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!”