Finbar’s restaurant in Westgate to launch The Chef Series for 2023

Finbars at West Bay

A family-run restaurant in Westgate is teaming up with a grand guesthouse in the town and chefs from local businesses to launch a special series of events next year.

Finbar’s restaurant, owned by couple Alan Dolan and Kate Witherden and gaining local fame for its fresh seafood, will introduce The Chef Series in February and partners with West Bay House so that guests have an option to dine and then stay overnight.

The series will feature a guest chef menu paired with fine wines.

Kate, Alan and daughters Izzy and Matilda

The couple say surviving covid and the cost of living crisis is down to loyal customers and finding ways to collaborate with others.

A Finbar’s spokesperson said: “Off the back of the pandemic, sadly many eateries were forced to close their doors, so inevitably what is left still standing are those businesses who have had the support of their local customers and returning guests, keeping them going through that tough time.

“Finbar’s certainly falls into that category and has developed into a popular place to meet, eat, celebrate and wind away those sunset evenings.

“The other way businesses have survived is by finding ways of supporting each other and developing new and exciting events and collaborations.

“Finbar’s is set for big things in 2023 with the introduction of The Chef Series.

Finbar’s is above the West Bay Cafe

“Teaming up with West Bay House means guests can dine and stay in Westgate and enjoy a weekend of sheer opulence, in lavish beachside surroundings.”

The Chef Series launches on February 24 and will run for one night only per month in February, March, April and May.

For the inaugural event Finbar’s has enlisted the skills of talented Danny Little, formerly of the Dog and Badger in Medmenham and now head chef at the Elderflower in Lymington. Danny is known for his “from field to fork” ethos and his upmarket but unpretentious style of cooking.

Tickets are on sale now for £95 per person.

Guests can extend their weekend with a one or two night stay with brunch at West Bay House just a minute’s walk from Finbar’s.

Priced from £180pn including luxury brunch, the house has nine en-suite bedrooms,  living room, media room, library, kitchen and a dining room leading to a large and private garden.

Find Finbar’s online here for more details and to book

Find West Bay House here



  1. Fantastic news about Finbars as have had several good meals there but not an inclination as to where West Bay House is for friends to stay.
    ps Only lived in Westgate for 60 years

  2. West Bay House is on Sea Road. It was formerly known as Waterside and was built in about 1880 in the Queen Anne style.

  3. Used To use westbay cafe,weekly but since rebuild is more expensive,Used To have cans of cola ,but now draught virgin cola horrible stuff,as for the restaurant ,to expensive,or is it just me

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