Alongside the beautiful beach and wonderful countryside, one of the big reasons we love Burton Bradstock is the food. It’s terrific.
We are completely spoilt in this village. Directly across the road from Lilac Cottage you’ll find two pubs: The Anchor to the left and The Three Horseshoes to the right. Take the short walk to Hive Beach and you’ll find The Hive Beach Cafe down at the water’s edge and The Seaside Boarding House on the cliff top, both affording quite magnificent views of Lyme Bay.
Telephone 01308 897259
Completely refurbished 2015, The Three Horseshoes has a smart, contemporary but cosy feel. Wood burners nestle in Dorset stone fireplaces warming rooms filled with leather armchairs, window seats and exposed beams.
The bar has lots of atmosphere and is full of local villagers and holiday makers enjoying themselves. Beware, the restaurant gets busy, you’ll need to book, especially in high season. The reason? The food is excellent.
The pub is managed by Jaap and Hannah Schep. Jaap was the Sous Chef at the Kensington Marriott and most recently worked with Rick Stein on the opening of his restaurant in Winchester. Jaap uses local produce and keeps things simple to let the quality of the produce shine through, but adds his own award winning twists. The menu regularly changes but favourites include Treacle Glazed Pork Belly and Pan Fried Creedy Carver Duck Breast. If you fancy a light lunch there are a variety of wonderful sandwiches, Baked Goat’s Cheese Salad and ‘The Coastal’ Ploughman’s. They have a large selection of wines, Palmers ales and local cider. This is a favourite with children who love the simple but very tasty Children’s menu. Curly Wurly Tomato Pasta and plenty of colouring in books and pens keep them happy while you tuck into a hearty meal. The front of house staff led by Hannah are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you.
Telephone 01308 897228
Turn left out of Lilac Cottage, cross the road and you will find The Anchor Inn. This ‘locals favourite’ specialises in fish and seafood caught locally. The Anchor feels like a traditional pub with regular live music and bar skittles in the Stable Bar, where you can enjoy a selection of baguettes, a home made Steak and Ale Pie or a home made Lasagne at lunchtime. There is a wide range of ales and ciders and it is known to put on real ale and cider festivals.
The restaurant is award winning and supports West Dorset fisheries, farmers and bakeries. It has a ‘Fresh Daily Specials’ board that will regularly include West Bay crab, lobster, sole and Portland mussels. The Anchor Seafood Platter is quite a feast, follow it with a Frangipani & Berry Tart made by the patisserie chef. Again, the restaurant is busy in high season so be sure to book a table before turning up.
Telephone 01308 897070
Sitting right on the beach, the Hive Beach Cafe is exceptional. It is far more than a beach cafe. This multi award winning restaurant specialises in delicious freshly caught fish and shellfish dishes, in a relaxed beachy atmosphere. Enjoy a simple Tempura Battered Cod after a morning swim or Pan Fried Scallops with sauteed potatoes, black pudding and pancetta while staring out over Lyme Bay, then follow with one of their delicious home made cakes. There is something rather decadent about sitting on the edge of the beach in shorts, looking out to sea while drinking Prosecco and enjoying a whole crab. Breakfasts are served until 11.45 each day and include traditional Farmhouse Breakfast, Eggs Benedict or Waffles with Bacon and Maple Syrup. The Hive Beach Cafe has a large selection of drinks from Lascombe juices and ginger beers to Hive Beach cider and ale. There is even beer for dogs and luxury dog treats.
The cafe is open in winter from 10am – 4pm, with lunch from 12 noon – 2.30. In the summer months the cafe is open from 9.30am and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays but check first as opening times can depend on the weather. Dogs are welcome.
Telephone 01308 897205
The Seaside Boarding House was opened in February 2015 by Mary-Lou Sturridge and her business partner Anthony Mackintosh. Mary-Lou was the managing director of the famous Groucho Club in London, Anthony a co-founder. They have created a taste of exclusive London sophistication on the cliff top overlooking Hive Beach and Lyme Bay. It is an elegant but relaxing place to be. The restaurant and bar have views to die for and are open to non residents all year round. The bar is a proper bar, with mixologists who know how to prepare the perfect Martini cocktail and wine waiters that know their stuff and have a cellar to match. The executive chef is Alastair Little of Frith Street bistro, who delivers what has been described as modern European cooking, and it is very good. Fish Soup with rouille, gruyere & croutons followed by Roast Tranche of Brill with capers & pink fir apple potatoes. It is simple but the taste is always surprising and exquisite. The Seaside Boarding House is a little more expensive, a three course dinner with cocktail and a bottle of wine costs around £65 per head, but if you are looking for a sophisticated (but also relaxed) night out, it’s one you will remember.
The Seaside Boarding House is a ten minute walk from Lilac Cottage. Head up Cliff Road and follow the lane to the left.