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“Lovely breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Watch House Cafe

Watch House Cafe
West Bay, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EN, England
+44 1308 459330
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Ranked #4 of 15 Restaurants in West Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Seafood, Ice Cream, British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Watch House Café is a breezy, easy going café in the heart of West Bay on the stunning Jurrasic Coast in Dorset, The café operates daily for breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week . The menu is continually changing to suit seasons and local availability with a large emphasis on seafood. The family orientated establishment has a relaxed atmosphere, great food, friendly staff all within close proximity of West Bay's greatest attractions.
Amersham, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Lovely breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We have been using the sister restaurant (Hive Beach cafe') to this one for some years now, and decided to try this one on our stay over the new year period.
It did not disappoint, and to be fair the fishermen's breakfast is what the Hive's Farmhouse breakfast used to be like.
The place is clean, the staff are polite, welcoming and efficient.
We will be returning on our next visit!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, friendly staff and gorgeous cakes!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Staff friendly; dogs welcome; lovely homemande cakes, very reasonably priced. Would return for lunch. Recommended

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Café in style with restaurant quality dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Being an off season mid-week lunch the café, tucked behind the shingle beach, was quiet but far from deserted. We both chose from the day's fish specials, whole brill and a good chunk of large flaked cod. The secret seems to be the quick even cooking of very fresh fish achieved in the wood oven sited in the corner of the all glass main dining room. My brill demanded bone-sucking to extract every last morsel. A simple salad and succulent roast whole baby potatoes rounded out the dishes.

Don't expect café prices, but given the quality of ingredients it's a very fair deal. Breakfast looks seriously enticing as do the pizzas; can't wait to return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

food is fantastic. doggie friendly even if you have been on the beach and look like a tramp.staff friendly and helpfull. outside seating is canvas, really warm. felt at home even though im just a one and her dog. favourite,favourite place.

Visited December 2012
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Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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“Great seafood, friendly staff and free parking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Stopped here for lunch today after seeing a recommendation in The Guardian. It has the feel of a cafe rather than a restaurant, half a dozen tables in the main area and a very posh awning which was warm enough on a very cold December lunchtime. There is a kitchen in the main building and a brick pizza and bread oven in the awning. Fairly limited menu with a focus on local food and several specials including a "diversity" dinner based around less often eaten fish and seafood. We had the Seafood broth with prawns, mussels, squid and white fish in a slightly spicy tomato based broth just perfect after a long walk on the coastal path. We also saw pizzas, tempura fish and chips and moules served to other diners all looked appetising and tasty.

On the way out we looked at the cake stand which had several tempting favourites, brownie millionaires shortbread, flapjack but also a couple of unusual ones - parsnip cake and devon apple cake.
Special mention for the staff who were the most friendly, knowledagable and helpful I have met in a restaurant in several years.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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