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The Best of Dorset Travel Guide Book

A beautiful, curated Dorset & Devon travel guide to the best places to eat, drink & visit throughout the Jurassic Coast with professional photography & impartial reviews.

Christchurch Harbour

Christchurch harbour is a natural harbour into which the rivers Stour and Avon flow. With well over one thousan... Read more

The Monkey’s Fist, Weymouth

A simple, urban interior of glass topped wooden tables, stone flooring and pendant lights showcases the outstand... Read more

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a stunning place of natural beauty, with its glistening crystal waters surrounded by rolling hi... Read more

The Boathouse, Christchurch

The Boathouse in Christchurch is a stylish modern restaurant, positioned with views overlooking Christchurch qua... Read more

The Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock

With spectacular views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Bank, The Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock has a committed ... Read more

The Red Lion, Weymouth

Know as the lifeboat man's pub is The Red Lion in Weymouth. "A bottle of rum to fill my tum" Behind the bar are ... Read more

Swanage Bay

Diving, sailing and swimming are all popular recreational activities taking place from Swanage Bay. The town of ... Read more

Northe Fort, Weymouth

This historic fort on the dramatically scenic Jurassic Coast was built by the Victorians to protect Portland Har... Read more

Lulworth Stair Hole, Lulworth

Stair Hole is a small cove of twisted rock formations. Put your walking shoes on and stand at the top and imagin... Read more

Cove Fish, West Lulworth

Nestled under the cliffs and set back from the shingle shore of Lulworth Cove, fish doesn’t come much fresher ... Read more

Revolution, weymouth

Revolution is the unique blend of a vinyl record store, coffee bar and gift shop. The space is small yet packs a... Read more

Christchurch Priory Church

Building of the church began in 1094 when Ranulf Flambard, a chief minister of King William II, decided to knock... Read more

Zeitgeist, Bridport

'My goal is to help fill the world with fabulous colour and great design, selling practical and impractical gift... Read more

Rick Stein’s Sandbank, Poole

Rick Stein's Sandbank restaurant is an inviting, family-friendly seafood restaurant overlooking Poole Harbour. T... Read more

The Watch House Cafe, Bridport

The sister restaurant to The Hive, The Watch House Cafe is situated on the golden shingle beach of West Bay, ove... Read more

Corfe Castle

Guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills, the 1000 year old Corfe Castle’s dramatic remains stan... Read more

Java Independent Coffee House, Swanage

Just off the beaten track is Java Independent Coffee House. This little cafe is a haven for those who love quali... Read more

Lulworth Cove Inn

After a long day discovering all that Lulworth Cove has to offer, why not stop off at Lulworth Cove Inn for much... Read more

The Bull Hotel, Bridport

The Bull is a relaxed boutique hotel in the market town of Bridport and surrounded by natural beauty. A perfect ... Read more

The Good Life Cafe, Weymouth

Step into the smell of freshly baked scones. The Good life Cafe is a welcoming cafe, just across the road from t... Read more

The Station Kitchen, Bridport

Situated on the edge of the Old West Bay Station platform, The Station Kitchen showcases the best of Dorset’s ... Read more

The Boat Shed Cafe, Lulworth

The Boat shed cafe, used to be exactly what it says in the name. Once a lock-up for those who made a living from... Read more

Beach & Barnicott, Bridport

This beautiful Grade II listed Georgian House is home to a popular bar and restaurant. The Beach & Barnicott spe... Read more

Durdle Door & Man O’War Beach, Lulworth

Durdle Door is one of the world’s most famous stone arches, created when the sea penetrated through the Portla... Read more

Il Porto, Weymouth

Housed in a sprawling old brewery on the harbourside is Il Porto. This authentic Italian restaurant was founded ... Read more

Weyfish, Weymouth

Weyfish has been situated in Weymouth for generations and its longevity is down to the simple reason that its hi... Read more

Bermuda, Bournemouth

Bermuda is a seaside cafe with a tropical twist. This exuberant establishment serves guests a plethora of medite... Read more

Love Cake, Swanage

Behind the rustic stone exterior is Love Cake. This independent cafe is stylish yet homely, with a country moder... Read more

Sandbanks Beach, Poole

Sandbanks Beach is a well known beach and has won many awards, often being described as the best beach in the U... Read more

Palmers Brewery, Bridport

Brewing five fine ales since 1794, Palmer’s Brewery is nestled into the banks of the river Brit. Beautiful fea... Read more

Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant, Studland

Shell Bay Seafood has a large interior with a floor to ceiling window along one side, and a lovely outdoor terra... Read more

James and White, Christchurch

Behind its trendy grey exterior is a kitchen & bar that serves amazing food to customers in Christchurch. James ... Read more

HIX Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis

HIX Oyster and Fish House hosts a stunning spot, for the best seafood in town.The Glass fronted restaurant, offe... Read more

South Coast Roast, Bournemouth

With high ceilings and an industrial aesthetic, South Coast Roast is regionally renowned for their exceptional c... Read more

Crab House Cafe, Weymouth

Within a rustic unpretentious building, which some may describe as a 'shack' you'll find The Crab House Cafe. Si... Read more

Weymouth Beach

Part of the Jurassic coast, Weymouth beach has a pocket full of things for you to do even if it is just walking.... Read more

Roy Osmond Old Forge Blacksmith, Lulworth

Roy Osmond is a traditional village blacksmith, and he works from the old Forge Blacksmiths in Lulworth. With ov... Read more

Mad Cucumber, Bournemouth

Situated in the seaside resort of Bournemouth, this popular lounge is a vibrant haven for delicious veggie food.... Read more

Aroma, Bridport

Aroma is an independent coffee house with a passion for delicious, locally sourced, real food. High ceilings, br... Read more

Bankers Arms, Studland

Built from Purbeck Stone, this 16th century rural inn has had no changes to its facade since the 1920's. Steeped... Read more

Weymouth Harbour

With a 17th century waterfront, the picturesque harbour of Weymouth is home to private yachts, pleasure boats an... Read more

Framptons, Bridport

Framptons of Bridport is located on Market house, where butchers have been working on the site for 750 years. Fr... Read more

South Haven Point, Swanage

Between Sandbanks and Swanage is beautiful Studland and Godlingston Heath nature reserve, a perfect spot for any... Read more

Rick Stein Sandbanks, Poole

Enormous glass windows frame the tranquil view of the far stretching views over Poole Harbour at Rick Stein’s ... Read more

Neo, Bournemouth

The innovation and flair for design is immediately apparent when approaching Neo. The building is dynamic and sc... Read more

Steam Vintage Tea Rooms, Bournemouth

Embellished with powder pink bunting, vintage china and scattered with wild pink daisies, Steam Vintage Tea Room... Read more

Delicious, Weymouth

An independent, family run delicatessen and wine merchant with a passion for locally sourced, award winning and ... Read more

Cheese & Alfies, Christchurch

Close to Christchurch Priory, Cheese & Alfies is a quirky cafe serving home-cooked food in a relaxed setting. Wi... Read more

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