The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock, Dorset

In ‘a wonderful cliff-top location’, this ‘large white edifice above Chesil Beach’ is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Mary-Lou Sturridge and Tony Mackintosh, late of London’s Groucho Club. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In ‘a wonderful cliff-top location’, this ‘large white edifice above Chesil Beach’ is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Mary-Lou Sturridge and Tony Mackintosh, late of London’s Groucho Club. The vibe is carefree, the style drawing inspiration from Edwardian seaside hotels, with a dash of Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod. Furniture from the 1920s and 1980s, ornamental flotsam and jetsam, nautical paintings, Peter Blake prints and bare floorboards set the tone in bar and restaurant, with a row of French doors opening on to the terrace. Bedrooms, all with some view of the sea, ranked ‘double’, ‘larger’ and ‘largest’, are ‘nicely kitted out’. ‘elegant and unfussy’, with Roberts radio, books, shower or claw-footed bath. Breakfast brings freshly squeezed OJ, kipper, eggs Benedict. You can eat in or alfresco, for dinner maybe half-lobster, chips and salad; rump of lamb, haricot bean and tomato stew. Of course, sunshine is not guaranteed. A reader who came by in a ‘ferocious gale’, if not blown away by ‘a certain seaside charm’, was happy with ‘good’ fishcakes for lunch. ‘We are tempted to visit properly,’ he wrote, adding that he felt it ‘could be boisterous’. (John Barnes, MA)

Hotel details

Address

Cliff Road
Burton Bradstock
Dorset
DT6 4RB
England

Telephone

01308 897205

Bedrooms

9.

Open

all year.

Facilities

cocktail bar, restaurant, library, function facilities, in-room TV on request, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, terrace, lawn, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.

Background music

classical music’ in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, bar, library and on terrace, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £205–£265. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused Sat.