Walking along Lyme Regis promenade on a warm spring day, is a thing of great pleasure. Today was no different, gone were the crowds of Easter, leaving just a smattering of visitors eager to soak in the sea air. But with a cold front heading our way, the wind had a distinct edge to it and spare sheltered seats were in short supply. We were heading along to Lyme Bay Pizza to sample their food and you know how much we love pizza, so our step was little quicker than normal.
Lyme Bay Pizza has been operating since 2015 and is owned & run by Nick Benwell. He has small team, Chef Richard and Cami Sturbridge on front of house, all are multitasked and will help where help is needed.
Lyme Bay Pizza is down at the Cobb end of the promenade, on the first floor above Jane’s Cafe, it must have one of the best views of the beach and great for people watching. (scroll down to see video) Entrance is up a steep flight of stairs into a restaurant area, but the best seats & views are outside on the balcony.
We were warmly greeted by Cami and we chose to sit outside, they even have a basket full of rugs for those chilly days. Cami has only been working there for a few weeks, but already has a full knowledge of all items on the menu. The pizzas are stone baked, bases are hand stretched sour dough and all the dishes are made in-house, including their ice cream & desserts.
For starters you can have filled potato skins, calzone, baked king prawns, whitebait, squid and arancini. You can have nibbles of olives, breads and bruschetta’s to share. Mains are dominated by pizza’s, but you can have ribs, salads, pasta bakes or chicken. There is a great selection of drinks, but with the full range of Lyme Regis Brewery beers, I chose the Summer Breeze light ale. Vicky had a coffee and a blanket, the cold front was creeping ever closer.
We chose just one starter of baked king prawns in garlic & chilli butter, along with a side salad of roast squash, rocket & Grana Padano cheese. The king prawns were succulent and sweet, the hot butter sauce had plenty of garlic and spicy chilli. But it was the salad that won the day, the sweet squash with roasted tomatoes worked well with the creamy rich cheese, all coated with delicious dressing. The beer was light and refreshing, just right for a lunchtime drink.
Then to main event – Pizza – there are 14 different pizzas to choose from, the traditional Margherita, tandoori chicken, two vegetarian options, all the way to a meat feast pizza. You can also add extra toppings of your choice, meat £1.00 & vegetable 50p extra.
Vicky’s chose The Squashed Goat pizza, basil pesto based (which was a refreshing change from a tomato base), with roasted squash and goats cheese. There were also some roasted tomatoes and plenty of Mozzarella on top of this generous sized pizza. We can see why this is one of their most popular pizza’s, it was a veggie delight and the sour dough base provided a nice crust as contrast.
I went for a spicy Italian pizza, Nduja base, topped with pepperoni, salami, olives & chilli. Again a very generous sized pizza with lots of delicious toppings and not too spicy, just about right. For those requiring an extra kick, you can pour over some chilli oil or just order some extra chillies.
Now onto the desserts, I was completely full, but when the coffee & hazelnut tart that Vicky had ordered arrived, I just had to try a spoonful, then another & another. We decided it was a divine delicious decadent dessert and the plate went back clean.. The homemade coffee & Tia Maria ice-cream is alone worth a visit to the restaurant..
We really did enjoy the relaxed atmosphere to Lyme Bay Pizza, Cami was an excellent front of house and you can tell that the food was home-made and was delicious. They also do take-aways, have a loyalty card scheme, have daily specials and the prices are very reasonable ie. all desserts are only £4.50 each.
The Chef has a new menu planned for the summer months, with more of a BBQ feel to the dishes. Which sounds perfect to sit and watch the world go by, with a cool glass of beer and a BBQ pizza, we might see you there….
Lyme Bay Pizza
29 Marine Parade
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