This is an incredible place, so much so I felt the need to write a blog...
"Lyme Regis is maybe better known for its Jurassic Coastline and Cobb than dining venues (tea and scones aside). Last weekend though, was a revelation. The Mill Café and Supper Club is a cosy, homely venue tucked away in a little courtyard sitting beside the River Lym, and run by some of the friendliest people on earth. Raining, as it would be in June, we carefully navigated the steep cobbled streets only diverting once for a seamless pint of Tribute - with a fat seagull squawking overhead it suddenly felt all very Broadchurch..
We were welcomed with a smile and immediately offered an aperitif - Kir (Italian white wine and homemade blackcurrant nectar), Bellini or Campari and Orange – perfect. There is no fuss here, wooden table with a candle -you just sit down, feel very relaxed and let the food come. The Supper Club works on a set menu designed by the Milan born wizard in the kitchen, Stefano. It was £24 for four mind blowing dishes, and every single thing that came out was nothing but exceptional.
First out was the Crab Crostini and Broad Bean Crostini (pictured below), this genuinely ignited a serious discussion as to which was better. The lemon and basil risotto was immensely zingy with a perfect bite – it was one of those risottos that plays mind games, how can something so simple deliver such flavour? Meatballs were immense and succulent, nestling in a bath of melting tomato sauce, the beef of course sourced from a local farm. It was the salad that was something else, again, leaves from a local source (Trill Farm) but these are prepared with serious attention– soaked for 20 minutes, turned slowly to dry and dressed with lemon, oil, salt and love. All with home baked bread on the side.
Although I felt like a heathen in such an Italian environment, we enjoyed a bottle of Pichon Baron 1997 which I was kindly allowed to bring along. Anyone who guides their Bordeaux drinking solely on Parker points should give this a crack and regroup. With all of its 86 point score it was singing from the rafters, beautiful classic Pauillac drinking perfectly. We did also try a glass of the house Barbaresco which was very tasty, and weighed in at £28 a bottle!
A coffee semifreddo and Almond Tartlet sealed the deal – two very content diners that struggled to get back up that cobbled hill. If you are ever anywhere near Lyme, the Mill Café is a must, we went back for lunch the next day…enough said!"
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