The Watch House Cafe


Watch House Cafe re-opens under new ownership

Steve Attrill from the award winning Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock is now the proud owner of twins!  He’s just bought the Old Watch House Cafe at West Bay. “We love the position and couldn’t resist this new addition,” says Steve. “The views from the terrace over Lyme Bay are stunning and it’s a perfect setting for enjoying first rate food by the beach.”

The cafe will be renamed The Watch House and Steve has plans for a programme of refurbishment.  However, it is up and running already with a kitchen crew headed by Tim “Gibby” Gibb as head chef and manager. With seating for 80 customers Tim says, “We’ve got lots of new ideas but in essence The Watch House will serve a combination of traditional English seaside fare and modern cuisine such as: squid, chickpea and chorizo salad.” The same ethics apply on sourcing fish and using local produce served to the same high standard that has made The Hive what it is today.  Visitors will soon notice a new coffee machine and a switch to Lovington’s ice cream.

The Watch House has had a long history from coast guard look-out to beach cafe but under Steve’s ownership it will move forward to a new era.  “We’re keeping to our Hive formula of relaxed atmosphere and everyone welcome. That’s worked well at Burton Bradstock and we feel that given its location, nearby parking, and the Jurassic scenery, the Watch House will be an asset to West Bay tourism.” The cafe is open 9am to 5pm seven days a week with the possibility of evening extensions in high season.

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