Local Information, Taxis, Restaurants and Things to do

Taxis

 

Christian/Av2go Taxis  01297 441 779

M-cabs Taxi 01297 42222

Axminster Taxis 01297 34000

N.B. local taxis get booked up at busy times so it is always worth pre-booking.

Local eating and drinking

 

The Tytherleigh Arms

Tytherleigh, 2.2 miles (if walking, turn right out of our car park & follow the lane down to Tytherleigh)

Our favourite local pub. Otter Ale, very popular for Sunday lunches. It is worth calling in advance to check opening/serving times and availability.

EX13 7BE

01460 220214

http://www.tytherleigharms.com

River Cottage Kitchen & Deli

Axminster, 5 miles.

As you would expect, Hugh Fernleigh-Whittingstall’s canteen is all about great local food. Whether dining in The Kitchen or buying provisions for your stay, it is well worth a visit.

EX13 5AN

01297 631862

https://www.rivercottage.net/restaurants/axminster

River Cottage HQ

Park Farm 7.5 miles.

Join the famous River Cottage dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, pre-booking essential.

EX13 8TB

http://www.rivercottage.net/dining/

The Harbour Inn

Lyme Regis, 10 miles

A very popular pub situated on the Beach front, just by the Cobb and Lyme Bay. Family run with good pub food, specialising in seafood. DT7 3JF

01297 442299

http://www.harbourinnlymeregis.co.uk

Swim

Lyme Regis, 10 miles

New in 2018 – a contemporary cafe & bar right on the beach in Lyme Regis. Informal and fun. Specialising in burgers, fish dishes and big breakfasts. DT7 3JH

01297 442668

https://www.weswim.co.uk

Tierra Kitchen

Lyme Regis, 10 miles

Popular vegetarian, vegan and gluten free restaurant in the heart of Lyme Regis. Popular with carnivores too.

DT7 3PY

01297 445189

https://www.tierrakitchen.co.uk

Ollerod (formerly the The Bridge House hotel)

Beaminster, 10 miles

A traditional Dorset 13th century Country House Hotel in this popular village with an excellent restaurant serving local produce. Garden terrace open in the warmer months.

DT8 3AY

01308 862200

https://theollerod.co.uk

Brassica

Beaminster, 10 miles

Small and excellent restaurant specialising in fresh local produce, menu changes daily, popular with locals and visitors alike.

DT8 3AS

01308 538 100

https://www.brassicarestaurant.co.uk

The Anchor Inn

Seatown, 14 miles

Perched on the cliff just above the beach at Seatown, next to Golden Cap with great views along the Jurassic Coast and out to sea. A varied menu of home cooked food. A favourite with coastal path walkers and sea swimmers alike.

DT6 6JU

01297 489215

http://www.theanchorinnseatown.co.uk

Dorshi

Bridport, 13 miles

Tucked away down an alleyway off East Street in Bridport, delicious Asian dumplings & noodles and great cocktails too.

DT6 3PX

01308 423221

http://dorshi.co.uk

The Bull Hotel

Bridport, 12 miles

This popular, easygoing and informal Boutique Hotel in the centre of Bridport offers everything from Moules-frites to Market day Brunch or a selection from the more substantial daily menu. In warm weather there is a lovely stable courtyard at the back.

DT6 3LF

01308 422878

http://www.thebullhotel.co.uk

Sladers Yard Café

West Bay, Bridport, 13 miles

An untouched Maritime Warehouse in West Bay/ Bridport makes a perfect showcase for artists and high quality makers in all media as well as top quality exhibitions. They also have an excellent organic café for delicious meals or cream teas and cakes.

DT6 4EL

01308 459511

http://www.sladersyard.co.uk

Hive Beach Café

Burton Bradstock, 17 miles

Enjoy delicious freshly caught fish and local food on their terrace overlooking the beach on the Chesil bank. Open for breakfast, lunch and sometimes for dinner – call first to check as it’s weather dependent.

DT6 4RF

01308 897 070

http://www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk

The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock, 17 miles

On the cliff above Burton Bradstock beach. Similar food ethos to the Hive Cafe (above) in a smart hotel/restaurant atmosphere, outside tables overlooking Lyme bay weather permitting. Breakfast until 11 am, lunch and dinner.

DT6 4RB

01308 897205

https://theseasideboardinghouse.com

Crab House Café

On the fleet between Weymouth and Portland Bill, 33 miles

A bit further away but well worth the trip – Out-of-the-tank crustaceans served with hammers, buckets and bibs in an informal atmosphere overlooking the sea.

DT4 9YU

01305 788 867

http://www.crabhousecafe.co.uk

Local Food Shopping

 

Tatworth Stores and Post Office

Tatworth, 2.6 miles

For last minute supplies the local store and post office in Tatworth is open every day from 7.00am to 9.00pm seven days a week. Turn left out of the car park, left at the T junction, right at next T Junction, over the railway and river, left at the next T Junction then 1/4 mile on the left.

01460220933

TA20 2PY

Thorncombe Village Shop

Thorncombe, 2.2 miles

Our local shop in Thorncombe is well worth a visit – deli counter, local fruit, veg and meats. They also have a cafe area for teas, coffees and cakes. Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Sat – 8.30 to 1.00 p.m. Sun 9.30 a.m. to midday.

01460 30282

TA20 4NF

http://thorncombe-village-shop.co.uk

There are also large supermarkets in both Chard and Axminster but much better buy from our fantastic local suppliers:

River Cottage Deli & Local Produce Store

Axminster, 5 miles

Fill your own Deli hamper with all sorts of delicious River Cottage Fare. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m seven days per week.

EX13 5AN

01297 631862

https://www.rivercottage.net/restaurants/axminster

Millers Farm Shop

Kilmington, 6 miles (just off the A35 past Axminster)

A one stop shop for everything fresh, delicious and local (as well as a weekly lorry load of French produce) including occasional wet fish stall and meat from the best local farms. Home grown veg from the farm shop.

EX13 7RA

01297 35290

https://www.millersfarmshop.co.uk

Leakers Bakery

Bridport, 12 miles

This specialist bakery sells a fine range of breads, savouries and cakes to take away as well as making the frozen pizza dough that we sell here in the woods.

DT6 3JX

http://www.leakersbakery.co.uk

Things to do in the area

Forde Abbey – Please check before visiting. 

3 mile drive or 2 mile walk

Forde Abbey is well worth a visit. The estate borders our woods. A wonderful medieval monastery, beautiful gardens, tea room and a nursery. Either drive to the main abbey or walk (only outside the shooting season) – turning left out of our car park and then go straight over to the track opposite at the crossroads. Pls check seasonal opening times.

TA20 4LU

01460 220231

http://www.fordeabbey.co.uk

Pilsden Pen

3 miles

The second highest point in Dorset, the top is just a short steep walk uphill from the car park (on the road to Broadwindsor) a great stop off point for cyclists and motorists – superb views across the Marshwood Vale to Golden Cap and out to sea.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilsdon_Pen

Black Cow Vodka distillery tours

Childhay Manor, 7 miles

Black Cow vodka is made locally purely from milk, also available at Soho House, Hix, The Savoy, The Groucho and Nobu amongst others. Distillery visits or distillery experience, cocktails and lunch. Booking essential.

DT8 3LQ

01308 868844

https://www.blackcow.co.uk/shop/

River Cottage HQ courses

Park Farm, 9 miles

Fantastic courses including making bread ovens, butchery, growing, curing and smoking, foraging, beekeeping and lots of fantastic cookery courses to choose from. Pre-booking on their website essential.

EX13 8TB

https://www.rivercottage.net/cookery-courses

Harry May Boat trips

Lyme Regis/The Cob, 9 miles

Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips. A great day out on the ocean waves before bringing back your catch to enjoy on your BBQ in the woods, booking essential – availability is seasonal.

http://www.mackerelfishinglymeregis.com

Lyme Regis Kayak Hire

Lyme Regis, 9 Miles

Single and double kayak hire as well as wetsuits and fishing gear. DT7 3JF

01297 443373

http://www.lymekayakhire.com

Fossil Hunting

Charmouth, 10 miles

A great excuse for a walk on the beach with a difference. Our part of the Jurassic coast is world famous for its fossils that can often be found washed out of the cliff. The Charmouth Heritage coast centre offers free advice & tours and is well worth a visit.

DT6 6LL

01297 560 772

http://www.charmouth.org

Furleigh Estate tours

Salway Ash (on the way to Bridport), 10 Miles

Award winning English wine and Fizz. Shop open 11-5 Monday to Saturday. Tours and tasting 11 and 2.30 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday- booking advisable.

DT6 5JF

01308 488991

https://www.furleighestate.co.uk

Beer

12 miles

Galleries, caves and fishing cove – a great day trip with shopping, pubs, exploring, walking and boat hire.

http://www.beer-devon.co.uk

Chideock Champignons

Chideock, 12 miles

Local mushroom farm that grows and forages high quality gourmet produce. Mushroom foraging tours can be arranged by appointment and in advance only. Contact Nick on 07453263824 or email

chideockchampignons@hotmail.com

https://www.chideockchampignons.co.uk

Eype Beach

Three miles East of Bridport

Our favourite locals’ beach, off the beaten track, lovely walks along the pebbled beach. No facilities so great for getting away from the crowds in the busy seasons.

No website but here is a video we made for fun:

https://youtu.be/WKXativziVk

Electric Palace

Bridport, 12 miles

This classic renovated cinema has films, live music, comedy and offbeat events. Popular artists get booked up very quickly so worth booking as early as you can.

DT6 3NY

01308 42835

http://www.electricpalace.org.uk

Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport, 12 miles

Theatre, Comedy, Music, Film, Dance and much more.

DT6 3NR

Box office 01308 424 204

http://www.bridport-arts.com

Palmers Brewery tours

Bridport, 12 miles

Brewery tours from Easter to the end of October. Tours start at 11 am and last about 2 hours. Pre booking essential.

DT6 4JA

01308 427500

http://www.palmerswinestore.com/palmers-brewery-tours

Bridport markets

Bridport 12 Miles

The Bridport Street market takes place in the centre of Bridport every Wednesday and Saturday 8-4 pm. The Vintage Market is held in the Vintage Quarter at St Michael’s trading estate on the last Sunday of the month from Easter through to October – booths and warehouses stuffed with well priced bric-a-brac, antiques and everything in-between.

DT6 3RR

http://bridportantiques.co.uk/vintage-market

Hyde Real Tennis Court

Walditch near Bridport, 13 miles

Real Tennis (which is quite unlike the tennis that most people are familiar with) is Guy’s other passion when he’s not woodworking. Visitors always welcome to come and have a look at the strange goings on.

DT6 4LB

01308 420777

http://www.hyderealtennis.co.uk

Lyme Bay Rib charter

West Bay/Bridport, 13 miles

Rib trips along the Jurassic Coast starting at West Bay. Also longer cruises, water taxi and charter or wake boarding and waterskiing. Booking essential.

Contact Simon Miles (Milo) – 07971 258515

or crew@lymebayribcharter.co.uk

http://www.lymebayribcharter.co.uk

Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury, 25 miles

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The close-by Sub-Tropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were the first introductions to this country, there is also a nursery with a superb range of plants and palms.

DT3 4JG

01305 871858

http://www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Other links

Boo Mallinson

Guy’s wife Boo is a contemporary landscape painter inspired by the Dorset surroundings. Studio visits in Bridport by arrangement: email Boo@themallinsons.com; her work is also on show at selected galleries in London, Bath and St Ives.

http://www.boomallinson.co.uk

Siserone

The people who designed and made this lovely web site, and who we can always rely on to keep everything online working for us.

http://www.siserone.co.uk

Paynes Premier Travel

Our preferred local taxi firm including group bookings and hybrid vehicles to and from the woods.

http://www.paynespremiertravel.co.uk

Practical Car and Van Rental

Happy to collect guests either from the site or from Axminster Station during their opening hours. http://www.practical.co.uk/locations/england/southwest/axminster/

Heritage Crafts Association

The HCA supports and promotes heritage crafts as a part of our living heritage. It believes craft skills should be protected, promoted and recorded – all aims we can only agree with!

http://www.heritagecrafts.org.uk

i tre furniture

Petter Southall is also local and specialises in steam bending; he works to commission.

http://www.itrefurniture.co.uk

David Saltmarsh

A local friend and excellent chairmaker who featured in the BBC ‘Mastercrafts’ programme. As well as buying a chair for myself, David helped with the treehouse build and made the two dining chairs in the treehouse.

http://www.fivepennychairs.co.uk

The Bodgers Website

The Bodgers website (or, more correctly, the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers) is the place to look for everything you ever wanted to know about bodging and bodging events.

http://www.bodgers.org.uk

Living Wood

Mike Abbott – the Guru of Green woodwork and author of “Living Wood”.

http://www.living-wood.co.uk

Dorset Art Weeks

Here you will find details of over 600 artists, makers and galleries in Dorset.

http://www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk

Big Fish

The wonderful design company who are responsible for creating Oscar the owl amongst other things.

http://www.bigfish.co.uk

Charles Hooper

Charles Hooper spent 6 weeks training with us for the BBC’s ‘Mastercraft’ series and is now running Shovelstrode, a forest garden, glamping and green wood craft centre in Sussex.

http://www.forestgarden.info

Tom Vaughan

One of the BBC ‘Mastercraft’ trainees and episode winner, Tom continues to hone his greenwoodworking skills and has helped us in the development phases of Crafty Camping. Tom takes on commissions for and designs and builds stunning hen houses.

http://www.tomshenhouses.co.uk

Ashridge Trees

Ashridge trees supply us with all of our needs for planting (including 700 whips used to plant our ‘heritage’ hedge), are very helpful and a mine of knowledge. They will deliver throughout the UK. They come highly recommended for hedging, standards, fruit trees and soft fruit.

http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk