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Hive Beach Cafe, Bridport, Dorset

Hive Beach Cafe

4.4
4.4
490 reviews
£25 and under
Seafood
Iconic coastline, fantastic food
Serving fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce, focusing on fish and seafood, lovingly prepared to our customers from near & far.
The Hive Pavilion with wrap-around patio & a seasonal addition of the Top Marquee each offering far-reaching sea views and evening sunsets to each table.
Check in on arrival will be at the front desk in our main marquee. Please note at peak times there may be a slight delay on arrival for your table. Booked tables will be available for the time you have reserved, early access will not be permitted.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01308 897070
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 490 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dorset

    Great for brunch

  • Dorset

    Child-friendly

  • Dorset

    Hot spot

  • Dorset

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Dorset

    Great for scenic views

  • Dorset

    Lively

490 Reviews
  1. SteveC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time at the Hive. The food was exquisite and we shall be back with friends.

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  2. JohnM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a pleasure to visit the Hive. very high standard of food and staff. informal but efficient

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  3. AlisonH

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food. Great setting. Attentive service

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely spot and friendly staff with delicious food.

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  5. ClaireH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality of fresh fish outstanding as usual, lost count of how many times we have been

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  6. DavidM

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiting to check in, although already booked, there was what appeared to be some queue jumping. The check in area is a bit restricting, but we understand that you have to control the entry, due to high demand. Could have done with a separate exit for the toilets.

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  7. RichardM

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent but given the wrong bill which we paid before checking it! Had to get a refund and pay again, takes time for refund to go through so not great!

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  8. Jane

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food and good service, as always. There was a very noisy dog who barked at everything which marred our time, a bit. I mention this because it is so unusual for an owner not to react to such an intrusion. We will be back soon

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  9. EllyK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious ! Just what we’d hoped for . Service was pretty good but we had to ask for a couple of things twice - no biggy !

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  10. AnnaL

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a really lovely lunch on Valentines Day at The Hive. The fish soup was delicious, as was the Gurnard, served with baby leeks, mange tout and mashed potato - service was excellent and very quick and the atmosphere very friendly. Would highly recommend.

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  11. SarahT

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Hive Cafe. Have been several times. This time we went on a Tuesday for the Silver Surfers discount lunch having received an advert about it the week before. When we asked for the silver Surfers lunch the waitress said it wasn’t applicable because it was half term week. There was nothing on the website to indicate this so we were disappointed. The fish and chips we had were delicious though portions smaller than the previous times we’ve been.

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  12. SallA

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always & great service from Niamh - not sure if Irish spelling! Sun shining and a perfect end to a lovely break.

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  13. JazzJ

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing food & dining experience, not to be missed if possible.

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  14. SarahE

    Bath

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious fish and chips lunch Quick efficient service- we had booked but got there early which was no problem to them , they found out table and we went straight in. Even wet sandy dogs allowed We went on a Sunday lunch- lots of noisy children hence the noise rating I gave . However , in no way reflects the cafe / staff or service- only their parents!

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  15. AlexS

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were there to celebrate some family birthdays; we were given a table facing the sea; the food was superb and the service quick and very friendly. Couldn't have been better! Thanks

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  16. JayneB

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time at the hive and it did not disappoint. My Partner is gluten intolerant and although there was no specific GF menu the staff were well trained and were able to advise which items they knew to definitely be GF. Food was delicious and service excellent.

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  17. DAVIDH

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive staff, great food, amazing location. A little pricey, but the quality of the food justifies it. Our dogs enjoyed their biscuits and we loved our crab sandwiches!

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  18. vjdu

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good but not as good as previous visits. A couple of us had the whole Sole which came on a mirepoix of veg with some seafood mixed in but it didn’t hang together as a dish. Nothing else shouted out from the menu as a must have dish - some rather odd combinations.

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  19. Delyk

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very windy rough day when we visited The Hive to take advantage of the Silver Surfers menu. It was lovely and cosy inside with the heaters on and the staff were lovely and looked after us well. The food was delicious and it was great value. Will definitely be visiting again soon!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven’t been here for years despite living locally, always seems too busy, now we realise we can book! We can see why it’s always busy!! Catching up with old friends . Good service, lovely generous crab sandwich. We’ll be back.

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  21. TimE

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hive Beach Cafe is a wonderful place. The food is usually super. We tried the Silver Surfers choice which is good value at £15 for two courses. The Salmon starter was delicious but the Chickpea Thai Curry, I am sorry to say, was not something I could rave about as it was quite bland with sticky white rice(non sticky). Also the Fish choice included vegetables in a chicken gravy which meant that it is not an option for those that do not eat meat. The service was great.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Hive, been going for years and delighted it is consistently good

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  23. CharlieW

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We thought it would be good, but it was just OK. £15 for a « nibble board » of tiny bits of this and that was underwhelming, followed by £23 for some cold prawns and little dollops of unappetising salad with a knackered child's crabbing bucket for the bits… lovely staff, great location, shame about the food.

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  24. BeverleyP

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and very good service, well worth a visit.

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  25. VictoriaM

    Newcastle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have visited a couple of times albeit a few years ago and couldn’t wait to return. We live in landlocked Oxfordshire so a fish restaurant is a real treat. The staff were friendly, ambience absolutely fine and as we expected but just so disappointed with the food. Where was the seafood, the oysters, something a little different? I have your recipe books - under the Winter section of one, the choice is endless - not reflected in your menu. I had the fish soup, fair enough, my mistake for assuming it was fish soup - the bisque type served with rouille, Gruyère and croutons but all the same, it was a bowl of chopped tomatoes with carrots and celery and a few small chunks of fish with some rouille on top. I genuinely think I could have made it better at home. Husband had the skate and fish pie combo. Pleasant but nothing more. There was mackerel and a crab sandwich with the ubiquitous fish and chips - a best seller I’m sure but not what I thought the Hive was all about - you can go to a zillion chip shops anywhere for that. I’m not after Michelin dining, just fresh, honest cooking showcasing brilliant British fish and seafood. I think the Hive has gone the way of lots of British establishments, down the tube. Hospitality is struggling, costs are rising and ingredients are expensive, I get it, but this isn’t the way to encourage customers to return. I’m sorry to say, just all a bit average.

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  26. KeithB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A gale blowing so very noisy few customers service excellent. Thank you all. Waves galore wind and rain outside but warm and welcoming inside. KB

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  27. JeremyL

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed excellent lunch with fabulous view over beach. Wonderful walks before or after lunch literally on the doorstep.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The booking and seating service really works well. The menu was a little limited but it was a cold frosty day and most of the day fisherman from West Bay yet to be on the water. Of particular note was the staffing …… during our lunch served by several people and without exception perfect well timed interactions …..well trained and selected! As on my previous review on TA the main niggle is the eating area features too many dogs ….frequently barking or squealing….. need to be outside or in discrete seating zone …please

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  29. NikkiR

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Lunch , after a long walk from The Hive's sister place The Clubhouse .Cant beat the location and the staff were great - smiles all round even when dealing with our special requests.

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  30. DavidO

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Too many dogs, too many staff stood over your table around central tills. Not an environment that justifies £20 for a bowl of fish soup.

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  31. kated

    Spain

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Really nice food. White wine not cold so asked for ice. Coffee/cappuccino weak. Service well meaning but better training needed. And why bring the soup and the main course at the same time?! But we enjoyed overall.

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  32. TrevorH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food as usually. Heaters were really appreciated!

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  33. JuliaO

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb welcome and food and overall service. Would definitely go back and highly recommend.

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  34. mekm

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food albeit service a bit slow but they were super busy.

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  35. Doogal

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding lunch, as always. Delicious food and fantastic service. Thank you!

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  36. ChrisR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Only issue was people allowing their children to move around rather than be seated at nearby tables. Detracted from our enjoyment

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  37. Brams

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The (hake) fish and chips was really excellent, as always. The 'while you wait' nibbles board needed a bit more bread with it, but delicicious anyway.

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  38. FayeS

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very awkward seating - not alot of room and kept getting brushed as waiters walked past. Food was okay, not outstanding and not very good value for money - very expensive. Only 2 vegetarian dishes on the menu, so really not a lot of choice for vegetarians. My husband had the grilled trout - menu said it came with squid and octopus but it did not and for £19 very overpriced for what he received. Would personally not return.

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  39. MarionR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing location on the beach. Although very wet windy weather the tarpaulin structure and wall fires kept it cosy inside. Staff very pleasant as always. Menu a little restricted on choice for lunch but food quality excellent

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  40. MdVE

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommended. With the location the restaurant could always be full serving mediocre food. The fantastic surprise was that every dish exceeded expectation by a big margin. Great place to visit

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FAQs

Hive Beach Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01308 897070.

Hive Beach Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 490 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hive Beach Cafe

Beach Rd, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RF

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Bridport
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Vegan
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