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, Lyme Regis,
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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, Lyme Regis
Axminster Station 7km
Colyford Station 8km
Lyme Regis Museum 828m
Lyme Regis Golf Club 2km
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Food + drink: 4
A perfect Spring sunny day gave the most amazing impression on arrival on the terrace for drinks … a definite wow factor looking out over Lyme Bay and the Cobb. Lovely welcome from staff and prompt service of drinks and taking our order. We decided on mains and puds although I started to regret this when I saw starters arrive on neighbouring tables. We enjoyed a fresh, warm dorset mini-loaf of bread whilst waiting for our order. My crab was beautifully presented with the mayo dip secured between his claws! I was given the option of having it dressed but opted to go for it whole and the pleasure of the meal was tucking in with all the tools and breaking open the claws to extract succulent really fresh meat. My partner chose the pollock which was a generous portion of well cooked fish, but he was disappointed in the sauce which he thought was a little watery.
As we were driving we chose bottles of ale and cider, the latter served in a traditional pot mug. Whilst the food was reasonably priced we did consider drinks to be a little on the pricey side ( cheapest wine £6.00 per glass ).
Instead of dessert we decided to share a cheese plate as the descriptions of the local cheeses sounded intriguing. Sadly it did not live up to expectations .. a rather average cheddar and an uninspiring blue served with a very dry crisp roll and water biscuits … seemed a bit of a travesty when Dorset produces excellent cheese biscuits !
Overall a very pleasant lunch, in a fantastic location. Would try again however … perhaps on a feast or tasting night if staying in the area mid-week.
Food + drink: 5
A group of us were staying in Bridport for a Saturday evening reception and 4 of us decided to venture to Hix for lunch. What an absolute treat! Buzzy atmosphere, stunning views of the Cobb, beach and sea and the food, well, could not fault it. Service was amazing starting with an in depth conversation with my husband regarding wine (us ladies had a lovely bottle of Prosecco in the mean time) resulting in a tasting to decide. Staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. Starters of cuttlefish croquettes and cider cured sardines hit the spot perfectly and whole John Dory for main was the best I have ever tasted. I also have on good authority that the scallops and black pudding were melt in the mouth delicious. Hix fix jelly for dessert resulted in us all having the real cocktail (a must if not driving) on the veranda to end a perfect lunch. Needless to say we all left feeling very fuzzy and warm and glad we had opted for a cab to take us back to our hotel. Definitely recommend for great food, amazing views and yummy cocktails. Only wish we lived nearer!
Although it isn't the cheapest restaurant in Town, Hix Oyster & Fish bar offers a good range of well prepared and presented fish dishes and the service is second to none in the area.
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