After our recent Bournemouth stay, we headed west to Dorset’s Bridport, a market town about 1.5 miles from the coast. Our friend had recommended staying at The Tiger Inn, a charming pub in the town, which has a few rooms above it and serves a hearty cooked breakfast.
Even though Bridport’s town centre is relatively small, independent shops and cafés are plentiful and there’s a lovely community feel to the place. It reminded me of Stroud in Gloucestershire. As we walked through the town, we spotted the local butcher delivering meat by foot to eateries and a café worker taking a tray of coffees to a neighbouring business.I’m a big fan of seeking out vintage items for my home, so loved rummaging through the old bookshops on South Street and The Alleyways Bridport Antiques Centre, which has over 35 traders. There’s lots of vintage stalls at the Wednesday and Saturday markets too. We went to the Wednesday market, where we picked up an old wooden school chair for our dining room.
It was in Bridport that The Stable was born, so we stopped by for one of their famous pizzas and cider. The restaurant is homed in a converted stable, at the back of The Bull Hotel (which looked lovely after a recent refurb), with lots of rustic wood, communal tables and a multitude of cider on tap. I was intrigued by the pizza dessert – “it just works” the manager said, so I had Nutella and mascarpone pizza for dessert. He was right!
In the evening we found a small place to have drinks in, called Number 10 Café Bar on East Street, that had live music on, but not before seeking out nearby West Bay. We got to West Bay just as the sun was starting to go down, so the Jurassic Coast cliffs were looking beautiful. It was great to have a wonder round, spotting where different scenes of Broadchurch were filmed and there’s a few restaurants dotted around to eat or have a drink in. It took around 40 minutes to walk in from Bridport – much needed after over indulging on our little road trip!