The Mill Lyme Regis
If you are spending some time on the south coast, you should head to The Mill Lyme Regis. You could easily spend all your time exploring this wonderful town, but you should make sure you head to the Mill as well.
The Mill is located just a few minutes’ walk away from the seafront and it almost feels like a mini-community. There’s a lot to see and do there. First of all you can take a tour of the watermill and see how the structure provides the locals with their milled flour. The mill is still a working feature and as such you can buy flour, so you can make your own bread on your return. The tour is really interesting and I would highly recommend it.
Within the grounds of the mill, there’s a pottery workshop and shop, where you can see the potters at work and buy their wares. There’s also a gallery, showcasing artwork from local artists, a jewellers and last, but not least a dress-maker.
If you are visiting the mill area over lunch, there is a café you can stop for a bite to eat, but I’d like to tell you about another gem we found. It’s called the Mill Town Bakery. You help yourself from the selection on offer. Generally bread related with a twist and then you sit at communal wooden benches and enjoy the locally produced food and drink.
And boy is the food heavenly. I had a vegetable curry served in a bowl made out of bread. As I was eating the curry, I could break bits of the bowl off and dip it into the delicious sauce. The day we visited, they also had focaccia, delicious-looking homemade cakes and pastries on offer. You pay for what you eat, when you leave.
There’s also a magnificent micro-brewery, where you can stop for a half (or pint) and sample Miller's Mild, Town Mill Best or Lyme Gold. If it’s a sunny day, it’s lovely to sit outside in the courtyard, sipping your drink and watching the world go by.
So if you find yourself around the Lyme Regis area, you should check out The Town Mill and see what they have on offer.
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