WITH colder weather drawing in, the cosy Shave Cross Cellar has quickly become a favourite haunt for Lyme Regis residents since opening six weeks ago.
Run by couple Tom Littledyke and Georgia Wellman, The Shave Cross Cellar – in the former premises of Aroma Café in Bridge Street – is an extension of their country pub, The Shave Cross Inn, near Bridport.
The couple bought the pub in January 2020, just two months before the coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK.
But despite the challenges and restrictions of the past 18 months, they have quickly built a great reputation for a friendly welcome, hearty comfort food, quality drinks and imaginative ideas and events to draw in customers, including their recent Abba night, Halloween party and bonfire night celebrations.
Now they’re bringing the same ethos to The Shave Cross Cellar, where Tom and Georgia say a slower-paced, relaxed and enjoyable experience for customers is their number one priority.
The couple have taken a novelty approach to sharing their passion for craft beer. A selection of 12 local beers – most from Thorncombe-based brewery Gyle 59 – are available on the ‘tap wall’ where customers can pour their own pint and are trusted to use a clicker to count their drinks, handing it in and paying as they leave.
For the non-beer drinkers, there is also a full menu of wines, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, teas and coffees, and even alcoholic milkshakes.
The kitchen is serving up a selection of favourite dishes from The Shave Cross Inn menu, including the popular ‘7 Deadly Sins’ chicken wings, with seven varieties to choose from, and the indulgent camembert bread bowl. There are also sandwiches, ploughman’s and a choice of starter dishes, desserts and cakes.
Tom and Georgina are soon hoping to start a takeaway service and already offer free delivery to local traders in Lyme Regis high street.
To keep customers entertained, there is a choice of board games and video games, a virtual reality headset and Pac Man arcade game. The bar also hosts weekly ‘Game of Thrones’ screenings and plans to start table top gaming nights, including Dungeons & Dragons, in the New Year.
And if you fancy a night out of Lyme Regis, you can always book the mini bus, running seven days a week to The Shave Cross Inn so you don’t have to worry about a designated driver.
The Shave Cross Cellar in Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, is open seven days a week from 12noon to 11pm with food served all day until 9pm.