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So we caught a fish. A mackerel. With my sons toy fishing rod. It was a big mackerel and quite the most extraordinary moment. Unexpected. So J felt quite proud I think. As novices with such practical skills involving nature. When the fish was pulled out of the water, something animalistic came over my normally calm hippy demeanor and I beat the fish a little too vigorously over the head with a large stone. Read more

No 1 Lyme Townhouse and Hix

Its not easy to avoid the chintz in the West Country but No 1 Lyme has managed it plus more. Contemporary Boutique decor at a great price right in the centre of Lyme. This February they have hooked up with Hix to offer an excellent value dinner/stay combo (£125 per couple pn ) to shake off those Winter blues. Read more

Chesil Smokery, Bridport

The sadly departed Bridfish has been bought and rebranded as the Chesil Smokery and a great job they have done on it. Clever packaging and a clean new logo shows off the fantastic product inside. They will smoke anything , the smoked mackerel is so delicious and like a different fish to the supermarket kind but my favourite is the smoked kippers. Get down there or order online for last minute Christmas fare. Read more

Bridport Market

Bridport on a sunny Saturday has such a great feeling- buzzing with people and a diverse mix of stalls…. lots of antiques & vintage, organic cosmetics, interesting bits and bobs plus plenty of good food. Its a proper market. Fivepenny farm is one of my favourite stalls, beautiful organic veg and meat and always something homemade and delicious; check the fluoro jam label, its got a great modern hippy look going on. Very Dries. Read more

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

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.

Hive Cafe, Burton Bradstock

The Hive is rather a celebrated institution on the Jurassic Coast. Great food in an amazing setting, right on the beach. Its a no book policy and very casual but the food is exceptionally cooked and the ingredients all local. Always the freshest fish with a wide choice of budget from a sandwich through to  lobster. Their signature dish is the tempura fish and chips and boy is it good. On a sunny day in March there are queues, but seeing as I am in Dorset time that’s not a problem to me….sort of.

  • children well catered for so good family location
  • open  early evenings in the Summer
  • great walk on the cliffs
  •, check for opening times

Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis

In my eyes, the most beautiful beach in Lyme Regis and on a sunny day, one gets a (brief) feeling of being in California. Its never that busy and now the sand has migrated its way from the sandy beach further East, much more consumer friendly. The scattering of chalets and huts that cling to the base of the cliff always bring on property envy. We braved a choppy fishing trip and enjoyed an early evening, freshly caught mackerel barbeque here.

  • Park directly on the beach in the Winter months.
  • Dogs allowed all year.
  • Rent one of the chalets right on the beach, is good.
  • Fires or barbeques allowed all year.

Quiddles Cafe, Chesil Cove, Portland

On leaving Weymouth you  follow the edges of the 18 mile long Chesil Beach and follow its curve through Portland to get to Chesil Cove. One of the best bribes for all, to reward after a long walk on the beach, is Quiddles Cafe – a small seafood cafe with a short menu of good simple food. I love the mackerel pate, for some reason it tastes so much better than any I have ever made. Maybe its the stunning view out to sea. In milder climes you can sit out at the front along the promenade.

  •, check for opening times.
  • Thursday evenings open for paella.
  • Easy walking along promenade, tougher on the shingle.
  • Brilliantly located skate park on the beach as you are leaving the Cove towards Weymouth.

Davy’s Locker Fish Shop, Bridport


On an industrial estate in Bridport is the best fish shop in the area – the freshest fish at wholesale prices for whatever quantity you buy.

There is no counter, just enter the chiller with one of the rugged fishermen (claustraphobic types stay at the doorway). Its all very jolly and many fish jokes exchanged – all in all, a great plaice.

  • They will fillet and give cooking advice
  • Dreadnought Trading Estate on Magdalen Road, Lyme side of Bridport
  • Open 7am to 1:30pm Mon to Sat