EATING AND DRINKING GUIDE TO PORTLAND

For its size Portland has quite a selection of places to eat and a few good watering holes.

www.jacksongalleryportland.co.uk is a new art gallery and café, just 2 doors down the road on the left hand side.  It has original works of art, prints and cards and is an excellent coffee shop serving snacks, breakfasts, lunches and tea all day.

At Easton, a busy village square there are a couple of other pubs that have regular live music and a contemporary coffee house – that is certainly worth a visit.  It is called Whitestone’s Café Gallery and serves good coffee, breakfasts and lunches – it doubles as an art gallery and a sculpture garden – a very relaxing place.

At Portland Bill there is a café called the Lobster Pot, overlooking the sea – good for lunches and coffee/tea (famous for its scones) and there is also a pub called the Pulpit Inn – which has a popular carvery.

The nearest bistro to Quarries Reach is L & O’s about a 10-minute walk – a cosy place with a varied mene u and a really good roast on a Sunday.

The Heights is a hotel with bistro and bar with glorious views over the Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour.  Further down the hill a must is to visit The Cove House Inn a pub right on the edge of the Chesil Beach where everyone gathers to see the sun set and have a pint or two and the pub also serve good basic pub grub.

There are many other pubs for you to explore and some very traditional ones such as the Royal Portland Arms at Fortuneswell, which has real ale and live music on Friday nights.

Heading towards Weymouth at the other end of the beach road on the left past the Ferry Bridge is the Crab House Café a must if you like seafood.  And a little further on at Wyke Regis is Khazanna a contemporary Indian Restaurant, which also does a good take-away.