Great places to eat in the Purbecks
We often get asked for recommendations for great places to eat by people who are visiting for a weekend break or longer holiday. We have gathered together some of our favourite places to eat in locations across Dorset. You can view the others in our series here…
The Purbecks are a beautiful corner of the jurassic coast with some stunning scenery, coves and coastline. Here are some of our recommendations for great places to eat in the Purbecks, including some ideals places to stop when exploring the stunning countryside and enjoy some delicious food.
The scenery in the Purbecks is stunning and we also recommend a number of the beauty spots like Middle Beach, Kimmeridge Bay, Dancing Ledge, Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Shell Bay. Some of these will get busy during peak times so it is worth planning ahead or arriving outside of peak times.
One of our favourite things to do is grab some a picnic and head to the beach towards the end of the day when the beaches have emptied a little. Just remember to take your litter with you so we can preserve this beauty spots for those after us.
Pubs & Restaurants
The Pig on the Beach in Studland – this restaurant has a stunning vista out to sea and has space outside for flatbreads cooked in their wood burning oven, or space inside for their ’25 mile’ a la carte menu with ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Arrive early for a walk in table or book ahead to secure your spot.
The Bankes Arms in Studland – this lovely pub has a HUGE pub garden with a great view. Perfect for a lunch stop on your walk exploring local sites like Old Harry Rocks.
Clavells in Kimmeridge – Kimmeridge Bay is a lovely little beach (recommend a visit at sunset!) with rock ledges into the sea and lots of rock pools to explore (you will need cash for the toll road to access). Clavells is a nice little pub close by to re-fuel after exploring.
Castle Inn in Lulworth – Lulworth is a beautiful circular cove and the neighbour of Durdle Door with its natural rock arch. A very popular spot in peak tourist season, but the Castle Inn is a lovely place to grab something to eat (you will have to wait for a table in peak season).
Halfway Inn in Wareham – a 16th century thatched pub with a range of traditional pub food with locally sourced ingredients (including plant based options).
Love Cake in Swanage – a lovely little cafe to stop for a home made afternoon tea or some lovely cake.
Salt Pig in Swanage & the Salt Pig Too in Wareham – with menus full of locally sourced ingredients including meat from their butchery and fish fresh off the local boats. You can also pick up some tasty items from their delis to take home.
Chococo Cafe in Swanage – an addition to their bespoke, award winning chocolate shop and is full of delicious hot chocolates, home made ice cream and cream teas.
Italian Bakery in Wareham – a great place to pick up something for a picnic. Great breads, sandwiches and cakes.
Seventh Wave in Durlston Country Park – This bustling cafe inside the old Durlston Castle, has great views with a lovely breakfast/brunch and lunch menus full of locally sourced ingredients.
If you are looking for more great places to eat in the Purbecks or your would like to find your local butchers or farm shops, then our searchable Directory contains over 550 local food and drink businesses.
Images taken by Heather Brown and Jon Yeung aka ‘Purbeck Foodie’.