A gastronome’s delight, Lyme Bay boasts a platter of eateries that serve up mouth-watering produce plucked from the surroundings. Whether you fancy a slap-up seafood feast or a cream tea by the coast, bag a table at one of these foodie gems.
Hix Oyster & Fish House
Boasting prime position overlooking Lyme Regis harbour and the Jurassic coastline, this is hands-down one of the finest locations in which to tuck into Britain’s best seafood. From prawns and oysters to crab and cockles, almost everything served is line-caught from the ocean in view by local fishermen. Celeb chef Mark Hix keeps his style simple and elegant, leaving his reputation and the quality of the ingredients to do the talking.
01297 446 910
Watch House Café
For something a little more laid back, grab a bench pew at West Bay’s cool Watch House Café, where you’re so close to the sea that you might have to fend off the seagulls. Informal (order at the counter) yet incredibly cool, here you can get huge bowls of Exe mussels steamed in Dorset cider, Lyme Bay crab sandwiches and some of the best cod and chips in the country.
01308 459 330
Hive Beach Café
Another magnet for gastronomes visiting the Jurassic Coast, the Hive Beach Café serves seasonal seafood and local shellfish in a casual beachside setting on the Chesil Bank. You don’t have to splash out on the huge platters of sustainable seafood; it’s also the sort of place where you can simply tuck into freshly brewed coffee and a hunk of homemade cake while soaking up far-reaching views across Lyme Bay.
01308 897 970
The River Cottage Canteen
A pebble’s throw from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ (where you can learn to grow, rear and cook under the tutelage of one of the nation’s foodie heroes), this Canteen and Deli tranforms seasonal produce into lip-smacking dishes. In the heart of historic Axminster, it’s the perfect venue for laidback lunches, divine dinners and swanky music and cocktail evenings.
01297 631 715
Don’t let the no-frills decor fool you into thinking this is any average seafood restaurant. An illustrious gem that has been a crowd-puller since the 1960’s, its extensive, daily-changing menu is made up of what the local fishermen have just landed. And you get to enjoy this sumptuous seafood with a view to the fishing boats that brought it in – often just hours before it hit your plate.
01308 422 011