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Harbour Inn, Lyme Regis

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Great location and as ever you have to pay for that.

It feels more like a café come restaurant type of place so not really a traditional pub.

However my pint of otter bitter was absolutely fantastic by far the best one I had all day.

montie49 - 11 Jul 2016 18:39
The light pine furnishings are ore befitting a restaurant and the food did look good, albeit on the pricey side. Beers are from Otter and were very well kept although I continue to hope that one of the area's pubs will take the plunge and order in the superb beers from relative newcomer, the Town Mill Brewery.
BoehmBawerk - 2 Dec 2014 07:26
Nice pub/bar served a decent Otter ale and Thatchers gold.
ian241 - 19 Apr 2013 19:06
This pub is in a prime spot overlooking the harbour and makes the most of it’s views with a small terrace at the front of the pub. Inside there are two rooms, although neither really feel that “pubby” – in many ways it’s got more of a cafe feel to it, although it’s by no means unpleasant.

The front bar has black slate tiles on the floor and chunky wooden furniture as well as the bar counter. Up a couple of steps at the rear and you find the other room which looks to be more intended for diners than drinkers. This has rough wooden flooring and bench pine seating around the perimeter with plenty of cushions. There was some exposed stonework on the walls that had been painted cream and elsewhere the plasterwork was a mixture of dark blue and maroon. Various pieces of artwork were dotted around the walls, much of it for sale. I use the term “artwork” loosely – one particularly large piece opposite where I was sitting consisted merely of light blue paint across the top gradually fading to dark blue paint at the bottom. Other than that, the only thing on there was a couple of smudges that could perhaps have been interpreted as someone walking a dog on the beach. At £860 it didn’t really strike me as much of a bargain.

Food wise, the menu tended very much towards fish dishes as might be expected going on it’s location. I had the Creamy smoked haddock, prawn and salmon fish pie while Mrs. B had Crab fish cakes with a chilli sauce. Both were decent dishes, and although not cheap at around £12 each, you get what you pay for and we were both quite happy with them.

Beers on tap were Otter Ale, Otter Bitter and Tribute. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Cornish Rattler. Overall, I quite liked this place – decent food, good location and friendly staff. But if you’re after a more traditional pub, it may not be for you.
Blackthorn - 30 Jul 2012 20:12
More of a tourist honeypot than a pub in the conventional sense....but you can't knock its fantastic position on the beach.
mozzzzzz - 11 Apr 2012 14:00
great location-very good food and consistent quality but prices are way too high.Staff are mostly young and seem to undergo very little training.There is a general lack of interest in the customer by most of the staff and the landlord has had a personality bypass of major proportions. !!
ropeseller - 23 Nov 2011 10:11
I have to amend my previous review, the temperature of the ales have improved from sub zero polar bears would need sensodyne toothpate to a much more acceptable just frozen( beer on a stick anyone?). rating revised upwards to one.
slerpy - 20 Jul 2011 17:01
It is what it is, a drinking/eating establishment aimed squarely at the tourist market. With that in mind, it is amazing that it sells real beer (the pints I had were all OK) and that the food is as good as it is.
For lovers of the traditional English boozer it doesn't even rise over the horizon, but tired of sand in your cheese roll and with screaming kids in tow, it certainly fills a gap.
Campanologist - 19 Jul 2011 11:23
This is a rather sterile kind of pub,the staff are about eighteen years old and stare blankly if asked a very simple question. The main sales seem to be tea and coffee which is understandable as no one in their right mind would EVER order a second pint of real ale as it is thouroughly chilled before serving, so much so that it hurts your teeth! Avoid at all costs as this place is more of a disaster area than an establishment that is inept but trying to do the right thing.
slerpy - 3 Aug 2010 12:08
Location, Location Location,
The Harbour Inn is a fantastic place to enjoy the best of Lyme Regis.
Local Town Mill brewery COBB is really good and great to see a local micro brewery being supported, the Otter Bitter was also is really good condition and also nice to see Red stripe on tap.
Service is always quick and attentive, food is good but VERY pricey.
The Harbour Inn is and will always be a place i want to visit over and over again.
topPINT - 12 Jul 2010 16:29
More of a restaurant than a pub, but the food is top notch
TheGP - 29 Jun 2010 13:13
OK OK so I went in on a hot September(!) day whilst on holiday and saw this pub on the beach. But for me it does really live up to expectations and set in the gorgeous Cobb area of the town. Actually been here on couple of occassions over the years whilst on Holiday but my last visit was my best sitting on the beach patio with some fine localish beers on tap (no Palmers funnily enough) and food looks superb tho didn't try it.
Oakman100 - 21 Sep 2009 17:29
A detached pub/restaurant on the sea-front, with tiled front and greenish painted verandah, there was also a beer patio on the beach if that makes sense!

The interior is modern, which is hell on a personal front for me - if you like that kind of thing, i am sure you will love this. The place is generally open plan, but seems all food orientated, so i would class this as a restuarant first, rather than a 50-50 mix. The decor was a green, with the arty pictures. I didnt eat, so i am not commenting here on the food. The service was fine and it was busy, with a mixed clientele, so i guess i am in the minority! I simply headed out to the beach patio.

Beer; usual tap stuff, with Otter Bitter and Ale and St Austell Tribute on handpull. Sadly, it was served in a plastic glass, but secondly it was too cold.

Sorry, but modern interior and beer too cold meant i really didnt enjoy my visit here. I would do the Cobb and try the Royal Standard next time.
Archivist - 15 Sep 2009 19:02
This is always my hostelry of choice when going to Lyme. In fact, I've even been known to make the fifty-odd mile journey just to go there, eat very fine fish dishes and drink a well-kept pint of Otter while gazing out to sea! Bliss!
Bevver - 30 Aug 2009 10:27
Very good St Austell Tribute beer - possibly the best beer of a week long stay in Dorset. Beer was a reasonable price for a seaside town, but the food looked expensive for a pub, to a northerner like me anyway! However, I didn't try it and other reviews are favorable.
richhol - 28 May 2009 10:04
Great location, a two bar pub / restaurant with an excellent choice of food, you pay for the location, although the restaurant is at the rear of the building.

the front bar area, also opens out to a veranda, I had a pint of 'otter bitter' it was nothing to write home about but it was OK.

The food was tasty, however, as always check your bill as they tried to charge for an extra pint and glass of wine.
bessdog - 6 Apr 2009 13:17
Had lunch here today with Shandychica and the Captain's Dad.
First visit in Donkey's years. Totally transformed from the dingy little hole I remember. Now light and airy with an interesting if pricey menu.

All food appeared to be freshly prepared. Dad had the soup, while the Mrs. had the fish pie. I stuck with the fish and chips and we all enjoyed the meal.
Nice pint of Otter too. One little point. Although most people use the harbour side enterence, the "Front Door" is a bit strange. Giving no idea that their is a pub/restaurant behind it. I thought it was the door to a Painters yard.
However well worth a visit.
captaineric - 19 Dec 2008 17:42
Fabulous pint and amazing food.

There's quite a "pub" feel to the front area and a small seating area across the prom from the pub.

Had a magnificent meal in the restaurant, too.
beerPrincess - 12 Aug 2008 09:24
This place is fantastic, serves really fantastic food with a light airy feel and gorgeous views over the harbour and bay. I would definately reccomend booking if you want to sit in the restaurant area as it is often busy! I prefer to be able to sit in the bar area and enjoy a realxing evening!
happylady - 21 Jul 2008 11:51
This is one of three pubs almost next to each other and this is about the best of the 3.

anonymous - 18 Jun 2007 16:29
expensive food, but well worth it, with good selection of seafood and, if you're lucky, great views over the harbour. gets very busy on saturdays, so probably best to avoid if you just want a quiet drink.
mozzzzzz - 10 Oct 2006 19:10
Fantastic little restaurant/pub. I DJ here more or less every Friday night from 10pm, playing a mixture of african/latin/soufull house. Always seems to go down well!
djairborne - 8 Aug 2006 12:16
Closed on Sunday evening whilst the nearby Royal Standard & Cobb Arms stole all the trade. Real shame.
SteveinLondon - 8 May 2006 19:02
great location right on the beach,seating on the beach,seating on the verandah over looking the harbour and the famous Cobb.fantastic food,fresh fish always available,the restaurant is small and friendly and itsalways advisable to book even in the winter.the bar is a tad small when it gets heaving at weekends and through the summer,but altogether the nicest place to eat and drink in lyme.most of the staff are lovely,you'll have a really warm welcome and a laugh with two of the'girls'especially,try a week day lunchtime and your bound to meet them!
k.c-r - 25 Oct 2005 18:45

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