“We hope to inspire people to visit Beaminster.” That’s what we said in the six-page special that we ran on Beaminster last month in The Yarn and we’ve been delighted to hear from many readers that we’d succeeded in rousing their curiosity about changes in the town centre. New shops, new cafés, new services. “I’ve not been there for a while, but now I’m going to go” — that’s what many people have been telling us.
This month, Jonathan Hudston has continued to look in some detail at ventures old and new and consider how Beaminster could promote itself. What weaknesses could be addressed? What strengths played to? You’ll find some ideas listed as suggestions. Let us know what you think.
4 The Square, Beaminster
Wednesday-Saturday lunch, fixed menu: two courses: £13.50 three courses: £16.50
Also open in the evenings, Tuesday — Saturday
I first visited the building that currently houses Brassica many years ago when it was a free house that had the rare distinction of serving food on Sunday evenings. The beer was good; the kebab was a cheap disaster. Eventually The Wild Garlic arrived; my sole dining experience was a more expensive disappointment.
Beaminster town centre is changing. After a long period of stress caused by the recession and disastrous events such as the closure of Beaminster Tunnel, following a landslip that killed two people, the town is in an intense state of flux. In the first of a series of articles looking at Beaminster’s prospects, The Yarn has been talking to people starting up new enterprises and hearing from respected figures around the town about local issues and ideas for improvements.
Few of these matters are simple, so we’ve gone into some detail, to help readers get under the skin of the town. We also hope to inspire people to visit Beaminster. Despite some of the problems outlined here, it is a fantastic place. Let us know what you think by writing to The Yarn — and don’t miss more on Beaminster in our next issue.