a bistro area where a light bite can be enjoyed.
We do not take bookings in the bistro but we do take bookings in the restaurant and please note that well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome at Shell Bay.
Shell Bay is an utterly unique, very exclusive location perfect for any wedding party.
Though we are not licensed for the legal side of your big day, we have organized many a blessing along the water with receptions to follow. With a West facing view of the sunset and either informal buffet menus, BBQs or three-course wedding breakfasts to choose from, we are a very popular wedding location in the Purbecks for memorable wedding days.
Photo credit: https://www.jakemoorephotography.com
Please note that we do not do weddings or private hire events on Bank Holiday weekends or during July and August. The nearby chain ferry queue can be lengthy and this makes planning anything extremely difficult, but we can accommodate available dates either side of those peak summer months.
For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Cass at email@example.com . Please contact Cass regarding weddings and large bookings only. For restaurant bookings please call 01929 450 363.
As we do weddings and private functions in the restaurant please call ahead to ensure we can accommodate you.