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The Cool Dorset Guide: A night at The Pig

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 17th March 2017

My room at The Pig on the Beach had everything a hotel guest could wish for. Stunning décor, a view across the sea towards Old Harry Rocks and a rolltop bath strategically placed by the window to enjoy the amazing vista. I was so determined to make the most of my one-night stay that I even set my alarm for an hour earlier than usual. When it went off at 6 am ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: Rick Stein, Sandbanks

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 1st January 2017

After the excitement of December 25 – parties, presents, carols, turkey, twinkling lights and all – the days between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of an anti-climax. That’s why my mum came up with the tradition of treating us all to a family lunch at a favourite restaurant on Boxing Day or the day after. We went to Summer Lodge in the pretty Dorset village of Evershot for ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: The Bakery at Poundbury

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 23rd October 2016

There’s nothing I like better than discovering a new Dorset café. So en route to the garage – my car had broken down again – I was delighted to find The Bakery at Poundbury, the posh-looking village designed by Prince Charles on the outskirts of Dorchester. The Bakery has been open for three years and is part of a chain of six (the other cafés are in Lyme Regis, Exeter and Plymouth). ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: The Jetty

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 22nd September 2016

Like loads of other parents I’ve got an empty nest again. My son has been home from university all summer, give or take the odd trip to a festival, a Deliveroo job (none of us ever realised how hilly Bournemouth was before) and some eye-wateringly intense bike training. But now he’s back at university and the house feels very quiet. The bikes have gone, the slack line has been dismantled ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: Chococo

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 11th September 2016

There are times in life when only chocolate will do. Last week’s stresses included a son training for a scary bike event, a book to finish and a bill for a car exhaust – so I definitely needed a slab of Dorset’s best chocolate. I hotfooted it along to Chococo’s Swanage emporium and snapped up a selection of their gorgeous handmade chocs, which were devoured (by three of us, I ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: Brassica

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 26th June 2016

What a horrible few days. I still can’t quite believe that the UK has done something so crazy. I’m shocked and devastated at the catastrophic decision made by the British electorate on Thursday. I keep hoping that the whole thing will turn out to be like Bobby Ewing’s “death” on Dallas – that we’ll wake up in a few days time and find that the whole sorry mess is a ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: The Squash Court in Wimborne

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 23rd April 2016

When I was a teenager all the cool girls at my school lived in Wimborne. They wore the chicest clothes, shopped at Chelsea Girl in Bournemouth on Saturdays (the height of sophistication) and unlike the rest of us knew enough boys to invite a whole load of them to parties. So it was a bit of a surprise when I moved back to Dorset to find that Wimborne is actually ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: Sandbanks Ferry

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 15th March 2016

One of the best things about living by the sea is having to catch a ferry to get home. Sandbanks Ferry clanks back and forth across the entrance to Poole Harbour three times an hour, linking glitzy Sandbanks to peaceful Studland, with its miles of unspoiled, sandy beaches and remote heathland walks. Three years after moving here I’m as fascinated by the ferry as ever. It has been operating since ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: Le Petit Prince in Westbourne

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 7th February 2015

Saturday breakfast is my favourite time of the week. The stresses and strains of the previous week recede into the distance and two days of blustery walks, log fires and reading books stretch blissfully ahead. Years ago, when I was on the Sunday Express, I always worked on Saturdays and even though I got Mondays off in lieu it was never quite the same. Worse still, I missed two years ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: The Pig on the Beach

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 11th January 2015

I can’t think of a better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon than lunch at The Pig on the Beach at Studland, followed by a bracing walk to Old Harry Rocks. The Pig on the Beach opened its doors in June last year and has been garlanded with praise ever since. A gorgeous 23-bedroom country house, with stunning views across the Dorset coastline, it received 1,100 room bookings within ...keep reading