We must admit that we love living in Lyme Regis and eating out is our favourite hobby so we thought it worthwhile to share our top spots to eat out in Lyme Regis with you:
River Cottage – the epitome of focus on provenance. An experience in dining from the tractor ride down to the farm, through the canapes and welcome in the yurt and dish after dish of locally sourced food, much of it grown on the farm itself. The Head Chef talks you through your dishes and the communal dining table makes for a sociable and relaxed dinner. Advanced booking is essential – but if you’ve left it too late for River Cottage HQ, Canteen in Axminster offers a taste of the River Cottage experience.
Hix Oyster and Fish House – with an enviable vista out over Lyme Bay, Hix offers stylish casual dining. Locally caught fish is simply presented, allowing the fresh flavours to do all of the talking. There’s also a great selection of local tipples and cocktails to tempt you into a longer stay. Afternoon tea on the stunning terrace is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Poco Pizza – The best pizza we’ve eaten outside Italy. Imaginative ingredients cooked in the wood fired oven until the edges are charred just as they should be – no soggy bottoms here. Very small so best to book – also does takeaway for something more interesting than a sandwich on the beach.
The Harbour Inn – Our go to pub for a crowd pleasing meal. A varied menu that ensures something for all tastes – and open every night! Right on the sea front so great for people watching too.
Tierra Kitchen – Fresh, vibrant vegetarian cuisine. Exciting dishes in a small restaurant with riverside terrace. The set menu is good value and always beautifully presented.
The Old Dairy, Trill Farm – A 10 min drive away inland, The Old Dairy hosts lunches on a Wed and Sat and bi-monthly Fri night dinners. The atmosphere is very relaxed and convivial with dining around communal tables. The menu is seasonal coming mainly from the farm with Chris Onions (best chef name ever!) talking you through his dishes and on hand to offer tips on how to recreate the dishes at home. Booking essential.
Dorshi – A 15 min drive away in Bridport is this small and quirky restaurant serving a Dorset take on an Asian fusion menu. Open Wednesday to Saturday.
The Hive Beach Café – A 20 minute drive away in Burton Bradstock is the best beachside seafood restaurant for miles around. Provenance is key and dishes are simple and modern. There’s no booking so queue for a table – and be prepared for a long wait on a sunny day. The Hive’s sister café in West Bay, The Watch House is also a great spot for a casual lunch or even coffee and cake.
The Anchor at Seatown – Around 15 mins drive away is this classic pub in a glorious location serving exciting twists on pub favourites. Great walks along the coastline from The Anchor justify the pudding that you won’t be able to resist. The Anchor has just been awarded VisitEngland pub of the year so be prepared to wait for a table
The Tytherleigh Arms – 20 minutes drive away is another great pub serving contemporary cuisine in stylish surroundings. Sunday Roasts here are to die for – melting local rib of beef with perfectly cooked veg. A cracking wine list too.
The Tuckers Arms – 15 mins drive away. To end our trio of great pubs is this hidden gem in Dalwood. Hearty dishes are flavoursome and great value and service is warm and friendly. Tel: 01404 881342
Brassica – Further afield in Beaminster (30 mins) but well worth the trip is the acclaimed Brassica. High quality and perfectly executed food that is sourced locally and imaginatively presented. The prix fixe lunch menu is excellent value and dinner a great way to mark a special occasion.
And on a final note, an ice cream by the beach is an absolute must when visiting the seaside. Thankfully we have an amazing ice cream parlour in Lyme Regis – Frank and Beans. Authentic Italian style ice cream in imaginative flavours – Chilli and Basil’s a favourite – as well as the classics. Hidden down the alley alongside Roly’s Fudge Shop, Frank and Bean’s is a must visit.