Guidebook for Dorset

Bob And Sue

Guidebook for Dorset

Food Scene
An authentic French restaurant in the heart of the New Forest.
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Les Mirabelles
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An authentic French restaurant in the heart of the New Forest.
Wonderful food in a brilliant setting.
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The Jetty
95 Mudeford
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Wonderful food in a brilliant setting.
An beach cafe, that converts to a great restaurant come evening. A walk along the promenade will whet your appetite!
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Bistro On The Beach
10 Burlington Arcade
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An beach cafe, that converts to a great restaurant come evening. A walk along the promenade will whet your appetite!
Great for a pub lunch after a walk at Badbury Rings, and lovely evening service too.
Anchor Inn Shapwick
Great for a pub lunch after a walk at Badbury Rings, and lovely evening service too.
A pub restaurant owned by the Gussage All Saints village cooperative. A warm welcome at any time!
The Drovers Inn
A pub restaurant owned by the Gussage All Saints village cooperative. A warm welcome at any time!
Gastro-pub in the lovely, remote village of Tarrant Monkton.
The Langton Arms
Gastro-pub in the lovely, remote village of Tarrant Monkton.
Top class gastro-pub, well worth the drive.
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The Museum Inn
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Top class gastro-pub, well worth the drive.
One of our very best local restaurants - book early, particularly at weekends.
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The Tickled Pig
26 West Borough
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One of our very best local restaurants - book early, particularly at weekends.
Handy local with good food.
The Old Inn
Handy local with good food.
Great vegetarian food - and a top-quality take-away lifeline in 2020. We were so grateful to them!
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Restaurant Roots
141 Belle Vue Rd
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Great vegetarian food - and a top-quality take-away lifeline in 2020. We were so grateful to them!
Best fish and chips in the region. Order, collect and drive to the Bournemouth Beach to eat in true seaside style, or Deliveroo direct to the beach!
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Nick The Fish of Penn Hill
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Best fish and chips in the region. Order, collect and drive to the Bournemouth Beach to eat in true seaside style, or Deliveroo direct to the beach!
Weekend deliveries of great street-food burgers and pizzas. Another lockdown lifesaver.
Flaming Peaches
28 Benson Road
Weekend deliveries of great street-food burgers and pizzas. Another lockdown lifesaver.
Excellent food after a walk along Bournemouth Beach at sunset.
Arbor Restaurant
Excellent food after a walk along Bournemouth Beach at sunset.
Top lunches after a long scenic walk along Shell Bay.
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The Pig - on the beach
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Top lunches after a long scenic walk along Shell Bay.
Not tried it yet, but heard great things!
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NEO Restaurant
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Not tried it yet, but heard great things!
Highly rated by several of our friends.
에스코피어 레스토랑
Highly rated by several of our friends.
Another highly rated eatery.
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Brasserie Blanc - Bournemouth
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Another highly rated eatery.
Good food in a beautiful North Dorset village. Some superb country walks to and from here.
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La Fosse at Cranborne
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Good food in a beautiful North Dorset village. Some superb country walks to and from here.
We've not tried it yet, but rated highly by recent guests -- and the location is terrific!
Acorn Inn
We've not tried it yet, but rated highly by recent guests -- and the location is terrific!
Opened in 2020, and has become a very popular feature on Poole Quay. Just the place to refuel after a trip to Brownsea Island.
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Rockfish Seafood Restaurant
9 The Quay
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Opened in 2020, and has become a very popular feature on Poole Quay. Just the place to refuel after a trip to Brownsea Island.
Recently renovated and with a large covered outside seating area. We've heard good reports of the food too.
The Old Thatch
285 Wimborne Rd W
Recently renovated and with a large covered outside seating area. We've heard good reports of the food too.
Always a welcome watering hole in the New Forest, and some good food too.
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The Trusty Servant
2 Compton Cottages
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Always a welcome watering hole in the New Forest, and some good food too.
Drinks & Nightlife
A good local inn, with a recently gained reputation for Thai food.
Barley Mow Inn
A good local inn, with a recently gained reputation for Thai food.
Another quirky local pub, with good beer and a dedicated clientele.
The Vine Inn
Another quirky local pub, with good beer and a dedicated clientele.
Not exactly a bar, but one of the most unusual pubs in the UK. You have to try it, before or after a bracing cliff walk.
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The Square & Compass
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Not exactly a bar, but one of the most unusual pubs in the UK. You have to try it, before or after a bracing cliff walk.
A slightly longer walk than the Stocks, but another good local inn. Thursday is folk night -- be ready to join in!
The Horns Inn
A slightly longer walk than the Stocks, but another good local inn. Thursday is folk night -- be ready to join in!
Perfect after a clifftop walk to Old Harry Rocks.
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Bankes Arms Inn Studland
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Perfect after a clifftop walk to Old Harry Rocks.
Our very local local - easily walkable.
The Stocks Inn
Furzehill
Our very local local - easily walkable.
Has to be here for the name alone.
The True Lovers Knot
Has to be here for the name alone.
A quick local pub on a variety of levels, with a lovely riverside walk nearby.
The Vine Inn
A quick local pub on a variety of levels, with a lovely riverside walk nearby.
Friday night real ale evenings
Eight Arch Brewing Co.
Friday night real ale evenings
Sightseeing
An amazing building in the quintessential English country town.
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Winchester Cathedral
9 The Close
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An amazing building in the quintessential English country town.
Another stunning cathedral, immortalised by Constable.
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솔즈베리 대성당
6 The Close
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Another stunning cathedral, immortalised by Constable.
It's a day trip on the ferry, and step back in time once you get there. Plus the scenery is quite beautiful.
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Isle of Wight
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It's a day trip on the ferry, and step back in time once you get there. Plus the scenery is quite beautiful.
House visits at selected times; tea in the garden throughout the summer.
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Cranborne Garden Centre
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House visits at selected times; tea in the garden throughout the summer.
A charming, scenic harbour town in the New Forest
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Lymington
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A charming, scenic harbour town in the New Forest
North Dorset hill town. It featured in the historic Hovis TV ads because it instantly conjures a classic image of rural England.
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Shaftesbury
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North Dorset hill town. It featured in the historic Hovis TV ads because it instantly conjures a classic image of rural England.
County town of Dorset with a local museum featuring a fine collection of Hardy memorabilia
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Dorchester
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County town of Dorset with a local museum featuring a fine collection of Hardy memorabilia
Beautiful market town with a stunning minster, including a medieval chained library.
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Wimborne Minster
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Beautiful market town with a stunning minster, including a medieval chained library.
Major historic relic, with great views to the Jurassic Coast
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Corfe Castle
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Major historic relic, with great views to the Jurassic Coast
Much more cosmopolitain than you might think, and with wonderful beaches and a 7 mile walk along the prom.
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Bournemouth
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Much more cosmopolitain than you might think, and with wonderful beaches and a 7 mile walk along the prom.
Iron Age fort. Circular walk along the defensive mounds, from which you can see three counties and the sea (on a clear day)
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Badbury Rings
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Iron Age fort. Circular walk along the defensive mounds, from which you can see three counties and the sea (on a clear day)
A little slice of Dorset history
National Trust - White Mill
A little slice of Dorset history
Go early to avoid the crowds, and enjoy a wonderful cliff walk to Durdle Door
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룰워쓰 후미
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Go early to avoid the crowds, and enjoy a wonderful cliff walk to Durdle Door
Classic Jurassic.
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더들 도어
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Classic Jurassic.
A massive car park, but walk a couple of hundred metres and you'll find quiet and dramatic beaches. At the end of the spit, see the the ludicrously expensive beach huts in all their rainbow glory!
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Hengistbury Head
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A massive car park, but walk a couple of hundred metres and you'll find quiet and dramatic beaches. At the end of the spit, see the the ludicrously expensive beach huts in all their rainbow glory!
The cliff that featured heavily in ITV's Broadchurch. The series used many locations around Harbour Cliff
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West Bay
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The cliff that featured heavily in ITV's Broadchurch. The series used many locations around Harbour Cliff
The mighty magic of steam - a step back in time.
Corfe Castle Station (Swanage Heritage Railway)
The mighty magic of steam - a step back in time.
Several guided trips on small boats to see the Jurassic Coast, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour etc.
City Cruises Poole
Several guided trips on small boats to see the Jurassic Coast, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour etc.
A beautiful National Trust property with a superb walled rose garden (best in June and July).
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모티스폰트
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A beautiful National Trust property with a superb walled rose garden (best in June and July).
Parks & Nature
Fantastic National Trust stately home and gardens. Great for cream teas!
Kingston Lacy
Fantastic National Trust stately home and gardens. Great for cream teas!
Marvellous opportunities for walking and cycling, with the free-ranging New Forest ponies offering endless photo ops.
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뉴 포레스트 국립공원
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Marvellous opportunities for walking and cycling, with the free-ranging New Forest ponies offering endless photo ops.
Iron Age fort, and National Nature Reserve
Martin Down National Nature Reserve
Iron Age fort, and National Nature Reserve
A great picnic spot after a clifftop walk from Lulworth Cove.
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더들 도어
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A great picnic spot after a clifftop walk from Lulworth Cove.
Pretty fishing cove with great swimming from the beach.
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룰워쓰 후미
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Pretty fishing cove with great swimming from the beach.
Wonderful clifftop views of the Isle of Wight and the English Channel. The easternmost part of the Jurassic Cost. Afterwards, lunch at the Bankes Arms.
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Old Harry Rocks
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Wonderful clifftop views of the Isle of Wight and the English Channel. The easternmost part of the Jurassic Cost. Afterwards, lunch at the Bankes Arms.
A massive shingle beach enclosing a long seawater lagoon.
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체실 비치
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A massive shingle beach enclosing a long seawater lagoon.
Almost an island, and the southernmost tip of Dorset.
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포틀랜드 섬
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Almost an island, and the southernmost tip of Dorset.
Undiscovered chalk downland with many stunning footpaths and bridleways.
Cranborne Chase AONB
Undiscovered chalk downland with many stunning footpaths and bridleways.
From Old Harry Rocks, you can walk the Coast as far as Devon if you have the time. A World Heritage Site.
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Jurassic Coast
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From Old Harry Rocks, you can walk the Coast as far as Devon if you have the time. A World Heritage Site.
Miles of sand - great place for a picnic breakfast
Shell Bay
Miles of sand - great place for a picnic breakfast
Beautiful Private Gardens with an international reputation for ornamental grasses.
Knoll Gardens
Beautiful Private Gardens with an international reputation for ornamental grasses.
Go for the trees, in fact Go Ape. Or just enjoy a quiet stroll and lunch.
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Moors Valley Country Park & Forest
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Go for the trees, in fact Go Ape. Or just enjoy a quiet stroll and lunch.
Unspoilt beauty, after a beautiful boat trip from Poole Quay. Spend a day spotting the red squirrels.
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Brownsea Island
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Unspoilt beauty, after a beautiful boat trip from Poole Quay. Spend a day spotting the red squirrels.
Beautiful, year round -- with a steam railway thrown in.
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Exbury Gardens
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Beautiful, year round -- with a steam railway thrown in.
Superb New Forest gardens, with so many walks close at hand. Try the Trusty Servant for lunch, before or after your visit.
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Furzey Gardens
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Superb New Forest gardens, with so many walks close at hand. Try the Trusty Servant for lunch, before or after your visit.
Arts & Culture
T E Lawrence's last home - a National Trust property.
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Clouds Hill
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T E Lawrence's last home - a National Trust property.
An unexpectedly interesting day out, with genuinely awesome hardware, and some remarkably sensitive stories of the lives of tank crews.
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보빙턴 전차 박물관
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An unexpectedly interesting day out, with genuinely awesome hardware, and some remarkably sensitive stories of the lives of tank crews.
The former home of Thomas Hardy and is located on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England. It was designed and built by Thomas Hardy for his own use in 1885 and he lived there until his death in 1928.
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Max Gate
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The former home of Thomas Hardy and is located on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England. It was designed and built by Thomas Hardy for his own use in 1885 and he lived there until his death in 1928.
Live music of all kinds, plus comedy and other theatrical events.
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Bournemouth International Centre
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Live music of all kinds, plus comedy and other theatrical events.
Newly renovated as the Museum of East Dorset -- you'll get a good sense of the local history of this part of the world.
Priest's House Museum & Garden
23-27 High St
Newly renovated as the Museum of East Dorset -- you'll get a good sense of the local history of this part of the world.
It's been popular for a long time now, but the motor museum has some exquisite antique machines. Summer weekends are best avoided...
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Beaulieu
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It's been popular for a long time now, but the motor museum has some exquisite antique machines. Summer weekends are best avoided...
Entertainment & Activities
Impressive local arts centre for music, cinema, theatre, art - and coffee.
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Lighthouse
21 Kingland Road
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Impressive local arts centre for music, cinema, theatre, art - and coffee.
Multiplex cinema, plus shops and chain restaurants.
Tower Retail Park
Multiplex cinema, plus shops and chain restaurants.
Local arts centre, kept running very efficiently by the community. Movies, music, and other entertainments.
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The Tivoli Theatre
19 West Borough
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Local arts centre, kept running very efficiently by the community. Movies, music, and other entertainments.
A great day out, with an excellent collection of vintage wheels.
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National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
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A great day out, with an excellent collection of vintage wheels.
We haven't tried the yoga, but the beaches at Bournemouth are spectacular..
Yoga on the Beach
We haven't tried the yoga, but the beaches at Bournemouth are spectacular..
Excellent local golf course.
Remedy Oak Golf Club
Excellent local golf course.
An absolute thrill, with some coaching before you let rip on the ocean!
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Jetski Safaris Ltd
40 Salterns Way
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An absolute thrill, with some coaching before you let rip on the ocean!
One of the best sites in the UK for underwater adventures.
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Swanage Pier
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One of the best sites in the UK for underwater adventures.
Good local centre with a nice indoor pool, good gyms and several classes every day.
Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre
Good local centre with a nice indoor pool, good gyms and several classes every day.
Learn the art of perfume making, or just enjoy a great lunch
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Keyneston Mill - Home of Parterre Fragrances
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Learn the art of perfume making, or just enjoy a great lunch
Hire a boat and take leisurely trip along the river in your own time.
Dreamboats Wimborne
Hire a boat and take leisurely trip along the river in your own time.
Navigate yourself along the River Frome in a kayak.
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Wareham Boat Hire
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Navigate yourself along the River Frome in a kayak.
Feeling adventurous? You can learn to kitesurf from the beach at Poole.
Easy Riders Sandbanks Beach Club
Feeling adventurous? You can learn to kitesurf from the beach at Poole.
Easy to get to, but much harder to get out of. A great diversion if the weather isn't with you.
Margonin
Easy to get to, but much harder to get out of. A great diversion if the weather isn't with you.
Essentials
(Almost) everything you need, a five minute walk away.
Furzehill Village Store and Post Office
(Almost) everything you need, a five minute walk away.
Wimborne's second best supermarket
Co-op Food - Wimborne
Wimborne's second best supermarket
Another handy convenience store, 5 minutes drive away (with parking)
Co-op Food - Colehill
1 Smugglers' Lane
Another handy convenience store, 5 minutes drive away (with parking)
Handy local M&S Food Hall
M&S Foodhall
296 Ringwood Rd
Handy local M&S Food Hall
Good dried logs, year round.
The Woodshed Ltd
Good dried logs, year round.
Wimborne's best supermarket.
Waitrose
Wimborne's best supermarket.
Light meals, farm food, and logs.
Pamphill Dairy Farm Shop & Parlour Café
Light meals, farm food, and logs.
Good quality meat and vegetables, just up the road, no parking hassles.
High Lea Butchers
Good quality meat and vegetables, just up the road, no parking hassles.