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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

Joshuas, Ottery St Mary

Great and well stocked farm shop with a Californian vibe. Health foods, cafe, gifts, toys and homewares…all under one very light and sunny roof. Read more

Otterton Mill

Sleepy Otterton lies about 1 mile inland along the River Otter from Budleigh Salterton, the very beautiful seaside town towards the end of the Jurassic Coast. The Mill is the hub of the village and is enterprising in every way. There is a great cafe/restaurant, a working mill , large gift shop and cook shop, bakery and deli/food store. They also run events from time to time and often promote local arts and crafts. The gardens along the river have a selection of outside sculptures that include a brilliant turf sofa complete with remote control which seems to only show the channel running idyllic riverside views. Read more

Arts Cafe, Seaton

Two hours of tennis at the Seaton tennis club, having played a handful of times over the last 20 years, demands some kind of reward. The dilemma is being stranded in Seaton which does not boast an array of fine eating establishments. If anyone knows better then please let me know!

The Arts Cafe sounds great on paper but from the exterior needs a bit of TLC and the interior simplifying . The menu is very long and the implication is too much choice means no chef can deliver it all fresh and well cooked. It is good to be proved wrong. My greek salad was delicious had been prepared with a lot of love and the literary (now sporty) whizz declared the courgette fritters spot on. Sitting on the small (and slightly worn) terrace on a super sunny Autumn day, it was perfect. 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

Sladers Yard, West Bay

Arts cafes’ are always such a lovely find and this one for sure. It is a hidden treasure amongst the charming mish mash of West Bay. Delicious homemade cakes and lunches, mainly organic and vegetarian, amongst garden sculpture and the craftsmanship of  furniture maker Peter Southall.

Julian Bailey is now exhibiting his contemporary Dorset coastal paintings and is so worth a visit, check out those delicious tonal colour combos.

And yes you can eat amongst the wolves…

  • always worth checking whats exhibiting, they have a great rosta of artists
  • cafe open 11am – 5 pm most days, closed Mondays
  • Vanessa Gardiner exhibiting 18th August ’12 – another great contemporary landscape artist using precise lines






Clipper Teas, Beaminster

Great packaging, great product plus Clipper care about their workers and the environment, so it ticks a lot of boxes. Based in Beaminster its not strictly Jurassic Coast but it is definitely My Jurassic Coast and their presence locally is big, as it should be.

Try the lemon and ginger infusion, its delicious…

  • products available in local independent grocery stores in the area
  • coffee, teas and chocolates
  • Clipper store at the head office open 9-4 Monday to Friday.
  • online shop

Harbour Inn, Lyme Regis

Lunch again with the literary whizz , its a habit I may need to break. She gives me writing tips and I bore her with blog ideas. Not the fairest swap it seems.We are at The Harbour Inn which has the best beachfront setting in Lyme. The most picturesque (small) veranda and, on the beach, a picnic table area so kids can roam whilst you irresponsibly drink vino. The food is consistently good and its open all year, so perfect for that night you arrive on holiday, for lunch/supper.

  • You can’t book the veranda so get there early if you want the best spot.
  • Can book the inside window seat which is the best interior table.
  • Relaxed menu so can order as little or as much as you want; kids menu too.
  • Harbour Inn, Cobb end of the seafront.

West Bexington, Chesil Beach

West Bexington sits on part of the incredible Chesil beach which is a phenomenal sight; an 18 mile mound of golden shingle. The coastal path here is right on the beach with panoramic views out to sea. You can walk easily to Burton Bradstock. The Blue Anchor Cafe just set back from the beach itself, is a great part of history from my favourite era, the ’60’s. Its a bungalow with kitsch interiors and owners who have kept themselves in that timewarp too. The Beach Chalets to the East of the seafront are to die for…

  • Easy parking on the seafront
  • Walk straight onto the coastal path from the car park
  • Cafe closed for deepest Winter months
  • Refreshments at The Hive (open all year) in Burton Bradstock.

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.