Eat & Drink

Three Horseshoes – Powerstock

One of our closest and favourite pubs, especially for an early evening drink. Situated on the hill in Powerstock, the Three Horseshoes is a real locals pub and a great place to watch the sun go down and have a chat with locals. Martin and Agi are the landlords who serve up excellent food and the Palmers beer is always good. Our little Lucydog loves Martin so we have to go up there on a very regular basis…..or perhaps its because Agi does great food !

Dugberry Hill, Powerstock, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3TD

01308 485328

The New Inn – Stoke Abbot

Another one of our absolute favorite pubs. Food is brilliant and great value for money and I have never had anything less than a great meal. Kirsty runs front of house and knows waht you are having before you get to the bar and Kevin is a talented chef and has just won the chefing awrds during 2021. Again highly recommended.

The New Inn is quite old actually, a traditional 17th century pub set in the idyllic village of Stoke Abbott,  just 5 miles from Bridport and only a mile and a half from the picturesque town of Beaminster. 

Stoke Abbott, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3JW

The Ollerod – Beaminster

If you fancy something special, then the Ollerod is the place to go. Located in the heart of Beaminster.

The owners Chris and Silvana have a wealth of experience in hospitality and decided it was time to follow their dream and buy their own place. Chris grew up in Suffolk and started working in kitchens when he was 16. He went to London where he held a Michelin star for 9 years at The Mandarin Oriental.   Silvana is South African born to an Italian Father and Scottish Mother. She has been involved in hospitality from the age of 18 and moved to the UK in 2007 and was most recently the deputy GM at THE PIG near Bath.

The Pymore Inn – Bridport

If you fancy a great pub food and a decent pizza the Pymore Inn is a good bet. Refurbished during 2019 it has a wonderful big garden which was a God send during Covid especially when many other pubs had to shut due to the lack of space.  It’s a good pub for families, with the kids being able to run around the garden and on the hillside behind the pub and nice when they flash the firepit up. Also during last summer they have bands playing most weekends….lifes not all bad.

The Pymore Inn, Pymore Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5PN

01308 422625

The Marquis of Lorne – Nettlecombe

In the height of the tourist season, the Marquis of Lorne is far from the madding crowd, practically in the middle of nowhere. This pub is a great place to finish off the day, without having to battle your way to the bar as you would on the coast.

The Marquis of Lorne, Nettlecombe, Dorset, DT6 3SY
01308 485236

The Elm Tree Inn – Langton Herron

The Elm Tree in tucked away from the Bridport to Weymouth coast road in Langton Herron, lovely little village. Oddly I was keen to buy this pub a few years back but Helen would not hear of it. The Guys from the Pymore inn did see the potential and renovated it in 2020 and have done a great job.

Bit of history……originally built 400 years ago, the Elm Tree is a place of character and history; once upon a time being frequented by smugglers and “wreckers”. At the peak of the Cold War, the pub was at the centre of a Russian spy scandal In the 1960’s. Harry Houghton and his girlfriend Ethel Gee used the Elm Tree to rendezvous with their KGB “controller” in what became know as the Portland Spy Ring.

And in WWII, Barnes Wallis stayed at the Elm Tree when he was testing the bouncing bomb on the Fleet – and Churchill is said to have enjoyed a drink (or two) at the bar when secretly visiting to inspect progress.

The Half Moon – Melplash

The Half Moon Pub is probably our nearest pub, located in neighbouring Melplash. Jamie and Claire are the landlords and have done a great job in the last year winning Dorset’s coveted ‘Pub of the Year’ award. They are renowned for their burgers and local produce including wildfowl, venison etc. when in season. The beer is good, and Jamie is an excellent cook, and you might also see Martin Clunes picking up his Sunday roast takeaway!

Melplash, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3UD

01308 488 321

The Rise – West Bay

The Rise is a good place for all ages, located on the waterside it’s one of those laidback places, with a relaxed boho feel and lots of outside seating.  Situated near the harbour the menu is an eclectic mix of English and International, so there’s always something to please everyone! It’s the place we head to when we fancy Nachos… great cocktails too!

Rise, West Bay, DT6 4EZ

01308 422011

The Anchor – Seatown

Seatown is a small coastal hamlet less than a mile from the neighbouring village of Chideock, 3 miles to the west of West Bay. The shingle shelving beach is privately owned and is a favourite amongst families and sun worshipers alike. Sitting on this stretch of beach provides some incredible views of the coastline and sits within one of Dorset’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What more could you want, but sometimes during high season it can be a victim of its own popularity, but certainly worth a visit and you can walk up Golden Cap which is the highest point on the South Coast. 

Seatown, Chideock, DT6 6JU 01297 48821

Hive Beach Café – Burton Bradstock

Sat on the beach front at Burton Bradstock, with views overlooking Lyme Bay, it’s a perfect part of the Jurassic Coast in which to pause for a bite to eat. Awarded four stars by the Sunday Times, get there early to secure a table, as it’s a ‘first come- first served’ café and it’s always busy!  Don’t let the crowds put you off though. Great seafood and a stonking breakfast menu.

Beach Road, Burton Bradstock, Dorset DT6 4RF

01308 897070

The Bull Hotel and The Stable – Bridport

The Bull is always a good bet, either in the main hotel restaurant or in The Stable pizzeria which is located in the former stable of this 16th century coaching inn.  Indulge in some authentic pizza, freshly made to order and an excellent range of local cider.  Excellent for families and large parties. They often have live music on the weekends.

Whilst your there try the separate Venner Bar – accessed through a secret door in the ballroom – provides sanctuary for spirits fans and cocktail connoisseurs (Weds to Sat).

34 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF

01308 422878

Shaved Cross Inn

Lovely old pub, steeped in history. Since the reign of Edward III there has been an Inn at the crossroads at Shaved Cross. Once a stopping place for pilgrims on the way to St Wites Shrine in Whitchurch Cannonicorum. Lovely old pub, steeped in history. Since the reign of Edward III there has been an Inn at the crossroads at Shave Cross. Once a stopping place for pilgrims on the way to St Wites Shrine in Whitchurch Cannonicorum. The landlord is Tom Littledyke who took over the Shave Cross Inn on 21st January 2020.  They have regular quiz nights and a skittles alley.

Shave Cross, Bridport DT6 6HW

01308 868358

Fox & Hounds – Cattistock

One of the best ‘locals’ pub in Dorset and has won many awards with great beer and food. This is one of those community pubs that just works, and everyone gets on… it always has a great welcoming atmosphere. Run brilliantly by Scott and Liz.  The pub is situated opposite the beautiful church in Cattistock and there is nothing more nostalgic than sitting outside and watching the world go by and a freindly chat.

Duck St, Cattistock, Dorchester DT2 0JH

01300 320444

The Fox – Corscombe

Local chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix opened The Fox Inn in December 2020. Nestled in the Dorset countryside, just four miles from Beaminster, the pub is open every day (Sunday evenings from May 17th).

The 3 Horseshoes – Burton Bradstock

Should say more, but a really good pub

The Crab House Cafe – Weymouth

Dine in an idyllic ambience overlooking the Portland coast in relaxed, unpretentious surroundings, savour the finest flavours… Discover the hidden pearl of the South West.

Crab House Café, Ferrymans Way, Portland Road, Wyke Regis, Dorset DT4 9YU

01305 788867

The Hare & Hounds – Waytown

The Hare and Hounds, Waytown, is anothr local pub situated close by located in the outstandingly rich landscape of West Dorset with glorious panoramic views over the fantastic English countryside. 

Waytown, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5LQ


Tel. 01308 488203

The Pusuit of Hoppiness – Bridport

Another great local bar half way down the main Bridport drag. Opened up during the covid lockdown and people love it. Good on ’em i say, nice bunch whio run it and the beer good, with lots of local chat.

15 West St, Bridport

01308 427111

Tiger Inn – Bridport

The Tiger is our go to pub when we are waiting for a takeaway, its a good locals pub, and it alway packed if you fancy a chat. They have two pretty courtyard gardens that are sheltered and heated where you can smoke and relax with a drink.

Its a free house and serves a varied selection of guest beers with six real ales on offer, they have three draught  and three still ciders as well as bottled fruit ciders, large selection of wines, spirits and soft drinks.

The Tiger Inn
14 – 16 Barrack Street

01308 427543

Greyhound – Sydling St Nicholas

The Greyhound is just north of Dorchester in a loverly village called Sydling St Nicholas quite closes to Cerne Abbas. This was our local for a while and we love the pub, nice a friendly owners and good food. For some reason most of West Dorset Doctors and Vets live in Sydling so theres a bit of money floatinging around and the pub is quite up market.

01300 341303

Bridge House Hotel – Bridport

These are the guys that used to own the Bull Hotel down the road and did a great job and made a big diffrence to Bridport when they renovated many years ago. We havent been here yet, but really want to, looks like the place to go for a cocktail if you are in Bridport.

Dutchess of Cornwall -Poundbury

Great pub this and definatley worth a visit if you are in Dorchester and it has Badger beer, fab. Prince Charles has taken a lot of flack for Poundbury, but we think hes done a great job.

Built in 2016 by the Duchy of Cornwall but operated by Hall & Woodhouse, the pub is named after the Duchess of Cornwall at the direct request of the Prince of Wales and was opened by the Prince and Duchess.  The pub contains many artefacts from the Woodhouse family including a Dorset oak bookcase from West Lodge (the Woodhouse family’s home in the 20th century); the great brewing copper that forms the entrance is taken from the King & Barnes brewery which Hall & Woodhouse acquired in 2000.  Food can be a bit mixed.

The Duchess of Cornwall 12 Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3DD

 01305 757569

Manor House -West Bexington

Located in West Bexington this 16th Century Manor House has great views over Chesil Beach. Its had a bit of a chequered past, once the place to go fo a posh meal, but fell from grace and was losing money hand over fist and ended up on one of those property programs. It was taken over by a family who didnt really know what they were doing and iI reacall having a few expensive duff meals here, but that was some years back. On the plus side it has a good cellar bar, pretty garden and a good place to have a lunchtime beer with the sea in the background.

Now open for our normal Indoor & outdoor service. Bar 11.30-Close, Food Service 12-2pm & 6.15-8.45pm (Sundays 8pm)

West Bexington

01308 897660

Brassica – Beaminster

Brassica is a family-run business based in Beaminster, West Dorset and next door to Helens shop, Little Boutique Lifestyle. Great food and they also deliver to your front door via our weekly online meal collection and local delivery service.

4 The Square, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3AS
Available by phone:
Tuesday 9am-4pm
Weds-Friday 9am-4pm

01308 538 100

The Club House- West Bexington

Great location for beach drink and something to eat……but, we have been here twice and it hasn’t been great to be honest. Rubbish service with London prices not something that goes down well with the locals. I haven’t heard a good review from Dorset folk, however, we have some snobby freinds who are part of the clicking fingers brigade and love it, probably to drunk to care.