Getting away just after Christmas may seem a bit extravagant, but then again, after the hustle and bustle of family over Christmas… And with worries over whether the turkey will be cooked in time for lunch… And stress over where the brandy went for flaming the Christmas Pudding (realising that it has already been consumed by the carol singers who came knocking at the door one cold evening!), a weekend in Burton Bradstock during January might just be ideal. Time to get away and sample the crisp fresh Dorset coastal air. The beaches are quiet and dogs can visit those which have restrictions on them in the summer too!
For a weekend away my venue of choice is Burton Bradstock. It has an easy walk to the sea where the Hive Beach Cafe is located and there’s a choice of two great pubs where you can sample local ales and food: The Anchor or the Three Horseshoes. Both have Palmer’s beer on tap which is brewed in Bridport.
Before leaving home on Friday evening make sure you book a table for dinner at one of the lovely local pubs. They do still get busy at weekends in the Winter!
Arrival in Dorset
A pint of milk and a welcome tray will await you in your lovely cottage, which has been prepared for your arrival. A nice cup of tea is just perfect after a long (or short) journey. The logs will be ready for the fire, boy scout and girl guide skills will come in handy here. Maybe not light the fire just yet as it is not a good idea to leave a fire unattended.
Popping into The Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock would be a great start to the weekend. Many locals use this lovely pub. The food is great, service is friendly, dogs are welcome and best of all the beer is good too! Serving a modern British menu including some pub classics like ale-battered fish and chips and local pork sausages and mash.
A stroll down to the beach and a walk along the Jurassic Coast is the best way to start the day. Followed by breakfast at The Hive Beach Cafe is a real treat.
Before lunch take a trip into the lovely market town of Bridport. The Saturday market has an eclectic mix of stalls with bric-a-brac, local food and clothes to name a few. The town is blessed with many independent shops including butchers, bakers and greengrocers.
Bucky-doo square frequently has local performers playing music and entertaining the crowds.
Welcome to Broadchurch! The three series of Broadchurch were filmed in West Bay which is just a mile from Bridport town centre. D.I. Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and D.S. Ellie Miller (Olivia Coleman) spent a fair amount of time here during the filming – see if you can recognise any of the locations.
The working fishing harbour of West Bay is a lovely place to visit and you can spend a few hours just wandering around. Lunch at The Station Kitchen in an old railway carriage is a delight followed by a visit to the West Bay Discovery Centre.
You must take time to walk to the end of the harbour wall taking in the amazing, iconic cliffs. Drink the beautiful clear air and just enjoy! Looking out to sea, you may see the local Gig-club rowing their Cornish Pilot Gig boats in preparation for the racing season ahead.
Pick up some fresh fish from the fishmongers by the harbour to take home with you for a perfect evening meal.
Time to light the fire and snuggle down to a great book, your favourite TV program or maybe a DVD. Then cook the fresh fish that you have picked up earlier and perhaps sample some wine from a local vineyard. Either Furleigh Estate or Bride Valley Vineyard offer some wonderful English Sparkling wines.
If you fancy going to church there are services throughout the Bride Valley every Sunday – see the Bride Valley News for times and locations. There is also a list of other events that are happening locally shown here.
Has to be a Sunday Roast – the local pubs surpass themselves with the great British Sunday Roast. Having sampled a few too many over the last year, here are my top three places (no particular order) for Sunday Roast – The Crown Inn, – Punknowle, The Kings Arms – Portesham and The Three Horseshoes – Burton Bradstock.
Walk off the Sunday Roast – there are many beautiful walks that you can enjoy – my favourite is to Chapel in the Woods – see our blog for the walk directions and details.
Seeing the sky from the beach at night, especially in winter, is amazing. You will be able to dream about returning to this beautiful location in the future. The stars are so bright and on a clear night, the milky way is always visible. The lack of light pollution means you can see the stars much more clearly and they seem so much brighter. An ideal way to end the weekend in Burton Bradstock.