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Posts tagged ‘seafood’

Crab House Cafe

Tried to come to the Crab House Cafe before but I was so badly organised ie. it was totally booked and for some strange reason I seem to think that no booking would be required. But it is soooo good that booking is of course essential. 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

Fleet Lagoon, Weymouth

Where Weymouth meets Portland is the start of the Fleet Lagoon: Chesil Beach rises up along the length of it with water either side.  Here are the still active oyster beds and isolated fishermens huts with slipways into the lagoon run along the waters edge. In grey Winter light it feels like a time long gone. Bring wellies if you want to walk along the coastal path here: a great walk with views along the Chesil.

Really wanted to go to the Crab House Cafe Read more

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
  • www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk, check for opening times

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.

  •  www.quiddles.co.uk, 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.