Locally farmed meat, fish fresh from the sea, artisan breads and kitchen garden fruit & veg. Purbeck fare is nothing short of mouth watering.
Talented chefs, bakers and farmers have put Dorset well and truly on the culinary map. Sumptuous picnics can be packed and BBQs stacked with fresh local produce from urban farm shops, butchers, fishmongers, markets and food festivals.
Dorset is home to the Naga, the world’s hottest chilli pepper and of course the Dorset Knob! And a wedge of Dorset Blue Vinney cheese is perfect with a glug or two of local cider, wine or real ale. Purbeck in particular is known for its rich venison, Chococo chocolate and delicious Purbeck Ice Cream, passionately produced with farm fresh milk and thick double cream.
Visit the Snack Shack at Burnbake for breakfast, and dinner, during the summer and at weekends in the off season. Serving up full English breakfasts and bacon rolls in the mornings and a selection of meals in the evenings including hot dogs, burgers and specialities like paella.
Out and about:
Out and about, Dorset Apple Cake with cinnamon and a huge dollop of clotted cream is on the menu of almost every tearoom right alongside the classic Dorset Cream Tea. Character pubs, beach bars, bistros and fine restaurants serve tempting menus to suit all tastes. If you need some help deciding where to try first, drop in at Reception and we will happily suggest a few favourites.
Olive Tree Cookery School
Set in the beautiful Purbeck hills, Dorset, the Olive Tree Cookery School is ideally located for those wishing to combine culinary instruction with their relaxing stay at Burnbake.
We offer various packages to whet your appetite, and you can combine them with a stay in one of our Luxury Lodges.
Spend the morning foraging the local coastline for sea vegetables and edible flowers before returning to the cookery school to create a fresh, seasonal, flavour packed lunch with your foraged treasure and other local produce. Maximum 4 people. Sample menu:
Grilled Sea Bass with Sea Beet, Samphire and Black Mustard Butter
The high number of repeat visitors is testament to the charm of this site, which has 130 pitches, close to the sandy delights of the beaches at Studland Bay, a short drive away and the proximity of excellent cycle paths means it is worth bringing children's bikes. Corfe Castle and Swanage are just six miles away. Facilities include showers, washing machines, baby-changing facilities and a small shop stocking camping and cooking equipment.
Burnbake - Corfe Castle, Dorset
Burnbake is devoted to good, old-fashioned fun. The big draw is the woods that surround the site, where children often disappear for hours on end, discovering the joys of swinging on ropes and building dens.
Top-of-primary kids in particular have a ball here, living a Swallows and Amazons existence while you chill out round your campfire (off-the- ground fires only), beer in hand.
There's an excellent shop on site and a yurt pizza outlet in high season all of you will relish. The beautiful three-mile-long beach at Studland Bay is close at hand, and Swanage has lots of old-fashioned seaside activities including putting, tennis and bowls, and a couple of great fish-and-chip shops.
Burnbake Camping Site, Dorset
The vibe: Full-on family escapades.
Highlights: This is the camp for those with children who enjoy fresh-air and mud. It sits snugly in a forest, beside a stream. Bring your bikes for family jaunts on the many cycle paths; likewise, buckets and spades for the nearby Blue Flag beaches in Swanage and Studland. The South-West coast path is close, as is beautiful Corfe Castle.
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