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Eat and drink

With its coastline backed by fertile farmland, West Dorset has long been at the forefront of Britain’s resurgent interest in local, seasonal food and drink. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was the catalyst for many pubs, restaurants and cafés to start using the produce that grows in their backyard, and can often be foraged for free, but he was only capitalising on the excellent quality of the ingredients already available in Dorset. Today, you won’t have to travel far to find a seafront café serving mackerel caught from the sea that day and simply grilled, while inland there’s no shortage of local pubs offering meat and game reared on the neighbouring estate and vegetables and herbs grown in their own gardens. The abundance of dairy farming means that cafés sell locally made ice cream, while pubs in the region sell beer brewed in Bridport, and you can even buy bread baked with locally grown organic wheat, ground into flour at a watermill in Lyme Regis – and you can’t get much shorter food miles that that.

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