Not to long ago I had the chance to go and spend the day at Lyme Regis. I hadn't been there in a while but this trip I was determined to eat at a place I had heard amazing things about. I am of course talking about Town Mill Bakery. This place is so unique and so special. Why? I hear you ask. Well, I'm glad you asked. Firstly the food is incredibly tasty, exciting, fresh and simply layed out. It's all vegetarian but as a massive meat eater, I would happily turn veggie if I got to eat there every day. The bakery restaurants are made up of five distinct brands: breakfast, lunch, tea, supper and the shop. They don’t do all-day-breakfasts, cake in the morning or scones for supper and they never will. Secondly, their simple approach is key. When you visit this unpretentious bakery, you will simply find long wooden tables and benches. Massive bowls of butter for everyone to share. Mugs hanging above your head. Blackboards with the daily specials and once it's gone it's gone.
Sitting with my food and mug of apple juice below a corrugated tin roof, amongst people I'd never met, I really felt a sense of community, an un-fussy, honest atmosphere. This place is truely brilliant and I hope to see many, many more places like it. To quote their blog '' We have a reputation for freshness and flavour, and we didn’t get that by batch cooking. Whatever we are making is prepared fresh each day by our expert staff who we’ve trained ourselves – some of whom joined us as apprentices – and set their own standards. We don’t make huge vats of things that will last all week because that would be doing something purely for our own convenience, and that’s not what we’re about. And we don’t give our dishes fancy names. Pizza is pizza, jam is jam (not compote) and it’s a Swiss roll, not a roulade. We are all about being straightforward and straight talking. We want to give you food you recognise, at the proper times of day, made in small quantities that promote freshness and quality, and served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."
So if you ever visit Lyme Regis for the day, or you're anywhere near it. Go. You know you want too.
I would just like to point out that I am not asked or paid to say these things. I believe that when something is great it should be recognised and celebrated. That is all.