I visited the Station Kitchen in West Bay earlier this week and was certainly not disappointed. The beautiful old station and railway carriage have been wonderfully renovated and transformed into the most delightful restaurant.
The Railway Carriage
Bedecked in Great Western Railway livery this old hospital carriage was used during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. There are even some original photos of the carriage, on display, showing the bunks and nurses.
West Bay Railway Station
The station at Bridport Harbour first opened in 1884 and was the last station on the Bridport Branch line from Maiden Newton. Great Western Railway who ran this section of railway named the station West Bay to encourage holiday makers to take a trip to the seaside. It closed to passengers in 1930 and then to goods services in 1962. The station then became an office for a boat yard until 1995. During which time the station and platform were restored and a section of track was reinstated operating as a cafe until 2015. It was then taken over by it’s current owners (Sausage & Pear) and the Station Kitchen opened 4 years ago utilising just the station house. Then, in 2016 the carriage arrived and was opened to expand the restaurant seating to 50.
The Station Kitchen, West Bay
One half of the station house is now a delightful cocktail bar and lounge, with the other half being the kitchen. The kitchen is where the magic takes place – Nathan the chef and his sous chef muster up some amazing modern twists of European hearty food, served in a fine dining way. The menu is very seasonal and relies on local producers and suppliers for providing some really fresh and varied food. With the aim being for low food miles, many of the herbs and even some of the vegetables are grown on the station platform!
Open for reservations Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 3pm and 6pm to midnight. (Last table at 9pm)
Sunday Lunch 12 – 3pm
Keep a lookout on The Station Kitchen website for special events and occasions – the Murder Mystery Nights sound like great fun. Claire the “Station Master” has assured me that these events are very popular and booking is essential.
I know for certain that my wife and I will be visiting here very soon to sample some of the wonderful food on offer, and we very much look forward to enjoying the love and laughter of this wonderfully quirky restaurant.