Fish and chips might be the traditional choice for supper by the sea, but take a trip to Lyme Regis in Dorset and my favourite place to eat offers something a little different.
Tucked down a back street, Town Mill Bakery serves up rustic pizzas, scrumptious cakes and homemade soup to hungry visitors and locals. Marked up on an old paper flour sack is the formula: grab a tin plate for savoury or a wooden board for sweet, help yourself to what you fancy from the counter, choose a bench, grab a mug from the hooks above your table, tuck in and pay as you leave.
Choices change every day and the bakers are constantly kneeding, scattering and cooking to ensure piping hot pizzas are always ready to go. There’s no standing on ceremony – portions are hearty (don’t even think your pizza will fit on your plate) so fingers are the answer here, although you might want to grab some of the vintage cutlery to divide up your haul. The set-up works well for sharing as there’s no obligation to order a dish each – handy if you’re with kids.
The atmosphere is buzzy and relaxed, the décor cool and industrial with scrubbed trestle tables, local pottery, dripping pewter candelabras and bare-bulb lighting. The kitchen is open to the seating area so you can watch the goodies being prepared in front of you and sacks of organic flour and other ingredients line the walls.
Town Mill bakery opens all day* Tuesday to Sunday making it perfect for breakfast and afternoon coffee and cake as well as a wholesome lunch. Whatever time you visit, you mustn’t leave without trying something sweet. The generous wedges of baked vanilla cheesecake and apricot polenta cake are to die for!
Photo courtesy of Decorator’s Notebook