Hey - what is happening to the pubs in West Bay? It used to be such a great place for a nice little crawl on a summer's day!
Just back from a trip to Dorset and walked to West Bay on the coastal path... I'd never been there and sadly I don't reckon I'll go again, it was a Sunday and we couldn't find a decent cafe, there was one on the beach but as it was gone 4pm they were open but were getting ready to close so the service was all a bit half hearted. The newer buildings that came into view as we walked down off the coast path reminded me of a Colditz kind of place, how on earth did the planners pass such an ugly building. Sorry but West Bay isn't my kind of place. Sorry not sure what's happened to the pubs there as we prefer a nice little cafe for coffee and cream scones!!
Just for the record and for future reference, The Old Watch House, has just been taken over by the team who run the Hive Cafe at Burton Bradstock. Itr is now known as the Watch House, and has great views from the terrace. Although we haven't been there yet, the reputation of Hive @ Burton Bradstock is such that it should be excellent for family dining at the Watch House too. I look forward to reading a review from someone who's been there.
Most of the The pubs have all been turned into gastro type eateries or restaurant / pub Venues, but if you look hard enough you may find the Quarterdeck,great pint to be had here, but dont tell anyone (our little secret)
Most people eat from the chip stalls which are great and very cheap.
The new buildings have rather spoilt the place though.
The pub prices are a joke here.Edited: 5:15 pm, September 13, 2011
I agree on pub prices, but food from Rachel's alfresco 'hut' is lovely in good weather. Try the scallops, they are great! Also agree with comments on new buildings, how did they get planning?!
I have always loved West Bay, because it is quirky and different to other perhaps prettier places. I love the smell of fish and chips - there is definitely a tang of vinegar in the air!
When people say "new buildings" - how new do you mean? I haven't been there for a few years - has there been more building recently?
Hi Macfarrag... not sure how long the these buildings have been up but they look like those concrete carparks that appeared in the 60s, however they are probably 21st century buildings that look awful from the coastal path as you approach West Bay..
Yes - there have been some quite ugly buildings there for a long time, so I guess it still looks the same as it did when I was last there - there's still something about the place I love ...
There are now huge blocks of flats right in the centre - really ugly and covered in seagull poo! However, the smell of vinegar still draws us to the this place!
I agree with everyone else here,west bay is my nearest beach & since a child we have been going there sometimes several times a week in the summer,espicially to do a spot of beach casting,but in the last couple of years it has let itself go.
The new buildings are totally out of keeping & stand out like a sore thumb,prices in the once reasonable food huts have doubled,& its not the cleanest of places to go with children,its a shame that some of the old shops have gone too, there isnt really much to do there now unless your wealthy!!
Llme regis up the road has more to offer now,even if it is a long hike up the hill!