Restaurant/ Pub. POWERSTOCK, Bridport, DT6 3TF
Tel: 01308 485328 Fax: 01308 485328
Lost deep in the hills of west Dorset, Powerstock is not the easiest place to find. Having travelled there in the dark (not to mention rain) and through heavy, delaying traffic, sheer relief was our first emotion upon arriving in the car park of the Three Horseshoes. But once inside, there was plenty to revive us. The bar is small but snug, with a wood fire burning in winter and thick walls to keep out the gales. There are always several guest beers on draught, and a remarkably good wine list for such an out-of-the-way place. The reason for this is the restaurant...of which more later. In the summer, the bar opens out into a garden with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Powerstock is at the top of a hill, and so the ground falls away (almost literally!) from the pub down to a tree-lined valley. And its location does not lend itself to through traffic, so there is virtually nothing to distract you from enjoyment of the bar's refreshments, unless you choose to explore the church over the road, or any one of the walks that start and end at the Three Horseshoes. But the main attraction of the pub is not thebar, but the restaurant. With a top-quality chef recently reinstalled, the food is better than that of many London restaurants which get rave reviews in the capital's press. As we were staying for the weekend, we thought that we would have the opportunity to test out the menu properly, but the ever-changing daily specials put paid to that. Fresh fish from the coast and fantastic combinations of flavours and ideas make eating here a real experience. It gets fully booked out for weekend lunchs and dinners, so plan ahead...or do what we did and stay! The pub has several guest rooms upstairs, which are remarkably large (and several have ensuite facilities). The views from the windows are just as enchanting, and on a sunny morning are almost - but not quite - enough to deter you from going down to a full ( and by full, I mean full) breakfast. If you think that a full English breakfast is the true test of a chef, the incumbent passes with flying colours. All this, and I haven't even got round to talking about the beautiful countryside that makes this a perfect base for exploration. With beaches (free from foot and mouth) only a short drive away, this pub is well worth a visit for a weekend...or even more!