Eating and shopping at Burton Bradstock
Farming and fishing are important in Burton Bradstock. You can enjoy the exceptional produce at an award-winning café or visit a farm shop to take something home.
Hive Beach Café
Hive Beach boasts its award-winning café where you can enjoy delicious locally caught fish. The coffee and cakes are also good, as is the view over Lyme Bay and along Chesil Beach.
There are two farm shops in the area run by National Trust tenant farmers that are worth a visit. Peter and Gill Mayo graze their organic sheep locally and also run the Burton Bradstock Post Office where you can buy their organic meat, including good sausages. You can also pick up bread, cheeses, cakes and other goodies perfect for putting a picnic together.
Over at West Bexington, National Trust tenants Adam and Ellen Simon run Tamarisk Farm Shop where you can buy a selection of their organic produce. The Red Devon cows that graze at Cogden produce excellent beef – a fantastic edible souvenir or gift. Also available are sausages, award-winning rare breed wool, and flour from locally grown wheat and rye.
Food for free
Don’t forget all the edible plants and fungi that abound in the fields and hedgerows. You can stick to the basics, like sloes for gin or blackberries, or be more adventurous in your selection: rosehips make a good liqueur, or you can make your own elderflower cordial. Be aware that some plants and fungi are very poisonous, so always seek expert advice before foraging. Remember also the principles of sustainability - only take a little, for your own use, and don’t forage rare species that may really suffer as a result. If in doubt, always seek permission from the landowner. If that’s us, we’ll be happy to advise you.