West Bay Raft Race

by steveblakesley on August 8, 2012

After not watching the West Bay Raft Race for many years , which is held for the Benefit of the RNLI ,  I ventured down to West Bay with Sam to watch the race.
And what a spectacle it was with 18 entrance and thousand of people watching and getting wet , adding to the atmosphere , this is one event not to be missed , I did get a video and will try to upload it for you , just to give you an idea.
After the event many people stayed on to listen not the Music and  have a few drinks on the green in the warm summer evening which just a few weeks earlier was flooded , this Race takes part every year in the last Thursday in the Month of August during NNLI Week yet another event in Dorset Not to be missed.



Bridport Hat Festival

by steveblakesley on August 8, 2012

Yes Bridport ‘s very successful Hat Festival is nearly upon us again , if you are coming to this part of Dorset during the 14th 15th 16th of September make sure you book your accommodation early as the Town is amassed with the Hat enthusiasts .

It surly is a sight to behold if you have never seen it before , now in its third year and growing with strength to strength attracting over 8000 visitors last year.
It is a celebratory weekend full of fun , and workshops etc and not only benefits the town but attracts visitors from far and wide
Definitely not to be missed if you are in the Dorset area
find them here


Watch House Café Westbay

by steveblakesley on May 30, 2012

After some time i ventured to the newly refurbished watch house cafe, with my eldestson, i have been hearing some pretty impressive stuff from him about there breakfast menu which is served until .


After some time of trying to be persuaded ,I ventured to the newly refurbished watch house cafe, with my eldest son, I have been hearing some pretty impressive stuff from him about their breakfast menu which is served until .

However I was there to try the fish dishes available at lunch time , and boy was I in for a treat, I tried the specials board ,SEAFOOD AND CHORIZO BROTH  , very nice, in fact looking around all the dishes looked  Scrumptious ,


Service was good, which I should have expected being the new owner already running the Hive cafe in Burton Brad stock,

This Saturday 1st June  its champagne and oysters from 5 PM , so if in the area , see you there.go to the site to see full menu ,prices, and opening times

Contact details  

tel 01308 459330


Short Break In Jersey

by steveblakesley on May 24, 2012

Seemed a good idea at the time we had a gap in the diary, so took no bookings, we have been promisng ourself some our time.

So off we went to Poole to the Condor Ferry for the 4 hour trip over stoping at Gernsey first , nice Hotel Oaklands Lodge, as good as anything arounf hte 4 star grade.

St Hellier was a nightmare to get around , with all the one way streets, we found some nice restaurants , although a bit pricey, Ad lib was a differant class and well recomeneded, as is Little Thia, i will have to finish this tomorrow as Guests arriving


The Lord & Lady Cometh

by steveblakesley on January 31, 2012

With Recent sad family events and work commitments my blog activities have been restricted of late, but this week I am making a new effort to keep up with my responsibilities at the White House , and of Course our Friends Lord Jeffrey and Lady Caroline Bowden From our TV appearance on Channel 4’s Three in the Bed , are visiting this weekend, should be lots of fun and plenty of vino.

We will be Eating at master chef winner Mat Folas restaurant in Bedminster , the Wild Garlic which is always a treat , not only is Matt a Master Chef but also a great Host, so much food , Vino , and fun, wish you were here to enjoy.



Where ever you go , veggie restaurants are springing up, but it helps to know exactly where they are, easy if you are local , but if you are staying in a Dorset B&B, and especially if you are at the White House B&B in Westbay/ Bridport , we have tracked a few down for you.

The Green Yard Cafe

Veggie friendly restaurant / cafe – Licensed – Non-Smoking
Family run cafe; vegetarian owners
Web Site:

4-6 Barrackstreet, Bridport. DT6 3LY Dorset

Tel 01308459466

Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre
Veggie friendly restaurant / cafe – Licensed – Non-Smoking
Large daytime restaurant with home made food
Broadwindsor, Beaminster. DT8 3PX Dorset

Tel 01308 868362

Town Mill Bakery

Vegetarian restaurant / cafe – Vegan Options – Non-Smoking
Artisan bakery with cafe
Web Site:

Coombe Street, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PY Dorset

Tel 01297 444 035


Bridport Food Festival

by steveblakesley on May 25, 2011

If you are in the area This Summer’s Food Festival why not stay in one of Dorsets Best B&B’s The White house , The event promises a whole week of delicious, colourful and engaging food events for people of all ages from 12-18th June. Whether you are local to Bridport, or visiting the town, you’re sure to find something to enjoy.

For the last Two years Bridport has been voted Best Food Town in the Taste of Dorset Awards, it is in its eighth year, the Festival is a celebration of the worth of great local food; both to the people that grow it and those who enjoy it! The work of a team of dedicated and enthusiastic supporters.

Festival Week Events

Open Farm Sunday

Sunday 12 June

Once again this year’s festival kicks off with Open Farm Sunday – a great opportunity to go “behind the scenes” at working farms and meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside.

Locally, both Denhay Farm and Washingpool Farm will be opening to visitors.

From Monday 13

Bridport Museum Culinary Trail – all week; explore the museum to unearth food tools of the past. Museum entrance is FREE. Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm)

Tuesday 14 June

Meet and Eat Cooking for the Over 50′s A hands-on cookery workshop, producing a seasonal summer lunch using locally sourced produce Time: 14.00pm – 15.30pm; Cost: £7.50 – must book in advance. Local Food Links, Centre for Local Food, Unit 17, St Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport. For Booking call Gill Reynolds – 01308 428921;

Do you know about food? Quiz & Sausage Tasting Limber up with a local sausage tasting and pit your brains against other foodies at food-themed quiz night. Time: from 18.00; Quiz starts: 20.00; Cost: Free. The Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport. Tel: 01308 421255;

Wednesday 15 June

Cheese, Cider and Speciality Bread Taste-Off! sample delicious flavours of Dorset, including Powerstock Cider, Denhay Farmhouse Cheddar and artisan Cheese & Cider Bread from Leakers Bakery. Time: From 12.00; Cost: Free. Outside Arts Centre, Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport

Meet and Eat Cooking for the Over 50′s A hands-on cookery workshop, producing a seasonal summer lunch using locally sourced produce Time: 14.00 – 15.30; Cost: £7.50 – must book in advance. Local Food Links, Centre for Local Food, Unit 17, St Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport Gill Reynolds – 01308 428921;

Everything Stops for Tea A talk on the History of the Afternoon Tea by Food Historian Maya Pieris. Time: 14.30; Cost: £5.00 (includes homemade cream tea) The Salt House, West Bay. Tickets from the The Local History Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport

Using Local Produce with a Twist – Cookery Demonstration Watch Olive Tree’s Chef transform local seasonal ingredients into delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Time: 15.00 – 17.30; Cost £25 – must book in advance. Olive Tree Restaurant, 59 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LB. Tel: 07817 302984;

The Answer Lies in the Soil A talk by Martin Bliss, Farm Manager at the Magdalene Project. Time: 19.00; Cost: £10.00 (includes a light supper). Green Yard Café, Barrack Street, Bridport. Tel: 01308 459466

Thursday 16 June

A Local Lunch Grab the chance to eat a lovely lunch, using seasonal meat, vegetable and dairy produce sourced from local suppliers. Time: 12.00 – 15.00pm; Cost: dishes between £3.00-£7.00 The Red Brick Cafe, St Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport

Festival Seafood Platter Tuck into a platter of seafood of local crab, shrimps, tiger prawns, mussels, crayfish tails, lobster/langoustines, anchovies, whelks, cockles and smoked trout, mackerel and salmon. Time: from 12.00; Cost: £28 for two. George Hotel, West Bay Tel: 01308 423191;

Under 8’s Biscuit Decorating Workshop – The Arts Centre Garden Café Get creative and win prizes by decorating fun and funky biscuits with a range of icings, toppings and sprinkles. Time: 15.30 – 17.00; Cost: £1.00 per child (30 places available) Arts Centre Garden Cafe, South St, Bridport To book: Dawn Potter 07875 635225

Friday 17 June

An Evening with Doctor Roberts An 18th century evening of food and music with a three course meal. Time: 18.00; Cost: £24.00 per person. The Beach & Barnicott, South Street, Bridport. Tel: 01308 455 688

Round Table Beer Festival Sample numerous beers and ciders and enjoy Hog Roast and BBQ from the Lions Club of Bridport. From 18.00 Friday continuing again on Saturday 18th June. Asker Meadow, Bridport

Local Wine Tasting Enjoy tasting wine from locally produced vineyards, Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Bridport and Portesham Vineyard, with Mark Banham of Palmers Wine Store. Time: 19.30 – 20.30; Food Festival Show Field at Asker Meadows, Bridport Ticket proceeds go to Dorset County Hospital Charitable Trust. Tickets purchased in advance from: Palmers Winestore; Tel: 01308 427500;

Food & Drink Question Time Enjoy an evening of Food Any Questions which will see a panel of experts tested on culinary conundrums. Panelists include Mark Hix, Michael Michaud, Darren Batten, Sue Yardgrove, with George Streatfeild comparing. Time: 19.00 Tickets £5 The Bull Hotel, 34 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF

Food Events to Enjoy after the Main Event….

Sunday 19 June

Big Bridport Picnic Pack your hamper with local food and bring-your-own community picnic to celebrate the abundance of local produce we can enjoy in and around Bridport. In addition, SW Dorset Local Exchange Trading System’s members will be trading in local currency (Nets) or cash to non-members. 12 noon – 3pm Bridport Community Orchard and St Mary’s Hall, South St, Bridport. All welcome. Free event. Organised by (Picnic in St Mary’s Hall if wet)

Explore Dorset’s Delicious Coast with St Gabriel’s Strolling Players – Music & poetry with a Dorset Cheese ploughman’s. Cider and beer also available. From 7pm. Tickets from Bridport Arts Centre at £8/£6 cons. 01308 424204


Westbay, Dorset’s Hidden Secret

by steveblakesley on May 15, 2011

Just off the A 35 at the crown round about very close to one of Dorsets B&B’s, The White House .

Anyway as you aproach the Round a bout you will see a very small sign saying Historic Harbour, Many visitors have discovered this little secret place tucked away , a Foodies heaven and an amazing place to Visit.

Oh if the signs were bigger even more people would have found it, it has been said that if one in 200 cars diverted for a 30 min visit the place could not cope with demand , but due to our planning laws in this country that will never be, all the better for the few of us that know about it.

Westbay boasts world class fish Restaurant , and many other top class eateries , as well as snack shacks , pubs and fun , you can grab a water Taxi to Lyme Regis if you wish, go fishing , and there are many diving boats, to explore the many wrecks found in Lyme Bay, also boasting a top class Golf course and nine hole pitch and putt.

The list is endless , but don’t tell anyone , lets keep it our little secret


Bed & Breakfast in Dorset, The White House

by steveblakesley on April 18, 2011

You know writing all this stuff i forgot to tell you a little about our B&B well , The White House is Ideally situated between the historic harbour at West bay and Bridport town centre, both an 8 minute walk from the house.

Bridport is a beautiful, historic market town, with atmosphere second to none.
Dorchester, Weymouth, Lyme Regis are all just a short drive away. There is a breath-taking coastal road where you can marvel at the unique, breathtaking views over Abbotsbury and Chesil Beach.

The historic Harbour at West Bay is well worth a visit and has wonderful beaches and sandy areas for all the family.

There are scores of walks and National Trust areas in and around Bridport. The town is 15 miles west of the county town of Dorchester and it lays in a ‘bowl’ formed by many beautiful hills, with evidence of history back to Neolithic times, there are a number barrows and a stone circle to be seen from the road as you drive to Dorchester.

The town itself dates back to the “Burh of Brydian”, created by the Anglo Saxon Alfred the Great in the 9th century. You can still see a ditch from this time as you look across the car park behind Somerfields and see where the tarmac follows this ditch.

Street markets have been held since the days of Queen Elizabeth the First! Market days are Saturday and Wednesday.

There are some 100+ “listed” buildings such as the Town Hall.

Bed and Breakfast Official Rating: 4 Star

Located centrally between Westbay and Bridport
Open: All Year.


Bridport Hat Festival

by steveblakesley on April 18, 2011

Last year , something very strange happened here in Dorset, Snooks the Hat shop in Bridport Organised a Hat festival , A first for the Town , The first inkling that this was going on was when we started getting bookings for the three days that the festival was going on then , we were turning people away as the date aproached.

The actual event was amazing everyone seemed to be wearing a hat , there were Workshops and classes being organised all over Bridport, Masses of people descended on the small Dorset Market town to take part.

It is being oranised again this year on 16/17/18 September , it is not to be missed if you are close by.

Bridport Hat Festival invites entries for a hat making competition. If you are an amateur milliner, have a flair for design and feel you could create an inspirational hat you could win a prize

Open to all non-professional hat makers; whether you are a student, amateur milliner or just someone who likes making things. Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to win up to £500 for the most inspirational hand crafted hat.

Entry is open now find out more at