Tackle the food mile challenge!
All that sea air sure can make you hungry. Surrounded by water and packed full of sailing, surfing and watersports, the rugged stone island of Portland is a great place to work up a healthy appetite.
So it’s no wonder there’s no fewer than eight cafes or restaurants in and around the mile stretch of causeway that connects the Island to the mainland.
And as you’d expect there’s plenty of seafood to enjoy.
The food mile challenge – take your pick
Going towards the Island from the mainland, take your pick…
Crab House Café – is a specialist seafood restaurant that sits on the shores of the stunning Fleet lagoon tucked behind Chesil beach. It even has its own Oyster beds! It’s sign-posted turning on your right just before going across Ferrybridge.
Billy Winters – one of the newest additions to the food mile. This cafe serves food heaven out of an old re-vamped cargo container with locally sourced, home cooked food, plus drinks and superb views. It’s on the left, look out for pallet board signs on the road-side.
Taste – based in the Chesil Beach Centre on the right of the causeway in the big carpark . Taste has a great reputation. It offers a great selection of homemade food and drinks with fantastic views across the Fleet Lagoon and beach.
Lynx helicopter at Portland
The Boat That Rocks – named after the 2008 film shot in Portland about pirate radio ships of the 1960s – directed by Richard Curtis starring Bill Nighy. Look out for a helicopter standing guard as a reminder of the old Portland Naval Base which once dominated the harbour and Island. Turn off on the left, following the signs for the sailing academy and keep going until you see the chopper.
Blue Fish Restaurant – At the other end of the Food mile at Chiswell with outdoor tables on the banks of the beach. Keep going straight around across the big roundabout when you get onto the island at the end of the causeway.
Portland Pizza Co. -Usually based near the Blue Fish Restaurant, the evening opening Portland Pizza Co. is becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors, plus it also caters at events.
The Cove House – became famous as one of the iconic images from the 2014 winter storms which battered the coastline. Also reputed to be the haunt of the Australian Olympic sailing team during the London 2012 sailing events which were held in the harbour. Sat on the promenade overlooking the beach.
Quiddles Café – the southern most establishment on the food mile is a little cafe at the end of the promenade at Chiswell and a great stopping off point on the island’s coast path.
You could try the food mile challenge and walk the road stopping at each venue for a bite to eat or drink – bit like a pub crawl, only with food!
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