Friday, 28 September 2012

Day Two Hundred and Thirteen

Well for those of you that couldn't quite work out where Mr Red Bird & I had spent our weekend...we decided to drive down in our little Dihatsu Hi-jet van and spend a couple of days in Lyme Regis. I'd never been there before and wasn't quite sure what to expect. 

Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset-Devon border. It's nicknamed 'The Pearl of Dorset'! The town is known for the fossils found in the cliffs and it's beaches which are part of the Heritage Coast also known as the Jurassic Coast!


We most certainly had a splendid day. The first thing was to get some fish and chips as soon as we made it onto the seafront. What we got in return for our sterling was the largest portion of fish & chips I have ever set my eyes on & we were promptly wished lots of luck by a passing pensioner!

The coastline is pretty cool alright and I found myself getting lost looking at all the hidden gems beneath my feet. I found beautiful bits of differnt coloured china and glass which the sea had softened its once sharp edges. There was a wreck of household items buried in a mudslide on the beach. We got digging and found an array of beautiful glass bottles. I know this may not excite many of you, but for me this felt like treasure and with it I imagined where these bottles once sat in a little house up on the cliffside...

The Millside Restaurant Lyme Regis DorsetAround the little winding streets were cute curiosity shops, museums and some great places to eat too. We stumbled across a lovely place called The Millside Restaurant and decided that we would have dinner there that evening. Being by the coast we both ordered fish. Mr Red Bird had the Skate Wing with black butter & capers and I decided on the Guilt-Head Bream with oven roasted tomatoes and mash. Our taste buds were certainly a-tingle after this pure delight on a plate.

The Town Mill Bakery around the corner was just as delightful. A very rustic relaxed feel about the place with a Scandinavian slant on things with its canteen style approach, the long wooden sharing benches and the handmade jugs of milk & jams on the table for you to help yourself to. You were also able to go up and help yourself to the plentiful scrumptious cakes & bakes they had freshly pulled from the freshly ground to order...relaxing with a sunday paper...perfect!


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