Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lyme Regis and lunch at the River Cottage canteen

We have visited Lyme Regis before, but only briefly for a lunch stop when making the journey from Portsmouth to Cornwall.

We stayed in a campsite called Hook Farm just outside of Lyme Regis, which was really nice, full of little sheltered terraces and lovely views.

From there we explored the seaside town of Lyme Regis.

As we have noticed elsewhere along the coast, the backstreets full of lovely cottages are completely deserted but the seafront was mobbed! It wasn't even a nice day, it was windy, a bit chilly and even rained a couple of light drops. There is a small area of perfect sand in the shingle beach where everyone congrugates, we suspect it is shipped in for the holiday-makers.

The historic harbour is called the Cobb, and these crazy steps are where Louisa fell in Jane Austen's 'Persuasion'.

Gorgeous views of the Jurassic coast as a backdrop. As before, after lunch time the sun came out and heated things up considerably.

We'd had a few glasses of wine by this point:

While in the area I was also keen to visit the River Cottage canteen, 4 miles from Lyme Regis, in Axminister.

We managed to walk in and bag a table for lunch straight away, others who came later weren't so lucky and a long queue began to form outside.

Nick had pulled lamb in a tomato sauce, served with focacia bread and chips, and I had pea, broad bean and mushroom speltotto (like a risotto with spelt barley). Both meals were really good and reasonably priced (around £9 each).

Unfortunately I didn't see Hugh or anyone I recognised from the TV programme (I had a good glance through the kitchen hatch too). Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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