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 the Broadchurch TV series. 

Watch House favourites include freshly cooked seafood, wood fired pizza and Italian classics.

Watch House Cafe, West Bay, Dorset

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.

Outside seating at Symondsbury Kitchen near Bridport, Dorset

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 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!

Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

The Wishing Well and Tea Gardens, Upwey

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

Stop by for a light bite, a cool refreshing drink, afternoon tea or traditional Sunday roast set in the beautiful water gardens.  Take a wander around the beautiful ornamental gardens and don’t forget to make that all important wish at the famous wishing well!

The Wishing Well & Tea Gardens, Upwey, Dorset

The Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock

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.

Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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, Dorset

The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle

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 Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle, Dorset

The Boat That Rocks, Isle of Portland

Overlooking Portland Marina, this contemporary restaurant and bar has two floors to choose from. Its location makes it a great stop off when walking the South West Coast Path or for a drink or two watching the boats in the harbour.

The menu features fresh, sustainably caught fish and seafood specials along with vegan and gluten free options.

The Boat That Rocks, Isle of Portland, Dorset

The Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis

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.

The Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

The Cake House Tea Room, East Creech

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.

The Cake House Tea Room, East Creech, Dorset

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

*LATEST UPDATE* Now open for alfresco & takeaway dining everyday from 10am until 6pm. Call to book your table for the new covered patio area on 01308 459330. Watch House Café is a breezy, easy going café in the heart of West Bay on the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The café has been completely refurbished and now offers extensive outdoor seating areas offering stunning views along the coastline across the harbour towards Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Looking the other way towards Burton Bradstock you have the imposing golden cliffs that are so well known along this coastline. A great spot to see the Jurassic Coast in all its glory whilst enjoying delicious pizza from the wood fired oven.

Symondsbury Kitchen
Outside seating at Symondsbury Kitchen, near Bridport, Dorset

*LATEST UPDATE* From 12th April 2021 the cafe terrace is open Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 9.00am to 3.00pm. The kitchen closes at 2.00pm. 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 Seaside Boarding House
The Seaside Boarding House at Burton Bradstock, Dorset

*LATEST UPDATE* From April 15th until Sunday May 16th we will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Fresh seafood from the sea at our toes, great produce from the countryside at our backs. Local when it’s best, British when it’s right, international when it’s called for. Naturally seasonal and with no fleeting fads or fickle food fashions – whether you need a poached egg on toast or a six course banquet, our acclaimed restaurant is bespoke and classically modern.

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

*LATEST UPDATE* The tearoom gardens are now open. From the 1st May, they will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings for dining under the stars. 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, Dorset

*LATEST UPDATE* Hive Beach Cafe re-opened on 12th April for alfresco dining and drinks. 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

*LATEST UPDATE* Key West Bar & Restaurant on Bournemouth Pier Reopening for Alfresco Dining. 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

*LATEST UPDATE* The Greyhound Inn has now re-opened for alfresco dining in their garden overlooking Corfe Castle and their terrace, under a heated marquee. Booking is recommended. 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.

The Boat That Rocks
The Boat That Rocks, Portland, Dorset

Cafe, bar and restaurant situated on Portland Marina, on the stunning Jurassic Coastline. Sit inside or outside and enjoy the fantastic views across the harbour. Relaxed atmosphere, cool music and a great food menu.

The Oyster & Fish House
The Oyster & Fish House

Located on the site that was formerly HIX Oyster & Fish House, The Oyster & Fish House is Mark Hix’s new solo venture, serving the best of local produce, sustainable fish and seafood caught off the Dorset coast, often from Lyme Bay itself.

The Cake House Tea Room
The Cake House Tea Room, East Creech, Dorset

*LATEST UPDATE* The Cake House opened for outside dining on 12th April. The Cake House Tea Room is located on a family farm not far from the market town of Wareham and the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, lunch or homemade cake in a beautiful, peaceful rural location. Children will love seeing the farm animals in nearby fields. You might see sheep, goats, donkeys, rhea, chickens, horses, ponies, ducks and geese. The tea room is ideal for families and couples.



  1. Some lovely ideas
    Thank you so much for providing these ideas and we very much look forward to trying some of them out.

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