Great to see Lyme coming back to life

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The Town Mill in Lyme Regis – the ‘in’ place to be this summer!

THANK you to all our readers who have offered kind and supportive comments since the re-launch of the printed LymeOnline newspaper earlier this month.

We are really delighted to be back in print after a 20-week hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic and it was great to meet some of our readers at our seafront stand, where we handed out free copies of the paper following our re-launch.

How that was two weeks ago, I don’t know. This summer seems to have flown past in a shot, despite the lack of events to keep us all busy.

It’s been great to see Lyme coming back to life over the past few weeks. I know that many relished the peace and quiet of lockdown; I myself enjoyed a few deserted walks along the seafront (at one point I was the only person stood on the whole of the front sand and shingle beach, and then it started to feel bit eerie!), but if there’s anyone who will be welcoming the late summer crowds it’s our local traders.

Highly dependent on tourism, Lyme’s business community has been put through its most challenging time and LymeOnline has been doing its best to help traders get back on their feet.

As shops, pubs and restaurants reopened their doors, we ran a ‘Shop Local’ campaign on our website keeping an up to date list of every business that had started trading again. We have also launched a new Business Page feature in the LymeOnline newspaper, or should I say Business Pages as it actually runs over two pages in this week’s issue, bringing you the latest news from traders including the opening of the new Largigi Rooms and Water’s Edge Café in Coombe Street.

Once Lyme’s town centre, the historic Coombe Street seems to be going through a bit of a revival. It currently boasts some of Lyme’s best eateries, a handful of unique, independent shops, boutiques and galleries, as well as two of Lyme’s main tourist attractions – the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum (which had queues out the door last week) and the Town Mill.

Tucked away and perhaps overlooked by some residents, the Town Mill has become my favourite area to hang out in Lyme Regis since moving to Church Street, just around the corner, and this summer it’s had a real buzz about it, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Lyme Regis Brewery has quickly become one of the trendiest hotspots in town, the Ship Inn’s Persian street food stand pulls in the crowds every night, and last weekend I was blown away after trying The Millside restaurant for the first time since new owners took over at the end of last year.

There’s also two art galleries, a handful of artisan businesses, a cute café and the historic watermill itself is now open to visitors again. If you haven’t paid the mill a visit yet, you’re missing out!

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About Francesca Evans 2532 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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