Warm up this winter with hearty lunch menu at Lilac

lilacTHE cellar at numbers 57 and 58 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, has had a number of uses over the years, including a boys’ club with boxing ring, greengrocers and art gallery, as well as a handful of hospitality business.

But it seems to have really found its calling as new wine bar Lilac.

Opened by BBC ‘Great British Menu’ chef Harriet Mansell in August, Lilac followed the success of its sister restaurant Robin Wylde, just a stone’s throw away in Silver Street, which was recently listed in the Michelin Guide.

With a more informal setting, Lilac is described as “the place we all want to go on our day off”, where you can pop in for a glass of wine and some nibbles, or a long meal of shared plates with friends and family.

Its menu follows the same ethos as Robin Wylde, with a focus on vegetables, seasonality, locality, reduction of waste and sustainability, served alongside a wide range of wines, local beers and ciders, coffees and soft drinks.

Its dinner menu of small plates has already proved popular and now Lilac has started opening at lunchtimes, with a menu of hearty winter warmers.

Flavoursome soups, stews and tagines are all on offer, as well as a selection of moreish bar snacks.

On visiting before Christmas, I could barely stop myself picking at the Moroccan spiced cashews while perusing the wine menu, with Lilac’s friendly and knowledgable staff on hand to help make a selection.

I then tucked into the beef and lentil stew, served with curly kale and a generous slab of Real Grain Bakery sourdough and cultured butter.

Lilac is the perfect place for those slow-paced Sunday afternoons and after lunch my friend and I retired to one of the cosy snugs for another glass and an indulgent treat of rose infused chocolate truffles to finish.

The lunch menu is served Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm – see lilacwine.co.uk for full details or to book.

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