Customer Comments

We pride ourselves on serving fresh food daily in a wonderfully relaxed and chilled out location.  However, what we think doesn’t always matter, it’s what our customers think that is important.  We get lots of comments from customers and we thought we’d share them with you here:

“I am always impressed by the quality of food and drink at the Hive Beach Cafe”. — Jessica Winder,

“The smoked haddock gratin with parmesan and herbs was delicious. Lovely creamy sauce, fish not too salty and flavours very subtle”

“What a wonderful place to be on a sunny and windy day ….. looking at the beach, listening to the waves and enjoying delicious food! The service was 5 star all the way. A real pleasure – Thank You!”

“One of our favourite places to come and a pleasure at any time of the year. The food is excellent and there is a great atmosphere, due mainly to your exceptional staff who are unfailingly good natured ad cheerful. Thank you one and all.”

“Feather light tempura batter, and the scrummiest mushy peas ever!!! A wonderful birthday treat for hubby. Will be back for mine in 9 days time!!! Thank you!!!”

“Wonderful food. Love the fish soup!”

“Fantastic food – Everybody really looked after us and it was a fantastic feast of fish!! Thank you.”

“As a native may I say that the Café is always absolutely brilliant. Keep it up!”

“Excellent breakfasts – my family want to know why you don’t do them more often.” Please note that we offer breakfast specials every day!

“We just love your place! Particularly in Winter! Thank you.”

“Good food, thanks for the sun! Good atmosphere and so nice to see smiling and friendly staff. You have a good team. Better than England Rugby!”

“Like the new extended facilities – i.e. awning extension.”

“Best beach café in the UK!”

“A very special place for many reasons. The food, ‘Happy’ staff, Amazing location, The place to visit when in love, And hopefully he’ll propose to me here!”

“Beautiful sardines, Mushroom soup super, Plaice really good. So pleased we had a reason to eat a main meal.”

“Good coffee, wonderful view.”

“Fish soup was perfect!”

“Another superb meal; Squid, scallops & giant prawns. Not forgetting the Sancerre. Your staff are brilliant. Happy Christmas to you all.”

“Have seldom eaten such absolutely deliciously-cooked scallops. Thank you.”

“As near to perfect bream as I recollect…… and I’m extremely critical.”

“Sardines to die for! Perfect place”

“Excellent food. Best fish soup I’ve ever had! Very friendly (and witty) staff.”

“Pollock was splendid. Not had it before. Delicious!”

“We (3 generations) just love coming to your very special café. Your friendliness and the standard of your food is superb. Thank you so much.”

“We’re so pleased we live in Burton Bradstock and we have the Hive Beach Café on our doorstep. Keep up the good work.”

“Lush food, lush location and lush staff!”

“This is the best in the world and the staff are the best. Thank you for being here and I come every week. Thank you.”

“Fantastic food. Lovely service.”

“Best fish and chips we have had for ages. Yummy. Batter light and crispy.”

“Minty mushy peas beautifully complimented the glorious local free range fish and yummy hand-cut chunky chips. Efficiently served by very friendly staff is why we keep coming back from faraway Somerset.”

“Congratulations Tim for removing my fear of eating fish. The fresh sea bass I had for lunch today was amazing and not a bone in site. I will happilly return and order fish every time after this very enjoyable experience. The remainder of my party enjoyed their food immensly and the service was exceptional. One of the Jurrasic Coasts hidden treasures that everyone should experience at least once in their life”.

“…memorably good food” This simple wooden shack, with tables spilling onto the grass that runs down to the beach, has a superb location and memorably good food. The fish are on display to show how fresh they are. I could have chosen fillet of sea bass, mackerel or whole plaice, but opted for grilled sardines that were juicy and full of taste.”

“The fish dishes here are superb as always, the staff extremely pleasant and helpful. Looking forward to our next visit already – two weeks and we start to get withdrawal symptons”

“Well I drove down from the West Midlands to meet a friend for lunch – what more can I say!! A treasure of Dorset. My favourite place in the world. I wish I lived on the doorstep.”

“We can’t wait to eat with you, we stay in Eype and you are our first stop – every day – thank you.”

“An excellent location and a luvly breakfast bap.”

“Beautiful location and a delicious cream tea. We will return soon!”

“Staff are helpful and pleasant. Fantastic food, beautifully presented, generous portions, excellent coffee!”

“What a fantastic place. Amazing location and what great food, fresh and fabulous, expertly cooked lobster – better than the Magpie Cafe. Service was tip-top.”

“A fantastic lunch. The best crab ever! We fully support your local and ethical sourcing policy.”

“Brilliant selection of food and drinks. Excellent staff, very pleasant and helpful. 1st visit but will certainly return.”

“Always look forward to coming down to your wonderful cafe. Best food ever. Also friendly and helpful staff.”

“Fabulous space! Don’t ever change! The Rough Guide recommends you.”

“A lovely meal once again. We are never disappointed. Polite, helpful staff. Superb menu to suite all tastes. Thank you. “

“Every Dorset beach should have a place like this.”

“Our first visit on recommendation – absolutely lovely – already planning our next visit! Well worth the drive from Winchester. Will definitely be recommending to friends.”

“Our first visit and definitely not the last.”

“What a super place! Great location, attentive efficient and friendly staff, and fabulous food. The perfect combination. We’ll be back!”

“Excellent meal representing good value in a beautiful situation! Service was friendly and fantastically efficient. “

“They were the best scallops that I’ve ever eaten since I left Vancouver 18 years ago. I live in Spain, Andalucia, but they don’t compare with yours.”

“Fantastic location, superb scenery, delicious food and very friendly service. Will tell everyone I know.”

“What a lovely surprise. My first visit here, came to the beach thinking just to buy an ice cream, and came across a wonderful oasis!”

“Simply Marvellous!”

“Absolutely delicious and beautifully cooked. Congratulations to the chef!”

“Very good. The best fish I’ve had in a long time!”

“Black Bream – with samphire. Good presentation, flavours and texture.”

“First time visitors and what a TREAT!!! Super service, great food and all round lovely foodie experience. Thank you. We’ll be back.”

“Very nice Sole, tender, tasty, new spuds and salad the perfect accompaniment”

“Delicious breakfast, enjoyed by all. Thank you.”

“Simply brilliant. You have thought of everything.”

“Fish soup was really substantial, bread also great. Can’t wait for the next visit. Lovely to see so many families and dogs.”

“This is always our first and favourite port of call when we’re in the area. Food is always good and service is always with a smile.”

“Delicious fish and chips, lovely sunny day, so many people. But all looked after well. Thank you.”

“Really good to see the ethical fish policy.”

“As usual, thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Weather was awful, but the staff still smiling and attentive. Look forward to our next visit.”

“Beautifully cooked Bream, crispy skin, supported with Samphire and butter.”

“Fantastic – the best place we have been to this holiday and the dog loved it too!”

“Beautiful surroundings, fabulous food. Great place to relax. Thank you.”

“Brilliant café, very well run & location to die for. Just enjoying a breakfast today then a brisk walk!”

“A wonderful surprise to find hidden in the cliffs. Perfectly ‘curled’ tempura cod.”

“Lovely food, but the best of all, dogs allowed in the eating area! Must be a 1st! Really appreciated that, as did Millie (the dog). Thanks!”

“Fab crab sandwich, staff so polite and organised. A very welcoming time. Thank You.”

“Hello! We came here for Mum’s birthday – special 65th – and we all agreed how amazing the food is, delivered with a speedy service! “

“Definitely worth the hours drive from Stalbridge. We’ll visit again soon. Thank you.”

“Brilliant! Food, location, staff.”

“Relaxing, calming & friendly. What a way to enjoy a few hours of fresh air. Fabulous food is the icing on the cake.”

“Quality service – Thank you. “

“Excellent food as always. Service very good.”

“We both had the tempura battered cod and both agreed we could not have enjoyed better, fresher, whiter, tastier fish, anywhere!”

“What a spot!”

“Excellent crab!”

“Excellent food and service. Will be back again and again.” — Graham

“Another excellent meal today. The food is always brilliant. The best fish restaurant I know. Thanks!”

“Our favourite place to eat for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner!”

“Delicious fresh food. Great set-up here.”

“Beautiful surroundings and lovely food”

“Delicious cake, plenty of coffee, smiley service, fabulous views. Thank You!”

“Food as always is excellent”

“Super Plaice (pardon the pun). Wet bank holiday made fun. Thank you for a lovely meal, superb staff. The best Cod I’ve ever had.”

“Lovely cakes! Very good service and very friendly.”

“Fabulous place. Loved our visits here. Will definitely come again.”

“The Hive Cafe has played such an important part of my life over the past 3 1/2 years. My now husband (!) and I ‘courted’ here, he proposed here and we came here and had coffee on 17/5/11 – our wedding day. Long may you continue.”

“The BEST Plaice I’ve had for 50 years – Well done!”

“Lovely evening – excellent food, pleasant service, relaxed atmosphere.”

“On a summers evening this is the place to eat – fresh food – wonderful – lots of sea and sand – relaxing.”

“Absolutely superb! You were recommended and we were not disappointed.”

“This restaurant is EXCELLENT… worth the 12000km to get here!! (from Perth, W. Australia).”

“Your service and offering has surpassed our expectations. We have been thoroughly impressed.”

“This wonderful dog-friendly establishment deserves all the praise we have read about. We shall return.”

“What a winning combination! Simply, but skillfully prepared fresh fish & seafood, served in an unpretentious cafe, on a picturesque, unspoilt beach. Charming & helpful staff. Who could ask for more?”

“Best hot chocolate ever!! Such a great find. “Probably” the best beach café in the world.”

“Great venue, great food, friendly staff. Fabulous!”

“We thought we had found perfection at Inch Beach Cafe, Kerry (Ireland) but you have bettered it!”

“Excellent crab snadwiches, generous portions. All the food looks delicious. Can’t wait to come again.”

“Wonderful place, food, cakes … have been amazed by this treasure. Thank You.”

“Just wanted to say that I received my copy of your new fabulous cook book It is a seriously impressive book -very impressed !”

“I am simply an enthusiastic lover of seafood ! I heard about the cookbook through Twitter believe it or not .
I will certainly be recommending it.”

“Was recommended this wonderful place – thank goodness, faultless – brilliant”

“Best Pork Belly I have had in the last 12 months. Excellent”

“1st class food. Came all the way from Weston Super Mare & it was well worth the drive.”

“Arthur loved the sausages sooooo much. Thanks for a lovely birthday lunch. Beautiful food.”

“Lovely food and location. Glad there is a larger indoor seating area this time.”

“Last came here about 17 years ago. Was nice then and still nice now. Thank you.”

“Really excellent lunch on our first visit. Can’t wait to come back – worth the 54 mile journey!”

“Excellent Silver Surfers meal.”

“The Hake was delicious, along with the crab & potatoes.”

“Excellent scallops & lemon sole – good service. Thank you. Lovely sunshine always a bonus!”

“Best crab sandwiches ever!”

“Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Happy staff. Great choice of drinks and cake!”

“Thank you for a lovely time!”

“Always a delight! Look forward to your evening openings.”

“The chef was an absolute star. One of our kids has allergies and he was so helpful. Never had service like this before.”

“Great atmosphere, great service, good food. Worth the drive and the money/”

“Great food and great carbon footprint. Locally made. Locally sold. Fresh every day.” Abigail, 10

“Fabulous fish (Turbot) + Lobster, lovely cakes & coffee too!”

“Such a refreshingly friendly and unpretentious place.”

“Stumbled on this lovely cafe by accident! What a gem! Very dog friendly and lovely staff too.”

“You won’t be disappointed if you visit.”

“Excellent Lobster ciabatta. Plenty of Lobster, light, crusty ciabatta.”

“My favourite fish eaterie since we moved here from Kent.”

“Great service and spectacularly cooked seafood.”