Burton Bradstock – Dorset

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At the westerly end of Chesil Beach, in the beautiful Bride Valley where the River Bride winds its way to the sea, lies Burton Bradstock, a pretty village of some 1,000 residents.

It comprises 16th- and 17th-century thatched cottages, a parish church (dedicated to St Mary the Virgin), two pubs, a primary school, shop, post office stores, beach café, hotel, garage, village hall, reading room a library.

It was the beach café that drew our attention which was highly rated for its local fish dishes. We phoned ahead but they don’t take bookings and we were told that there was a five minute queue, so we left West Bay and headed straight there.

‘Storm Frances’ was in full swing and the coastline winds were gusting at 60+ mph. The Hive Beach Café is situated right on the beach which could make this particular lunch very interesting indeed.

The Fish & Chips and Sea Bass with chorizo were very tasty, the fish cooked just right and the café was signed up the Eat Out To Help Out scheme so we made a little saving too.

With lunch out the way it was time for a little play in the surf with the massive rollers hitting the shoreline courtesy of Storm Frances. What a blast!