My first restaurant experience in months at Lyme’s latest pop up

Tom and Chelsie Robinson pictured on their launch night at The Pop Up Kitchen in Lyme Regis

ANYONE that knows the Evans family knows there’s nothing we love more than getting together for a great meal out.

Dining out has always been one of our favourite pastimes so we’ve missed not being able to visit pubs and restaurants over the past few months.

But finally, as lockdown restrictions were eased last weekend, I was able to sample Lyme’s foodie delights once again, and where better to start than the latest restaurant to ‘pop up’ in town?

Focussing mainly on fresh, locally-sourced seafood dishes and refreshing cocktails, Toms is the latest business to open at The Pop Up Kitchen in Broad Street.

Run by Tom Robinson, a former chef at London’s renowned East India Club, and his partner Chelsie, the pop up will be open for takeaway and limited numbers to eat inside throughout July and August while they look for a permanent premises.

The delicious fritto misto, which translates as fried mixed fish

I was invited along to a taster evening before the pop-up opened to the public and expected a drink and canapé or two, but was delighted to be served a sumptuous four-courses showing off some of the menu’s highlights, including crab croquetas with a romesco sauce, mussels with West Country cider, leeks and crusty bread, fritto misto with saffron aioli and breaded fish goujons and chips to finish.

My first restaurant meal in months so it was go big or go home. Needless to say I was stuffed!

The Pop Up Kitchen, run by Ali McLoughlin of Dottie Kitchen, has built a reputation in recent month as a launch-pad for quality food and drink businesses. Others currently sharing the space include Spongbakes, The Strawberry Tree, Tartisan and The Good & Badger.

Meanwhile, previous pop ups the Monmouth Table and Robin Wylde are busy preparing to open their own businesses – the Monmouth Table are opening a traditional pantry next door to the Pop Up Kitchen and Robin Wylde is expected to open its own restaurant just a few yards away in Silver Street.

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About Francesca Evans 2520 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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