Eating Out on the Jurassic Coast

While visiting Dorset’s spectacular and beautiful coastline, we’re sure you’ll want to find somewhere special to sample the catch of the day or the local specialities.

You’re in luck, because our coastal towns are filled with places to eat out along the world-famous Jurassic Coast.

So much choice

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite during a day out at the beach or a delicious 3 course feast, our restaurants, cafes and pubs will tantalise your tastebuds.

As well as what’s on offer in our coastal towns, you’ll also find hidden gems tucked away in quiet villages or even right on the beach. Somewhere to enjoy a drink as the sun sets, people watch from a street-side café or take in the views of scenic Dorset.

Al-fresco dining

Being on the south coast, Dorset is lucky to have lots of warm sunny days during spring, summer and autumn. So you’ll be pleased to hear that many of our eateries have outside seating to soak up the warm weather Mediterranean style!

Even if the weather does turn a bit chilly in the evenings, lots of eateries now have outside heaters and offer blankets so visitors can still enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

Many of them welcome dogs as well as offering children’s menus with all members of the family catered for. There might even be doggie treats for your four-legged friends!

Coastal views

Beachside bistros, cool cafes and picture-perfect pubs await you in Dorset. Add in far reaching views along a world heritage coastline and tasty dishes on the menu and you’ll soon be thinking you wish you were staying for longer.

From contemporary restaurants overlooking harbours to beachfront bars, it’s a real treat for the senses when you dine on the waterfront. And there is something mesmerising about watching the waves roll in or listening to the water lapping at the shore which is an instant de-stressor.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying overnight at a seaside hotel or B&B you might get the chance to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the coast – a triple win.

A taste of the seaside

You can’t come to the British seaside without trying the local fish of the day or getting a portion of fish and chips – it’s tradition after all.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sit on the beach or harbourside with the nations favourite dish and maybe treat yourself to an ice-cream for dessert!

Or if you’re looking for something a bit different then why not head for the Seaside Boarding House at Burton Bradstock beach, the Oyster and Fish House overlooking Lyme Bay or The Clubhouse at West Bexington which all focus on fresh, locally caught seafood.

A quick pit-stop

Walking or cycling along the Jurassic Coast and need to stop to refuel? There are lots of places to refresh and recharge before the next leg of your journey.

No matter if you’ve only got time to grab something to eat on the go or want to rest a while to appreciate the views, we’re sure you’ll love the local flavours.

You might even want to get something to takeaway with you to enjoy later. We can heartily recommend some Dorset Apple Cake – yum!

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