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Portland, Dorset: can anyone recommend good child friendly pubs?

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Elderberry Sun 05-Oct-03 20:49:29


It's dh's 40th in Nov and we're going to Dorset for the weekend - around Bridport / Portland. Can anyone recommend a child friendly pub that does reasonable food for Saturday lunch? We'll be 8 adults and 8 kids aged 6 months - 4 years.

Also, can anyone recommend a good chippie?


tealady Sun 05-Oct-03 21:19:40

The Smugglers Inn at osmington - just outside weymouth is great - good food lovely location, full of rustic charm.

jammamia Sun 05-Oct-03 21:53:43

The Pulpit, right out at Portland Bill is very much a family pub. Have often been there for Sunday lunch with a large group like yours and always enjoyed it! Can't help but think a Saturday would probably be the same! If the weather's nice the views scenery etc are great, and there's an outdoor play area for the older children.

Fish and Fritz in Weymouth, (not 100% sure of the address but I can give directions if you want!!) is a lovely chippie, wins lots of awards, nice food, good service, they've got a smallish restaurant attached as well if you want to eat in.

Enjoy Dorset it's fab!

waterbaby Mon 06-Oct-03 11:34:20

second the vote for Fish and Fritz, wander around the Quay area and you should find it quite easily.

For a nice, special birthday lunch try the Manor Hotel at West Bexington - half way between Bridport and Portland, on the coast path. They do very nice lunches in the restaurant but have a cellar bar room with great views into the grounds that is open to the public - ring first to make sure they don't have a wedding on as you are quite a big group really. The food for the public bar is the same as the restaurant, and its scrummy - gorgeous dishes, but pub prices. They don't advertise as being family friendly, but have got some lovely staff, high chairs etc, and have always treated DD (aged nearly 2)like a queen when she visits. There is a playground area in the grounds too, suitable for the bigger kids, and normally some horses in the field nearby to look at, and child portions - a few of the normal FF & chips etc, but also child sized versions of the grown ups food - delicious!

Then you can go for a stroll on the beach afterwards, or around Abbotsbury, or drive back he other side of Bridport and work off your lunch by climbing Golden Cap - the stonebarrow car park has a lot of space for playing ball games etc, and some nice coastal walks suitable for pushchairs...

We're getting married at the Manor next year and feel quite confident that our dozen or so guests between 0 and 10 will be well looked after. Every time we go over to see about the arrangements we've taken some friends or family, so our group size has been about the same as yours and each time its been lovely.

Elderberry Mon 13-Oct-03 10:04:53

Thanks for the tips - sorry to be so slow in getting back! Don't seem to get to the pc much these days....

Sounds like we'll have a great time!!!

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