Monday, 22 September 2014

Weekend away: Bridport

If you're trying to think of somewhere to go for a little weekend away, then you couldn't really go wrong with Bridport in Dorset. Dorset is always the county which we drive through on the way to Devon, never stopping to find out more about the area. So this time we dedicated a special trip to the area.

I'd heard great reports about The Bull Hotel, which also has a cider and pizza restaurant in the stable block out the back, as well as its own restaurant, bar and cocktail bar. It packs quite the punch. And the town has an enviable antiques market on a Saturday morning, as well as being packed with independent high street shops in its vintage quarter and a bustling arts centre. Oh and there's also a hefty dose of charity shops. All in all, it's quite the Lemonade Pockets sort of place.

Lyme Regis is nearby for a visit, but be warned it is jammed full of tourists in summer, although Popeye and I managed to get ourselves a session on the outdoor table tennis tables complete with sea view for a competitively fought game.

The best local beach is Burton Bradstock, only about a ten minute drive away, for some stunning Jurassic Coast sea views and marvellous food from the Hive Beach Cafe.

{The Bull Hotel}

{table tennis comes with a view of the famous Cobb}

{sea views from the Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis}

{The Stables in Bridport - anyone for cider?}

{cider with a side of pizza}

{cocktails in the Venner Bar}

{new toothbrush mug from the vintage market}

{my favourite stall at the market - Jenny Sibthorp - that's her!}

{my lobster pot zipped purse - similar here although I'm loving the dry stone wall print too}

{Girl's Own Store, Bridport}

{huge array of flowers at the market}

{Burton Bradstock beach with the famous Hive Beach Cafe}

{the biggest pork scratchings at The Bull restaurant}

{er, more cocktails}

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