We try the gourmet beach cafe that will blow you away

While the main peak of summer may be over, September offers the opportunity to flock to the coast and enjoy some often refreshing autumn sun. And with the Jurassic coast just minutes away from our county, there are few better ways to spend a day off than to head down to the seaside. One of the most spectacular beaches in Dorset can be found at Burton Bradstock, and there, tucked away under an awning and umbrellas, is a cafe that will blow you away.

READ MORE: We try the little Bath cafe offering an exotic twist on poached eggs In truth, to call The Hive a cafe may be something of a misrepresentation. Instead, it has the feel of a bustling seafood restaurant that provides the perfect lunch before heading down for a much-needed dip in the sea.

For all its splendour, it does not come cheap, with fish and chips, lemon sole and smoked salmon linguine options all coming to more than GBP20.

Fish and chips to die for at The Hive Beach CafeFish and chips to die for at The Hive Beach Cafe

The signature item on the menu is the hive seafood platter, which allows diners to indulge in lobster, king prawns, crab meat, smoked salmon and several other fish. For the pleasure though, you will have to shell out GBP130, a price tag that bumps up to GBP150 if you order champagne to go with it. That said, we felt our experience at The Hive was well worth the money.

We ordered a fish and chips and a crab sandwich with a side of chips, the latter of which was bolstered by a side salad, coleslaw and a very generous helping of tartare sauce. After what must have been little more than a minute after ordering, we were astounded to find that our food arrive at the table. Not only was service brisk, but it still had the taste of something which had been prepared freshly to order, a tell tale sign of a well oiled machine operating within the kitchen.

The Hive Beach Cafe is tucked away under awning and umbrellas on the seafront at Burton BradstockThe Hive Beach Cafe is tucked away under awning and umbrellas on the seafront at Burton Bradstock

The hake was cooked to perfection, while the batter had the crunchy texture you would want without ever feeling greasy.

Meanwhile, the crab sandwich was an absolute joy, coming in sufficient quantity to make me regret my decision to order an extra side of chips. Although I could not fault either the quality of the food or the service, I do feel the Hive could do worse than add some lower cost options to their selection. The crab sandwich was the cheapest main dish on the menu at GBP13 and while both our dishes were well worth the money, it would be a stretch to say that the food would be affordable for all visitors.

A couple of cheaper panini or further sandwich options would, in my opinion, complement the existing menu perfectly and help to open The Hive up to a bigger market, important given there are no other easily accessible places to eat at Burton Bradstock. With all that said and done, however, you could not describe The Hive as anything other than a superb lunch spot and for those partial to a spot of seafood, it is a must visit if venturing down to the coast. Rating: 4.5/5

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