The Town Mill Bakery
in Lyme Regis has been on my bucket list for some time, two years at least. Everyone, except me, seems to have been there, unanimously raving and carrying home brown paper parcels of oozing brownies and sticky toffee cake and the world’s greatest granary.
‘The coffee is amazing,’ they say.
Or ‘the croissants are as big as your head.’
Well finally after a morning’s fossil hunting at nearby Charmouth, we made it. The Town Mill in Lyme is the flagship bakery (there are 5 altogether with outposts in Dorchester and Sherborne), a scrubbed, white space with communal tables and benches, it feels timeless and modern at the same time.
Quality and conscience (though not in a do-goody kind of way) are what sets the Bakery apart – ingredients are of the highest quality and strictly seasonal. The only drinks on offer here apart from tea and coffee (which is roasted locally) are apple juice from local orchards and water (from the tap).
On the day we visit there’s a roasted tomato thing going on (one of my absolute favourite things to eat). I order the tomato soup which comes in a bread bowl made of artisan sourdough with croutons and a spectacular green salad, while my son has the sourdough pizza, with more slow roasted toms and a shower of rocket.
The coffee was as good as everyone said and we took home our own parcels of Victoria Sandwich (a statuesque, crowd pleasing three tier tower) and chocolate brownie.
Deservedly popular and the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or tea – go soon, you’ll love it.