As follys go, the castle at Durlston Country Park, enjoys a remarkable position. Built in the late Victorian era by George Burt, the castle now hosts local exhibitions and a cafe/restaurant, Seventh Wave. Durlston Country Park sits just west of Swanage beside the Tilly Whim caves and the Anvil Point lighthouse. Durlston is a terrific destination for a hike, with Swanage as a good start or end point. Alternatively, park at the park and take a stroll through the Victorian wooded garden or along the cliffs and try and spy a dolphin or two.

Seventhwave  - Swanage

On a sunny day there are few more spectacular views than on the terrace at Seventh Wave. With lots of outdoor seating and a light, airy dining room – all dog friendly – Seventh Wave is a perfect lunch spot and also opens for dinner on a Friday and Saturday evening.

Seventhwave  - Swanage

The menu at Seventh Wave combines some regular favourites, think cod & chips, Portland crab sandwiches, Dorset steak burger together with changing specials including locally sourced fish dishes. On our visit the specials included fillet of hake, fish pie and fish cakes.

Seventhwave  - Swanage

On previous visits I’ve really enjoyed the steak burger so thought this time I’d venture seaward and tried the fish pie – chock full of plump prawns, hake and salmon in a creamy sauce this was a generous dish. The puff pastry crust could have done with another 5 minutes in the oven but the filling was pretty tasty and all came with some excellent vegetables – fresh sprouting broccoli and sweet roasted carrots. As it would be rude not to, I added a “pinch” of chips to my order – the best £1 we spent all weekend!

Seventhwave  - Swanage

Sarah had the salmon fishcakes – a couple of generous sized fishcakes came with homemade tartare sauce and a perky salad. The second best £1 spent brought a pinch of chips for Sarah as well…the fishcakes were nicely cooked with a crispy outside and fluffy mash and salmon inside.

Seventhwave - Swanage

Durlston is definitely worth a trip, either as part of coastal walk or to see the castle (and one of their frequent exhibitions) and its grounds. While you’re at Durlston the cafe is a good spot for a snack, lunch or afternoon tea. If you pick a sunny day like we did you’ll be rewarded with one of the best spots in Purbeck to enjoy your food.

Durlston Country Park
Lighthouse Road
BH19 2JL

t: 01929 421111

Dorset Food & Drink

Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? No
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? No
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? No
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? No
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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