Seafood with stunning views
With its historic cobb (made famous by Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman), Lyme Regis is one of the region’s prettiest holiday resorts and this new Marine Parade restaurant makes the most of the town’s buzzing beachside vibe.
Tom’s Lyme Regis, a pebble’s skim from the shoreline, is where chef Tom Robinson prepares all things that come with shells and scales. His daily-changing menu puts the emphasis on the best local fish and produce, which is crafted into simple dishes with imaginative twists.
If you choose to sit out on the terrace, you’ll feel cosy and sheltered with the offer of blankets, heaters and parasols, while many of the indoor seats offer stunning views over balmy blue waters. Pause with a sparkling sip from nearby Castlewood Vineyard and take in an everchanging vista of big skies and lapping waves.
Starters such as pan-roasted scallops pique the appetite for mains which include pan-roasted monkfish tail, and peppered rib-eye steak. Piscine pleasures don’t come much better than Tom’s Fish Board which heaves under the weight of Lyme Bay lobster, crab salad, hot-smoked mackerel pâté, Dorset rock oysters and gin and tonic-cured salmon. There’s easily enough to feed four and the accompanying sourdough, saffron aioli, pickles, anchovy butter, chips and mixed leaves add layers of delectable flavour.
For the full experience at this family-run restaurant, don’t skip pudding: the likes of gooseberry trifle, and black forest gateau offer modern interpretations of kitchen classics.