Ambitious plans for seafront restaurant

SWiM build
Work is currently being carried out to completely refurbish the former Bay restaurant, which will be called SWiM
Restaurant owners Richard and Nikki Cooper

THE iconic Bay restaurant in Lyme Regis is currently undergoing a full refurbishment and will re-open its doors as SWiM.

The Marine Parade restaurant closed on January 1st and its new owners are converting it into a a new café/bar, set to open in time for Easter with a focus on craft drinks and an “impeccable menu at affordable prices”.

The new owners bought The Bay last year from Steph and Tony Colston – when it was the known as By The Bay – with the ambition of creating the best seaside café/bar the UK has to offer. With a strong track record as previous owners of The Bull Hotel in Bridport and the founders of The Stable – a pizza, pie and cider restaurant chain that grew rapidly across the UK before selling to Fullers – they certainly have a case for such an audacious claim.

Nikki Cooper, founder and Uplyme resident, said: “We fell in love with Lyme Regis when we moved to Dorset 15 years ago, we were lucky enough to build our family home here last year and now we can’t wait to get the refurbishment underway.”

Her husband and business partner, Richard Cooper, added: “We’ve never spent as long as we have on any business we’ve owned, agonising over every detail, every item on the menu, every supplier we work with and every fixture we put into this building. The process, while long-winded at times, has been the most enjoyable chapter in my career to date.”

The new owners are investing heavily into the town council-owned property, with planning permission submitted to rip out the ceiling to maximise the expansive void above and instal new floor to ceiling glazing to make the most of the views over our world famous coastline. The entire restaurant will be completely gutted and rebuilt with huge attention paid to all the design elements.

SWiM will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails all year round, with a heavy focus on appealing to the local customer base as much as the summertime madness.


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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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