Taste Café is located within the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre on Portland Beach Road, halfway between Wyke Regis and the Isle of Portland. We have been here since March 2013. We also have a sister café/restaurant, Taste Brasserie on Trinity Street in Dorchester. If you’re in Dorchester visiting why not pop in for a coffee and cake or a delicious lunch!
We are lucky enough to be based on Portland, Chesil Beach which serves breathtaking views as well as being a hotspot for tourists, sailors, mariners etc. We see all kinds of people that come and go and we've been lucky enough to meet a variety of people throughout the years.
There is a local authority run, public, pay, car park approximately 25 metres from Taste Café at the visitor centre. The pay machine also operates a ‘Ring and Pay’ system via your mobile phone. This is located on the pay machine in the disabled car park. The local bus company ‘First’ run a frequent service; every 10-15minutes from Weymouth town and stop at the bottom of Wyke Regis opposite the Ferry Bridge Inn, on the Portland Beach Road. It is then a 800 meter / 0.04 mile walk south along the Portland Beach Road to Taste Café and the Chesil Beach Visitor centre.
Most mobile users will receive a good signal at the café (dependant on your provider and their coverage)
Taste Café has free public Wi-Fi available in all areas of the visitor centre and café.
Portland is not really an island but is reached over a narrow causeway from Chesil Beach. It is a huge block of limestone, measuring 4.5 miles by 1.75 miles and rising to a height of 400 feet above sea level in the north. The famous Portland Stone quarried here has been used for many well-known buildings. These include both our own St Paul’s Cathedral and the United Nations Building in New York. Many of the quarries here are owned by the crown as Portland is a Royal Manor.
For more than 100 years, from its completion in 1872, Portland Harbour was one of the main naval bases of the United Kingdom. This base has now closed, due to reductions of military forces following the end of the Cold War, and the harbour is being redeveloped. The Search and Rescue helicopter service still operates from here.
The coastline around Portland has always been hazardous for shipping, especially in foggy weather or at night. There has been a lighthouse on the southern tip of the island for almost three hundred years, to warn vessels navigating the English Channel. The large automatic lighthouse warns mariners of the Shambles Bank, which lies three miles offshore. It is open to visitors at certain times during the season. An older lighthouse stands nearby and is now used by birdwatchers.
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