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Lyme Regis is a popular holiday destination; attracting visitors from all over the UK, as well holidaymakers from overseas. Thanks to the amazing World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast and the area’s unique local culture; it’s a treat for anyone who loves history, palaeontology and beautiful scenery. The beaches are great too!
We take a look at some of the best restaurants in and around Lyme Regis and summarise what’s on offer so that you know where to head next time you’re visiting the ‘Pearl of Dorset’ and looking for a bite to eat or a romantic evening meal by the sea…
Situated on the Marine Parade, Poco Pizza offers good value and amazing pizza! The restaurant is relatively small and not open every night of the week but it does boast an amazing atmosphere, a great range of drinks, friendly service and amazing pizza! Just a stroll away from the beach, Poco Pizza boasts amazing wood fired pizzas using the finest local ingredients in addition to an impressive range of wines. The restaurant also does takeaway, so that you can enjoy Italian style food whilst taking in the beautiful scenery of Lyme Regis – an amazing combination!
Found at 1 Mill Lane, the Millside offers fresh food from Tuesday to Sunday. Morning Coffee is available from 10.30 am – 12 pm, lunch from 12 pm – 2.30 pm, and evening meals from 6.30 pm until 9 pm. With an enticing evening menu created to include a range of local foods, the meals on offer vary from rump steak with chips to smoked roasted celeriac risotto.
The lunch menu is surprisingly extensive with a range of delightful starters such as braised cuttlefish & chorizo, with tasty main courses such as chargrilled free range chicken salad. With the option to sit outside in the evenings, the staff are very knowledgeable about the food and the local area. It is strongly advised to book in advance as the popular eatery can get very busy.
A 2 in 1 restaurant and café, Largigi is situated on the Marine Parade. Next to the beach, the restaurant offers a Thai dining experience that is surprisingly authentic given the location and the restaurants rather understated exterior. The overall dining experience on offer at Largigi continues to gather very positive reviews thanks to the quality of the food and the value for money. Visitors can enjoy sea views and a first class level of customer service; a cold beer in the evening or a coffee in the mornings.
The opening hours and menu are separated into the English Café open 7 days a week from 9 am until 6 pm and the Thai Restaurant which is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 6 pm to 9.30 pm. If you want to explore as you eat, there is also a fantastic takeaway menu on offer too.
Based on the border of Lyme Regis, in the beautiful church village of Axminster is The Beeches Restaurant. With a quirky, fresh interior full of character and beautiful finishing touches, the restaurant itself is set in one of the most peaceful settings that you could imagine. If you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, you can take in the beautiful views and dine in style on the bespoke patio area.
With a range of mouth-watering creations on the menu, you can enjoy the soup of the day or something a little bit more adventurous as your starter such as the Duck Liver Pate served with Orange & Apricot Chutney, or the Mussel chowder with garlic and herb cream. There is also a good choice of mains with pan fried market fresh fish with crushed new potatoes remaining popular all year round. If you have room for dessert, the head chef has created a range of fine-dining options including the Somerset cheese plate or the Lemon Panna cotta with raspberry Sorbet. On a Sunday you can enjoy a 3 course Sunday Roast, with either roasted sirloin of beef or roasted turkey crown served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and pan gravy. An exquisite twist of character, charm and quality, The Beeches Restaurant combines unpretentious fine dining with tranquility that is afforded by its beautiful location.
Tierra Kitchen is the best known vegetarian restaurant in the area. Located on Coombe Street this vegetarian restaurant is a favourite eatery of many a local Vegetarian and omnivore. Serving a range of local, seasonal and organic vegetables the chef creates a range of savoury and sweet delights as customers enjoyed the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere on offer. The friendly staff and service is another reason that the restaurant is so successful and popular, the wine is pretty good too!
Just a 10 minute drive from Lyme Regis is the stunning Hawkchurch Resort & Spa. The pet friendly lodge retreat offers sublime tranquillity that’s just a stone’s throw from the vibrant coastal communities and the beautiful beaches of Devon and Dorset. With a stunning spa offering a range of blissful Aromatherapy Associates treatments, you can spend all your time on the resort relaxing and rejuvenating or use it as a peaceful base for exploring what East Devon, Dorset and the Jurassic Coast has on offer. A great place to stay if you’re visiting Lyme Regis, the restaurant isn’t too bad either!
Take a look at the luxurious Hawkchurch Resort & Spa in East Devon, just 10 minutes’ drive from Lyme Regis
Photo Credits: Pam Goodey