Local Information, Taxis, Restaurants and Things to do



Christian/Av2go Taxis  01297 441 779

M-cabs Taxi 01297 42222

Axminster Taxis 01297 34000

Go Eco Cabs (EV) 01297 445444

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

Electric Bike Hire 

Electric bikes for hire delivered to the car park at the top of the woods. £55 per day per bike. 

Book direct at https://heidiandclaude.co.uk/

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


Tytherleigh Farm Shop 

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

Take away breakfasts, Home-made local farm meat burgers, wraps salads and more.

Next door to their well stocked farm shop.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm. 

River Cottage HQ

Park Farm 7.5 miles.

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

EX13 8TB



Lyme Regis, 10 miles

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


Tierra Kitchen

Lyme Regis, 10 miles

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


01297 445189


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.


01308 862200



Beaminster, 10 miles

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


01308 538 100


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.


01297 489215



Bridport, 13 miles

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


01308 423221


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.


01308 422878


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.


01308 459511


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.


01308 897 070


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.


01308 897205


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.


01305 788 867


Robin Wylde

Off the high street in Lyme Regis 9.2 miles 

Locally sourced set menu with option for drinks pairing. Whilst we cater for allergies, we ask that you put dietary preferences aside. We do not yet offer a vegan menu, Typically 9 or so courses. 

Location: 63a Silver Street, Lyme Regis



Lyme Regis 9.2 miles

The same overarching ethos as our sister restaurant  Robin Wylde, with a focus on vegetables, seasonality, locality, reduction of waste and sustainability.  


Cotley Inn 

Whatever the season, our award-winning food will ensure no one goes hungry. Treat yourself to a lavish three course meal or enjoy some proper pub favourites.

Wambrook west of Chard 

TA20 3EN

01460 62348


The Oyster and Fishhouse Mark Hix

9.2 Miles  Lyme Regis 

The Oyster & Fish House is arguably the most picturesque spot in Dorset to enjoy locally sourced fish and seafood. A large terrace wraps around the informal, light and airy dining room with floor to ceiling windows offering a view to every guest. Our new deck sits to the side of the restaurant with tables and counter tops to enjoy our freshly caught fish and seafood.


The Fox Inn

Pound Hill, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS – 14.2 miles 

Locally sourced seasonal food in the Dorset countryside Mark Hix 

01935 317555


The Crooked Swan 

Tel 01460 208414  4 Church street Crewkerne TA18 7HR

We buy fresh, local and organic whenever we can because healthy food and responsible agriculture are essential to our wellbeing, and rural economy.



Local Food Shopping


Tytherliegh Farm Shop 

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

A great farm shop stocking a selection of local produce, fresh fruit and vegetables along with a range of provisions.

EX13 7BE

Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and 10am to 4pm Sundays 


Tatworth Morrisons on the Go 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, righ7t at next T Junction, over the railway and river, left at the next T Junction then 1/4 mile on the left.


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


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



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



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.



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



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.



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.


01308 868844https://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



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.



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.


01297 560 772



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.


01308 488991




12 miles

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



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




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:



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.


01308 42835



Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport, 12 miles

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


Box office 01308 424 204



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.


01308 427500



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.




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.


01308 420777



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



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.


01305 871858



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.



i tre furniture

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



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.



Dorset Art Weeks

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



Big Fish

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



Sandy Steele-Perkins

Photography and website build.



Adam Hawker

Adam runs spoon carving courses. Over recent years he has become an internationally acclaimed spoon carver and tutor. Further information on Adam’s spoon carving work and courses can be seen on his website: