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Jailhouse Cafe, Portland

My recent fascination with prisons has been fuelled by a brush with the feds on the way back from the big smoke. They were playing the whole good cop, bad cop scenario and I even got my rights read to me, Read more

The Mary Jane, Uplyme

Something I love – happy, positive entrepreneurial people and these are happy positive entrepreneurial YOUNG people. So roll over any cynical “whats happened to the youth of today” readers out there. And I really like their Mummy, thats Mel (shes a lot of fun) Read more

Amid Giants and Idols

A little bit of San Francisco in Lyme Regis. Tiny but perfectly formed coffee shop; amazing coffee in differing roasts served by a pro Barista complete with latte art. So beautiful. Read more

Red Brick Cafe, Bridport

Such a great cafe and in one of my most favourite “off the beaten track” spots in the area, its good to feel part of a creative and independent hub with an urban vintage setting, unusual in the countryside…The Red Brick serves breakfast, coffee and lunch and it is all homemade and pretty darn good. Best seats are outside on a sunny day with a full view of the secondhand treasures around you. Read more

Down House Farm Cafe, Higher Eype

A real hidden gem. Its quite a climb up from the A35 (signed as you take the Eype turn off). The narrow road is fine until you reach Eddie Grundys house where the road is in tatters. I have often had to reassure people worrying they have taken a wrong turn. You haven’t and its worth the ride when you get there. The cafe is like a hidden grotto, mainly seats outside but most have shelter. The food is all homemade, simple, using local ingredients and their organic meat. Its all very laid back. Thats not an Eddie Grundy kind of laid back… Read more

West Bay Pier

I love a bit of cast concrete, not what I should be saying living in the eco minded countryside but I’m afraid I do. West Bay Pier is just that. Great slabs of concrete which work perfectly against the dramatic golden cliffs of the West Dorset coastline. With a deep blue sky behind it makes the perfect vista.

The Ellipse cafe in the new development at the Harbour is pretty good and has a great view to boot.

  • easy fishing off the pier
  • good scooting territory for kids
  • Great walk up on the cliffs either side of the pier
  • Ellipse Cafe and Bistro open all day and some evenings depending on the time of year

Watch House Cafe, West Bay

This is as far as My Jurassic Coast is celebrating the Queens Jubilee: on the beach…

The famous Hive Cafe Burton Bradstock have taken over The Watch House Cafe in West Bay and it has had a full refurb with glass doors and a large wooden deck. It looks great on the banks of shingle that surround it. A brilliant addition to West Bay with simple easy food, breakfast/brunch and homemade burgers and sandwiches for lunch at a great price. Exactly what was needed.

  • open 7 days (weather dependent) in the Summer
  • breakfast and lunch plus occasionally supper, check the website
  • plenty of outdoor seating
  • The Watch House Cafe

Jacobs Beach, Sidmouth

Deep blue sky and red Devon earth make for a striking contrast of colour. Jacobs Beach is to the West of Sidmouth and away from the  crowds on the main promenade. At low tide you can walk round on the sand, at high tide there is a seafront walk which clings to the cliffs. Good cafe with a vast selection of gargantuan homemade cakes in the gardens if you climb the Jacobs Ladder (fancy name for the wooden steps). The old beach huts, locked away in Winter to avoid the battering of pebbles, look worth a visit when the temperature rises.

  •  nearest parking, Sidmouth Hill.
  • dogs allowed in the Winter months.
  • cafe open all year,
  • gardens of cafe good enclosed space for children.

Lunch at Town Mill Bakery, Lyme Regis

Back at my favourite Bakery to meet a literary friend for lunch, after a miserable wet and windy walk. I cannot get through the day without a walk and will brave every weather condition, even if it means arriving for a lunch date with wet limp hair pasted across my forehead, muddy boots and an anorak. Having earlier forced the children to walk to school in these conditions and arriving with at least one in tears, I feel proud of my gung ho attitude. Such great parenting skills I have.

The literary whizz has a mixed root veg bake and I have a sweet potato, chickpea and lemongrass soup. Bread is foregone by both to reduce the Winter bulge. Its all delicious. I photograph the amazing cakes and even though that damned lemon polenta is shouting out at me, I keep it purely 2 dimensional. For today.

  • lunch everyday, except Monday, 12:30 – 2:30
  • only soup on Sundays (pizza too in the Summer months)
  • all vegetarian

Winter Morning, Lyme Regis Seafront

We wake up to a morning of deep blue sky and complete stillness in the air. I never tire of Lyme Regis seafront, the light is always changing and there is a certain tranquility to walking on the front before another soul arrives. The promenade is perfect scooting  territory, so at least we can walk at a better pace than the usual snail like  that 3 small children impose. A stop at Rinky Tinks Ice Cream Parlour revives us all.

  • Rinky Tinks bravely open all year. On the  main seafront, by the beach huts. Outside seating only so wrap up warm!
  • They serve great ice cream sundaes for warmer days
  • Nov – Feb half term you can usually find parking at The Cobb
  • No cycling on the seafront (the odd kids bike usually okay)