Java Independent Coffee House – Swanage

Java Independent Coffee House - SwanageHaving seen their signs a couple of times, Saturday lunchtime provided a good chance to see what Java is all about. A family affair, Trina (alter ego Tasty of Purbeck) cooks and bakes the food on offer with brother Darren in charge of the coffee.

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The Cock and Bottle Inn – Morden

The Cock and Bottle Inn - MordenThe Cock and Bottle is one of our favourite pubs in Dorset and we’ve visited a number of times and enjoyed consistently excellent meals. There is a wide range of home cooked food available – the kitchen does a terrific line in pastry with different pies and puddings, as well as a selection of fresh fish (the skate wing with caper butter is very good) and local game (venison wellington is a staple on the menu) with traditional pub favourites like scampi and chips also available.

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Canteen, Swanage (dinner)

Canteen, SwanageHaving enjoyed a couple of quick lunches in Canteen I’d promised myself a more leisurely dinner with a chance to enjoy their killer cocktail list.

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The Cauldron Bistro – Swanage

The Cauldron Bistro - SwanageAny restaurant still going after 26 years must be doing something right and The Cauldron Bistro in Swanage fits the bill. Run by Terry and Margaret Flenley, it feels less like a restaurant and more like being invited into their home for the evening with the dining room having an old school bistro charm.

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The Canteen – Swanage

20160521-IMG_0440A rather wet and blustery Saturday in late May was cheered up by an impromptu lunch at The Canteen on Kings Road East in Swanage.

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Purbeck basket

The Purbeck Deli, 26 Institute Road, SwanageHaving ventured further afield for last week’s post I thought it would be great to showcase some Purbeck producers and retailers this time. In and around Purbeck we’re blessed with some outstanding produce and some passionate retailers – last weekend Sarah and I visited a few and I thought I’d share some of them with you.

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Shanghai nights (and days)

20160502-IMG_0425From a restaurant where you each get two sets of chopsticks (one for taking food from shared plates, one for eating with) to hawkers on the street frying and grilling anything from noodles to oysters, Shanghai is quite a food experience.

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Worth Tea and Supper Rooms

20160326-IMG_0306Worth Tea and Supper Rooms is a charming little place opposite the Duck Pond in the picture perfect village of Worth Matravers. Now entering its 5th year, the Tea and Supper Rooms front of house is run by Diana with husband Dave the chef.

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Purbeck Producers Market

imageA lovely Spring morning saw the Purbeck Producers Market set up as normal on Commercial Road, Swanage (by the Chococo shop and cafe).

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