Food

This could go on forever. People in this part of the world are obsessed with food. No surprise Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall chose West Dorset for his rural base.

For the Seaside Set: the Pig on the Beach (above), Watchtower, the Hive Cafe all near Bridport/Coast are worth a trip.

For the Inn Crowd: the talbot, mells in Somerset, the Queen’s Arms at Corton Denham, the Stapleford Arms, Buckhorn Western, the Beckford Arms in Fonthill, the Foresters in Donhead St Andrew, the King John at Tollard Royal and the museum at Farnham. All these pubs dish up a meal that is well worth the drive.

Café Society highlights include: Cheesemonger Charlie turnbull’s Deli & Sarah the artisan baker’s indulge in Shaftesbury, number 9 in Wimborne, the town Hill Bakery and oliver’s in Sherborne. the Pythouse Kitchen garden Café near tisbury serving lunch, brunch and much more.

Farm Fresh Farm and village shops offer local options for top-up shopping. the Countryside Alliance Winner Ludwell village Stores is in our midst. gold Hill organic Farm at Child okeford is brilliant for local, seasonal fruit & veg. the udder Barn at East Stour has recently started stocking Cook’s frozen ready meals – perfect for those weekend guests.