The Cruel Sea food bar & kitchen

The Launch is Fast Approaching

October 17th, 2013

Exciting news from The Cruel Sea restaurant. We are just doing the finishing touches and will be opening on Tuesday 22nd October from 5pm! After months of hard work everything has come together and we are chomping at the bit to open our doors and invite you to experience the delicious food and relax in the rustic nautical surroundings. You will also have the chance to meet  TV presenter Ben Fogle. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Dorset Oysters’ ‘Local Legend’ set to open bespoke bar in Penn Hill

Not content to rest on his laurels, or bask in the glory of being named a ‘local legend’ by TV’s Ben Fogle, in the ITV ‘Harbour Lives’ series, Dorset Oysters’ Pete Miles is set to open his bespoke bar in cosmopolitan Penn Hill, next month.

The Cruel Sea Bar and food kitchen will offer seafood lovers the unique opportunity to buy fresh shellfish and catch of the day from its shop front, while doubling up as an atmospheric bar and restaurant, serving tapas style taster dishes with locally produced beers and fine wines.

As viewers of the ITV ‘Harbour Lives’ series will have seen, Pete is passionate about his trade, fishing for the day’s produce himself before delivering his catch to Storm, the locally renowned Poole restaurant he set up with his wife, Frances, 14 years ago.

With ‘The Cruel Sea,’ Pete is taking his ethos of ‘fresh from the net to your plate,’ one step further, weaving his hugely successful business, Dorset Oysters, into the mix.  With top restaurants and chefs across the country favouring his Poole Harbour pacific oysters on their menus, Pete decided the time was right to open somewhere where his shellfish; oysters, mussels, clams, scallops and cockles as well as wet fish, could be purchased fresh from his shop – and that’s exactly what The Cruel Sea offers.  For those wishing to enjoy the day’s catch expertly prepared by Pete and his team, a simple yet delicious menu will be available later in the day and throughout the evening, where Pete hopes families and friends will meet to enjoy the fruits of The Cruel Sea.

Pete Miles said: “‘The Cruel Sea’ is going to be a great and unique addition to Penn Hill which has become a popular place for friends and families to eat and enjoy a drink.  We’re working hard to get the place ready for the opening and have a little surprise up our sleeves for the launch!”

Storm Hails ‘The Cruel Sea.’

October 9th, 2013

Dorset Oysters was born in 2009 when Pete Miles, owner of Storm fish restaurant in Poole, cook and fisherman, couldn’t source local oysters for his own restaurant – a perplexing problem considering the area has some of the biggest oyster beds in the country. Taking matters into his own hands, Pete built up an alliance with Othniel Oysters, whose oyster farm in Poole Harbour now provides Pete with the high quality pacific oysters that go straight to Dorset Oysters’ depuration plant just 3 miles away, where they, along with local clams, cockles and mussels, are purified and sent to some of the top restaurants in the UK.

Dorset Oysters uses the U.V. method of purifying its shellfish, ensuring their superior taste and texture are not compromised. This outstanding quality that has led to them being the shellfish providers of choice for top restaurants and chefs such as Mark Hix, Bentleys, River Cafe, Sheekys, Wright Bros Wholesalers and The Chewton Glen.  However, you don’t have to be a top chef to experience the best; through their website anyone can order small or large quantities of oysters and shellfish, delivered to their door.

With the success of Dorset Oysters firmly under his belt, Pete has now decided the time is right for launching a new venture, which will merge his passion for great food and the best shellfish, accompanied by a selection of fine wine, champagnes, cocktails and premier beers.


The venture, aimed at drawing together these key elements, is ‘The Cruel Sea Bar,’ based in cosmopolitan Penn Hill. During the day, the bar doubles as a bespoke fishmonger, where you can buy reliably fresh oysters, fish and shellfish, and by lunchtime turns into a friendly atmospheric bar, where lovers of great food and drink can come together to relax or do business, whilst enjoying a simple taster menu of tapas style dishes.

“During the day, we want to offer people the opportunity to buy the best and freshest seafood in the area,” explained Pete Miles. “It will be prepared by our experienced staff however the customer wants – be it simply half a dozen oysters or fruits de mer for two, or the catch of the day prepared with a recommended sauce all ready for you to take away and just pop in the oven back home.  By lunchtime our set up transforms into a place where people can come to enjoy oysters, lobsters and fish; tapas style, with a glass of wine and a good ale.”


The Cruel Sea Bar and food kitchen offers seafood lovers the unique opportunity to buy fresh shellfish and catch of the day from its shop front, while doubling up as an atmospheric bar and restaurant, serving tapas style taster dishes with locally produced beers and fine wines.




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