31 Broad Street
Mon-Sat 11-11, Sun 12-3; 7-10.30
Set half way up the hill from the bay on the main shopping street, this is a very friendly pub with two distinct areas.
The bar is tot he right of entrance and has a traditional feel to it. There are stools at the bar and the locals frequent it. The dark bar with overhang has up to three guest ales, all served well. The seating is at the back - bearing in mind this is a small room, it can get smoky. The seating is padded benches and the carpet is thick and draws down the sound from the low ceiling.
The toilet are accessible from here and are pseudo-outside for the gents. The ladies are on the other side of the pub.
This second room is set out more as a restaurant, but you can sit here during the day. The bay window here gives you a good view of the high street and if you crane your neck enough you can just about see all the way. There is a small bar here too, but no hand pump. A step make it wheelchair unfriendly, but as you can see from the picture, is necessary to allow you to be upright while drinking.
Food is served in both areas lunch (Tuesday to Saturday) and evening. Naturally the restaurant side has some interesting choices and the prices are fair for a tourist town.
When in Lyme it would be wise to visit the pub as being at the top of town it is not so busy from tourists and so can dedicate more time to the serving of good ale and food.
Occasional live music here.
Be aware though that Lyme is on a loop road and so is not easy to get in and out of at peak times.
It is also a beautiful place to see historic Dorset and the coast line.
Oh and did I mention the French Lieutenants Woman?
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