New-look Rock Point hopes to open in July

An artist’s impression of how the Rock Point Inn in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, will look following renovations

WORK has recommenced on the refurbishment of the Rock Point Inn in Lyme Regis this week, with hopes that it will be ready to open on July 4.

St Austell Brewery, based in Cornwall, purchased the Rock Point in November 2018 – its first acquisition in Dorset – and work on a complete refurbishment got underway last year.

It was originally intended to open the new pub and restaurant in April, but this was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak and workmen left the site.

Contractors are back on site this week with the hope that the refurbishment can be finished in time for July 4, when some hospitality outlets are being given the go ahead from the government to open.

Steve Worrall, St Austell’s managing director of pubs, inns and hotels, said: “We were pleased when the government announced that parts of the hospitality sector could be able to reopen from July 4.

“While the decision on when we reopen our pubs will depend on the government’s regular risk assessments – and there’s every chance that this date could be moved back – we’re still currently planning towards reopening on July 4. We’re working hard on drawing up a detailed plan for this, based on the government guidelines for hospitality, which will be published in the coming days.

“As always, the safety of our pub teams and customers continues to be our number one priority. We’re looking forward to welcoming Lyme Regis residents back to the new look Rock Point when the time is right.”

The renovations have brought together the pub and adjoining former fish and chip shop and kebab takeaway as one building, including a bar, dining area, new kitchen in the basement, guest bedrooms on the upper floors and outside seating areas.

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