Room With A View

Margaret Grundell has been looking at the view from the window of her ice-cream, sweets, teas and coffee kiosk on the promenade at West Bay for 48 years.
In 1968, Margaret and her husband, John, bought the lease on the kiosk and have been dispensing refreshments and friendship in winter and summer ever since. Now the kiosk is on the market, but Margaret and John, who live in Walditch, will keep it going until the sale is complete.

What have they seen from the window in all that time? A panorama of social life, a never-ending newsreel of change. And several rock-falls from East Cliff.

By |September 9th, 2016|Food & Drink|0 Comments

Fistful of Tacos

Fistful of Tacos
Mexican street food
Behind Waitrose Thurs to Sat, 5pm-9pm
BR Rating ****

By Alison Lang

A friend mentioned to me that Bridport never used to be hip.
Well it must have had a hip replacement. The one thing I thought was missing was Mexican food, but now that’s sorted with a super van parked at the back of Punch and Judy bakery, just behind Waitrose, serving proper Mexican street food.

Delicious home-made slow-cooked pulled pork, Beef Brisket and Chipotle chicken in soft tacos and burritos with all the fixings, plus a beautiful vegetarian option with sweet potato.

It’s quite clever as a family connection allows them to use the ovens at Punch and Judy bakery when the bread baking has finished for the day. From chefing at the Bull, Avenue and the Watch House, Gerry Page and Mattias Larsson now make it all Mexican.

Grab a seat or take a taco home.

By |August 16th, 2016|Alison Lang, Food & Drink|0 Comments

Calais Refuge Crisis Fundraiser

Soulshine Café
South Street, Bridport
Friday 11 September 5-8pm
Live Music, veg and meat chilli plus rice, for donation.

By |September 10th, 2015|Food & Drink|0 Comments

A Matter of Taste


By Nick Pitt

Queueing up on a Sunday morning in Waitrose to grab a card-holder’s freebie copy of The Good Food Guide was not good for the spleen or for residual radical credentials. The entries for Bridport further blackened the mood. There aren’t any. Only two nearby restaurants receive the coveted status of inclusion: Brassica in Beaminster and the Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock.

Nothing much wrong with those establishments. I have had good reports of Brassica, where the cooking is said to be more consistently excellent than it was when the joint was Mat Follas’s Wild Garlic. The Hive Beach, too, is worthwhile but it’s essentially self-service at restaurant prices.

My real beef is about omission. No Olive Tree. No Bull. No Riverside. No Rachel’s kiosk. Above all, no Lula, where Angie Heywood cooks with such verve.

  • Let us know which local eateries you think should be included.
By |August 30th, 2015|Food & Drink|0 Comments


The Harbour, West Bay

March to October
Mon-Fri 12-3pm
Sat-Sun 12-4pm (5pm midsummer)

Some swear by the scallops; some swoon for the fish stew; some chuckle at the chowder. Everyone in the know rates Rachel’s kiosk as the most surprisingly scrumptious eating establishment in the locality and far beyond.

Set amid the traditional purveyors of jumbo sausages and dubious burgers, Rachel and John Kingston offer ‘good honest seafood at a reasonable price’. The words are Rachel’s and she is too modest. The food is fantastic; the prices a joy.

When Rachel was made redundant at the age of 35 after working for a clothing company for14 years, she pursued her dream. She had always wanted a kiosk and reckoned that seafood at West Bay would be a winner. She learned some skills at the White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney, and opened the kiosk six years ago.
With Rachel and John devising the menu and the ever-obliging Jess Bendell as front of kiosk, the enterprise has been a success from the start. With three hours prepping every day, and working so hard in the cramped space with three induction hobs that they sometimes have ‘scrambled eggs for brains’, they are almost too successful. There will be queues; there will often be a wait for the grub. But fear not: when it comes, you’re in heaven.

By |May 19th, 2015|Cafés, Food & Drink|1 Comment