in the area


places to visit, eat and drink

cafés & restaurants

There are lots of lovely restaurants and cafés to try in and around Beaminster and we’ve listed a few of our favourites below. We’re always trying out new places and are happy to make further recommendations.

The Ollerod  3 Prout Hill, Beaminster DT8 3AY
Boutique Hotel with both fine dinning and small plates bar menu. Excellent Sunday roast.
10 minute walk from the cottage.

Brassica  4 The Square, Beaminster DT8 3AS
Stylish restaurant offering modern British and European cuisine. Also has a shop selling home wear and deli style food. 5 minute walk from the cottage.

Cilla & Camilla Café  22 The Square, Beaminster DT8 3AS
Breakfast and lunch with delicious cakes located at the back of the shop with a sunny courtyard. 5 minute walk from the cottage.

Anchor Inn  Seatown, Bridport DT6 6JU
Beautiful seaside pub with great food. Compact inside but plenty of seating outside in the summer. 25 minute drive from the cottage.

The Three Horseshoes  Mill St, Burton Bradstock, Bridport DT6 4QZ
Pretty country pub offering great food and especially Sunday lunch. 20 minute drive from the cottage.

Tortilla Cantina  31 East St, Bridport DT6 3JX
Authentic Mexican restaurant in Briport. 15 minute drive from the cottage.

places to visit

Beaminster’s location is ideal for discovering West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon. There is something for everyone including historic houses and gardens, pretty country villages and family centred attractions such as Monkey World. Because there is so much locally to do we will focus on some of our favourite places we’ve visited ourselves.

Mapperton House Beaminster DT8 3NR
A beautiful Jacobean Manor House with award winning garden has been the location for films and TV dramas. With a coach house cafe that hosts events throughout the year. 
10 minute drive from the cottage

Furleigh Estate Salway Ash, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5JF
Award winning vineyard offering estate tours and wine tasting.
15 minute drive from the cottage

Donkey Walking Adventures Beaminster, Dorset
Your chance to get up close with a very lovable donkey. It has great reviews on Trip Advisor and is suitable for all the family. We loved it.


There is a beach for everyone in West Dorset and here is a selection of some of our favourites

West Bay Bridport DT6 4HE
Closest beach to Blackbird Cottage and forms part of the Jurassic coast. Has a sandy beach and amazing cliffs. Good selection of eateries around the harbour. 20 minute drive from the cottage.

Hive Beach Burton Bradstock, Bridport DT6 4RF
Unspoilt National Trust beach with good car parking, toilets and beach café. Walks along cliffs and beach. 25 minute drive from the cottage.

Seatown Bridport DT6 6JU
Great location for a Sunday morning walk, stroll along the beach then finish off with lunch or a drink at the Anchor Inn. 30 minute drive from the cottage.

local walks

Blackbird Cottage has walks and footpaths in all directions from its doorstep and here a a few of our favourites.

Circular walk to Netherbury 3.5 mile footpath along open countryside, woodland and streams. Netherbury was the original location of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage.

Mapperton House 2.4 mile hilly walk along footpath, open fields, and woodland. Look out for the white deer in Parnham Park.

Stoke Abbott 1.8 mile easy walk along a quiet road. Finish off with a drink at the New Inn.