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The Seaside Boarding House

The Seaside Boarding House

After much anticipation doors have opened at the Seaside Boarding House in Burton Bradstock. With its incredible clifftop location overlooking the famous sweep of Chesil Beach and bang next door to Billy Bragg's matching villa, the Boarding House takes over as the West Country's chicest new seaside eaterie.

Dubbed the Groucho on Sea - owner Mary Lou Sturridge founded the infamous Groucho club 20 years ago – it has been styled as a hip pastiche of the classic 50s seaside B&B.

The fundamentals that made the Groucho such a success – brilliant drinks, food and service and a quiet kind of decadence are very much in evidence here.

The restaurant has incredible views looking out over the sea and the menu, focusing on the best local ingredients, mixes old fashioned classics with modern British cooking.

So you'll find spaghetti vongole, pate de campagne with toast and gherkins, Provencal fish stew, aubergine lasagne, apple tart with caramel ice cream.

Like the Groucho this is a hangout that works at any time of day from Sunday morning Bloody Marys to midweek cappuccinos and Friday night sundowners

There's a cocktail bar (uber martinis), a snug 'for afternoon naps' and a larder for 'midnight feasts.'

Eight bedrooms major on indulgence with tall beds and cloud-soft feather pillows and you'll fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves.

It's been all about The Pig at Studland in recent months but the Seaside Boarding House is guaranteed to bring to a stampede of mini breakers to sleepy Burton Bradstock.

Go soon, while you still can.


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