Portland is more than just a lighthouse on the southern tip of an island connected to the mainland by a long shingle beach. It is a source of inspiration for a multitude of artists and writers and a treasure trove for bird watchers, rock climbers, walkers and fossil hunters, sculptures and people who love sailing whether in dinghies or ocean racing yachts. It is home for about seventeen thousand people and a wonderful place for a holiday or just a day away. There are also plenty of places where you can find good food and here are some of them:-
Taste Cafe, Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland DT4 9XE, 01305 206191. Pull into the car park and enjoy an essential breakfast, leisurly brunch or a delicious lunch all made of the finest produce from local suppliers. The menues are thoughtfully produced to cater for many particular needs and there are always exciting daily specials. Open Summer 10am-5pm (Easter to End of September) and Winter 10am-4pm (October-Easter).
The Chesil Beach Centre is the local centre for the Dorset Wildlife Trust. There is a full programme of events and activites for all the family. Schools and colleges welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesil
Jacksons Art Gallery Cafe 77 Fortuneswell, Portland, DT5 1LY. 01305 Stop here for really good coffee and home made cakes, light lunches are also available. A display of work of local artists changes every six weeks, they also sell prints and cards. www.jacksonsgalleryportland.co.uk 01082305 826
New Inn, 35 Easton, Portland DT5 1BS 01305 821232. A family run business, an excellent chef, all local produce, local real ales, supporting local businesses. A garden at the back to enjoy the sun and watch your children play in safety. Boutique style accommodation. www.newinnportland.co.uk
White Stones Cafe Gallery, 13 Easton Street, Portland DT5 1BS. A fusion of food and art in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, locally made cakes, local deli, snacks and light lunches and an evolving garden at the back. www.whitestonescafegallery.com
L'n'O's Bistro, 93 Weston Road, Portland, DT5 2DA 01305 820222. An independant family run business, a delicious and imaginative menu, seafood and locally caught fish when available. Special menu for vegetarians and ceoliacs. www.landosbistro.co.uk
Portland Lighthouse has a visitor centre, details are on the Trinity House web site. The Lobster Pot Resturant nearby is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a snack or lunch while watching the white horses of the Portland Race.
Fancy's Farm is sign posted from the roundabout as you reach the top of Portland. It is a community farm and there is no charge, the volunteers rely on donations to keep it going. Visit the farm to see Portland's rare breed sheep, they also have some surprise residents like wallabies. Don't miss this treat for children and adults who are still young at heart. www.fancysfarm.co.uk
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