Long-standing Lyme Regis favourite
The buzzy seaside town of Lyme Regis hums with activity in the warmer months, but the coastal hideaway of Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant – perched high up in the cliffs – feels a world away from the hubbub.
Its spacious lawns are charming to wander through – glass of fizz in hand – and enjoy a moment of tranquility. The views and mature gardens are complemented by smart interiors designed in eclectic country style, and 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 which can be experienced within its two restaurants. The Ammonite restaurant in the orangery is a vision of floral loveliness, thanks to its elegant decor and views over the attractive gardens (it also has 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 pretty by the glow of candlelight.
Wherever you dine, expect an elegant menu swimming with freshly caught local fish and shellfish such as lobster and hand-dived scallops.
Trencherman’s tip: For a romantic occasion, private dining for two in the Lookout Tower is a special option. And if your significant other says ‘yes’, you could even return to get hitched in the hotel’s old chapel.