The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Order a crab sandwich on the terrace, gaze out over Lyme Bay from this white-painted hotel above Chesil Beach, and you can half imagine you’re in Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Order a crab sandwich on the terrace, gaze out over Lyme Bay from this white-painted hotel above Chesil Beach, and you can half imagine you’re in Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod. The ironically named ‘boarding house’ is the creation of Mary-Lou Sturridge and Tony Mackintosh, formerly of London’s Groucho Club, and it has a cool, laid-back ambience with ‘efficient but relaxed staff’. The sea-facing bar and the restaurant, with its row of French windows, are light and airy, with bare floorboards and nautically themed art, while the library is positively snug. ‘Bright, light, seasidey rooms’ have touches of Edwardian style, a claw-footed bath or walk-in shower, cleverly chosen books and a Roberts radio. Each has at least an oblique sea view. Executive chef Alastair Little and head chef James Raybould devise seasonal menus, big on seafood – fish soup, mussels and chips, a half lobster – with maybe bavette steak or roast chicken. ‘An excellent tasty meal.’ A regular says there wasn’t ‘much choice at dinner this time’ but adds she still wants ‘to move down there for the summer’. (JB, and others)

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, 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 single £200–£260, double £220–£280. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings refused Sat.