FEW things brighten up the working day quite like a nice lunch out.

And a cafe with a view is a particularly irresistible prospect, so upon entering the Lookout at Bowleaze Cove the stresses of the morning melted away.

The building is quite small and the brisk February weather did not make sitting outside a viable option, but we managed to snag a table next to one of the large windows.

It was somewhat disappointing to find that the menu board behind the till – usually crammed full of delicious options including Thai fishcakes and bubble and squeak cakes – was empty, but there is always a decent choice of sandwiches, baps and jacket potatoes.

My colleague did however comment that it seemed a shame that the menu choice wasn’t as inspiring as the view over Portland. I settled on a brie and cranberry bap, and my colleague opted for one with mozzarella, basil and tomato.

Upon ordering we were told the cafe had run out of basil. The waiter made a valiant effort with an offer to substitute it with red onion, but she felt it didn’t quite cut the mustard.

The lunch came out very nicely presented, accompanied by salad and crisps, and was filling but not stodgy.

We had also ordered a chocolate chip pudding advertised as a special on one of the chalk boards adorning the walls, but after waiting for around 15 minutes after our mains plates had been cleared, we decided to remind our waiter of that fact. It swiftly appeared, hot and chocolately and swimming in cream.

We both got the impression it was not home made, but as it wasn’t advertised as such, we didn’t feel too put out.

I’m something of a regular at this cafe as it’s a favourite among my friends and relatives who frequently visit, and though it’s always busy, we have always received a nice welcome and managed to get a seat.

The lack of menu choice did leave a bit of a sour taste but we left full and satisfied – success!

The Lookout Cafe, Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth DT3 6PL.

Tel: 01305 833459.