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“Great food, fair prices and wonderful whimsical atmosphere... right on the beach!”
Review of By The Bay

By The Bay
Ranked #32 of 80 Restaurants in Lyme Regis
Price range: $18 - $32
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: By the Bay offers fabulous, affordable fresh food and the very best in seafront dining. Situated on the beach with stunning views of the Lyme Regis Bay and historic Cobb Harbour. Our family-friendly restaurant is open all year round. Reservations recommended for evenings and Sunday lunch. Please note that drinks are only served with food orders between 11.30am & 3pm.
Woodstock, Vermont
Level 6 Contributor
300 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
“Great food, fair prices and wonderful whimsical atmosphere... right on the beach!”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We had been recommended this place by folks in Woodstock Vermont USA, where we run an award winning hospitality business. We used to live in Dorset and the fact that a recommendation travelled 4000 miles is impressive...but could the place deliver on a damp grey November Thursday?

13.00 struck on the town clock and in we walk to the quiet cafe bar area, to be met by some delightful staff and seated quickly, after a drink in the rather fetching contemporary bar area. Now this place is not just another seaside cafe...oh no...it's a cut above that. The art on the wall has whimsey, and the large arm chairs would be more often seen in an urban Starbucks setting.

The restaurant windows all over look the bay and even on a grey November day there was atmosphere, simple jazz influenced music playing at just the the right level to create ambiance and not kill it. The location on the sea front, is a short sea shell throw away from the new beach, you do indeed have lots of sand in Lyme these days! The sea front had a make over in 2012 and now even has a very smart National Trust shop and was a real surprise.

We had taken two local friends and we all ordered, fish chips with mushy peas for some, fresh mussels in a wonderful cream sauce for others and tempura battered vegetables. To drink we had Fentimans ginger beer, Guinness and water. All got 10/10.

The bill 80 quid for six was very good value, and we left with a wonderful glow, to go to the gallery in the town and buy a small piece of Garry Jones art . He has an art piece on the restaurant wall....a car door...yes an actual car door with a fantastic ceramic dog leaning out of it! Priceless humour that cannot fail to make one smile.

This place is a real find and a cut above the average seaside eatery.

  • Visited November 2012
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4 Thank Davidbignose!
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English first
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent and Consistant Food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have used this restaurant at least 8 times now and the food standard and variety of menu never ceases to amaze us.
The fish and chips are to die for
Service is excellent and Jason and Ginette have an excellent staff who are always helpful and attentive

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank imarshall935
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Twyford, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Love it!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The staff are great...courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and happy! The food is scrummy, seeing some of the reviews I wonder where people usually dine. It is what it is, some of the sea food specials would be good enough to grace any restaurant. There is something for everyone on the menu and it is not too badly priced. I have been there 4 times now over 3 years and never had a complaint. It had great views over the harbour, u can sit outside on veranda or in the cleanly and uncomplicatedly inside that has a small area with sofas or well laid out tables and chairs. They are happy to serve either just drinks or drinks and food. It offers u a chance to eat something other than fish and chips or burger and chips and they offer wholesome kids food too. One thing is, that although clean, their loos could do with updating.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Sharon F
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Bridport, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Enjoyable experience”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Sunday lunch there today sat watching people on the beach with the sun streaming through the windows. Delicious beef enormous Yorkshire pud, Roasties and vegetables what's not to like! Very helpful staff and a fair price.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Veggiegolferws
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Mediocre Food, Pontins atmosphere, Friendly Staff”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Our party of 6 dropped in for dinner due to fact we staying nearby. I had read the reviews and thought we would give it a chance. The decor is tacky and not somewhere I would be seen dead in normally! The staff were friendly but holiday camp is the best way to put it. Two of us had the mushroom wellington which they enjoyed, two had scampi which was as my Dad says" muck on a truck" and chips not hot. The cod was grey and not fresh so a disappointing experience.

I have read other reviews so perhaps we were just unlucky however I would try again !

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Deb4Cake
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