2014 is going to be a year of anniversaries at the Riverside.
It will be Arthur and Janet Watson’s 50th year. Arthur took over the lease in 1964 from his mother and sister who had acquired the lease in 1960.
Remembering 1964, Arthur Watson said: “Restaurants, cafes, chefs, kitchens, food and customers are very different now. West Bay was very different and only had a holiday trade at Easter, Whitsun and the school summer holidays. The local trade was negligible but several coaches from Bristol, Taunton, Yeovil, etc. would arrive for the afternoon cream teas and crab sandwiches but be gone by 5pm.
Food programmes on TV were rare and until Keith Floyd, the messages seemed to be that ordinary people should not attempt adventurous cooking because the techniques were beyond them.”
Also, December will be the 50th birthday of the Manager Neil Chilcott (Chilly). Chilly first started working at the restaurant when he was 14! Except for a brief break when he left Bridport to work in the construction industry and was fortunate enough to meet Sarah his wife , he has worked at the Riverside ever since.