Eating & shopping

Delicious Dorset

Organic bangers from Burton Bradstock

Experience quality local produce, from properly reared organic meat to the freshest foraged foods, when you visit Burton Bradstock and Cogden. You'll soon be coming back for more of the delicacies provided by our countryside and coast.

For the perfect snapshot of what's on offer, don't miss the Spring Tide Food Festival that's held here every May.

Hive Beach Café

Lobster, anyone?

Lobster, anyone?

Hive Beach boasts an award-winning café serving fantastic food to match the unforgettable views. The café is famed for its superb seafood and fresh fish, but it also offers great coffee, homemade cakes, hearty breakfasts and freshly made sandwiches. During the summer months, you can buy local ice cream at the retro ice cream parlour.

Tamarisk Farm - fine produce from the coast

Organic wool from Tamarisk Farm, West Dorset

Organic wool from Tamarisk Farm, West Dorset

Quality meat starts with the grass it was reared on and grass doesn't come much better than the flower-rich organic pasture at Cogden. Adam and Ellen Simon's herd of red Devon cows help our rangers keep Cogden wildlife-friendly but if you want to get your hands on the beef you'll need to head to their shop at Tamarisk Farm, West Bexington. There's also lamb, mutton and wool, not to mention their own wholemeal flour, perfect for bread-making.

Go foraging

Sloes ripe for the plucking

Discover the pleasures of returning from the countryside with a basketful of nature's finest. Let sea kale give you one of your five-a-day in springtime, or experience the taste of alexanders - a sort of poor man's asparagus.

In autumn, seek out blackthorn bushes laden with sloes for making that winter staple, sloe gin.

Top picnic places

A view of Burton Bradstock from Bindbarrow hill

Here's a few of our favourite spots to sit down and tuck in.

  • Sit atop the pill box on Bindbarrow Hill
  • Recline against a Bronze-Age mound on Tulk's Hill
  • Enjoy a sand-free sarnie on the shingle beach
  • Perch on the historic limekiln above West Bexington

A hamper of picnic treats

What's in your hamper?

What's in your hamper?

Fill your hamper with tasty Dorset fare and head out for a al fresco feast. Stock up on cheese, chutney, homemade cakes and savouries at Maydown Farm Shop.

Explore Burton Bradstock village and pop into the village store where you'll find cheese, biscuits, olives and other tempting goodies perfect for a picnic.

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