West Bay (Dorset, UK) is a hidden gem on the South Coast. Away from the millions of tourists that visit the area every year, West Bay is the thriving harbour community that is a part of the town Bridport. There is a long sandy beach which is great for dogs, and the sea is always crystal clear. Towering over the beach are huge, yellow sandstone cliffs that you can walk along, which gives you magnificent views of small fishing boats and Portland Lighthouse in the distance. Nesting in the cliffs are a diverse range of wildlife – local birds, bees and insects are easy finds and make a great photo!
West Bay has a beautiful harbour that holds a hundred or so old fishing boats, and the West Bay Blaster – an incredibly exciting speedboat you can ride on that whizzes across the bay. A large amount of the ITV crime-thriller Broadchurch was filmed in the West Bay area – and is one of the main reasons people come to the area. If you have seen the series, you cannot fail to get excited at the sight of the scenes that were used in the drama.
West Bay is home to a number of foodie pop–ups including Baboo gelato, Rachel’s Fish & Chip’s and the Watch House Café. I visited the Watch House Café for Brunch and as usual I was not disappointed. The Watch House is famous for serving fresh, organic, local food – I chose to have ‘Smoked Kippers on toast’ because of how local I knew the produce was. The kippers had been caught in the bay and had been smoked in the Bridport Smokery which is about a mile from West Bay. The bread for the toast was homemade, the butter was from a local farm shop and the rocket was from a local organic salad grower.