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The Langton Arms

The Langton Arms
Tarrant Monkton,
Nr Blandford,
DT11 8RX

Call: 01258 830225

Specialising in traditional home- cooked fare using fresh produce from their vegetable garden,TarrantValley beef, Dorset pork, lamb, game and South Coast seafood, with home- made breads, ice cream and petit fours, The Langton Arms has a beautiful flowered courtyard and a large beer garden with children’s area, as well as spacious bars, the Stables restaurant and a conservatory.

There is accommodation in either the four-diamond AA rated guest rooms or the idyllic self-catering Taddlestones cottage, sleeping up to 10 guests.

The Langton Arms has held a civil wedding licence for 10 years and has grown to become one of the most popular wedding venues in Dorset. The function room seats 72 and has its own bar and skittle alley. Meetings and conferences are held in the function room,providing a unique and peaceful location for a variety of events.

Open all day seven days a week for tea, free Wi-Fi, and food is served all day on Saturday and Sundays.

The Chocolate Café

Simon Dunn Chocolatiers
47 East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX


The Chocolate Café is a sumptuous venue with a satisfying selection of Fairtrade beverages and a velvety array of handmade Belgian chocolates designed to tempt even the most virtuous towards a little ‘naughty, but nice’.

Ponder with an espresso and savour the creation of a box of truffles with Gareth and Aleks in their convivial, chill-out cafe; you’ll be able to find something memorably edible to mark your how long it lasts once you’ve got it home is quite another matter!

Bere Farm

Bere Farm
Wareham Road,
Lytchett Minster
Dorset BH16 6ER

White Pepper:07775742900
Barn Café:01202900131

White Pepper Cookery School has a portfolio of over 30 cookery courses running throughout the year. With a butchery, polytunnel and picturesque courtyard on site you’ll find this the perfect way to relax while developing new skills. For 10 per cent off this summer quote ‘Bestof ’ (T&Cs apply).

Come and delight your senses at the ‘new’ Barn Café. Try the delicious local smoked trout pâté or the local air-dried charcuterie boards while enjoying the eclectic mix of French antiques and vintage artefacts in a relaxing and friendly environment.

Beaminster Brasserie


The Beaminster Brasserie
Prout Bridge, Beaminster,
Dorset DT8 3AY

Call: 01308 862200

Enjoy relaxed, unpretentious two-rosette dining in a simply amazing 13th-century former priest’s house at BridgeHouse. There’s a choice of dining areas from the chic, Georgian dining room through to al fresco in the brasserie overlooking the beautiful walled garden.

The food is rooted in West Dorset’s luscious bounty of produce to a style of adventurous, modern international with the stunning signature dish and the ‘must- try’All Day Snail Breakfast.

Highway Farm

Highway Farm
West Road, Bridport,
Dorset DT6 6AE

Call: 01308 424321

Highway Farm offers quality B&B and cottage accommodation, plus fishing holidays and Inspirational arty workshops. Enjoy panoramic views and spacious four-star farmhouse breakfasts with hearty AGA-cooked meals taken on the patio overlooking the coarse fishing lakes, or indulge in the freedom of self-catering in a cozy cottage.

West Dorset is a foodie’s haven and Highway Farm are happy to share their local knowledge to make your stay special. It’s only a short walk to a good local pub and the market town of Bridport. The Jurassic Coastal footpath is but a stone’s throw away, while the bus stops just at the end of the driveway!

The Bull Hotel


The Bull Hotel
34 East Street, Bridport,
Dorset DT6 3LF

Call: 01308 422878

Whether it’s our easy-going moules-frites night, Crunch Lunch, laid-back market-day brunch, a lavish celebration meal or morning coffee and cakes, The Bull caters for every occasion with relaxed, rustic food. The busy kitchen bakes all the bread, cakes and scones in-house and has a daily menu that lets the quality of the local produce shine.

The Stable serves up to 50 varieties of cider and deliciously Dorset stone-baked pizzas. Cocktails are served in the Venner Bar on Friday and Saturday nights, and the pretty courtyard garden, decked out with bunting and fairy lights, is an idyllic setting for a summer lunch or evening cocktail.

With 19 rooms oozing eclectic style there is something for everyone.

Cutting the Curd


Call: 07795 436707

Perhaps you remember Granny lovingly making cheese or have a genuine interest in what you and your family eat? Louise Talbot of theTarrantValley in Dorset is revisiting the forgotten art of making cheese with her cheese making classes ‘Cutting the Curd’, which will teach the skills and knowledge required to confidently make a wide range of delicious, preservative-free, soft cheeses for your home.

Classes will take place in village halls with a minimum of 10 persons or perhaps you’d like to get a group together and Louise will happily come to you! You’ll see in ‘the diary’ on her website where the next classes are to be held.

The Half Moon Inn

The Half Moon Inn,
Dorset DT6 3UD
Call: 01308 488321

Chef Dan Clarke has already impressed customers in some of Dorset’s best dining pubs. Now with wife Jen and a young team of enthusiastic chefs, he has brought his award-wining food to his own pub in the Dorset village of Melplash.

Working with the seasons dishes consist of some of Dorset’s finest produce including aged steaks, Lyme Bay seafood and local estate game.The menu offers exciting, modern and complex dishes to pub classics with a twist, all at wallet-friendly prices.

Bridport Food Festival

Bridport is a great place for food with wonderful restaurants, cafes and shops and great firms using the natural resources that West Dorset produces.

The Bridport Food Festival, on June 16, is a brilliant opportunity to showcase this with the local Beer Festival. This year there is the final of the new professional cooks’ competition run by the BlackmoreVale magazine and Dorset Farmers’ Market, as well as over 50 local producers sampling and selling their wares.

There will be a fantastic demonstration of local fish and a children’s marquee with lots of action. But there are talks and courses and special menus going on in the town all week, starting with a Seafood Festival at the Riverside in West Bay on Sunday, June 10 – come and join the fun.

Denhay Farm

Denhay Farm
Broadoak, Bridport,
Dorset DT6 5NP


Denhay Farm, situated in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, along with the Queen, celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year, having been incorporated in 1952 by Commander Streatfield and Lord Hood. The business has grown over the last 60 years, and now produces traditional award- winning West Country farmhouse Cheddar and dry-cured bacon.

They only use milk from their five herds to produce the Cheddar and the bacon is made from high-welfare, British-outdoor reared pigs.

Lyme Bay Winery


Lyme Bay Winery,
Devon EX13 7PW

Call: 01297 551355

For spring 2012 The Lyme Bay Winery is launching a brand new product range LYMELIGHT.

A light, refreshing, lower alcohol range of fruit wines, with all the flavour of their popular classic fruit wine range but half the alcohol. Perfect chilled for sunny spring lunches and long warm, evenings in the garden – a longer, refreshingly fruity drink.

“It’s had a fantastic reception so far,” said Lucy Bennett of the Winery.“Sales have way outstripped our targets.We’ve had really positive feedback from the tastings we’ve done at the Winery Shop and the recent Source trade show.The customers love it!”

  • BLACKBERRY: Crisp, aromatic and refreshing. Ideally serve chilled
  • CHERRY: Made with the same blend of cherries as our stronger wine, this provides a lighter alternative to the familiar cherry and almond character
  • ELDERBERRY: Smooth and mellow, suiting room temperature or chilled – this is a crowd pleaser
  • GINGER & NETTLE: Nettle wine infused with a small amount of ginger wine; refreshment with a kick
  • GOOSEBERRY: Light and invigorating, with crisp acidity to balance the delicate gooseberry notes
  • STRAWBERRY: Clean and fresh, like freshly pressed strawberry juice, but a bit naughty!

Available in 75cl bottles. RRP £5.99 in mixed cases.

The George Inn

The George Inn
MainStreet, Chideock,
Dorset DT66JD

Call: 01297 489419

After running successful pubs in Surrey, Steve and Emma worked at River Cottage for five years and have combined these experiences to offer a unique Dorset pub experience at The George Inn, Chideock.

Produce is bought daily depending on seasonality, from what is offered by nearby farms, caught in the sea, or available at good local suppliers and as a result the specials board changes constantly.

They also cook regularly in their wood-fired oven (pizza night is Thursdays), smoke fish and make their own chorizo.

Julia’s Kitchen


Julia’s Kitchen
Orchard Avenue,
Poole BH14 8AH

Call: 01202 252481

Enjoy fabulous hands-on cookery workshops in a beautiful home-from-home setting five minutes’ walk from Poole Harbour and just five minutes’ drive from Sandbanks. Book an indulgent, relaxed cookery workshop and choose from Thai, Italian, Indian, fish (using locally caught fish, crab and squid) to name but a few of the workshops Julia’s Kitchen offers.

They also run fantastic cupcake decorating workshops which show you how to achieve professional looking cakes in just one class. And, you get to take home plenty of food – sure to impress your friends and family.

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