Just planning some Summer things to do and on my list is the Nowhereisland project. The concept is: artist Alex Hartley finds a recently revealed island in Norway and registers it on all maps then brings the island on a tour of the UK for the Olympics and creates a new nation. You can register as a citizen and get involved in policy making for the nations future. The island will travel with an Embassy which is full of activities, resources and artefacts telling the full story of the islands origins and journey. For the design orientated the website is worth a look if not just for its most fantastic graphics. Read more
Posts tagged ‘restaurant’
Somehow I never tire of Hix, they are super stylish and the food is consistently delicious. The new terrace has just opened so you can now sit alfresco and enjoy that stunning view to its max…
- outside tables on a first come first served basis, non-bookable
- plenty of terrace bar stools to have a drink and snacks
- park at the Holmbush car park at the top of the hill and walk through the gardens
- Hix Oyster and Fish House, always book ahead
Just been for a rather “ladies who lunch” kind of affair with the good friend K and the literary whizz. The Alexandra Hotel in the centre of Lyme has the most spectacular setting above the Gardens, an immaculate tree lined lawn overlooking Lyme Bay and a colonial feel to the building. On a super sunny day like today, it is to die for. It was all rather genteel with polite service, good food and the croquet set laid out on the lawn. We all opted for the chicken caesar salad (dressing on the side seeing as we are acting out that ladies role to the max) which was delicious and all in all it felt like a real treat lounging on the garden furniture and looking out at the panoramic view.
The genteel event was brought back to reality by the sound of a local builder working nearby delivering an enormous and deeply gutteral burp. He quite obviously didn’t have the free range chicken caesar salad with the dressing on the side. I’m thinking more a proper West Country pasty.
- great place for early eve drinks – get the loungers at the front of the lawn
- full afternoon tea (gluten free option too) served in The Conservatory
- childrens play area
- The Alexandra Hotel, Broad Street, Lyme Regis
Its my birthday and so am treated to a lunch out at the Wheelright Inn by B and GG. Good pub food, pleasant service and an okay interior decor is hard to find easily in the Lyme area but the Wheelright ticks those boxes. Service is cheery and efficient and the highlight is the Heston style triple cooked chips. So delicious and apparently, according to GG (whom you dont argue with), terribly good for you compared to a regular chip. No fat adheres to the chip during that triple frying process then. Hmmm, I think if I ate them every day my hips may not squeeze so easily through the quaint Devon pub door as they did today.
- food served all day so great for that en route holiday journey or feeding kids early
- only a small garden out front on the road
- book for dinner at weekends
- Wheelright Inn, High Street, Colyford
Lunch again with the literary whizz , its a habit I may need to break. She gives me writing tips and I bore her with blog ideas. Not the fairest swap it seems.We are at The Harbour Inn which has the best beachfront setting in Lyme. The most picturesque (small) veranda and, on the beach, a picnic table area so kids can roam whilst you irresponsibly drink vino. The food is consistently good and its open all year, so perfect for that night you arrive on holiday, for lunch/supper.
- You can’t book the veranda so get there early if you want the best spot.
- Can book the inside window seat which is the best interior table.
- Relaxed menu so can order as little or as much as you want; kids menu too.
- Harbour Inn, Cobb end of the seafront.
Charmouth Beach is a stark contrast to Lyme Regis. Windswept, vast and rugged with a couple of facilities. The only thing they share in common is fossils and Charmouth always has its fair share of hunters whatever the weather. The cafe on the car park is fairly basic but has good ice cream and a great view. There is also a portacabin cafe on the East beach with tables on the shingle in the High Season. At low tide the sand is exposed which makes for great digging fun.
- cafes closed in Winter
- Charmouth Heritage Centre, for local info, on the seafront open Summer months and school holidays
- good to take a small fossiling hammer
If there is one thing about being a parent that I can’t handle and that is a themed childrens attraction. My children will never see Disneyworld under my care, they don’t know that yet, but sadly its true. Social Services are beating a path to my home right now. One of the few places I can bear and actually kind of enjoy is the Abbotsbury Childrens Farm. The medieval setting is fantastic and there is very little brightly coloured plastic to offend the eye. The downside of that is a Boden fest but that seems an okay compromise. Guinea pig handling is a win win even with the animal phobic youngest although a very bizarre sight for the (incredibly grumpy) Basque student we had staying with us. As you can imagine the Spanish are not so keen on cooing over rodents.
- if you plan a few visits the season ticket is great value, the only extra once in is pony rides
- only a small cafe here but good restaurant with great garden just next door (Abbey House)
- school holidays very busy so get there for 10am, closed Winter months
The Hive is rather a celebrated institution on the Jurassic Coast. Great food in an amazing setting, right on the beach. Its a no book policy and very casual but the food is exceptionally cooked and the ingredients all local. Always the freshest fish with a wide choice of budget from a sandwich through to lobster. Their signature dish is the tempura fish and chips and boy is it good. On a sunny day in March there are queues, but seeing as I am in Dorset time that’s not a problem to me….sort of.
- children well catered for so good family location
- open early evenings in the Summer
- great walk on the cliffs
- www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk, check for opening times
Apologies for the photos… I would love to say that my excuse was over consumption of rough cider and spending my time getting carried away with the Morris Men but for the uptight city girl no such luck. I was just having such a great time hanging out and chatting I forgot about the blog and my photo taking which I shouldn’t have done as it was perfect photographic conditions: super sunny and lots of interesting rural activities. A tractor ride down to get you in the swing of things, local producers stalls, growing advice and seed planting, kids activities and great food. All in a fab setting.
- perfect for all ages
- lots of different day and weekend events or courses
- dinner on Friday or Saturday nights
- book all ahead www.rivercottage.net
There will be a few fish and chip entries on this blog because they are intrinsic to the seaside experience and bad fish and chips are such a downer. Charmouth is great holiday location, never too crowded and has everything you need to hand. That includes a great Fish Bar – eat at the cafe or take them down to the beach. Just love that ’60’s signage…
- eat in at The Old Bank cafe or takeaway next door
- takeaway open all year
- parking on High street or car park towards beach