Food and drink

On arrival, you’ll find some fresh produce in the kitchen – maybe eggs from our chickens, vegetables from the garden or a home made cake. You’ll need to stock up for the rest of your stay, though, and maybe buy some local goodies to take home, so here are some suggestions:

Local shops

Bridport, voted Best Local Food Town in Dorset, is just a mile away. It has two independent bakeries and three butchers, one of them (Balsons) first started trading in Tudor times, making it the oldest family butchers in the country. Saturday and Wednesday mornings, you’ll find stalls groaning with fruit and veg in the street market.

In Symondsbury village, the well stocked shop is open 7 days a week and sells its own range of preserves and beer.

Washingpool Farm shop is 1.5 miles away and is well worth a visit. It has a great café too and a childrens’ adventure playground.

There’s also a Waitrose and Morrisons in Bridport, plus supermarkets can make deliveries to Symondsbury Manor ready for your arrival.


There are many caterers locally who can provide evening meals, breakfasts and packed lunches. We can provide a list, from budget to fine dining, so you can make your choice according to the occasion. Most can bring waiting staff and will clear up afterwards too, so you can sit back and enjoy your evening together.

Eating out

Local thatched pub the Ilchester Arms is only a 3 minute walk away, so perfect for Sunday lunch or bar snack. We’d also recommend the elegant Seaside Boarding House at Burton Bradstock (2 miles away on the Weymouth road) fantastic sea views from the dinning room and the terrace plus the best place for a cream tea or an apertif.

We can provide heaps of other suggestions if you’re planning a meal out. Just let us know your preferences!