Lyme’s ‘Rising Star’ opens second dining venue in town to rave reviews

CHEF Harriet Mansell, who was recently named the town’s ‘Rising Star’ at Lyme Regis Business Awards, has just opened her second dining venue.

Lilac, a 40-cover wine bar, opened in premises in Broad Street formerly occupied by Cellar 59 at the end of July and has already won rave reviews from diners.

Serving a variety of wines from the West Country, including low-intervention and biodynamic options, Lilac will echo the ethos of Harriet’s debut restaurant Robin Wylde, which opened in Silver Street in October 2020 following a successful stint at The Pop Up Kitchen.

Both the restaurant and new wine bar shed a light on the quality and abundance of West Country produce, wild and foraged ingredients.

Lilac will offer a selection of wines sourced from small-scale Dorset vineyards, to include the Furleigh Estate, Sharpham, Castlewood, Dunleavy & Limeburn Hill, as well as Langham Winery in Dorchester who are creating the very first English sparkling wine by the keg, which Lilac will showcase.

An inimitable selection of international wines will also be available, alongside beers, ciders, meads, soft drinks and coffee.

High quality natural canned wines, ideal for the beach, will be available to takeaway.

A continuously changing menu of seasonal small plates will accompany the drinks, with a focus on vegetables, zero waste and sustainability.

Examples of dishes on the menu include tempura sea vegetables with smoked roe and elderflower.

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