All aboard for fine dining in West Bay, Bridport
It’s always fun to find somewhere a little out of the ordinary for dinner, and a reclaimed first-world-war railway carriage at the seaside certainly fits the bill.
Start your evening with a quality cocktail in the Waiting Room bar before being escorted onto the train where an evening of edible entertainments is about to depart. Not that the train ever actually leaves the station, but stepping aboard and being immersed in The Station Kitchen’s fabulously eclectic dining room is rather like taking a trip somewhere fun and free spirited.
The two AA rosette restaurant is a fave with celebs such as Martin Clunes, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman who have all booked a ticket to feast on its seasonal dishes crafted from local and organic produce. Many of the ingredients are grown in the Station’s kitchen garden.
The cooking is as Instagrammable as the setting and house faves such as barbecued lobster tail with glazed veal sweetbread, jersey royals, summer salad, sorrel and gooseberry sauce will surprise and delight. A tasting menu – and vegan equivalent – offers a first‑class option for special occasions (there’s also a private dining room that seats up to six).
Keep an eye on social for new venture The Ticket Office, which is soon to open on the platform and will serve wood-fired pizzas, vibrant salads and heavenly cheesecakes.
Trencherman’s tip: book a table before 6pm to take advantage of the kids’ Little Loco menu.