Mariners Hotel and Restaurant, Silver Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3HS: tel: 01297 442753
The Mariners Hotel and Restaurant was minutes from our B&B and, as we had been driving for a part of a really hot day, the thought of climbing back up the steep hill from the town centre and The Cobb harbour did not appeal.
We were glad we ventured into the 17th-century hotel which is a six-minute walk (uphill) from the lovely beach which is on the South West Coastal Path.
The low ceiling and intimate bar set the tone. We needed to chill and this restaurant seemed ideal.
The white walls and tasteful artefacts plus the eclectic mix of music added to the feel and our welcoming waitress presented a pleasing and varied menu.
It featured locally-sourced fish as well as West Country meat and the five starters provided a varied choice.
We side-stepped them and moved to the mains. Roasted lamb chump with a Dijon mustard crumb plus cauliflower puree, Dauphinoise potato and pea fricassee was tempting.
Wild mushroom and black garlic open lasagne with parmesan with poached egg and truffle oil also attracted attention as did the moules and frites in a classic mariniere sauce.
But, I plumped for baked fillets of seabass with layered crab, lime cured fennel, pickled cucumber, turned new potatoes and mango, chili and coriander salsa. It was superb with the subtle flavours all coming through.
The layered crab between the two filets of fish reacted beautifully with the fennel and cucumber tower and salsa. I fine dish.
The pork fillet stuffed with local black pudding and rolled plus pomme puree, leeks, apples and cider jus was also a winner. Once again the flavour was allowed to come through in each element and the interaction made this another winner.
We washed this down with a refreshing and fruity Romanian wine. A superb meal which was topped off by an iced strawberry parfait with piped Italian meringue, crisp meringue shards and strawberries.
This cosy restaurant was packed and no wonder. It is easy to find so do pop in. We were not disappointed.