The best places to eat and drink near Lyme Regis, according to Gill Meller

Gill Meller
Gill Meller shares his favourite haunts near Lyme Regis Credit: The Old Dairy Kitchen/Matt Austen 

You may have seen chef Gill Meller cooking alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Channel 4. His cookbooks Gather and Time: A Year and a Day in the Kitchen have won him acclaim for his sustainable approach to food.

Home is Lyme Regis: “It’s always been a hub of sustainable farming around here,” he says of Dorset and Devon. “We’ve got seafood and shellfish from the ocean, as well as wonderful farmers and growers.”

The Old Dairy Kitchen

The Old Dairy Kitchen Credit: The Old Dairy Kitchen

“Chef Chris Onions serves seasonal ingredients at Trill Farm, mostly from the 300-acre organic farm itself. The food is clever, but not overly complicated. He hosts themed feasts and supper clubs, but otherwise only serves lunch on a Wednesday and Saturday, plus fortnightly Sunday lunches. It’s one of the best places to eat in the area.”

The Old Dairy Kitchen, Pudleylake Road, Axminster EX13 8TU; 01297 631113; trillfarm.co.uk

 

Herbies Dino Bar

“A lovely fish and chip shack on the marina with views of the beach and the boats; I get beer-battered haddock or cod, fresh from the Old Watch House fishmongers.”

Marine Parade, Lyme Regis DT7 3HS; 07775 513066

 

Haye Farm

“Harry and Emily Boglione produce vegetables of an astounding quality, rear organic beef, pork and chicken and have even set up a small-scale brewery, Gilt and Flint.”

Axmouth, Seaton 
EX13 8ST; hayefarmdevon.co.uk

 

The Volunteer Inn

“A tiny little pub at the top of the high street in Lyme Regis, completely unchanged – you can imagine the smugglers gathering there with their brandy and tobacco.”

31 Broad Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE; 01297 442214; thevolunteerlymeregis.com

 

The Hideaway

The Hideaway Credit: The Hideaway

“It’s a place to escape for a few hours right at the end of the promenade in Seaton (the next town along from Lyme Regis), where you can sit with a coffee and a slice of cake or home-made pasty and look out to sea.”

Esplanade, Seaton EX12 2TY; 01297 24292; thehideawayseaton.com

 

Robin Wylde

Robin Wylde Credit: Robin Wylde

“A pop-up kitchen by chef Harriet Mansell, until the end of October, after which she’s planning a permanent venue. She’s incredibly talented and has worked at the likes of Noma, so it’s quite surprising that she’s cooking in little old Lyme Regis. She embraces the wild food larder and has a delicate approach; expect dishes such as monkfish, fennel, apricot and ginger.

The Pop-Up 
Kitchen,
32A Broad Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE; robinwylde.com