Places to eat in Dorset
Find places to eat in Dorset for snacks, lunches or a refreshing cup of tea. There's a wide variety of food and drink to keep the whole family satisfied this autumn.
Sample the delicious menu at the Stables Café or visit the National Trust shop to browse a wide range of gifts, souvenirs and local produce. There's also a second-hand book store stocking a huge selection of titles, old and new.
Situated in an 18th century former cottage, the Tea-room at Corfe Castle serves a delicious menu of hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and bakes. Afterwards, stop off at the Shop to discover beautiful collections of homewares, gifts and locally made ranges to take home with you. The second-hand book shop located in Castle View is also filled with literary treasures.
Visit the dog-friendly café at Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre, an independent family-run business that prides itself on using local produce for its varied menu.
Need some refreshments during your visit? Find out more about Knoll Beach Café, along with its sister shop, which sells a wide range of seasonal beach equipment, accessories and gift ideas.
The autumn air may be getting cooler, but when you wrap up warm, there's still time for a perfect picnic.
Kingston Lacy is full of spots to take a rest and enjoy a picnic. Head to the copper beech field with its great views of the house, or spread out a blanket on the lawns.
The castle terraces and West Bailey at Corfe Castle offer unbeatable vistas over the picturesque village and the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Purbeck beyond.
With four miles of golden sandy beach it's perfect for the little ones to run around and picnics all make for a blissful trip to Studland Bay.
It’s a bit of a scramble but well worth it – this rocky amphitheatre offers magnificent sea views. Seabirds, rock climbers and coasteering adventurers provide the entertainment as you eat.