THE Town Mill in Lyme Regis has been adapting to a new way of life during the coronavirus lockdown.
When lockdown measures were introduced on March 23, the historic visitor attraction – which includes a number of artisan businesses, galleries and working watermill – had to make changes to the way it operates.
A few businesses in the Town Mill complex were able to carry on, with others adapting to online sales, takeaway or delivery services.
Caroline at sewing workshop Sew La Di Da worked with other volunteers to make scrubs for the NHS. Laura from the Courtyard Cafe baked bread, cakes and savouries which were delivered and sold locally, while Lyme Regis Brewery also set up a delivery service and later opened for takeaway.
All volunteering stopped at the mill but milling continued with Ian Prudence keeping the wheel turning. Volunteer leader Petrina organised local deliveries of flour and then established an outlet in the high street via Lyme Regis Butchers.
A mini-market also popped up at the Town Mill on Wednesdays selling flour and Laura’s baked goods, as well as fish and seafood straight from the boat.
With non-essential shops, cafes, pubs and galleries now allowed to reopen, the Town Mill is adapting to welcome visitors once again.
The Courtyard Gallery opened as an art retails area on July 4 and the Malthouse Gallery is expected to open later this month with scheduled exhibitions to include Joe Webster and Richard Kaye.
The milling of flour continues and visitors will be able to watch the miller at work from the courtyard, as the doors to the meal floor will be open. No members of the public will be allowed to enter the mill for the time being but it is hoped it will reopen fully soon.
The Courtyard Cafe is now open from 8.30am (closed Thursdays and Sundays) for breakfasts and drinks, as well as offering a pop-up bakery service where you can purchase homemade sour-dough and wholewheat bread, rolls, cakes, scones and slices made from the Town Mill flour. Lunches will be served from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There is space to eat outside or you can takeaway.
Lyme Regis Brewery is now open from 11am seven days a week serving a selection of 13 crafts beers and ciders on tap along with small batch gin, honey spiced rum, wines and more. Seating is available inside and outside.
Seaweed art shop Molesworth and Bird has will be open Friday to Sunday at the mill and for private appointment by calling 07976 721429. The shop layout has been simplified, the large doors opened wide to create a clean and airy space for people to browse safely two at a time. All customers are asked to use hand sanitiser before entering and surfaces are regularly cleaned with disinfectant.
Saw La Di Da now has four self contained sewing stations where you can create safely. Each student will also have an overlocker, sewing machine, iron and ironing board. For information on workshops available, visit www.sewladidavintage.com or call 07707 811 114.
Don and Harry are delighted to welcome visitors back to the Town Mill Pottery seven days a week. With the necessary precautions in place, visitors can watch them at work on the wheel or browse their table and giftware in the display area, one family ‘bubble’ at a time please,
Lucy Cambell Jewellery will be open from 10am to 5pm Friday to Sunday and will continue to make jewellery from her home workshops for the rest of the week. Only one person is permitted in the shop at a time due to space limitations.
The neighbouring Millside Restaurant has also reopened, and food is being served outside the Ship Inn.