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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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