Monthly Archives: June 2015

Five fabulous places to eat in Dorset

There are many wonderful restaurants, pubs and coffee shops in and around the Dorset area. Thanks to Dorset Magazine, here are five of the top places to go. With a mixture from fine dining to high teas, there is something for everyone.

Fancy a spot of afternoon tea? Visit The Tearoom at Abbots

This is a traditional Dorset tearoom in the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas. Enjoy a homemade scone with Duchy Originals Strawberry Jam and local Blackmore Vale Clotted cream. Children are welcome and if it is a fine day, then the garden is a perfect place for dogs to rest their paws.

Find it at 7 Long Street, DT2 7JF; 01300 341349


Award winning food at The Dining Room in Weymouth

Using fresh, local and seasonal produce wherever possible, this award-winning restaurant offers a great dining experience of contemporary cuisine in relaxed surroundings. The menu has a Mediterranean influence with an extensive fish menu.

Find it at 67 St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PP


Finalist in Dorset Magazine’s Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2014, The Three Horseshoes Inn

The Three Horseshoes Inn is a lovely village pub in the hamlet of Powerstock. Here you can enjoy some of the finest food in the area while enjoying the stunning views. Serving seasonal British food, which is locally sourced and deliciously cooked using vegetables from the garden.

Find it at The Three Horseshoes Inn, Dugberry Hill, Powerstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3TF


The Seaside Boarding House – hailed as one of the hippest hangouts on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Visit for a cocktail, long lunch or dinner feast. The cliff-top location, overlooking Chesil beach and Lyme Bay means you can enjoy stunning views while you eat!

Find it at Cliff Road, Burton Bradstock, Bridport DT6 4RB


For a special treat, Sienna Restaurant is a Michelin Star restaurant

Serving top quality food, Sienna has a great reputation for fine food and wine. They use seasonal produce, making as much as possible in-house. Their wine list is interesting and diverse. Children over 12 years old are welcome to eat from their normal menu.

Find it at 36 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UP


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Six reasons to visit Lancombe Country Cottages

If you are wondering what there is to do during a stay at Lancombe, here’s what some of our recent guests got up to…

The perfect place for a family holiday

“Broad Lodge is like a home from home, really comfortable, spotlessly clean, and worth every penny….

We found Lancombe to be the perfect place from which to explore Dorset. We had a pretty relaxed week, but during our stay we enjoyed lovely ice creams at Café 64 in Maiden Newton, an enjoyable dinner at The Fox & Hounds in Cattistock, and an excellent meal at The Greyhound in Sydling St Nicholas.

We visited West Bay, Durdle Door and the beautiful beach at Burton Bradstock, as well as had a fun day out at Monkey World.”

The views

“Thanks for an excellent break (again). How can anybody fail to not love waking up to this view from the bedroom window…. hope to see you again soon.”

Home from home… even for the dog!

“My husband and I have just returned from a weekend break to Lancombe Country cottages. It really was a home from home. Bride cottage which is light and airy and had everything we could have wanted or needed for the weekend.

We bought along our dog who enjoyed watching the hens and taking in some of the walks. The cottages are also near the towns and seasides which was a bonus for getting around. The perfect get away!”

Pure relaxation

“Bride cottage was idyllic. The cottage is small but so cosy especially with the four poster bed. It is the most well equipped cottage we have ever stayed in…

The grounds are lovely especially walking amongst the free range chickens, it’s so quiet and peaceful but not too far to drive to the major towns or seaside.”


“Loved the pool (which was spotless) and the games room. Would definitely recommend it and hope to return.”


And the chickens…

“We have just returned from a fabulous short break at Lancombe….the scenery was stunning, the fairy garden magical and the hens clucky!”


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Smugglers, coves and historic sights a plenty, in Dorset

downloadDorset is a stunning place to visit. In fact, 40% of Dorset has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


This area is a landscape rich that is literally bursting to the seams with beautiful scenery, hidden secrets, stunning coastlines and more. You are spoilt for choice in this area, which runs from Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour and inland as far as Blandford Forum.


There is so much to see and do, for all the family. Here are a few ideas of how to make the most of this breathtaking area during your stay at Lancombe.

Beautiful countryside

The Dorset countryside is a feast for your eyes. Soak up the photogenic landscapes; their natural beauty is so unique that almost half of Dorset’s countryside is protected. It’s good to know that generations to come will also be able to enjoy the chalk escarpments, panoramic views and monuments.

For suggestions of some great Dorset views, click here!

Take in the view

Check out the many viewpoints that are available throughout the region. A survey, conducted by the Dorset AONB Partnership, revealed that Golden Cap is people’s favourite place to visit. It is the highest point on the Jurassic Coast and is named as such due to its distinctive yellow sandstone. At its summit, you’ll get to appreciate the dramatic views of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Natural, rugged coastlines

Dorset’s spectacular scenery is renowned. The Jurassic Coast forms part of England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Take a step back in time and go fossil hunting. With 95 miles to explore, look very hard and you just might find dinosaur fossils lurking!

Go back in time

Find out about the areas rich history. Old buildings, hill stones and barrows all have a story to tell. Visit one of Dorset’s most famous residents, the 55 metre high Cerne Giant, which is carved into the chalk hillside.

Walk the Smugglers’ Trail

Find the secret coves where smugglers hid their treasure and stolen goods. Kids will enjoy this wonderful, fun, yet educational day out. Re-live the tales of bravery, secrecy and betrayal. There are activity sheets to accompany the trail which can be downloaded from the National Trust website.

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