On a rare day off (first since April) we thought we would investigate a couple of local Cafes we have not visited previously – the first being at Sandsfoot Castle. The ruins of the Castle are reached from the Gardens via a short path and bridge, down a shallow grassy slope and afford magnificent views of Portland Island and the Outer Harbour. The Castle was built around 1539 for King Henry VIII to form a corridor of protection along with Portland Castle on the opposite side of the water. The Cafe is small but good: The Gardens are peaceful and still lovely, even in October and the views are superb – well worth a visit.
Our second Cafe of the day was The Oasis, on Preston Beach, about 1 mile along the Bay from Weymouth. This is a slightly bigger cafe, about 15 tables inside and a dozen “picnic benches” outside.
Be warned, the outside benches are very low and persons of a certain age may need mobile cranes to regain their feet. The menu is quite extensive: The staff helpful: the food is good (although my wife is not too keen on smoked bacon) and it is licensed – so you can enjoy a little tipple while enjoying the marvellous views across Weymouth Bay.
Our final visit was to the Beach Cafe, past Upton on the way to Ringstead Bay – a National Trust Site, about 5 miles outside Weymouth – reached about a mile along a single-track road. The cafe is small, sells fossils, rocks, curios etc and childrens toys, along with a normal cafe menu. The owner is very friendly and talkative and the spot, about 100 yards from the actual beach, must be one of the most peaceful spots in Dorset. (Sorry, no pictures!) (Car park is free if you eat in but £2:50p if you need to park for the Beach – There may also be an entrance charge to access the Beach itself but we did not walk that far)