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May 22, 2019

Eating out in and around Bridport

Here are some of our favourite places to eat locally – you will be spoilt for choice so no need to eat in the same place twice if you don’t want to! Or if you fancy a pub lunch, you can see some recommendations here.

Ivy House Kitchen

Set in an airy greenhouse, the Ivy House Kitchen between Bridport and West Bay is a good place for a light lunch or afternoon tea with the added bonus of on-site parking and a first class garden centre to visit. Although it gets mixed reviews online, we’ve always been served fairly promptly with freshly cooked food that we enjoyed. No visit to a garden centre is complete without some refreshments, and you might come away with a treasure to plant in your own garden when you get home?

Breakfast from 8.30 till 11; lunch 12-3 and cakes (including vegan and gluten-free options), coffee and afternoon tea all day. Wheelchair and buggy friendly.

Groves Nursery, 74 West Bay Road, Bridport DT6 4BA; 01308 807053

The Green Yard Café

Up a pedestrian side street, this small, and often busy, family-run café is easy to overlook but is my favourite place to eat in Bridport. Mix and match breakfasts, a small but varied and inventive home-cooked menu including GF and vegan/vegetarian options, delicious cakes and a range of tea, coffee and hot chocolate or cold drinks. The staff are lovely and friendly – it’s almost worth going in just to be welcomed with “Hello Flower” by Mike, the proprietor!

Open 9-4 every day except Sunday.

4-6 Barrack St, Bridport DT6 3LY; 01308 459466. Dogs welcome, but access to the old building is up two steps.

Seaside Boarding House

Set in an imposing white clifftop building near Burton Bradstock, the restaurant of this luxury hotel offers fine dining for lunches, dinners, and high teas ; or visit the bar for informal bar meals, perhaps sitting on the terrace overlooking the sea. The menu includes set lunches, and uses local produce where possible. Just the place for a special meal out in delightful surroundings.

Open daily; breakfast 9-11.30, lunch 12.30-3, tea 3.30-5.30; dinner 6.30-9.30; bar food 11-6pm.

Cliff Road, Burton Bradstock. DT6 4RB; 01308 897 205. Accessible; dogs welcome in the bar.

Cornish Bakery

Unlike the establishments mentioned already, this is one of a chain of café bakeries, but none the worse for that! It’s only a short walk from the sea and overlooks the harbour – just right for a recharge after a walk on the beach or up the Broadchurch cliffs. Baked goods come high on the menu of course – not just a variety of pasties, but also continental pastries, scones and cakes, Scotch eggs, tortillas and salads; served with fairtrade coffee or tea.

Open from 7.30 till 6 for early breakfasts or late teas, and everything in between.

11 West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EN; 01308 458256

Coffee #1

Another chain – this time, a spacious coffee shop in the centre of Bridport with a lively buzz– lots of tables and comfy seating, so even on a busy day you can probably find a corner to sit. As well as coffee, you can get a range of wraps, paninis, sandwiches , pastries, cakes and pancakes – plenty of vegetarian options on offer here.

Open 8-6, Sunday 8:30-5; dog-friendly area

35 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX; 01308 456 315

The Lime Tree Deli

A very close second for my favourite place to eat in Bridport, this tiny café is set in a long-established cheese shop in Bridport. If you like cheese, you’ll love this café for a light lunch! Sumptuous toasties, tasty sandwiches, and daily hot and salad specials – mostly involving cheese of course. After your lunch or coffee, you can sample and take home some of the award-winning dairy produce, perhaps with some artisan biscuits, chutney, and a bottle of organic wine to make a picnic. All served by friendly and helpful staff.

Open 9-4 every day except Sunday.

14B West St, Bridport DT6 3QP. Steep step access.