ST Austell Brewery is today celebrating the opening of the Rock Point Inn in Lyme Regis – its first pub in Dorset.
Originally built in the 18th century, the historical, grade II listed pub was purchased by the brewery in 2018 and has since undergone sensitive restoration work, to give the building a new lease of life.
The landmark pub sits at the bottom of Broad Street and offers outstanding views over Lyme Bay and the Cobb. It was originally due to open in April but this was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The refurbishment has seen the former fish and chip shop and kebab takeaway which adjoined the pub knocked through to create a larger bar and restaurant area with disabled access.
Nine new guest bedrooms have also been created upstairs, including dog-friendly, sea view and twin rooms.
Local traders and business owners were first to try out the new-look pub as it hosted launch events over the weekend, and doors are now open to the general public.
Steve Worrall, managing director of St Austell Brewery’s pubs, inns and hotels said: “We’re delighted that the Rock Point Inn is now officially open. It’s been a tough few months, so the long-awaited opening of our first pub in Dorset feels like a very special moment.
“The Rock Point is in a great position, right in the heart of Lyme Regis with stunning waterside views, and just a few steps away from Front Beach. We can’t wait to welcome locals back to the pub as well as those looking to visit the West Country this summer.
“As we have in all our managed pubs, we have introduced extra measures to the Rock Point to keep our guests and pub teams safe – from our new Easy Order app and hand sanitising stations, to one-way systems.
“Our customers will notice some small differences but even in these unusual times we can guarantee a great experience – delicious food, fresh draught beers and our usual warm welcome.”
Established in 1851, St Austell Brewery – which is independent and family-owned – owns over 180 pubs across the West Country. The brewery is also famous for its beers, including Tribute Pale Ale and Proper Job IPA.
For more information on the Rock Point Inn, and to book a stay, visit www.rockpointinn.co.uk/
To find out more about the new measures that St Austell Brewery has introduced to keep its guests safe, visit www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/welcoming-you-back-responsibly