MY GUIDE TO THE BEST FOOD & WALKS CLOSE BY

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MY GUIDE TO THE BEST FOOD & WALKS CLOSE BY

Arts & Culture
"Bridport Arts Centre is a multi-arts venue presenting a year-round programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word and films and screenings. Located in the heart of Bridport we serve audiences across Dorset and the South West." - Bridport Arts Centre
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Bridport Arts Centre
9 South St
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"Bridport Arts Centre is a multi-arts venue presenting a year-round programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word and films and screenings. Located in the heart of Bridport we serve audiences across Dorset and the South West." - Bridport Arts Centre
"Sladers Yard is one of the most ambitious art galleries in the South West, showing contemporary British art, handmade furniture and designer craft. Housed in an historic Georgian rope warehouse, with pillared galleries and flower-filled courtyard, it is five minutes walk from the beach and harbour in West Bay, Dorset. Sladers Yard has an acclaimed cafe which is open every day serving coffees, lunches and teas." - Sladers Yard
Sladers Yard
"Sladers Yard is one of the most ambitious art galleries in the South West, showing contemporary British art, handmade furniture and designer craft. Housed in an historic Georgian rope warehouse, with pillared galleries and flower-filled courtyard, it is five minutes walk from the beach and harbour in West Bay, Dorset. Sladers Yard has an acclaimed cafe which is open every day serving coffees, lunches and teas." - Sladers Yard
Essentials
"Est. in 1971 the business has grown dramatically to now include an award winning farm shop, restaurant, fishing lakes, CL caravan site & two lovely holiday cottages. All situated on a 80 acre working farm that produces its own Devon Ruby Red beef, lamb, eggs and a vast array of fruit, vegetables, flowers and potatoes." - Washingpool Farm, Shop
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Washingpool Farm Shop & Cafe
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"Est. in 1971 the business has grown dramatically to now include an award winning farm shop, restaurant, fishing lakes, CL caravan site & two lovely holiday cottages. All situated on a 80 acre working farm that produces its own Devon Ruby Red beef, lamb, eggs and a vast array of fruit, vegetables, flowers and potatoes." - Washingpool Farm, Shop
Food Scene
"We love fresh, uplifting, exciting food; salads, sandwiches, lunches, platters. And of course, we love to cook a hearty breakfast as well. We use green things grown by people from the community who we know and trust. We take care to find producers who truly look after for their livestock. Our butcher is up the road, our halloumi comes from a small organic cooperative. The farmer who supplies our sausages is called Tom and our organic milk comes from Dave’s cows in Somerset. We bake all our own bread using organic flour from a mill in Shaftesbury." - Soulshine Cafe
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Soulshine Cafe
76 South St
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"We love fresh, uplifting, exciting food; salads, sandwiches, lunches, platters. And of course, we love to cook a hearty breakfast as well. We use green things grown by people from the community who we know and trust. We take care to find producers who truly look after for their livestock. Our butcher is up the road, our halloumi comes from a small organic cooperative. The farmer who supplies our sausages is called Tom and our organic milk comes from Dave’s cows in Somerset. We bake all our own bread using organic flour from a mill in Shaftesbury." - Soulshine Cafe
Serving gourmet pizza, pie and delicious local ciders, The Stable is a fantastic place to eat and drink and has been incredibly popular with locals and visitors since it opened in 2009. Highly, highly recommended!
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The Stable
34 East Street
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Serving gourmet pizza, pie and delicious local ciders, The Stable is a fantastic place to eat and drink and has been incredibly popular with locals and visitors since it opened in 2009. Highly, highly recommended!
Stoke Abbott is a very old and completely beautiful village just a few miles from the cabin. There's a pub called The New Inn that offers fab pub food and a great garden as well as walks around the countryside.
The New Inn
Stoke Abbott is a very old and completely beautiful village just a few miles from the cabin. There's a pub called The New Inn that offers fab pub food and a great garden as well as walks around the countryside.
"We work with local suppliers who provide the freshest and nearly always organic produce - 85% of our produce comes from within 15 miles of Beaminster, while much of the ingredients come from Europe either via Borough Market or direct." - Brassica Restaurant
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Brassica Restaurant
4 The Square
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"We work with local suppliers who provide the freshest and nearly always organic produce - 85% of our produce comes from within 15 miles of Beaminster, while much of the ingredients come from Europe either via Borough Market or direct." - Brassica Restaurant
"The Marquis offers lunch & evening meals in the cosy bars every day, from 12.00pm until 2.00pm & 6.00pm until 9.00pm (9.00pm Sundays). Complimented by a wide range of Bridport brewed Palmers real ales - Copper, IPA & Dorset Gold, Carlsberg, Somerset Thatcher's Gold Cider, Dorset Applebee cider, Guinness & a well chosen wine list, several being served by the glass or bottle. All ingredients are where possible sourced locally from our friends & produced in our kitchen. Our poly tunnel is up & running... so looking forward to an abundance of produce in the coming seasons." - The Marquis of Lorne
The Marquis Of Lorne
"The Marquis offers lunch & evening meals in the cosy bars every day, from 12.00pm until 2.00pm & 6.00pm until 9.00pm (9.00pm Sundays). Complimented by a wide range of Bridport brewed Palmers real ales - Copper, IPA & Dorset Gold, Carlsberg, Somerset Thatcher's Gold Cider, Dorset Applebee cider, Guinness & a well chosen wine list, several being served by the glass or bottle. All ingredients are where possible sourced locally from our friends & produced in our kitchen. Our poly tunnel is up & running... so looking forward to an abundance of produce in the coming seasons." - The Marquis of Lorne
Fuelled by an abundance of superb local ingredients, some of which are grown in the gardens, our Chef, Steven Titman, has developed a cuisine of international fame. His menus meet and exceed the exacting requirements of the Relais & Chateaux’s gastronomic standards, and the restaurant has recently been awarded Hotel Restaurant of the Year at the Dorset Food & Drinks Awards." - The Summer Lodge
The Restaurant at Summer Lodge
9 Fore St
Fuelled by an abundance of superb local ingredients, some of which are grown in the gardens, our Chef, Steven Titman, has developed a cuisine of international fame. His menus meet and exceed the exacting requirements of the Relais & Chateaux’s gastronomic standards, and the restaurant has recently been awarded Hotel Restaurant of the Year at the Dorset Food & Drinks Awards." - The Summer Lodge
The only café on West Bay Beach and just yards from the seashore. A perfect Dorset beachfront spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink. ​ Offering cosy and relaxed indoor seating complete with a Wood Fired pizza oven, freshly cooked seafood specials & Hive Micro-Bakery cake counter. Plus bringing the outside in, with large bi-folding doors opening on to the lower patio & beach top deck showcasing stunning views of the dramatic golden Jurassic cliffs. ​ Locally sourced, fresh & sustainable ingredients are the basis for creating our dishes and wherever possible we aim to support local suppliers. As a result, our comprehensive menu slowly evolves throughout the seasons.
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Watch House Cafe
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The only café on West Bay Beach and just yards from the seashore. A perfect Dorset beachfront spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink. ​ Offering cosy and relaxed indoor seating complete with a Wood Fired pizza oven, freshly cooked seafood specials & Hive Micro-Bakery cake counter. Plus bringing the outside in, with large bi-folding doors opening on to the lower patio & beach top deck showcasing stunning views of the dramatic golden Jurassic cliffs. ​ Locally sourced, fresh & sustainable ingredients are the basis for creating our dishes and wherever possible we aim to support local suppliers. As a result, our comprehensive menu slowly evolves throughout the seasons.
Located half a mile along the lane from The Cabin and The Pond House, you can book a vineyard tour and a tasting or simply visit their shop to buy some Dorset wines. Furleigh Estate is 85 acres of vineyard, lakes and grazing land surrounded by woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife; buzzards fly overhead; deer, pheasants and partridge roam the vineyard, while heron fish regularly from the lakes to which our resident geese return each Spring. We are proud that all of our wine is made here at Furleigh Estate from our own grapes. Unlike many of the larger English vineyards we do not import grapes from "foreign places" such as Sussex or East Anglia. Our Dorset wines are all made from Dorset grapes. Visit their website for more information or to book a tour.
Furleigh Estate
Located half a mile along the lane from The Cabin and The Pond House, you can book a vineyard tour and a tasting or simply visit their shop to buy some Dorset wines. Furleigh Estate is 85 acres of vineyard, lakes and grazing land surrounded by woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife; buzzards fly overhead; deer, pheasants and partridge roam the vineyard, while heron fish regularly from the lakes to which our resident geese return each Spring. We are proud that all of our wine is made here at Furleigh Estate from our own grapes. Unlike many of the larger English vineyards we do not import grapes from "foreign places" such as Sussex or East Anglia. Our Dorset wines are all made from Dorset grapes. Visit their website for more information or to book a tour.
Celebrated and distinct hotel, restaurant and bar nestled on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, overlooking the sweep of Lyme Bay in the beautiful and unspoilt county of Dorset. Less than three hours from London or the Midlands, it’s a place to relax and recharge by the sea. From the creators of London’s internationally renowned Groucho Club comes an antidote to city life. The perfect getaway, holiday or just a (very) long lunch destination. Inspired by a mixture of classic British Edwardian hotels and the Cape Cod paintings of Edward Hopper, The Seaside Boarding House Restaurant & Bar is a unique collaboration of old and new; lovingly renovated furniture and fittings from the 1920’s to 1980’s, marine salvage, nautical paintings and then touches like a fabulous collection of Peter Blake prints on loan from art dealer Paul Stolper, that fit perfectly with the ageless decor.
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The Seaside Boarding House
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Celebrated and distinct hotel, restaurant and bar nestled on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, overlooking the sweep of Lyme Bay in the beautiful and unspoilt county of Dorset. Less than three hours from London or the Midlands, it’s a place to relax and recharge by the sea. From the creators of London’s internationally renowned Groucho Club comes an antidote to city life. The perfect getaway, holiday or just a (very) long lunch destination. Inspired by a mixture of classic British Edwardian hotels and the Cape Cod paintings of Edward Hopper, The Seaside Boarding House Restaurant & Bar is a unique collaboration of old and new; lovingly renovated furniture and fittings from the 1920’s to 1980’s, marine salvage, nautical paintings and then touches like a fabulous collection of Peter Blake prints on loan from art dealer Paul Stolper, that fit perfectly with the ageless decor.
Parks & Nature
"The highest point in Dorset with views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea. Lewesdon Hill is a fantastic spot for a dog walk. The climb to the top will give your pooch a good leg stretch, and then you can both enjoy an invigorating exploration of the woody summit. " - National Trust
Lewesdon Hill
"The highest point in Dorset with views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea. Lewesdon Hill is a fantastic spot for a dog walk. The climb to the top will give your pooch a good leg stretch, and then you can both enjoy an invigorating exploration of the woody summit. " - National Trust
"At 277 metres, this is Dorset’s second-highest point. Pilsdon Pen affords spectacular views south towards the towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast and further inland to the fertile farmlands and tiny villages of the Marshwood Vale. Pilsdon is one of four hillforts along with Lewesdon Hill, Lambert’s Castle and Coney’s Castle, all within just 10 kilometres of each other." - Royal Geographical Society
Pilsdon Pen Hill Fort
"At 277 metres, this is Dorset’s second-highest point. Pilsdon Pen affords spectacular views south towards the towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast and further inland to the fertile farmlands and tiny villages of the Marshwood Vale. Pilsdon is one of four hillforts along with Lewesdon Hill, Lambert’s Castle and Coney’s Castle, all within just 10 kilometres of each other." - Royal Geographical Society
"A brisk walk up Colmers Hill from our car park will take between 30 and 40 minutes to the top from where you will have a panoramic view of the sea and the beautiful rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. Ideal for photo opportunities. The shorter pathway will lead you back to Symondsbury Estate shops where you can relax, enjoy the ambience and sample the delicious food and drink from Symondsbury Kitchen." - Symondsbury Estate
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Colmer's Hill
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"A brisk walk up Colmers Hill from our car park will take between 30 and 40 minutes to the top from where you will have a panoramic view of the sea and the beautiful rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. Ideal for photo opportunities. The shorter pathway will lead you back to Symondsbury Estate shops where you can relax, enjoy the ambience and sample the delicious food and drink from Symondsbury Kitchen." - Symondsbury Estate
West Bexington is the next beach along from Burton Bradstock and is a great beach for dog walking as it has a foot path that takes you to Abbotsbury. The Manor House Hotel sits up the hill from the beach and does great pub food.
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West Bexington
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West Bexington is the next beach along from Burton Bradstock and is a great beach for dog walking as it has a foot path that takes you to Abbotsbury. The Manor House Hotel sits up the hill from the beach and does great pub food.
"Hidden away in the west Dorset countryside, this gem of a nature reserve supports an impressive list of rare and protected species amongst the intricate mosaic of unimproved wet and dry grassland, scrub, woodland and small copses. A visit to Powerstock Common is rewarding at any time of year... Moving into autumn the site comes alive with fruits and fungi, the former being of importance for the resident dormice, amongst other creatures, and the eerie sound of rutting deer, whilst a wintry stroll at the site may bring sightings of scampering hare, a snipe flushed from the rushy meadows and flocks of wintering thrushes." - Dorset Wildlife Trust
Powerstock Common Nature Reserve
"Hidden away in the west Dorset countryside, this gem of a nature reserve supports an impressive list of rare and protected species amongst the intricate mosaic of unimproved wet and dry grassland, scrub, woodland and small copses. A visit to Powerstock Common is rewarding at any time of year... Moving into autumn the site comes alive with fruits and fungi, the former being of importance for the resident dormice, amongst other creatures, and the eerie sound of rutting deer, whilst a wintry stroll at the site may bring sightings of scampering hare, a snipe flushed from the rushy meadows and flocks of wintering thrushes." - Dorset Wildlife Trust
In spring Hooke is quite probably the most amazing place for bluebells in all of Dorset. Hooke Woods is a special and quiet woodland that is one of the best and most tranquil places to walk come rain or shine.
Hooke Park
In spring Hooke is quite probably the most amazing place for bluebells in all of Dorset. Hooke Woods is a special and quiet woodland that is one of the best and most tranquil places to walk come rain or shine.
"Iron Age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast A great place for walking, flying kites or simply taking in the extensive views of the surrounding countryside and the English Channel in the distance. The hill fort itself is about 2,500 years old, but originally there were two Bronze Age burial mounds on the summit. It's also an old smuggling spot - in the 18th century, Isaac Gulliver took advantage of the hill's commanding position and created a small plantation of trees to act as a landmark for his ships and help guide them to the coast." National Trust
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Eggardon Hill
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"Iron Age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast A great place for walking, flying kites or simply taking in the extensive views of the surrounding countryside and the English Channel in the distance. The hill fort itself is about 2,500 years old, but originally there were two Bronze Age burial mounds on the summit. It's also an old smuggling spot - in the 18th century, Isaac Gulliver took advantage of the hill's commanding position and created a small plantation of trees to act as a landmark for his ships and help guide them to the coast." National Trust
"Eype Beach is a steeply shelving pebble beach and is located three miles from Bridport. Walkers can enjoy breath-taking views across the West Dorset coast from Eype Beach. Dogs permitted on Eype Beach all year round. Refreshments are available at Lower Eype." - Visit Dorset
Eype beach
"Eype Beach is a steeply shelving pebble beach and is located three miles from Bridport. Walkers can enjoy breath-taking views across the West Dorset coast from Eype Beach. Dogs permitted on Eype Beach all year round. Refreshments are available at Lower Eype." - Visit Dorset
Featured in The Good Beach Guide, West Bay has two beaches, East Beach and West Beach. East Beach is a sloping, shingle beach backed by magnificent sandstone cliffs. The scenery is truly spectacular here, the golden cliffs rise 50m vertically above the beach and the views towards Chesil Beach and Portland will take your breath away. TV buffs will recognise this beach from ITV crime drama, Broadchurch. West Beach is a smaller, quieter beach popular with young families, the protective cove formed between the harbour’s Jurassic Pier and the Esplanade’s rock armour groynes making it safe and shallow for paddling. The Jurassic Pier, which is 240 metres long, was significantly improved in 2004. It has wheelchair access and plenty of seating. A restored 18th century cannon can be found on the pier. There’s plenty to do at West Bay, take a stroll around the harbour for an ice cream or fish and chips, climb the coast path up to the top of the cliffs, hire a rowing boat up the River Brit or join a fishing trip out from the harbour, all the ingredients for a chilled out day on the coast. In the summer, a lifeguard services watches over the waters of both beaches and there is an auxilary coastguard. A trip down to West Bay beach is equally wonderful in the winter months; enjoy a blustery walk beach combing and fossil hunting and warm up with a nice hot mug of tea in one of West Bay’s many cafes. If you’re after hygge moments, you’ll find them here!
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West Bay
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Featured in The Good Beach Guide, West Bay has two beaches, East Beach and West Beach. East Beach is a sloping, shingle beach backed by magnificent sandstone cliffs. The scenery is truly spectacular here, the golden cliffs rise 50m vertically above the beach and the views towards Chesil Beach and Portland will take your breath away. TV buffs will recognise this beach from ITV crime drama, Broadchurch. West Beach is a smaller, quieter beach popular with young families, the protective cove formed between the harbour’s Jurassic Pier and the Esplanade’s rock armour groynes making it safe and shallow for paddling. The Jurassic Pier, which is 240 metres long, was significantly improved in 2004. It has wheelchair access and plenty of seating. A restored 18th century cannon can be found on the pier. There’s plenty to do at West Bay, take a stroll around the harbour for an ice cream or fish and chips, climb the coast path up to the top of the cliffs, hire a rowing boat up the River Brit or join a fishing trip out from the harbour, all the ingredients for a chilled out day on the coast. In the summer, a lifeguard services watches over the waters of both beaches and there is an auxilary coastguard. A trip down to West Bay beach is equally wonderful in the winter months; enjoy a blustery walk beach combing and fossil hunting and warm up with a nice hot mug of tea in one of West Bay’s many cafes. If you’re after hygge moments, you’ll find them here!
Drinks & Nightlife
The Hare & Hounds is a short walk along the footpath from the cabin. "We are a traditional 19th century country pub located in the outstandingly rich landscape of West Dorset. A warm welcome awaits you, your family, your friends and your dogs." - Hare & Hounds
Hare & Hounds Inn
The Hare & Hounds is a short walk along the footpath from the cabin. "We are a traditional 19th century country pub located in the outstandingly rich landscape of West Dorset. A warm welcome awaits you, your family, your friends and your dogs." - Hare & Hounds
Shopping
"The Broadwindsor Craft Centre is situated in the heart of Dorset's rolling countryside. Offering a unique blend of local crafts, gift shop and large coffee shop & restaurant, it is the perfect place while away a few hours having a spot of lunch and doing some shopping!" - Broadwindsor Craft Design Centre
Broadwindsor Craft Design Centre
"The Broadwindsor Craft Centre is situated in the heart of Dorset's rolling countryside. Offering a unique blend of local crafts, gift shop and large coffee shop & restaurant, it is the perfect place while away a few hours having a spot of lunch and doing some shopping!" - Broadwindsor Craft Design Centre
Entertainment & Activities
"An elegant 1920’s theatre presenting a varied programme of film, theatre, music and comedy. In 1926 a local brewing family, J C & R H Palmer, took the courageous and enterprising step to build an opera house in Bridport. A new venture in every way, but particularly because it was powered by electricity, a rare commodity for many at the time. Generating its own power in the engine room at the rear of the building, it enabled the people of Bridport to experience the wonder and glamour of the new age of cinema, as well as opera and other stage shows. It opened on June 14th 1926 to a packed audience of over 500 people and was appropriately named The New Electric Palace." - Electric Palace
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Bridport Electric Palace
35 South St
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"An elegant 1920’s theatre presenting a varied programme of film, theatre, music and comedy. In 1926 a local brewing family, J C & R H Palmer, took the courageous and enterprising step to build an opera house in Bridport. A new venture in every way, but particularly because it was powered by electricity, a rare commodity for many at the time. Generating its own power in the engine room at the rear of the building, it enabled the people of Bridport to experience the wonder and glamour of the new age of cinema, as well as opera and other stage shows. It opened on June 14th 1926 to a packed audience of over 500 people and was appropriately named The New Electric Palace." - Electric Palace