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.

Watch House Café, West Bay

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 Broadchurch. 

Watch House Cafe, West Bay

Watch House favourites include freshly cooked seafood, traditional ploughman’s and wood fired pizza.

The Priory Hotel, Wareham

Dine outside on the riverside terrace and watch the world (and the odd rowing boat!) go by as you enjoy a delicious meal made with fresh, local and seasonal produce.

The Priory Hotel, Wareham

Symondsbury Kitchen, Nr Bridport

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.

The Blue Pool Tea Rooms, Wareham

Enjoy a delicious traditional cream tea with freshly baked scones or a locally sourced light lunch on the terrace overlooking the magnificent Blue Pool.  Sit back and relax as you contemplate the ever-changing colour of the water…..a truly magical place.

Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock

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 spot of breakfast, light lunch, afternoon snack or even a 6-course meal.  The terrace offers unparalleled views of Lyme Bay. 

Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock

Just imagine yourself finishing off a beautiful day with a cocktail in hand watching the sun set….life doesn’t get better than this!

The Wishing Well and Tea Gardens, Upwey

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional quality is the philosophy here. 

The Wishing Well & Tea Gardens, Upwey

Stop by for a light bite, three course meal, afternoon tea or traditional Sunday roast set in the beautiful water gardens.  Don’t leave without a wander around the beautiful ornamental gardens and don’t forget to make that all important wish at the famous wishing well!

The Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock

Hive Beach café is well renowned and located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock. 

Hive Beach Cafe, 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.

The Castle Kitchen, Highcliffe Castle

Situated in the beautiful grounds of Highcliffe castle, you can sit under the spreading branches of the Holme Oak Tree and enjoy delicious home cooked food using local ingredients.  Why not treat yourself to afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco on the lawns?

The Castle Kitchen, Highcliffe

Key West Bar and Grill, Bournemouth

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!

Key West Bar and Grill, Bournemouth

The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle

You’ll be in awe at the amazing location you’ll find yourself in when you enjoy a delicious meal in the garden at this wonderful contemporary pub.  Sat underneath the fantastic ruins of the imposing Corfe Castle and overlooking the Swanage Railway this really is a great location to enjoy some quality food.

The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle

Need a few more ideas?

You can see a large variety of places to eat outside on our Food & Drink pages.

Whether you choose beach views from the end of Bournemouth Pier, beachside dining at Hive Beach or a beautiful courtyard garden at Mortons House Hotel, we know you'll enjoy the fabulous food on offer.


Watch House Café
Watch House Café

Watch House Café is a breezy, easy going café in the heart of West Bay on the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

The Priory Hotel
St Marys Church and The Priory Hotel from River Frome

The Priory offers accomplished menus, excellent wines, and professional service. You will find a subtle blend of classic and modern dishes, using locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce on the menu.

Symondsbury Kitchen
Symondsbury Kitchen

Symondsbury Kitchen pride themselves in growing their own salad, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs in their vegetable garden. They also use their home made produce as well as their delicious home made jam, marmalade and chutney. Using both their home-grown and local seasonal ingredients, the varied menu includes gluten free, vegetarian and daily specials. They are supplied with fresh, home-grown produce from their vegetable garden and this means they keep in touch with the seasons.

The Blue Pool Tea Rooms
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
The Blue Pool Tea Rooms near Wareham, Dorset

*LATEST UPDATE* The Blue Pool will be closed until further notice.

The Seaside Boarding House
Boutique Hotel
The Seaside Boarding House

Set on the cliffs overlooking the majestic sweep of Dorset's Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay, The Seaside Boarding House opened its doors in 2015. Elegant yet informal, The Seaside Boarding House comprises a classic restaurant, a proper cocktail bar offering grown up shaken, mixed and muddled drinks and luxurious bedrooms each with a view of the sea.

Upwey Wishing Well, Water Gardens and Tea Rooms
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Upwey Wishing Well, Water Gardens and Tea Rooms

Welcome to Upwey Wishing Well, Water Gardens and Tea Rooms in Upwey, Weymouth! We are open daily serving freshly ground coffee, light bites, lunches and afternoon tea. We offer a daily specials board and are fully licensed. We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and all of our delicious cakes are baked on the premises daily.

Hive Beach Café
Fresh seafood at the Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock

The Hive Beach Café is located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast, with far reaching views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach. It's the perfect location to enjoy fresh, local seafood, homemade cakes or just a simple cup of tea.

Key West Bar and Grill
The sun terrace at Key West Bar & Grill, Bournemouth

*Key West will be closing from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December*. Unrivalled panoramic views across Bournemouth Bay and located at the end of Bournemouth Pier. Key West is open 7 days a week, all year round serving a great tasting, varied menu with something to suit everyone’s taste. Key West’s domed shape is surrounded in floor to ceiling glass doors and windows allowing you to admire the outstanding panoramic views. When the sun is shining, a large sun terrace allows you to sit back and relax and is the perfect location to watch one of Bournemouth’s beautiful sunsets with a cocktail in hand.

The Greyhound Inn
The Greyhound Inn at Corfe Castle

The Greyhound is a historic country Inn overlooking Corfe Castle. Fresh seasonal food sourced as close to home as we can get. Annual beer and cider festivals.



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