Joe's Cafe, Studland // Dorset, UK

 

This little beach-hut style gem of a cafe is the first thing that greets you after a short potter from Studland village down to the seaside.

It sits nestled on South Beach, the lesser known of Studland’s beaches on this patch of Jurassic Coast (that is also quietly known as ‘the local’s beach'). Joe’s Cafe, the only option here for replenishing yourself after walking the cobwebs away, is an iconic and much-loved beach feature to locals and holiday-makers alike.

With an array of home-made treasures and locally curated delights on offer, including local ice-creams and jars of ‘Granny Parish’s’ jams, marmalades and chutneys, you can’t go too far wrong. Joe’s Cafe care about their impact too; that means fair-trade, organic and local produce, as well as no polystyrene cups in sight. I recommend grabbing one of Josie's famous flapjacks and a cuppa (in a proper mug), taking five to enjoy the view and then heading off to explore the beach.

If you head left and to the end of the beach you will eventually reach a fallen WWII pill box which makes a great pirate look out for little humans. When the tide is low you can head right round to Middle Beach too, using the well-worn foot and hand holds to traverse the cliff line if the water is lapping dangerously close to your welly boots.

Back at Joe’s you’ll also find a crate of buckets and spades to make use of (free of charge) in case you’ve come without your sand-castle tools. I’d say that that’s a local winner that cares about you enjoying the beach as much as you enjoy their well-made grub.