Places to eat and drink

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.

Rise Cafe Bar Restaurant in West Bay

Down House Café in Eype

The Watch House Cafe 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

Rise Cafe Bar Restaurant in West Bay: DT6 4EZ

A lively and relaxed place. Great for families and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. – 01308 422 011.

Down House Café in Eype, Bridport, DT6 6AH

Organic food from this organic farm, fantastic countryside and beach location. Not licensed. 01308 421232.

The Watch House Cafe in West Bay, DT6 4EN

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.

Mark Hix Restaurant in Lyme Regis, DT7 3JP

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.

The Anchor Inn in Seatown, DT6 6JU

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. 01297 489215

The Hive Beach Café in Burton Bradstock (on the beach), DT6 4RF

Busy café on the beach, ideal for coffee or lunch after a walk. Open for dinner in holiday season. Good quality food, especially seafood. 01308 897 070

The Crab House Café, Wyke Regis, Portland, DT4 9YU

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. 01305 788867 www.crabhousecafe.co.uk.

The New Inn at Stoke Abbott, DT8 3JW

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. 01308 868333

The Shaves Cross Inn at Shaves Cross, DT6 6HW

Beautiful Country pub with garden and skittle alley- worth going for a drink. 01308 868358.

Sawmill Cafe, Mapperton House near Beaminster, DT8 3NR

Cafe open from April- October for lunches, teas and coffees located next to Mapperton house and gardens. 01308 863348.

Brassica Restaurant in Beaminster, DT8 3AS

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. 01308 538 100.

The Half Moon in Melplash, DT6 3UD

Country pub with a garden serving good food. 01308 488 321.

Mangerton Mill in Mangerton, Bridport, DT6 3SG

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. 01308 485 224.

The Bull Hotel in Bridport, DT6 3LF

Well worth a visit for coffee, lunch or dinner. Open 7 days a week. 01308 422 878.

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

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. 01038 423 221.

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.

Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury, DT6 6HD

Country pub with garden and skittle alley and serves good pub food 7 days a week. 01308 422 600

Montien Thai Restaurant in Bridport, 37 East Street

Eat in a take away – 01308425 570.

Olive Tree in Bridport, 59 East Street

Mediterranean food cooked in front of you. Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.  01308422882

Washingpool Farm Shop Café in North Allington, DT6 5HP

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.

Down House Farm Cafe – Higher Eype, Bridport, DT6 6AH 

Organic food from this organic farm, fantastic countryside and beach location. Not licensed. 01308 421232.

The George Inn, Chideok, DT6 6JD

Good quality pub food and beer, located on the A35, near Seatown. We hear good reviews. 01297 489419

River Cottage Canteen in Axminster, EX13 5AN

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. 01297 631862

The Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis, DT7 3PY

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. 01297 444754

Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George, Somerset, TA17 8SE

Lovely village pub. Very good award winning ‘gastro’ food. On the more expensive side. 01460 73149.

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Evershot, DT2 0JR

Fine dining in a 5 star country hotel. Very expensive for dinner. Slightly more affordable for Sunday lunch or cream tea (but still expensive). 01935 48 2000