As the autumn TV dramas come thick and fast, I am urged to reminisce about our recent holiday in Dorset. Nestled in between West Bay and Burton Bradstock, we found ourselves on ‘the beach’ that is so very iconic in the programme and which you will immediately recognise if you indulged in the drama of Broadchurch.
Murder ‘We’ Wrote
With the show in mind, I found it very unnerving each time my husband sat on the beach with the cliff in the backdrop. I was left to ponder whether it was actually him ‘whodunnit’ and that there was a very real possibility that we would be treated to a Series 4 of the show. This time with us being in it. Imagine that!
Not beyond the realms of possibility in the least when you consider that as with all good family holidays, there’s generally a bit of a dust up in the first few days. I’m not sure if we epitomise the ‘dysfunctional’ family but we do generally start the vacay with a good old argument before the equilibrium sets in. None of this ‘insta’ perfect lark for us until about day 3. And you’ll never see an ‘insta perfect’ picture of me because I’m the only one that that takes the photos.
Of course I get labelled ‘photo woman’ with the obligatory eye roll but if you ever have the good fortune to flick through our holiday snaps, you’d think I wasn’t there!! I kid you not! God knows what photos will be rolled out when it comes to the celebration of my life. I dread to think! For the purpose of the show, I’d play the missing person perfectly! Do look out for me.
Freshwater Beach Holiday Park
The great thing about this holiday was that we were actually on the beach in a caravan (that’s a mobile home for the faint-hearted). Yes, we do like to mix things up a bit. From a Treehouse in Port Lympne to a caravan in Dorset. And why not? I spent many happy childhood holidays in a caravan and the youngsters adore them.
Once you get over the fact that windy beaches make caravans rock and that no one is going to kill you, you rest more easily. We never did bump into Pauline Quirke either. Although rumour has it, her caravan was here. Once!
The Jurassic Coast has much to offer in terms of breathtaking views and walking opportunities. We took full advantage of this as the weather had turned from the long hot summer we had enjoyed in previous months to very windy indeed.
And then there was the food. What is a holiday without good food? We took full advantage of cooking on the beach and stumbled upon some gems during our stay too. And if they were good enough for David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, it would be rude not to try them. So on the days when we wasn’t having sandy sausages, we were out and about checking out the local restaurant scene.
I get a little bit over-excited by quirky places and ‘finds’. As previously mentioned, ‘camera woman’ (that’s me) goes into over drive with the euphoria of stumbling upon said finds. The Station Kitchen was no exception. I know that this place is not only going to be an experience but also a location that is very easy on the eye as well as tasty on the palette. Photos must be taken early in order to enjoy the full experience.
The Station Kitchen, West Bay, Bridport
The Station Kitchen by Sausage & Pear lies on the old Platform of West Bay station which was part of the Great Western Railway. The line between Bridport and West Bay closed in 1962.
The carriage that is now the restaurant car was built in 1911 and was used as a makeshift hospital carriage in France during the war. The carriage made it’s journey back to West Bay in 2015 where it was given the wonderful makeover by Sausage & Pear that we were to experience on our visit.
The Station Kitchen even had it’s own vegetable patch on the Platform!
The Station Kitchen Bar
Set in the old Waiting Room was the Station Kitchen Bar. This is where the swoon worthy shots come in. Along with a cocktail or two of course.
With all of the staff in their Station Master and Mistress apparel, the scene was well and truly set.
We were given time to ponder the menu and make our selections in the most opulent surroundings of the Waiting Room Bar.
We were then whisked across the Platform where our table awaited us inside the Railway Carriage.
Well worth the anticipation that had built up over a cocktail. The gorgeous carriage was decorated in a similar style to the Waiting Room. Lots of little quirks to take in as we awaited the arrival of our food.
We tucked into the sumptuous food whilst enjoying the splendour and decadence of the carriage. There were even little games on each of the tables which was a wonderful touch that added even more fun to our evening. It was easy to see why this place is popular as a wedding venue and for private hire functions. What could be finer than sipping a glass of Champagne on the station platform. It almost made you want to get married again!
The Station Kitchen was a real find and I would thoroughly recommend a visit should you find yourself in the area.
In fact, there are many delightful places to try in the area and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to West Bay and discovering all of the gems that it had to offer.
And we all made it home in one piece. There is nothing quite like a visit to the windy and rugged coast for well and truly blowing the cobwebs away is there?