The Red Lion nestles in a corner of Hope Square and I first visited many years ago to play against the pub’s darts team, which consisted then of mostly lifeboatmen with an ‘odd’ fisherman for good measure. After the redevelopment of Hope Square, The Red Lion is now the place on a summers afternoon, to sit and drink one of their fine beers, while watching the world go by. We have stopped a few times over this last summer and have seen the quality of the food coming out, but never had the opportunity to try it. So we were thrilled when asked if we would like to review their menu and swashbuckling new idea, ‘Rum Board’…..
I was very excited when West Dorset Foodie asked me if I would visit the Anchor Inn in Seatown as its one of my favourite restaurants. We arrived early evening on a Saturday as we expected it to be busy – and we weren’t wrong! The pub was packed, inside and out, full of families tucking into generous portions of food that looked and smelt amazing – if you’re not hungry when you arrive, you will be as soon as you walk in and smell the food.
We were recently fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of The Station Kitchen’s long awaited railway carriage. Offering extra dining space for regular visitors and a place to enjoy cocktails fashioned from local favourites Liberty Fields and Conker Gin, it is sure to be a hot ticket in the months to come. The carriage has been lovingly restored with exposed wooden slats throughout, atmospheric lighting and modern decorative touches, many bearing the S & P (Sausage and Pear) branding. The effect is lavish, sumptuous and indulgent.
There have been three occasions in my life on which ice cream has moved beyond the delicious into the momentous. The first was my introduction to authentic Italian gelato; a scoop of pistachio, buttery and intensely fragrant, at one of Venice’s finest Gelaterias, hidden away off the tourist trail and served to me with a flourish by a fine specimen of Italian masculinity – which, in truth may have skewed my judgement of the gelato itself somewhat. The second was Stein’s rice pudding ice cream at The Seafood Restaurant, a moment of such heady vanilla and cream joy; it will likely never be surpassed. The third was right here in West Dorset, at Lyme Regis’ own Frank and Beans; a concoction of rosewater, saffron and pistachio – three flavours so perfumed & luxurious they seem god-sent. To combine all three so that each complex flavour is individually distinguishable while uniting in complete synergy? – I can but applaud the feat.
After weeks of discussions and confirmations FEAST Weymouth is now ready to reveal its 2016 participants! This year’s eight-week long foodie festival, supported by Weymouth BID, is now in its third year and is more focused than ever.
The Half Moon is located 5 minutes from Bridport in a small village on the road to Beaminster. The pub itself is a beautiful thatched pub that has been recently taken over by young couple Dan and Cami who have done a brilliant job at refurbishing it. The interior is beautifully furnished and combines elegance with the classic pub feel. There is also a spacious beer garden that is the perfect spot to grab the last bit of evening sun. Since Dan and Cami took over they have added in garden activities for children like a giant black board.
We are thrilled to introduce you all to Hope Pointing, a young foodie from the Bridport area, who has already an enviable resume! She has joined the West Dorset Foodie team and will be promoting West Dorset’s amazing hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes.