It's one of the cheaper options in the area and that is immediately clear. It's a shame because the location is superb – being right on the beach front. The pub itself was really disappointing. From the outside the Rock Point could be a traditional seaside pub with real ales, good honest local food, fishermen, tables out next to the sea (etc.), but it's not! I imagine that the pub was like that once but has been spoiled, modernised, it's bland, nondescript, uninviting, soulless, we didn't even bother going on the 'terrace' after catching a glimpse of the cheap tin furniture out there, and didn't even consider eating there after seeing the barman eating some terrible looking fish and chips (think frozen packet from a supermarket), then later walking past the kitchen – which is just a row of microwaves, I'm sure you get the impression! (I could go on). When we arrived, there was no-where to park, so we had to park in the pay-and-display outside, which cost us X amount per hour every day (and having to go out before 8am each morning to put money in). I should point out that the barman who worked there was friendly and I'm sure would be helpful.
Onto the room: it was small, the floor was uneven and the bathroom was carpeted, but it was reasonably clean. The decor is cheap and it's obviously not been done with any view to the future. When we pulled the blind down before bed, the whole thing came crashing down! And lastly, the kettle stank the room out if you put it on!
I love Lyme and we still had a brilliant time. The Royal Standard and the Harbour Inn are proper seaside pubs and are just along the promenade from the Rock Point, do great food, drinks, and have proper pub tables out on the beach, so you don't have to spend long in the Rock Point itself.
We would not stay here again or recommend it. Find a B&B instead!
Sorry to put a downer on this place, but we were really looking forward to staying in a seaside pub and this was the kind of dull, soulless place we avoid, so we were disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Rock Point Hotel
- Rock Point Inn Lyme Regis, Dorset