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Perched high above the seaside town of Lyme Regis in Mark Hix’s native Dorset, this simple-but-chic venue is a smart cookie with stripped floors, undressed tables and spectacular views of the Cobb and the Jurassic Coast (a real “wow factor”). “Lovingly cooked” fish dishes are the stars here – from Hix-cure smoked salmon with Richard Corrigan’s soda bread to BBQ huss with summer slaw or grilled lobster with garlic and chips. Name-checked West Country ingredients abound on the menu: Portland pearl oysters with Trealy Farm chorizo; poached fillet of Lyme Bay cod with Fowey mussels and sea beet; Whitsand Bay ling curry... and so forth.  Desserts cover a lot of ground too, from invigorating shots of Hix Fix jelly to luscious milk chocolate fondue with strawberries for sharing. “Prompt service” also does the place proud. Whites make up the bulk of the short, interesting wine list; otherwise explore the fascinating beers, ciders and “stunning cocktails” or stay sober with the specially filtered eco-friendly ‘house water’. If you fancy lingering in Lyme Regis, Hix Townhouse (eight bedrooms) is just a stroll away.

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Mark Hix

Chef, restaurateur and contemporary-art lover Mark Hix was a champion of great British ingredients long before it became fashionable. He spent the best part of two decades as chef-director of Caprice Holdings before opening his first solo restaurant Hix Oyster & Chop House in Farringdon in 2008. His rapidly expanding empire currently numbers eight eateries, including Hix Mayfair, Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis and his chicken and steak concept Tramshed.

Essential Details for HIX Oyster & Fish House

  • Cuisine: Fish
  • Area: Dorset
  • Price: £48
  • Wine: £24
  • Champagne: £50

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