With a reputation as one of the finest foodie destinations within the UK, this beautiful stretch of Jurassic Coast is a jewel in the crown of the great British shores.

Combining stunning scenery and breath-taking beaches – which have seen the likes of TV’s Broadchurch as well as star-studded movie Ammonite being filmed there – with top quality food, the appeal of this corner of the country is clear.

The winning combination of fresh, salty sea air with plenty of things to see and do along with mouth-watering menus and outstanding local food producers is hard to resist. If you’re thinking of paying a visit anytime soon, read on to get the inside scoop on the tops 10 places to eat in the area, covering every taste and budget from nationally acclaimed chef’s restaurant to street stalls…

Swim, Lyme Regis’s trendy Café Bar by the sea with awesome views.

After the pre-requisite dip in the sea and sunning yourself on the glorious beaches, Swim is the perfect place to relax and unwind for lunch. Here you can enjoy some stunning views over the Jurassic Coast as well as delicious food, great cocktails and a big selection of craft beers. Together with its sister, Rise, in West Bay, restauranteurs Richard and Nikki Cooper have created a winning formula of cool but comfortable.

Rachel’s West Bay

Rachel’s, West Bay.

Loved by locals and tourists alike, here you can delight in famously good chowders and seafood from the harbourside kiosk in West Bay. Not to be missed! 

Brassica, Beaminster

Pretty interiors as well as outstanding local food cooked by Cass Titcombe make this restaurant a winner. With a real emphasis on quality ingredients, the vast majority of the menu is organic and sourced from within a 15-mile radius, with some of the freshest fish dishes you will ever taste.

The Ollerod, Beaminster

The Ollerod, Beaminster

It’s extraordinary that such a small town like Beaminster should have not one but two nationally-acclaimed restaurants, but The Ollerod doesn’t disappoint. Again, with a focus on using fine, fresh, local ingredients as well as produce from their own kitchen garden, the menu’s quality is superb.  

5 Spice & Rice, Bridport market. This market stall in Bridport market produces some of the best Indian curries in the country. Local ingredients in big bubbling pots of freshly prepared curry – delicious!  

Baboo Gelato, West Bay and Lyme Regis kiosks.

A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without ice cream! West Dorset’s cult gelato brand has won several awards including Taste of the West Gold. With an emphasis on using local, fresh ingredients in the yummy range of gelato and sorbets, all handmade in the county.

Dorshi, Bridport.

Stylish, grown-up Asian food using home-grown ingredients – this is exactly how fusion food should be. The dumplings are not to be missed but you really can’t go wrong with this menu!

Klin Klan’s Thai Cuisine, West Bay.

This is a popular pop-up Thai trailer at The Durbeyfield guesthouse three times a week offering great value, authentic Thai fare from the classic green curry to the more locally inspired Thai Smoked Fish Chowder. Check it out on Facebook for operating times.

Station Kitchen by Sausage & Pear, West Bay.

Want to eat excellent food in an exotically refurbished railway carriage? Step this way to indulge in hearty, rustic dishes using fresh, local ingredients.

HIX Oyster & Fish House
HIX Oyster & Fish House

HIX Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis.

The renowned, luxurious yet informal eatery from the critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and Dorset native Mark Hix. Serving grown up seafood in a truly idyllic location above the Cobb (Lyme Regis harbour), this is another must try when you’re in the area.

Annie Hanbury is a Bologna-trained gelatiere and founder of Baboo Gelato, which has kiosks in West Bay, Lyme Regis and Morcombelake in Dorset – visit www.baboogelato.com for more details.