Monday, 22 July 2013

Breakfast on the beach

The school holidays have started and many people will be heading down to Dorset on their holidays. The population  of Weymouth increases by around 10,000 each day in the next six weeks.To avoid the crowds we either visit the less popular areas or go out early in the day. On Saturday morning we decided to go out for a breakfast. Would you like to join us too?



 We took the coast road and headed for West Bay. The views from the coast road are spectacular and we have it almost to ourselves -(we were in the car, my cycling isn't up to this standard!)


It is a beautiful morning at West Bay.



Our destination is the Watch House cafe, it is not easy to find. Can you see it just in the distance to the right of the old Methodist church?


 It is positioned right on the edge of the beach. such a wonderful location. Luckily we are one of the first to arrive. We have the choice of the best outside table so we can sit and take in the view.


I'm sorry you can't join in with the food too,which is all locally sourced. We don't eat much meat, but I couldn't resist the bacon with my poached egg and granary bread. Do you ever go out for breakfasts? When the children were much younger they used to wake up early and in the summer we would go out for breakfast picnics (sorry D & H for producing this picture from our archives!) This obviously ceased when they became teenagers!


It was already 20 degrees centigrade before 10 o'clock -we are beginning to feel hot. Daisy needed a walk in the shade,  it's just as well Abbotsbury Gardens is full of trees and on the way home too.


Thank you for once again  for joining us on one of our outings, it is always wonderful to have your company. hank you also for sharing lots of your donkey stories in the last post, I enjoyed reading them. It good to see some many donkey sanctuary supporters out there too! Finally a big welcome to A. Shipley.
Sarah x

39 comments:

  1. Charm par excellence, Sarah! I love following you on your daily walks, your beach discoveries, Daisie's paw prints in the sand, and seeing the sweet little buildings of the English seaside. Oh the bliss....and is that clotted cream on the eggs? Anita

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  2. Hi Anita,
    The yellow on the plate is the servette. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk!
    Sarah x

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  3. Lovely to share. We used to occasionally go to the famous Betty's for breakfast when we lived in York - a wonderful (luxurious) treat. I must try a breakfast picnic!

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    1. I would love to visit Betty's and York. Maybe having breakfast there is an healthier option than all those cakes.
      Sarah x

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  4. I have never thought to go out for breakfast - what a great idea and particularly so in this very hot weather.
    I am trying to calculate how long it would take us to reach the Watch Tower Cafe in time for breakfast from Gloucestershire it all looks so lovely.

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    1. You would have to have an early start! We arrived there just before 9am and within 15 minutes all the outside seats were taken. It's sister cafe Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock also on the beach doesn't open until 10am.
      Sarah x

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  5. what bliss! delicious breakfast outdoors byt eh sea and cooked by someone else! Emmax

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  6. I don't blame you for staying away from the tourist areas during the summer Sarah. We do that too until it all settles down come September. Breakfast out is a favourite pastime of ours too.
    Patricia x

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  7. such pretty countryside on the edge of the coast and adorable buildings and boats.
    breakfast looks great!
    x

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  8. I love the idea of a breakfast picnic! In October 2011, for Dave's birthday, I took him out for breakfast as I discovered that the tea room by my rocks served a good range of gluten free food, including a full English! We watched the sunrise then went for breakfast. I've never even considered a breakfast picnic until now but I think I'll be planning one sometime - perhaps next month when we go on holiday!

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  9. I'd love to be an early riser to enable these kinds of outings. Maybe one day if/when we have moved back closer to civilization. The only time we are out early is when we are travelling, I'm afraid.

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  10. Hi Sarah,

    thank you for taking us along on your weekend outing - and such a wonderful place to have breakfast out in the sunshine with the gorgeous view.
    Lovely photo from your archives of your family breakfast.

    Have a lovely week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  11. My uncle had a caravan at West Bay, we spent many a happy holiday there xx

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  12. Having breakfast[or any meal :)] at the beach is very special. When I lived in Crescent City, CA, I loved to do that! Most recently, my oldest sister and I visited Crescent City for two days. We had cooked bacon and stored it in a cooler before we traveled, then in the mornings we were at Crescent City, I sat on the motel deck and munched on bacon sandwiched between two slices of gluten free bread. Not as complete as your lovely poached eggs on bacon and toast, but satisfying none-the-less :) Thanks for posting, Sarah!!!
    Gracie xx

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  13. That looks like the perfect place for a breakfast. I'm at the stage where if I stay with her my daughter Sally takes me out for breakfast ... it works for me!

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  14. Reading your posts and looking at your photos is always a great pleasure Sarah even when I don't comment, you must know that.I love English countryside,English breakfast and yes, I'm crazy with pic nics,so sweet this photo of you with the kids...

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  15. Hi Sarah,
    We had a holiday near West Bay last year - it's such a lovely place, I enjoyed seeing your pictures. Yummy looking breakfast too! CT x

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  16. Looks a lovely outing and that breakfast looks yummy!
    Julie x

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  17. It is a lovely idea to go out for breakfast. I think just eating breakfast outside in this hot weather is a wonderful thing to do and to eat by the sea with that stunning view is just fabulous.

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  18. What gorgeous place by the sea, thank you for taking us along!

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  19. Thank you for the tour, looks like a lovely quiet spot to have breafkast before the crowds swoop down! It must be so crowded, but so good for business at the same time! Hope you can still continue your jaunts around the area without too much traffic! Sharon

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  20. That sounds like a great way to beat the crowds of tourists! It is a tourist area where Jay and I have just moved to(well, not right here, but the lake we are nearby is), so we are going to have to figure out some strategies like yours for avoiding huge masses of people. Beautiful pictures!

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  21. Thanks for taking us along. I love the archive picture! I'm glad you had such a nice time.

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  22. Hello Sarah,
    What a great place to ride a bike. Love your beautiful surrounding. thanks for taking along for breakfast. I just had something to eat and you last photo is making me hungry again.
    thanks for your visit. I'm so okay. A little bump in the road but I hope soon will be okay and I was also blessed to open my home to someone who needed listen ear. We found out we have a lot in comment and gardening is one of them. So I hope they will be able to find either in their garden (small or large) or hobby the simple pleasure when life gets us down. Have a wonderful day!

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  23. We sometimes make tea and toast and walk to Berry Head and sit looking out to sea eating our breakfast. We have been to West Bay, it's lovely and I've seen the cafe too. Isn't it strange how we have to change our patterns when the tourists arrive!

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  24. Thank you for a wonderful breakfast and the scenery - ah bliss. Breakfast is my husband's favorite meal, mine not so much, but if I had a view like this...

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  25. This looks lovely Sarah, and you do live in a beautiful part of the country. We love to go out for breakfast, often just for some good coffee and a pastry at the deli we can walk to. My husband once took me out to a greasy spoon for a birthday breakfast as we couldn't afford anything else at the time!

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  26. What a perfect place for breakfast! I love breakfast but most of the time i eat it at home, lovely greetings

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  27. Beautiful photogarphs - the light is gorgeous.

    I love the fact that loads of peole want to visit St Ives. I love seeing children playing on the beach and the happy noises you can hear from my father in law's house that overlooks Portmeor. I was one of those children once. But St Ives gets very full during the summer - the school holidays especially. We tend to go to lesser known places, or hit the beach after 3pm. The holiday makers tend to pack up at 4pm in order to go back and get ready for dinner.

    Leanne xx

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  28. So beautiful. I love that you captured the cyclist to show the long hill he is slowly conquering with his legs. We love going out for breakfast about once a week - we tend to go to the really popular cafes early on a weekday morning so that we don't have to join the weekend crowds that queue out their doors. We have a couple of favourites for weekend breakfasts that are really great and consistent but thankfully haven't fallen into the crowded category. And my dog loves lying in the sunshine beside us.

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  29. What a very pretty place to have your breakfast, look great.

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  30. Beautiful photos Sarah especially that 1st one, the view is amazing. I think the best part of the day to be at the beach is early morning before anyone else is up and about. Your breakfast looks very appetising.

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  31. I can completely sympathise - it's been busy here for weeks now with the weather. Coach and train loads of people literally head to the beach on a daily basis. I have to admit we try and avoid the crowds too.

    A beautiful setting for breakfast - happy holidays,

    Nina x

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  32. Such a beautiful and peaceful place for a breakfast out especially on a glorious day as the one you show us. Wow, that blue sky!
    We never go out for breakfast, don't really know if that would even be a possibility around here...
    Marian

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  33. Oh Sarah, I am reading this post in the evening but the feeling of your morning outing comes right in! Lovely pics and atmosphere! When reading your blog I always wonder why I was not born in your place! There is still hope for my next life... Christa

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  34. Your first photo is my favourite view in the whole wide world, (and I have been lucky enough to have seen quite a bit of it!!). We discovered the Watch House before it was re-vamped!! I loved it then and even more now!! Will be that way in September for the Bridport Hat Festival. Yippee!!! Lovely pictures, lovely place!!

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  35. Hi Sarah,
    Glad you like my photos. I share the cucumbers with neighbors and friends. Next year I will try to only plant one plant.

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  36. Thank you for taking us all along ~ beautiful.
    I am now craving poached eggs for breakfast, right after I go out in the morn and collect a basket of eggs.

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  37. Fab photos! Can I come live with you please! :) You've got my mouth watering for bacon butties now and as I'm off down the shops, I may just have to pop into the local farm shop...mmmmmm, yum! x

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