The Hive is top 5 – in the World!

26th April 2012

Hive Beach Café News Release

Global recognition

Mexico City, Granada, San Sebastian and … Burton Bradstock! Writing in the Sunday Telegraph celebrity chef Valentine Warner lists these as the ultimate destinations for the world’s best fish.

“We are over the moon!” says Steve Attrill owner of the Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock in West Dorset. The award winning café is no stranger to accolades but being highlighted on a global level is a real honour.

Mr. Warner actually lists five restaurants, the remaining one being The Seahorse in Dartmouth. “I feel that the South West is in a super league in terms of the quality of the produce available to us,” continues Steve. “It’s a tribute to the region and all the suppliers from fishing boats to bakers and vineyards.” Portland Bill Wild Seabass, West Bay Turbot with wild mushroom and tarragon cream sauce or Cornish Coast Sardines simply grilled with cracked black pepper and sea salt are just some of the dishes to have worked their magic on diners’ taste buds.

Awards judges have previously commented on how fresh and delicious the fish and seafood is, especially the crab and lobster. Café staff have been praised for knowing the source of the fish and whether it came from sustainable stock. As Steve explains, “We specialise in using environmentally friendly fishing methods such as local day boats, based in West Bay, Lyme Regis or Brixham, that use static pots and static nets or that line-catch their fish. All of which results in a higher quality of fish on the plate.” Hive chefs have also worked with their suppliers to gain access to the fish that may have otherwise been discarded. Species such as Dogfish, Dabs, Gurnard and Flounder are regularly on offer and encourage customers to try something different.

The menu changes daily and reflects what is landed by these boats and sold at market. Tim Attrill from the chefs’ team adds, “Because I live and work by the sea I’m constantly in touch with the local fishing industry, developing a cooking style that works brilliantly at the Hive.” For instance, spider crabs have a breeding ground off Burton beach, lobsters are caught in pots almost in view of the café and crabs are landed at Weymouth. “I’m passionate about my job,” says Tim “And with the other Hive chefs offer a cosmopolitan style menu, not forgetting of course, the Hive’s spectacular Seafood Platter, a real gourmet experience.”

The timing of this news could not be better. With the UK set for worldwide spotlight during the 2012 Games there is no doubt that visitors to Dorset and our neighbouring counties are in for a foodie treat.

For pictures, interviews and more information contact

Annette Shaw PR
Telephone: – 01308 456699

Graham Wiffen (Business Manager)
Telephone: – (Hive) 01308 897070
Web site: –

Hive Beach Café, Beach Rd, Burton Bradstock
Dorset, DT6 4RF


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  1. Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Wow, Wow – I’m jumping up and down here and huge congratulations to the whole team it’s no wonder you’re all feeling so chuffed with yourselves. Well Done Everyone :-)

  2. Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Linda, we’re pretty chuffed too and thanks for your help with everything.

  3. Joan Faulkner
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    on gaining this brilliant accolade.
    My husband, myself and family, when they come visiting are always glad to be able dis to make a trip to Hive Beach to have lunch. Wonderful food in the greatest of settings. Keep up the good work and long may we be able to make many visit to Hive Beach Cafe.

    Joan and family

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