This stylish restaurant sits back from renowned West Bay and Bridport Harbour on the Jurassic Coast, and it has received an impressive review from our staff. Read on to find out more about the visit:
I visited The Station Kitchen in West Bay earlier this week and I am pleased to report that I was thoroughly impressed by the food and service. The beautiful old station and railway carriage have been wonderfully renovated and transformed into the most delightful restaurant.
A nod to the past
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 on display of the carriage when it played host to bunks and nurses, capturing a snapshot of life here during that time.
The station through time
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 holidaymakers 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 boatyard until 1995, during which time the station and platform were restored, and a section of track was reinstated as a cafe until 2015.
It was then taken over by its current owners (Sausage & Pear) and The Station Kitchen opened 4 years ago, utilising just the station house. In 2016 the carriage arrived and was opened, expanding the restaurant seating to 50.
Eating at The Station Kitchen
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.
Aiming to keep food miles low, many of the herbs and even some of the vegetables are grown on the station platform!
Don’t forget to reserve your table to avoid disappointment. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday dinner is served from 6pm till late. Saturday is divided into lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, please check the website, open 12 till late.
Keep a lookout on The Station Kitchen website for special events and occasions – their Murder Mystery Night sounds like great fun. Claire the ‘Station Master’ has assured me that these events are very popular and that 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.
Get your taste buds tingling with a trip to The Station Kitchen during your holiday to the Dorset coast. Book your escape to West Bay and Bridport now.