WATCH: Millside Restaurant named Lyme Regis Business of the Year

THE Millside Restaurant has been named Lyme Regis’ Business of the Year.

The restaurant, which was taken over by owners John and Georgina Baker shortly before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, scooped the top prize at the inaugural Lyme Regis Business Awards yesterday (Wednesday), organised by Marketing West and LymeOnline.

Three-year-old Darcy collects the Business of the Year award on behalf of her parents, Millside Restaurant owners John and Georgina Baker, supported by family friend Jon Golding, staff member Chase Holland and sponsor Philip Evans of LymeOnline

The Millside was named Restaurant of the Year and Overall Business of the Year with John and Georgina’s three-year-old daughter Darcy collecting the certificate on behalf of her parents, who are unfortunately self isolating with the restaurant closed until Tuesday after being ‘pinged’ by the Track and Trace app.

She was accompanied by family friend Jon Golding and staff member Chase Holland.

Commenting on social media, Georgina said: “This is just incredible, we are lost for words, honestly! So so many ‘thank yous’ are owed to this.

“To our awesome team, for all you mean to us, is everything this is about. To our suppliers for the stunning food produce, wines, beers, flowers and more. To our community, it is a true honour to be a part of this amazing town.

“To my little girl Darcy, who made us so proud today going up on stage to collect the award as we are self isolating, and Jon for saying a few words on our behalf!

“Thank you LymeOnline and Marketing West for putting this together for our community, and well done to all the other winners. Everyone deserves to take this year as a win.”

Almost 100 entries from 51 local businesses were received for the first Lyme Regis Business Awards.

The ceremony held at the Woodmead Halls yesterday and streamed live on YouTube, with guests including the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, and mayoress Wendy Larcombe.

In his opening speech, Cllr Larcombe spoke about the difficulties local businesses have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, and how they now had the opportunity to come out of it stronger with Lyme Regis more popular than ever with holidaymakers.

He commented: “Well done to all who have come through the last 12 exceptional months, maintained your business and trading, and continue to look to the future, even if presently with a challenged optimism, and for the part you all play in making Lyme Regis the special place it is.”

The judging of the awards was independently carried out by a group of local judges, with each having up to 100 votes to allocate to each entry.

Comments made by the judges included delight at the range of businesses that entered and the overall quality of the entries. This resulted in some very high scores and close results.

The full list of winners was as follows:

  • Café–Pub-Hospitality Award – Tom’s on Marine Parade
  • Independent Business Award Green Business of the Year – The Pop Up Kitchen in Broad Street
  • Green Business of the Year – Go Eco Cabs
  • New Business of the Year – The Monmouth Pantry in Broad Street
  • Best Service Providing Business – The Lyme Launderette in Lym Close
  • Restaurant of the Year – The Millside in Mill Lane
  • Best Customer Service – FitAgain
  • Tourism-Accommodation Award – Jurassic Footgolf
  • Arts, Crafts, Artisans Awards – The Town Mill
  • Local Rising Star – Harriet Mansell of Robin Wylde in Silver Street
  • Community Support Award – Lyme Bay Ladies.

Nigel Reeve of the award organisers Marketing West Events said: “I’d like to start by thanking LymeOnline for their fantastic support, help and advice as we took these awards from an idea to reality. Also, all the businesses that took the time to enter. It shows the level of drive and confidence of these local businesses.

“We said all the way through that these awards were being created to promote the range and quality of local business. The aim is simply to encourage people to use the great range of local businesses on their doorstep. Hopefully these awards have helped achieve that.”

The awards were sponsored by LymeOnline, The Pilot Boat, Woodmead Halls, NFU Mutual, Lyme Regis Town Council, Gavin Dixon Finance Solutions, Higos Insurance Services,Thomas Westcott Accountants, Lyme Bay Holidays, Dorset Growth Hub, and The Holmbush Cafe.

Full photo coverage in this Friday’s printed edition of the LymeOnline newspaper!

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