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48 hours in… Weymouth

Publisher - Great British Food Awards
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Aug 03, 2022
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With its boat-filled harbour, sandy beaches and more fresh seafood and shellfish than you can shake a bucket and spade at, Weymouth is fast becoming a destination for foodies, as we discover

Words: Kayleigh Rattle

From Sea to Plate 

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As you’d expect, the seaside town of Weymouth – situated seven miles south of Dorchester on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast – is a haven for fresh fish and seafood, and no place is that more evident than Weymouth’s boat-filled harbour. Pass the pastel-hued Georgian townhouses and just-filled whelk nets and follow your noses until you reach Catch at the Old Fish Market (, located in the town’s historic Grade II-listed fish market.

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With chef Mike Naidoo – formerly of Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social – at the helm, its own day boats and a strong focus on sustainability and terroir, Catch comes Michelin Guide-recommended, and it’s easy to see why. Serving up two- and three-course lunches, as well as a seven-course tasting menu on Saturdays, you can expect everything from zingy cured trout with peas, yoghurt and mint to delicate plaice with a squid bolognese sauce, all washed down with a large selection of Dorset wines. Be sure to save room for dessert: the tarte tatin is a knockout. Downstairs is Weyfish (, a fishmonger selling more than 40 varieties of ethically-sourced local catch, including John Dory. For those after some seafood-inspired street food, the building also houses Hatch (hatchonthe As the name suggests, it’s a hole-in-the-wall affair selling street food-inspired seafood dishes such as grilled scallops with salsa verde, fish tacos and oysters.

Local Flavour 

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Just behind the main throng of the harbour is award-winning chippy Fish ‘n’ Fritz (, offering catch of the day and plenty of gluten-free options. Grab a bench along the harbour, or take a short stroll to the beach and tuck in. Just behind the quay you’ll also find modern micro bakery Peppina ( which supplies its sublime sourdough to Catch. While in the area, don’t miss wine and gin bar Vinolo (, where you can pair local tipples with a Dorset cheese board.

Pure Shores 

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At the opposite end of Weymouth esplanade – which is well worth a stroll – is Bowleaze Cove. En route, stop off at The Lookout Cafe for unparalleled views of the coastline, plus a delicious array of teas and coffees, homemade cakes and freshly-made crab salads. This is also a great spot if you’re looking for accommodation. Waterside Holiday Park ( – a family-friendly caravan park with top-class facilities including a beach bar that offers local G&Ts and on-site restaurants cooking fresh catch – is situated just beyond The Lookout Cafe at Bowleaze Cove beach.

Can’t-miss Crustaceans 

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No trip to Weymouth is complete without stopping by The Crab House Café (, a characterful seaside shack with views of Chesil Beach that specialises in – you’ve guessed it – local crab alongside a plethora of fresh catch and seafood, lobster and Portland oysters (from their own oyster beds). A short drive past Dorset’s Chesil Beach will also bring you to the Isle of Portland where Chesil Chippie ( is cooking up sustainable, locally-sourced fish and chips as well as a side of tempura samphire: divine.

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