Looking for the perfect place to enjoy a spot of al-fresco dining in Dorset? Check out our 10 places to lunch, fine dine, sip cocktails or simply enjoy a delicious cream tea sat amongst Dorset’s finest scenery.
This easy-going beachside café in the heart of West Bay offers extensive outdoor seating with stunning views along the coastline, including the imposing golden cliffs well known as the backdrop to the Broadchurch TV series.
Watch House favourites include freshly cooked seafood, wood fired pizza and Italian classics.
Relax with a drink or meal on the sunny terrace and admire the rural views that surround you and soak up the ambience. Using both home grown and local seasonal ingredients, Symondsbury Kitchen is the ideal location to enjoy the warm sunshine amidst peace and tranquillity.
This is a fantastic place to start or end a walk along the cliff tops of the stunning Jurassic coast. Relax on the wide, comfortable terrace and enjoy a light lunch or evening cocktails. The terrace offers unparalleled views of Lyme Bay.
Just imagine yourself finishing off a beautiful day with a drink in hand watching the sun go down….life doesn’t get better than this!
Nothing can be more decadent than enjoying afternoon tea on the terrace of a luxury historic hotel overlooking the River Frome. You can even upgrade to a 'Priory Ritzy Tea' including a glass of English Sparkling Wine.
Enjoy the summer sunshine and watch the passing boats, kayaks and canoes travelling along the river to and from Wareham Quay.
Hive Beach café is well renowned and located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock.
Serving up fresh, locally caught fish and seafood with stunning sea views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, this is the perfect location to enjoy a delicious lunch, homemade cakes with a cup of tea or a delicious local breakfast.
Located right at the end of Bournemouth Pier, Key West Bar and Grill provides unrivalled panoramic views across the bays. The large terrace allows you to sit back and relax with friends or family and is the perfect location to watch the sun set with a cocktail in hand!
You’ll be in awe at the amazing location of this wonderful contemporary pub. The garden is overlooked by the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle and you’ll occasionally hear the ‘toot toot’ of the Swanage Railway trains as they travel down to the seaside - this really is a great location to enjoy a delicious meal.
THE PIG-on the Beach is a mellow, country house hotel, perfectly situated along Studland Bay.
In the summer, you can choose to drop in and dine outside from the Wood Oven menu, soaking up the views of Old Harry Rocks. Tuck into your flatbread with chilled local ciders and beers, English fizz or a glass of rosé for the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.
You can also follow the path down to the beach and dip your toes in the fresh waters of Studland Bay.
Mark Hix’s latest solo venture serves up the best of local produce, sustainable fish and seafood caught off the Dorset coast, often from Lyme Bay itself.
The menus at the Fish House are built around the long-established, personal relationships that Mark has with his suppliers and use only responsibly produced, carefully sourced and simply served British seasonal ingredients. Mark even cures and smokes the salmon himself at his Charmouth home.
All cakes are baked daily in-house made using fresh, locally sourced & free range ingredients. This year, they have added some new vegan sweet treats to the menu. You can also enjoy freshly ground roasted luxury artisan coffee or choose from an assortment of Dorset teas and hot chocolate.
But it’s not all about cake. Stop by for lunch or a Dorset cream tea and don’t forget to look out for the cute farm animals in the nearby fields.
Need a few more ideas?
You can see a large variety of places to eat outside in our Food & Drink guide.
Whether you choose views of Swanage Bay from Coast Restaurant, afternoon tea in the gorgeous gardens at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel or a beautiful courtyard garden at Mortons Manor, we know you'll enjoy the fabulous food on offer.