Lyme Regis foodie businesses shortlisted in Food Magazine Reader Awards

Harriet Mansell
Harriet Mansell of Robin Wylde has been nominated for Best Chef while its sister restaurant Lilac has been shortlisted for Best Cocktail Bar

A NUBMER of Lyme Regis foodie businesses are are calling on the public for support after being shortlisted for the 2022 Food Magazine Reader Awards. 

Harriet Mansell has been nominated in the Best Chef category for her seasonal tasting menu at Robin Wylde in Silver Street, while the restaurant’s sister wine bar Lilac, in Broad Street, has been shortlisted for Best Cocktail Bar.

Robin Wylde was opened by Harriett, who previously appeared on the BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’, in October 2020 following a successful pop-up venture in the town. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, it was followed by the opening of Lilac in July 2021 and both were included in the Michelin Guide 2022.

Mark Hix’s Oyster & Fish House, off Cobb Road, has also been shortlisted in the Best Restaurant category, while The Whole Hog in Broad Street and the Town Mill Bakery in Coombe Street are both nominated for Best Café.

The Monmouth Pantry in Broad Street has been shortlisted for Best Indie Retailer, and across the East Devon border, High Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage has been nominated as Sustainability Champion.

For almost a decade, the Food Reader Awards have championed the South West’s independent food and drink businesses and they have now returned after a hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 30,000 nominations were cast in the first round of voting and the shortlist has now been revealed, with the public able to vote for their favourite entries until May 6.

The finalists will be announced on May 13 and the winners will be crowned at a ceremony at Winslade Manor, near Exeter, on June 27. You can vote for your favourite entries here.

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