It is worth visiting Portland Marina any time of year but if you are planning a trip there this summer you will have two new food stops to add to your list, in this fabulously unspoilt area of the Jurassic Coast.
Local artist Cathy Taylor is opening a new café at Portland Marina called Taylor’s Messdeck serving breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas to visitors, berth holders and the ever hungry divers, who love this area for its cool clear waters. Cathy’s husband, Ian, runs Skin Deep at Portland, so they are ideal hosts for this new venture. The soft opening is on 26 June, so go along and try it out and if you are hankering for a portrait of yourself, the kids or the dog, Cathy is your girl!
You could also try Billy Winters at Ferrybridge, a very pleasant walk along the water’s edge from Portland Marina or the WPNSA. It is the second string to the Crab House’s bow but serving more casual street food from a cabin on the beach, with a pizza oven bolted to one end. Expect pulled pork ciabbata rolls, pizzas and other quick tasty meals. Open from breakfast through to mid afternoon and will do evenings soon (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Call the Crab House for information 01305 788867.
Lastly, Steve Wight has launched his Volvo 70 bluQube at Portland Marina, just ahead of the Round the Island Race, but his intention is to do the Westabout – and attempt to crack the solo record for sailing non-stop around the world the wrong way.