About us

Welcome To The Clockspire

The Clockspire, set by the Somerset’s borderline, was originally built by Sir William Medlycott in 1864 as a school. Now the building has been brought back to its former glory creating a warm and welcoming restaurant and bar.

The striking exterior is more than matched by a stunning new modern interior with bare stone walls, exposed oak roof beams and a polished concrete floor.

Our menu is all about seasonality and using locally grown produce at its prime. Our approach is ingredient-led with an emphasis on flavour, harmony and balance.

Add to that a wonderful service team offering warm and welcoming hospitality, and the result is an exceptional restaurant, a sophisticated bar and a new landmark in the heart of the community.

The Restaurant

We set out to create a restaurant we would want to eat in ourselves. A place where what’s on your plate depends on what is absolutely in season, and one that uses the best ingredients from local farmers and suppliers whenever possible.

The room itself is spectacular, with large windows casting dappled light across the original features of the building. The service is also first class, but the feel is definitely unfussy. At its heart it is a beautiful space to relax and enjoy wonderfully made food.

The Bar

Set on a mezzanine level over the main restaurant, our super chic bar is a destination in itself.  The ultra modern marble topped bar and velvet covered bar stools contrast beautifully with the building’s newly revealed oak beams and beautifully restored stonework.

It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of Champagne or an expertly made cocktail before your meal while watching the theatre of the dining space below.


Luke Sutton

Head chef Luke Sutton has been surrounded by great food from an early age when he and his family would frequently visit friends in France.
He can still remember the look, feel and smell of the wine caves they used to explore, and meals of fresh caught river trout with asparagus grown locally.

Those experiences have helped to shape him into the chef he is today. He maintains a keen sense of provenance throughout his dishes, inspired to find the very best in local ingredients and enhance them with techniques and skills learned throughout his career.

Luke’s started his career at Michelin starred L’ortolan in Berkshire, and then moved to the then newly opened Woodspeen restaurant, here he eventually became senior sous chef and was part of the team to earn and keep the restaurant’s Michelin star. With a kitchen garden to play with Luke continued to develop his passion for seasonality and would often share his knowledge whilst teaching in The Woodspeen’s cookery school.

With ingredient-led cooking as his passion, Luke is excited to be able to find local suppliers who share his enthusiasm for great produce.

Massimiliano Mannella

Massimiliano Mannella is our General Manager here at The Clockspire. Originally from Liguria, Massi grew up surrounded by some of Italy’s most stunning scenery.

After studying hospitality at university, Massi started his career in a tiny restaurant on the Italian coast. The food was simple, but the service and experience offered to the guests by the soulful chef patron was warm and put the guest at the heart of everything he did. This was what kept Massi at this restaurant for some years. When Massi decided it was time to move on he wanted to be able to offer this same experience, and seeking a challenge he headed to London. During the past seven years working in London, he has inevitably added finesse and authenticity to his skills working in some of the capital’s most prestigious restaurants. Most recently has been General Manager at Gordon Ramsay’s London House restaurant.

When we asked Massi to join us here at The Clockspire, we did wonder if the beautiful Dorset countryside would bring back some memories from the beginning of his career, and we knew this restaurant would be the perfect place for him to express the warmth of his personality.

Thomas Gammella

Thomas Gammella is our Restaurant Manager at The Clockspire. He was born in Lombardy but his family origins are from Romagna, Veneto and Campania – a melting pot of different cultures and style of foods merged together. He studied at the prestigious E.Maggia Hotel Institute in Piedmont and, at the same time, he worked in one of the most prestigious restaurants in Milan. After graduating Thomas left  Italy to work at the Michelin starred Woodspeen Restaurant in Berkshire. Recently he received an award of excellence from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, the most prestigious award available to young people in the hospitality industry today.

The Festive Season at the Clockspire

If you’re planning a pre- Christmas get together or want to escapte the chore of cooking on Christmas Day, The Clockspire is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season in style. Do check out our Christmas menus below and bring your friends and family for an unforgettable Christmas experience.

We’ve also got some wonderful Christmas gifts on offer. There’s a super-luxurious Christmas Hamper full of locally-sourced specialities and delicious creations from our own kitchens – not to mention a bottle of 007 Bollinger. Or you could give someone a bottle of our exclusive 12 o’clock gin. Find out more by clicking the buttons below:


Christmas Day Menu

The Clockspire Christmas Menu

Festive snacks

Turkey, duck, pistachio and cranberry paté, winter leaves

Lobster tail, carrots, whey sauce, Exmoor caviar

Retired dairy cow sirloin, triple-cooked parsnips, sprout tops

Grilled Tunworth, Somerset honey, truffle, quince

Christmas pudding sundae
Cranberry soufflé, gingerbread, orange

Tea or coffee and sweet treats





Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or intolerance.

A discretionary service charge of 10% will be added to your final bill.

The Clockspire Festive Lunch Menu

Available from November 17th and throughout December 2021


Turkey and stuffing terrine, liver parfait, cranberry

Smoked mackerel, pink fir potato, Dorset wasabi

Roasted beets, goats curd, toasted seeds (V)


Pork belly, spiced parsnip, pigs head fritter, apple

Cornish hake, smoked haddock ravioli, slow cooked leeks

Spiced squash risotto, sea buckthorn, sage (V)


Pumpkin tart, buttermilk sorbet, sherry

Clockspire ‘Pine apple’

Selection of two local British cheeses


2 courses £30

3 courses £35



Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or intolerance.

A discretionary service charge of 10% will be added to your final bill.

New Year`s Eve Menu


Clockspire snacks 


Mackerel ‘escabeche’, sea buckthorn, Porthilly oyster 


Celeriac broth, yolk, mushroom, hazelnut, pork fat 


Venison loin, carrot and marmite, stalkers pie 


Truffled cheese, fermented honey, pear 


‘Sloe gin bramble’ 


Clockspire Rocher 


Coffee or infusions and sweet treats 





Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or intolerance.

A discretionary service charge of 10% will be added to your final bill.

Find Us

The Clockspire

Milborne Port


The team lies at the heart of The Clockspire, they drive the business, they separate us from our competitors and the team is who welcomes our guests and creates an unforgettable experience, this is what makes The Clockspire great. We are dedicated to creating an environment where our team can grow and flourish, given the support and training needed and inspiration to motivate and achieve their goals.

If the team is the heart then our shared passion for greatness and quality is the soul of The Clockspire, we are committed to working with the best of fresh and seasonal produce with locality at the source as this connection with nature is something we are not only inspired by but proud to promote.

These are the ingredients to a long and sustainable business.


We are always on the look out for like minded individuals to join our team.

If you are interested to learn about great produce, working closely with nature and the seasons as part of a small team pushing to be better each day, then this is the place for you.

We are a new team that has already established a great reputation amongst the local community and are looking now grow and evolve upon this base, this is a great time to come and join the team and become part of this journey.

Email Cv’s and enquiries to host@theclockspire.com

Recruiting all chef positions.

Opening hours

12 noon – 3:00pm
6:00pm – 9:30pm


12 noon – 16:30pm

Get in touch

Email: host@theclockspire.com
Milborne Port


01963 251458