Loving Lyme Regis

Sea Bass with Thyme

Just back from a relaxing weekend at Lyme Regis in Dorset, camping of course and for the first time this year sunny weather all weekend plenty of walking and BBQd fish

Beer Festival

It definitely began well the pub down the hill from the campsite The Talbot Arms was having a beer festival in the paddock ,

Tastiest Burger

We got chatting to a lovely couple from Norway who were on their was to the members celebration at River Cottage HQ , this area of Dorset is Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall country , apparently he is big in Norway too thanks to the Discovery Channel . We had a fantastic evening talking about food, ethics and music festivals tasting some of the 20 ales and a few local ciders including 7.4% Lyme
Bay scrumpy cider . I also had one of the most delicious 100% beef burgers so dense it could have been steak .


We had a lovely walk through meadows and woods in a roundabout way towards Lyme Regis , which I was delighted to discover had a fishmongers ,

The Old Watch House , Fresh Fish, Crab & Lobster
it was getting a little late to go out on mackerel boat to catch our own , Nick eyed up two massive sea bass and the fishmonger threw in a couple of sardines which made a quick starter on the BBQ

Eaten Sardine

BBQ Sea Bass

The bass needed a gutting , it was my first time very easy and I scraped off some of the larger scales stuffed it with a few slices of lemon in the chest cavity and a little thyme pushed into slashes in its skin .,

Sea Bass with Asparagus and Rocket Salad

The bucket BBQ crisped both fish to perfection we ate the bass served with a little rocket mixed with barcecued english asparagus dressed with lemon and pepper simple perfection .

Smoked Salmon and Watercress Sandwich

On Sunday we took another route towards and coast path and Lyme Regis , this coast path runs through woods with some quite foreboding notices , we were armed with more fish in smoked salmon sandwiches but eventually turned back to Lyme Regis for Ice Cream here Hive Honeycomb

Honeycomb Ice Cream

Whilst in Lyme Regis we took the opporunity to pick up more fish this time riverfish, freshwater Brown Trout from the River Ax

Trout from the River Ax

After a cheery glass of Pimms and to complete three nights of BBQ we barbecued the Brown trout and served with a bulgar wheat tomato and cucumber salad .

Its Pims O'Clock

Bulgar Wheat Salad

Watching the sun go down over the Lym valley I was very happy for now though bye bye Lyme Regis .

Lyme Bay


  1. We drove through there on our recent trip. Cute town! What a crazy drive STRAIGHT UP to get out though…. The fish looks great.

  2. Ah, I love the Lyme Regis and the Dorset coast. And your food looks as great as ever. I think your fishmonger may have been economical with the truth about your trout though – they are rainbow trout: the spotted tail is a tell-tale characteristic. I’m sure they were absolutely delicious though…

  3. I’m gobsmacked by the fish. They’re all so gorgeous! That’s one of the problems with the U.S., we don’t like our food to stare at us while we’re cooking it (most of us that is) so it’s nearly impossible to get beautiful fish like you Brits can. I’m seething with jealousy!

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