The Club House Is In The Good Food Guide 2019

Waitrose Food magazine Club House

West Bexington’s The Club House is a new entry in The Good Food Guide. September’s Waitrose Food Magazine picked it out as one of the best new entries, chosen on its location. Can’t argue with that, it overlooks Chesil Beach.

Here is the pertinent part of the article in the Waitrose magazine:

Waitrose Food Magazine - Club House Write Up

The restaurant is from the same team as the Hive Beach Café and West Bay’s very own Watch House Café. If you stay in our cottage you might prefer to eat out somewhere within walking distance but The Club House sounds like one to try if you don’t mind a drive. It’s less that 15 minutes away along my favourite coast road.

 

 

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.

Inspiration For Your Romantic Break

Romantic break

Do you want to whisk someone off on a fabulous romantic break? West Dorset is a perfect destination. Perhaps some of these ideas will inspire your romantic escape to our cottage for that special getaway!

  • Enjoy a countryside walk and the dreamy scenery of gentle rolling hills.
  • Stroll around the harbour together with an ice cream or a bag of chips.
  • Simply take to the South West Coast Path and gaze at the beautiful coastline.
  • Feast your eyes on the blanket of bluebells across Eype Down in late spring.
  • Enjoy an afternoon cream tea at Downhouse Farm or The Seaside Boarding House.
  • Visit Bridport on a Saturday where you can meander all morning perusing the market, record and book shops, cool cafés, antique and craft stores.
  • Walk along a beach holding hands.
  • Pack a picnic and head to a scenic spot, perhaps Hardy’s Monument, St Catherine’s Chapel or a local beach.
  • Fly a kite on Eggerton Hill.
  • Tour a vineyard and enjoy a tasting at Furleigh Estate, a vineyard and winery.
  • Set off in a rowing boat and take in the glorious scenery while drifting along the River Brit.
  • Walk through the woods on Langdon Hill.
  • Enjoy a distillery tour, vodka cocktails and lunch at the Black Cow Distillery.
  • Take to the skies on a champagne balloon flight.
  • Take a portable barbecue and supplies to a secluded beach for an evening supper.
  • Head to Bridport early evening for a movie or a show at the art deco Electric Palace.
  • Get yourselves down to the pier at dusk, look towards Lyme and watch the sun sinking over the sea. You may be rewarded with a beautiful sunset.
  • Enjoy a candlelit meal in one of West Bay’s restaurants or pubs.
  • Make the most of Dorset’s dark sky and gaze at the stars together.
  • Snuggle in front of the wood burner in the cottage.

Feeling the love? So why not channel your inner Bridget Jones and visit West Dorset for a Full-Blown Mini-Break Holiday Weekend, or stay longer and explore all that the area has to offer. If you haven’t yet booked accommodation we’d love to welcome you to West Bay Cottage. Take a look inside the cottage, or head to our Book With Us page for availability, the rates and how to book.

Vintage Cruise Ship Coming To West Bay

MV Balmoral

*** 12/6/17 Oh dear, just read that the West Bay sailing on Thursday has been cancelled due to mechanical problems ***

The MV Balmoral, a vintage excursion ship, is coming to West Bay Harbour on Thursday 15th June. You can book a cruise along the coast that day, a day trip to Swanage. The vessel is said to be one of the UK’s national treasures. She is a member of the National Historic Fleet and is one of the last coastal motor vessels carrying on the tradition of sailing day trips, having carried well over two million passengers throughout the years.

MV Balmoral was built in 1949 as the flagship of the Red Funnel Fleet to ferry passengers between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. In 1953 she took part in the Coronation Fleet Review of Queen Elizabeth II. In the late 60’s she was transferred to Bristol. From here she made trips around the Bristol Channel, the South Coast and up to North Wales for just over a decade before being sold and becoming, of all things, a floating restaurant in Dundee.

In 1985, the MV Balmoral was sold again and major renovation work began to get her back to her old self. From 1986 she cruised all around the coasts, rivers and islands of the UK. In 2012 the sailing stopped due to a number of issues including bad weather and a lack of money for repairs. There were grave doubts about whether she would ever return to passenger service. Volunteers raised enough to save and restore the vessel and in 2015 she did return, brought back to her former glory but in need of constant loving care and attention!

Captain Steve Mallett said at the time “There’s not too many of these older ships about and the best way to keep them going is by using them. If any old heritage craft … sits around as a static museum they tend to fall to bits – you have to use them.”

Last year on a foggy June morning we watched MV Balmoral dock in West Bay Harbour to pick up passengers for the coastal cruise. A small crowd had gathered to wave her off. She looked huge compared to the vessels you usually see in the harbour.