The Jurassic coast may be a favourite haunt for treasure hunters scoruring for hidden gems but we stumbled upon a pretty special one ourselves. Penny Black Cafe is hidden away behind a post office and at the back of an antique shop, and is one of those secrets that is just too good to keep quiet. The family run tearoom is a little place of infectious happiness that appears to be extremely popular with the locals as well as seaside visitors. The cafes retro decor is a credit to the owners who have clearly lavished it with passion, love and charm. Thought and care is evident in every charming teacup and quirky knick-knack.
I ordered a chorizo toastie, which will forever cast a shadow over all other breaded concoctions, along with a thick, bubbly, chocolate milkshake that I happily slurped down. My Grandma described the scones, with lashings of homemade jam and local clotted cream as some of the best she’d ever had and my mum loved her Dorset apple cake. The extensive menu lovingly comprises of nearly all homemade treats including delicious, creative lunches and an array of baked goods. We finished off the last of our cups of tea with the sound of yesteryear’s music playing in the background, all agreeing that we’d definitely return.
The lovely owner Hattie (pictured) made the experience even more enjoyable with a relaxed, friendly and attentive service that complemented such a wonderful place. She made us feel right at home and nothing was too much trouble! We left with full tummies and even bigger smiles.
Lyme Regis is such a beautiful place, so if you’re lucky enough to find yourself there, make the trip more lovely by paying a visit to Penny Black Cafe.