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Top ten places to eat in Lyme Regis

There is no doubt that the Lyme Regis dining scene has taken a turn for the better in the last few years. From very little choice, other than good old fish & chips and a few outdated pubs, we now have a bustling array of exciting venues and flavours that are starting to make their mark on the national scene.

Here at Lyme 1 Hotel, we are spoilt for choice, being a stone’s throw from some of the best venues Lyme Regis has to offer. It was hard to narrow it down, but after some intense debate (and a lot of eating) we finally have our top ten favourite places to eat.

Robin Wylde is perfect if fine dining is your thing. It’s an intimate venue just over the road from Lyme 1 Hotel. The first venture of celebrity chef Harriet Mansell the exciting 9+ course set menu with optional wine pairing explores the best the West Country has to offer through seasons, local produce and foraging. 

SWIM is the best place to sit and watch people do just that! As far as venues with a view go, this pretty much tops it. Set overlooking the sandy beach, SWIM caters for all the family from sunrise to sunset. It’s got an informal buzzy vibe and you can enjoy the views from the outdoor terrace or through the floor to ceiling windows even if the weathers not so good.

The Lyme Bay is a friendly informal café with outdoor terrace and great views towards Golden Cap and West Bay. Serves locally sourced seasonal food with a simple menu and artisan breads and (really good) cakes.

The Harbour Inn  is the best place if you really want to make the most of your time at the seaside, with tables set up on a small private section of the sandy beach as well as inside dining. It’s family run and has been popular with the locals for years for its friendly service and good quality homemade food.

The Millside is popular with holidaymakers and locals alike. Hidden away in the creative heart of Lyme Regis in the cobbled yard of the Town Mill,  it is one of the most picturesque parts of Lyme just minutes from the beach. A recent change of ownership and an updated menu serves modern British food with a focus on fish. Great service and only a small and select group of local suppliers, the menu changes with the seasons and whatever is fresh on that day!

Red Panda is one of our favourites for a fresh, healthy and filling lunch to go. Each mouthful is a taste sensation! Fresh local ingredients are made up daily to create authentic big and tasty Asian flavours. Try the Taiwanese Bao buns or rice and super salad boxes with aromatic pork belly, Malaysian satay chicken or Japanese teriyaki tofu. 

Kiosk is quite literally, a kiosk, right next to the beach huts on the promenade, you can enjoy views of the bay from one of their deck chairs or take your goodies away. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with great organic coffee, freshly made cakes and a selection of incredibly good breakfast bagels, toasties and Lyme Bay crab sandwiches.

The Whole Hog

Family run, with local coffee, the best homemade donuts you’ve ever tasted and deliciously filling hog rolls with all the trimmings, served from a characterful hole in the wall!

The Pop Up Kitchen  

The wild card on our list, this lovely little venue is right next door to Lyme 1 Hotel. It features a variety of local culinary talent throughout the week.  July and August will see set menus from ‘Kaupeka’, Turkish food from Dottie Kitchen, noodles and ramen from Bridport restaurant ‘Bowl Cut’ and authentic Mexican by ‘Tortilla Cantina’!   

Rock Point Inn

A lovely pub that has recently had a huge makeover to improve the terrace and make the most of the inside and outside space. It’s right in the heart of Lyme with excellent views over the bay, great food that is all locally sourced and friendly helpful service.

It’s going to be busy in Lyme Regis summer 2021, so be sure to book wherever you want to eat well in advance.  If you’re staying with us and need some help, contact us here. If you’re looking for ideas on what to do in Lyme over the summer be sure to check out the Lyme 1 Hotel guide to ‘What’s On’ here! Link.

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