It isn’t really clear whether Hawkchurch is in Dorset or
Devon. I’ll settle for ‘astride’. It is a pretty little village with thatched
cottages, a church, and an inn – the Old Inn and an hotel restaurant - The
Fairwater Head Hotel. It is four miles
from Lyme Regis with its world famous Cobb, where Meryl Streep risked life and
limb flitting along it in her hooded cloak in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s
The Old Inn was built to accommodate masons who were working on the church in the 1540’sIt is said to be ten minutes from River Cottage where Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall did a TV series on cooking using local produce.
In February 2012 River Cottage’s event barn was largely destroyed by fire. The River Cottage team has opened a Canteen and Deli in Axminster, a local produce shop and informal restaurant. Axminster is a short distance from Hawkchurch.
With good reports of the meals served in the Old Inn and the restaurant at the Fairwater Hotel, and having enjoyed our time in June exploring the area just north of here it seemed a good choice for another break in September.
We went back to our favourite letting agents – Helpful Holidays – for the umpteenth time, and booked a week in Windwhistle cottage - three doors away from the
Inn, the church in
sight and the hotel restaurant just down the lane.
I await a phone call to confirm our booking.