A few weeks ago I was invited to discover the wonders of the Dorset coast by Dorset Tea. I have holidayed in this beautiful region of England before, but nothing compared me to the delights we were shown.
Arriving by train, I met up with fellow bloggers, adventurers and foodies, to be whisked to our over night accommodation, the Glampotel. A series of bell tents set in a field surrounded by woodlands. No, we certainly weren’t roughing it by any means. Our tents were comfortable, well furnished and each had it’s own en suite shower room and toilet.
After getting comfortable, Lisa of Dorset Tea, explained that this summer, Dorset Tea is encouraging the nation to explore the outdoors. With every box of 80 Dorset Tea bags (available in Waitrose) you can get a limited edition Dorset Tea caddy tin. Lisa went onto explain that there is also a chance to win a selection of limited edition Dorset Tea branded enamelware with every tea caddy pack. The mugs alone are delightful – perfect for any picnic or camping trip.
After our chat, and chance to sample the Dorset Tea range, I chose a good cup of Earl of Dorset, a floral blend, we were taken on a tour around Weymouth and Portland. The weather was glorious, hot and perfect for being beach side. The last time I visited Portland it was shrouded by fog, seeing it in the sunshine was a real treat. John, West Dorset Foodie, gave us some excellent inside knowledge of the local region. A quick pub stop and then onto the The Crab House for supper.
We ate well on seafood, choosing fresh mussels and a catalan fish stew. Our conversation was filled with local stories and events that happen in Weymouth, we were sitting just a stones throw from where the Olympic sailing team won gold a few years ago.
That evening after dinner, we went back to our bell tents and slept to the sound of a huge thunder storm – so exciting!
The following morning, after breakfast and of course some delicious Dorset Tea, we all traveled to Ringstead Beach to meet James a local forager. I’ve always wanted to go beach foraging, and was so excited to be shown the edible delights of our shores.
James took us on a brisk walk to the far headland of the beach, there he shared with us the different edible seaweed species that can be found on our coast line and how they can be used in cooking. Donning his waders he checked his lobster pots and came back with a LOBSTER! With much delight from us all.
After our foraging foray, James treated us to a pre-prepared lunch. Miso soup with wild garlic and mushrooms, the miso was made using local seaweed. For main, James had made a smoked mackerel frittata, and seaweed salads. And for pud an elderflower pann acotta. All washed down with James’ elderflower champagne.
It was utterly delicious! A real taste of Dorset. Sitting there on that beautiful beach, with great company, I felt I had not only eaten well, discovered more about this region of Dorset but had made some great friends too.
Thank you Dorset Tea for inviting me on this very special trip, it was wonderful meeting you all and discovering Dorset. You can follow our adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #caddycamping.