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Top Choice British in Lyme Regis


It's like the setting for an Agatha Christie, minus the murder. Wicker chairs dot manicured lawns, glittering Lyme Bay sweeps out behind. The perfect spot for a proper English afternoon tea, complete with scones, ja…
Top Choice Seafood in Lyme Regis

Hix Oyster & Fish House

Expect sweeping views of the Cobb and dazzling food at this super-stylish, open-plan cabin. Lyme Bay shellfish soup comes with pastis liqueur; local mackerel and ling are infused with curry and piri piri heat. Perha…
Museum in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Museum

In 1814 local teenager Mary Anning found the first full ichthyosaur skeleton near Lyme Regis, propelling the town on to the world stage. An incredibly famous fossilist in her day, Miss Anning did much to pioneer the…
Historic Building in Lyme Regis

Forde Abbey

Built in the 12th century as a Cistercian monastery, Forde has been a private home since 1649. The building boasts magnificent plasterwork ceilings and fine tapestries but the gardens steal the show: 12 hectares of …
Museum in Lyme Regis


This joyful, mini, indoor Jurassic Park overflows with fossilised remains; look out for belemnites, a plesiosaurus and an impressive locally found ichthyosaur. Lifelike dinosaur models will thrill youngsters – the r…
Pub Food in Lyme Regis

Harbour Inn

A flower-framed, beachside verandah, smart but snug interior and some of the best bistro–pub grub in town – the bouillabaisse is suitably intense.
Landmark in Lyme Regis


First built in the 13th century, Lyme's iconic, curling sea defences have been strengthened and extended over the years, and so don't present the elegant line they once did, but it's still hard to resist wandering t…
Modern British in Lyme Regis


West Country foodstuffs pack the menu in this stylish eatery, from juicy burgers topped with Cheddar from Cheddar, to fish freshly caught on the local day boats. Millside's compact terrace makes a tempting spot for …
Historic Building in Lyme Regis

Town Mill

An atmospheric, creaking, grinding, 14th-century working watermill. Cafes, art galleries, a jewellery workshop and microbrewery sit alongside.Winter hours vary; call to check.
Cafe in Lyme Regis

Courtyard Cafe

The pride in local, seasonal produce is palpable at this mellow mill-side eatery. You might find wild garlic fritters served alongside meat from the Chesil Smokery, or fish from Lyme Bay – all best devoured on the t…