A foodie’s guide to Devon and Dorset
As we approached our first wedding anniversary with a three month old baby we weren’t sure if our plans of a road trip to celebrate were slightly ambitious and maybe a pub lunch would suffice. But we decided to brave the unknown and boy are we glad we did. Travelling with a baby of this age is actually not as scary as we first thought (as long as you plan ahead and make the most of nap times).
We decided to explore the border of Devon and Dorset staying in a little village called Honiton. It’s usually an area that gets overlooked as you drive through quickly making your way down the coast. For us though it was the perfect base to explore the stunning beaches and countryside villages of this beautiful part of the South.
We found our accommodation on Air bnb and it was one of the best places we’ve ever stayed. A converted barn with all the mod cons and a view to die for. Think Soho Farmhouse at a fraction of the price. Set in the middle of picturesque countryside most of our evenings were spent sharing a bottle of wine in the stand alone bath whilst enjoying the view and dinners on the terrace. During the day though our inner foodies took over and as per usual our trip consisted mainly of hunting down restaurants we’d been wanting to try. Below is a round up of our faves.....
Perched on the top of a hill overlooking the stunning jurassic coast, The Hix in Lyme Regis is a very rare find. It's informal style is such a breath of fresh air for a seafood restaurant. Welcoming babies and dogs it's got a crab shack feel but with exceptional locally sourced seafood dishes created by world renowned chef Mark Hix. The cockle popcorn was our personal fave.
Of all the Pigs we've visited this one was by far our favourite. The setting is breath taking and the service is exceptional without being pretentious. If you don't fancy the main restaurant then you can get flat breads and sharing plates at the cafe pictured below. All of the food is created using the produce grown on site which is a lovely touch. The mackerel salad was especially good.
The Hive Beach Cafe was recommended to us by the owners of our Air BnB and we are so glad we made a pit stop there. You can't book so get there early to avoid the queues. The menu changes daily depending on what fish are in season and the cakes at the adjacent cafe are out of this world. The espresso chocolate brownie was particularly good. Afterwards you can walk off your lunch on the stunning beach then visit the nearby market town of Bridport. The market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays and has a great selection of antiques and vintage stalls.
The Club House - West Bexington
The slightly fancier sister to the Hive Beach Cafe, The Club House in West Bexington is more of an evening spot. Arrive for sun down drinks as the sun sets on the beach and follow it with a fantastic locally sourced seafood dinner.