Robin Wylde: luxurious and delicious food to stay to Lyme Regis

Robin Wylde restaurant in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis pop-up Robin Wylde will become a permanent restaurant in Lyme Regis, chef Harriet Mansell announced.

The West Country born chef, who competed in BBC2’s Great British Menu earlier this year, is preparing to open Robin Wylde on Silver Street in Autumn, only a few doors down from its original Dorset home where it earned its five stars on TripAdvisor.

With a philosophy embedded in celebrating the diversity and abundance of West Country produce, Harriet will bring Robin Wylde to life once more – but this time the restaurant is here to stay.

Set to open within a former pottery workshop positioned in the bustling centre of what is one of South England’s most idyllic seaside towns, the restaurant is only a short stroll from Lyme Regis’ shores, rugged coastal paths as well as the hustle and bustle of a thriving fossiling community.

As inferred by its namesake Robin Wylde – a pseudonym which evokes connotations of luscious and wild countryside combined with a sense of adventure and old English charm – Harriet’s culinary style takes inspiration from the natural world. Experimentation with raw ingredients, to include pickling, preserving and fermentation also play a prominent role in Harriet’s recipes.

Harriet Mansell food in Lyme Regis

Harriet opened the original Robin Wylde pop-up in April 2019, which was a sell-out for its entire six-month residency within Lyme Regis’ culinary events space, The Pop-Up Kitchen. As word of the Robin Wylde experience spread through Dorset and beyond, only six weeks after opening Harriet was asked to take part in the 2020 series of BBC1’s Great British Menu, where she competed in the South-West heat.

In a similar style to its first incarnation, the restaurant – which will seat up to 32 covers – will provide a 9-course tasting experience, alongside optional pairings of low intervention and West Country wines. Highlights from previous menus include dishes such as Celeriac with Hazelnut, cured egg yolk & Dorset truffle, Baked River Teign Oyster with wild garlic & apple and Gooseberry Mousse with butterscotch.

This dinner was utterly incredible. Beyond what you could hope from a dinner in Lyme Regis. 8 courses paired with natural and local wines, exquisite.

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Drawing on the West Country’s enviable array of natural ingredients and producers, the menu – which will change approximately every six weeks – in particular, will shine a light on the region’s world-class seafood, incredible locally grown produce that benefits from the southerly climate, sea herbs and seaweeds and more. Alongside its wines, Robin Wylde will offer diners a broad selection of other drinks to include ales, ciders, spirits and meads.

Bookings lines are open and tables can be reserved up to three months in advance, with the full tasting experienced priced at £60 per person and £45 per person for the wine pairing.

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