DORSET is blessed with miles of gorgeous coastline.

On a nice day, there’s nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea, glass of wine or some fish and chips by the sea.

Here are seven of the cafes you can enjoy a drink or food with a view.

1. Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock

Established in 1991, Hive Beach Café is a popular venue specialising on “fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce focusing on fish and seafood”.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch and until 7pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, Hive Beach Café also offers a takeaway service.

The breakfast menu comprises a full cooked breakfast with a vegetarian version available, Scotch pancakes, crab bubble and squeak, smoked salmon benedict and kippers billed as “Jimmy Doherty’s fab breakfast as seen on TV”.

Sample lunches include a Hive Seafood Platter featuring a medley of lobster, prawns, crab meat, smoked salmon, mussels and hake goujons. Other dishes include fillet of wild bass, mackerel or fish and chips.

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2. Watch House Cafe at West Bay

Watch House Cafe is described as "West Bay's only beach cafe, serving locally sourced seafood, and wood fired oven cooking".

It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday and open for dinner between 4pm and 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 


Diners can choose from the likes of a full English, smoked salmon bagel or blueberry compote pancakes for breakfast or fish and chips, beef brisket sandwich or pizza for lunch.

3. Crab House Cafe in Weymouth

Crab House Cafe is "relaxed", "unpretentious" and a "hidden pearl of the south west". 

Visitors can enjoy views over Chesil Beach and fresh oysters on your table within minutes of them leaving the water, with Portland oyster beds just a stone's throw away from the restaurant. 

Dishes include turbot steak, lemon sole, baked red mullet, crab and, of course, oysters. 

And for pudding there's Dorset apple cake, cheesecake and sticky toffee prune pudding. 

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12pm to 3pm on Sundays. 

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4. The Beach Hut Cafe at Friars Cliff

Family-run multi award-winning cafe The Beach Hut offers views from Hurst Spit in the east, to the Purbeck Hills in the west.

Breakfast is served until 3.30pm and includes a full English and vegetarian breakfast, scrambled egg on toast as well as breakfast sandwiches.

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You can also choose from jacket potatoes, sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, ciabatta and wraps as well as homemade cakes. 

Open 8.30am to 6.30pm during the summer. 

5. The Hiker Cafe at Hengistbury Head

Open everyday from 9am, The Hiker Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, cream teas, coffee and cake.

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Breakfast items include bacon and egg bap, sausage sandwiches, porridge, cooked breakfasts with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free offerings available. 

Lunch includes baked potatoes, baguettes, paninis, wraps, burgers and salads.

Children's meals are also available. 

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6. Joe's Cafe at Studland

This cafe located at South Beach on Studland has scores of reviews rating it as "excellent" or "very good" on TripAdvisor.

Described as one of the Jurassic Coast's "best kept secret", it can be found nestled amongst the beach huts.

It serves tea and coffee, homemade flapjacks and brownies, freshly made sandwiches and salads, and ice cream.

Joe's Cafe says: "We are committed to providing quality local, homemade, Fairtrade and organic goods and we are good for the environment - no polystyrene cups at this cafe, all hot drinks are served in a china mug.

"We are an integral part of the safe, friendly, family atmosphere found on South Beach - come and say hi."

7. The Prom Diner at Boscombe

Situated 100 metres west of Boscombe Pier, this American-themed diner serves cooked breakfasts, pancakes and bacon baps, plus other favourites such as fish and chips, paninis, nachos, burgers and hot dogs.

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For those with a sweet tooth, there's sundaes, banana splits, crepes, cakes, ice creams and milkshakes. 

Open seven days a week from 10am. 

This summer, customers can also get even closer to the beach with a trip to the new pop-up Beach Diner which is located on the sand.