Luscious luxury at Alexandra Hotel in Lyme Regis
The Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant sits high on the hill above Lyme Regis. The setting is so lush and escapist that, in summer, diners find themselves inexorably drawn to a postprandial stroll through the gardens to take in the astonishing seascape below.
It’s a lovely spot to wander – glass of fizz in hand – and enjoy a moment of tranquility, especially after a day in the bustling little town or fossil hunting on the beach.
The views and mature gardens are complemented by smart interiors designed in an eclectic country-style. There’s something interesting to catch the eye on every shelf and wall – especially in the maritime-themed sitting room. However, beyond all these attractions, foodies favour the 18th-century hotel for its contemporary British cooking.
Choose between two restaurant experiences: the Ammonite restaurant in the orangery is a vision of floral loveliness, thanks to its elegant decor and windows looking out over the attractive gardens (it’s also got a glassed-over ancient well in the middle of the floor). Or pick the cool blues of the seashell-adorned Alexandra Restaurant for evening feasting – it’s especially lovely by the glow of candlelight.
For special romantic occasions, private dining for two in the Lookout Tower is a delightful option – and if he/she says ‘yes’ you could even return to get hitched in the hotel’s old chapel.