West Dorset Guide

We asked the Founders of The Jurassic Feast App to share their favourite West Dorset experiences

We asked Ross Travill and Giles Smallwood – Founders of the Jurassic Feast App – to share some of their favourite foodie spots and scenic walks in West Dorset. Here’s what they had to say:

Where’s the best place to get coffee in West Dorset? 

We’re blessed with so many awesome places to get coffee here in Dorset! But if we were pushed to name our favourites it would be Soulshine and Rise Bakery in Bridport (both pictured below), The Kiosk in Lyme Regis, and The Coffee Factory in Seaton. 

Who do you think has the best job in Dorset and why?  

That’s a tricky question! Anyone who lives and works here would subjectively count themselves as lucky, we would imagine. We think the best job would be as some sort of ‘taster’ who gets to go around all the farms, producers, restaurants, cafes and pubs sampling the local fayre. Which is of course one of the massive perks of what the Jurassic Feast team do!

RISE Bakery
Soulshine Bridport

Where is your favourite walk in West Dorset?  

The perfect walk for us would start from Hardown Hill taking in the heathland before descending through rolling fields towards the base of Golden Cap, the highest sea cliff on the south coast. Depending on the tides, we’d then either head down to Stanton St Gabriel beach and walk east along the coast (gathering a few fossils as we go) or up and over Golden Cap via Langdon Wood. Both routes end at Seatown Beach where we’d order some fresh wood fired pizza from local legends The Chariot of Fire before continuing along the coast path towards the Thorncombe beacon, Eype and on to West Bay for a swim and a well-deserved pint (or two) at RISE.

Lyme Regis
Ridge Cliff near Seatown Village

What are your bucket-list suggestions for someone visiting West Dorset for the first time?

1. Head to Bridport on a bustling Saturday market day and stock up on locally produced treats to create the ultimate picnic.

2. Go to Seatown or Eype beach for a swim and maybe cast a line out to catch something to supplement the picnic!

3. Head to Lyme Regis for an evening meal and watch the sunset (Jurassic Feast app users can claim up to 10% off their meal at many of Lyme’s top restaurants).

4. Go for a walk amongst West Dorset’s rolling hills. Hike up a historic hill fort and reward your efforts with a pint at one of our fabulous local pubs.

5. Set off on the B3157 coast drive and take in the glorious views of the jurassic coast and surrounding countryside. Start at Weymouth and then meander along the rollercoaster hills for around 35 minutes arriving in Burton Bradstock where you’re spoilt for choice for a place to stop for lunch. The Parlour, The Seaside Boarding House and The Three Horseshoes are three of the finest eateries in the area and are all flying the flag for this small coastal village. 

Want more Dorset holiday ideas? Grab a copy of The Maverick Guide to Dorset and download the Jurassic Feast App to make the most of their fantastic discounts and offers during your trip. 

Photo credits from top to bottom: Feature Image by Fulcanelli, RISE by Matt Austin, Soulshine by Rob Coombe, Lyme by Travellight, Ridge Cliff by Joe Logan.