Recommended Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes. Please note that you are well advised to book in advance, especially in holiday periods and check that they are open on Sunday and Monday evenings as some close at these times.
The Riverside Restaurant in West Bay
Down House Café in Eype
The Watch House Café in West Bay
Mark Hix Restaurant in Lyme Regis
The Anchor in Seatown
The Hive Beach Café in Burton Bradstock
The Crab House Café in Wyke Regis
The New Inn at Stoke Abbott: DT8 3JW.01308 868333. A lovely thatched country pub with good quality food at reasonable prices. Popular with the locals and a friendly Landlady and Landlord. This is the closest pub to Laverstock Farm and they welcome children and dogs.
The Shaves Cross Inn at Shaves Cross: DT6 6HW. 01308 868358. Beautiful Country pub with garden and skittle alley- worth going for a drink.
Sawmill Cafe, Mapperton House near Beaminster: DT8 3NR. 01308 863348. Cafe open from April- October for lunches, teas and coffees located next to Mapperton house and gardens.
Brassica Restaurant in Beaminster: DT8 3AS. 01308 538 100. Good quality modern european restaurant. Menu’s regularly change with what produce is in season. Popular for lunch and dinner. Located in the square at Beaminster.
Bridge House Hotel in Beaminster: DT8 3AY. 01308 862 200. Good quality food (fine dining style) in a lovely small independently run hotel. Enjoy a drink before dinner, or coffee afterwards in their cosy drawing room.
The Half Moon in Melplash: DT6 3UD. 01308 488 321. Country pub with a garden serving good food.
Mangerton Mill in Mangerton, Bridport: DT6 3SG. 01308 485 224. 17th Century working water mill and Museum of Rural Bygones, set in peaceful rural valley on the river Manger. Trout fishing and riverside walk. Cafe and crafts shop.
The Bull Hotel in Bridport: DT6 3LF. 01308 422 878. Well worth a visit for coffee, lunch or dinner. Open 7 days a week.
The Stable Bar and Kitchen: DT6 3LF. Serving a vast selection of ciders, homemade Dorset pizzas and pies. Busy in the evenings. Great for families.
Dorshi in Bridport: DT6 3PX. 01038 423 221. Dorshi is great and quite different. Focusing on small plates it serves East Asian food cooked with fresh and local produce. Open Weds-Sat for lunch and dinner.
The Riverside Restaurant in West Bay: DT6 4EZ. A leading seafood restaurant which comes highly recommended but is expensive. Booking essential – 01308 422 011.
The Watch House Cafe in West Bay: Watch House Café is an easy going café in West Bay. Set right on East Beach, it’s just yards from the sea and the stunning views. Great for breakfast and lunch. 01308 459330 DT6 4EN
The West Bay Hotel in West Bay: The West Bay Hotel is a traditional Dorset Inn. With a reputation for excellent cuisine, they have a tempting menu of both fresh fish and meat dishes specialising in locally caught seafood, served in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. A cosy, beamed bar and restaurant awaits you with artifacts from the past adorning the walls.
The Hive Beach Café in Burton Bradstock (on the beach). Busy café on the beach, ideal for coffee or lunch after a walk. Open for dinner in holiday season. Good quality food, especially seafood. DT6 4RF 01308 897 070
Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury. 01308 422 600 – DT6 6HD. Country pub with garden and skittle alley and serves good pub food 7 days a week.
Montien Thai Restaurant in Bridport. Eat in a take away – 37 East Street 01308425 570.
Olive Tree in Bridport. Mediterranean food cooked in front of you. Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. 59 East Street 01308422882
Washingpool Farm Shop Café in North Allington. Just after you leave Bridport on your right. Café located in the farm shop. Highly recommended for breakfast, coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. 01308 459 549 – DT6 5HP
Down House Farm Cafe – Higher Eype, Bridport, DT6 6AH 01308 421232. Organic food from this organic farm, fantastic countryside and beach location. Not licensed.
The George Inn, Chideok. Good quality pub food and beer, located on the A35, near Seatown. We hear good reviews. 01297 489419 DT6 6JD
The Anchor Inn in Seatown. Two bars, outside terraces and cliff seating provide the perfect opportunity to come and enjoy the tranquillity and views offered by this heritage coastline. Seafood, fresh local foods and ales. Fairly basic pub food in a special location. DT6 6JU – 01297 489215
River Cottage Canteen in Axminster. Hugh Furnley Whittingstall’s canteen and deli offers a wide selection of local and seasonal provisions including fruit and vegetables, meat and bread, pickles and preserves, wine and beer. One the more expensive side. EX13 5AN, 01297 631862
The Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis. Unique, fun and relaxed bakery serving very good quality food and cakes. Ideal for breakfast, coffee or lunch. Seating on trestle tables. 2 Coombe Street. DT7 3PY. 01297 444754
Hix Oyster and Fish House, Cobb Road, Lyme Regis. Mark Hix is the ex-Head Chef of the Caprice Group of restaurants. His team serves simply prepared very fresh fish and seafood. Amazing views of the Cobb. Expensive. Closed on Mondays. DT7 3JP
Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George, Somerset. Lovely village pub. Very good award winning ‘gastro’ food. TA17 8SE – 01460 73149. On the more expensive side.
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Evershot. Fine dining in a 5 star country hotel. Very expensive for dinner. Slightly more affordable for Sunday lunch or cream tea (but still expensive). DT2 0JR – 01935 48 2000
The Crab House Café, Wyke Regis, Portland. Not much to look at, but a very good reputation. Situated looking out over Chesil beach. They have their own Portland Oyster beds and specialise in other types of seafood, most loved are the fresh, local crabs served on large wooden boards with a hammer, nut-crackers, various picks and forks and a bib. DT4 9YU 01305 788867 www.crabhousecafe.co.uk.