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.
Local music lover Mark Sexton has curated a series of concerts within the walls of Bridport’s most picturesque venue at St Peter’s Church Eype, also known as Eype Centre of the Arts. The events run under the name of Bridport LIVE, and showcase an eclectic line up of top quality musicians in a licensed venue, with disabled facilities and free parking.
We jumped at the chance when we were invited to attend the opening of Langham Wine Estate’s Tasting Room! Langham sparkling wines have been top of our list whenever there is family celebration and it is grown & produced just up the road!!
Top female Dorset food producers have come together to launch the Dorset Food & Drink Calendar 2017, in aid of local Dorset charities Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Julia’s House. The calendar highlights up-and-coming foodie females making waves in the UK food producer scene. With UK artisanal produce and Dorset brands becoming increasingly popular, the calendar offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the dynamic women behind these popular brands.
Pennsylvania Castle was built in 1797 and has been through many guises through it’s history, starting life as a home for John Penn Governor of Portland, then in the 1950’s into a hotel. Since then it was a private home and now as a holiday home, also catering for weddings, private and corporate functions and other events. Part of the estate is the next door caravan park and this is where you will find the new Hayloft Cafe.