Welcome to Shell Bay
Bookings can now be made online for dates throughout this season. We are open Thursdays to Saturdays (lunch and dinner) and Sundays (lunch only) until December 17th but please book to avoid disappointment. We will then reopen in February 2024.
We are now closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
The bistro operates according to fair weather.Book Now
IF YOU HAVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT PURCHASING SHELL BAY VOUCHERS, PRIVATE HIRE OR WEDDINGS, PLEASE EMAIL email@example.com (PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE NO AVAILABILITY FOR WEDDINGS UNTIL 2024).
Dorset, BH19 3BA (01929) 450 363 Please note that we no longer do tables of more than 8 people.Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome throughout Shell Bay. Parking is available either in the National Trust Car Park near us or on the road next to the Sandbanks chain ferry toll booth. The Shell Bay Bistro operates from Thursday to Sunday until 4.30pm but please call ahead to confirm as its running is weather and staff dependent.
The Sunday Times Magazine
Three of the Best Seafood Restaurants
"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 lovely 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 can be very busy, particularly during the peak season, so please call and book to avoid disappointment. 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. Between May 15th and October 1st we do not take tables over 8.
Shell Bay is an utterly unique, very exclusive location perfect for any wedding party.
We are now licensed for the legal side of your big day and we have also organized many blessings along the water with receptions to follow. With a West facing view of the sunset and with either informal BBQs or three-course wedding breakfasts to choose from, we are a very popular wedding location in the Purbecks. For any enquires for 2021 and onwards please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 book a viewing please email us at email@example.com
As we do weddings and private functions in the restaurant please call ahead to ensure we can accommodate you.