A Weekend In West Bay

West Bay Cod & Chips

I was mulling over writing a post with ideas of how to make the most of a weekend in West Bay. A rough plan of where to go and what to do with a bit of a timetable too. Then I came across one that someone had made earlier. I like it. It suggests roughly the same things that I would. There’s lots more that I’d like to try to squeeze in but realistically it’s a good itinerary if you only have two days. I mean the weekend is meant to be enjoyable, not a mad race against the clock. The post has also got a nice little film, which is more than you’d get from one of mine. So rather than write my own post this time I thought I’d share this one with you: Click here.

Thanks to Claire, the owner of the blog. That’s a photo from the post at the top here (picture copyright Weekend Candy).

It almost goes without saying that our cottage is perfect for a West Bay weekend. By arriving on a Friday it means you wake up on Saturday ready for action. This is great as you really should visit Bridport Saturday morning / early afternoon with the market in full swing and Bucky Doo Square at it’s liveliest.

Read about 10 of our favourite things to do locally here.

West Dorset – A “Modern Gastronomic Capital”

Dorshi Photo from Telegraph

Did you see Saturday’s Telegraph article about how West Dorset has become a modern gastronomic capital no less?  Read it here if you are lucky enough to be in the area and looking for a special meal. The focus is understandably on the more top-end restaurants but it mentions West Bay’s Watch House Café and Seatown’s The Anchor Inn so they’re not all very pricy. The picture above, pinched from the article, is of Dorshi in Bridport, open since 2016. It’s Asian style cooking, so lots of small dishes, dumplings, noodles, using local Dorset produce. Cocktails too. It’s getting great reviews on Tripadvisor.  I read about it a little while ago and filed it away in my head as somewhere to try to go to when next in Bridport, then promptly forgot about it when I was actually there. D’oh

West Bay is Snooty-on-sea (apparently)!

Daily Mail West Bay Photo

Well I never. Yesterday West Bay was included in a Daily Mail article about how the rich and famous are colonising Britain’s seaside hotspots. Read below what the Mail has to say about West Bay, one of the “poshest seaside towns in Britain”.

West Bay, Dorset

Celeb spotting: Pauline Quirke , Billy Bragg, Fiona Phillips.

Where to hang out: Riverside, the fish restaurant near the harbour.

Best for: Fans of TV crime dramas.

West Bay, just outside Bridport, is where TV series Broadchurch and Harbour Lights were filmed – and where Leonard Rossiter walked into the sea in The Rise And Fall Of Reggie Perrin, making the cliffs there Britain’s most famous after Dover’s white ones.

It’s on the fossil-laden Jurassic Coast, which used to attract natural history enthusiasts.

Now, the crowd is more likely to be wearing Manolo Blahniks than sandals and socks, and be celeb rather than fossil hunting.

West Bay is getting steadily more upmarket, thanks to hipsterfication of Bridport, a mile away, with its Arts Festival, and Saturday flea market, selling outrageously priced junk that Londoners insist will look fabulous in their Shoreditch flats.

In case you want to read about the other posh seaside spots too, as judged by the Mail, here’s the whole article.

Does it sound like West Bay to you?

I am a little baffled by the West Bay snooty label, the idea that the place is teeming with the rich and famous. Have you ever spotted a celebrity there? I’m not sure Pauline Quirke fits the bill of snooty celeb anyway! Surely everyone is not swanning around the local caravan holiday park wearing their Manolos? I don’t think the comment that “hipster” Bridport’s eclectic street market sells “outrageously priced junk” is true either. I love the jumble of old and new, craft and bric-a-brac. Did the reporter who wrote the article ever actually visit West Bay and Bridport? Poshest seaside town? Snooty-on-sea? No fear. I like West Bay just the way it is. A mix of places to eat, a choice of activities. Something to suit every pocket and every taste, whether snooty or not!

Simon Calder’s Five Top UK Seaside Resorts

Simon Calder’s Five Top UK Seaside Resorts

Well-known travel journalist Simon Calder’s five top UK seaside resorts article in Waitrose Weekend this week leads with West Bay. He writes in the introduction that he has “picked five favourite resorts full of character as well as nourishment beyond the beach.”

He starts his write-up of West Bay by mentioning a less than complimentary quote from Trailblazer Guide to the Dorset Coast Path (some people really don’t like the Quay West Development beside the harbour do they?!) but then goes on to extol the “proper fishing harbour, ice-cream shacks and a cliff-fringed corpse-free beach”. In case you were wondering, the corpse reference is a nod to Broadchurch. He also goes on to add that Bridport, West Bay’s “mothership”, demands attention. Read his words on West Bay here (click on photo to make bigger):

Waitrose Weekend 6th July West Bay

 

The Anchor Inn Wins Best Pub Award

Anchor Inn Seatown

A lovely walk west along the cliff path from West Bay takes you to Seatown and The Anchor Inn. It’s just been named England’s finest pub by VisitEngland.  We went for a walk there in the New Year when we took this picture. We really enjoyed our meal sitting outside (brave in January). It’s been done up recently and is looking very smart with new terracing to enjoy the sea view.  The chap who wrote this article says it takes two hours to walk from West Bay. We reckon he must be quite a slow walker!