- Published on 05.05.2021
- By Elena
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Only a three-hour drive from London, the Jurassic Coast is situated in Dorset, South of England. We got a car from London St. Pancras and got to the beautiful village of Swanage, where we had rented a lovely cottage via Airbnb. In this blog post, you will find: allergy-friendly restaurant recommendations and what to visit in Dorset's Jurassic Coast.
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Where to eat with food allergies: Restaurant Recommendations
Shell Bay, Isle of Purbeck, Studland Bay
My rating: 5/5
This seafood restaurant was probably my favourite of the whole trip. At Shell Bay, they source their fish, meat and fresh produce from local growers, farmers, and fishermen, as written on their website. And not only the food is excellent quality, but the views were stunning and very romantic, offering a beautiful sunset.
Views from Shell Bay Restaurant
It is not easy to get a table at Shell Bay – I booked two weeks in advance, and there were already very few spaces left.
When ordering food, I was not given any allergen menu – and the main menu had some dishes with nuts in it (e.g. hazelnuts, cashews). However, the staff was super knowledgeable and reassured my food will be safe.
I opted for some oysters followed by sole with roast potatoes. It was all safe and simply delicious - I highly recommend this place for allergy sufferers (except shellfish/fish allergy)
Sole for main at Shell Bay
The Pig on the Beach, Studland Bay
My rating: 5/5
Another stunning place is the Pig on the beach, a restaurant in the Pig Hotel, part of the famous Pig hotels chain. This place also offers drop-in outdoor dining walk-in outdoor eating where you can drink cocktails and eat flatbread.
The Pig on the Beach
The most amazing thing about this place (apart from the stunning setting!) is that the staff spontaneously asked if anyone had food allergies just before ordering. That, to me, is one of the most reassuring things a restaurant can do for people with food allergies. None of the flatbreads had any nuts in it – and I opted for the Isle of Wight tomatoes option. There were also other options like salmon, meats and asparagus flatbread, nibbles (like almonds!), and some sweet treats like ice cream or chocolate tiffin.
I am not sure if there were gluten-free options for the flatbreads. Still, I assume that the main restaurant (the one you need a booking for) will offer gluten-free and allergy-friendly options given the high standards of this place.
I.O.W Tomatoes flatbread
The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
My rating: 3.5/5
We had lunch in this pub with amazing views of Corfe Castle, a must-see if you visit Dorset (check my sightseeing recommendations below.)
Despite booking, the staff could not find my reservation, so seating at the table took a little while. Apart from the minor issue and the fact that it rained a bit while we were eating, the food was pretty good. The menu had gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. I could not see any allergens listed on the menu - and I was not offered an allergen menu. Still, the staff was super attentive when I mentioned my food allergies. My order, vegan burger & sweet potatoes, posed no risk to me.
The Bear, Wareham
My rating: 3.5/5
This was our last meal – we booked a table here last minute after seeing this restaurant in the list of recommendations of our Airbnb host. Note: Shell Bay and The Pig at the Beach were also our host's recommendations.
This restaurant had an allergen menu, and the staff was also quite attentive with my allergies – I ordered a seasonal quiche as a main and a delicious cream tea for dessert (my very first cream tea)
First-ever cream tea at The Bear, Wareham
What to visit in the Jurassic Coast
The main attraction of the Jurassic Coast is Durdle Door, one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. You will have to pay £5 for the parking, but the views will be totally worth it. There are some stairs to get to the beach so you can see the rocks from closer.
From Durdle Door, you can walk for 30 mins and get to Lulworth Cove, another beautiful destination with blue waters and picturesque views. We were short on time, so we drove the car from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove (~5 min drive) and parked at their car park, which was also £5 – something to take into account as you might not want to pay for parking twice.
We visited other beautiful landmarks like Old Harry Rocks, accessible by a 30-min walk from the car park (free) just next to the Bankes Arms Inn. We also drove to Kimmeridge Bay, a rocky bay with a beautiful path along the coast, a popular destination for snorkelling.
Another must-see is the ruins of Corfe Castle, a Royal Castle during the Medieval period that was destroyed in 1645. The ticket entry is £10, and the visit lasts ~30-45 minutes. After your visit, take a walk around the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. This is where the pub The Greyhound Inn, which I have just reviewed above, is located.
And finally, I recommend visiting Weymouth, a seaside town with a beautiful harbour which I fell in love with...
Beautiful Weymouth Harbour
We only spent three days on the Jurassic Coast, so we could not visit places like Lyme Regis, Nothe Fort, Isle of Portland or Poole…I guess we will have an excuse to visit again one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in England.
Have you visited the Jurassic Coast? Let me know