HIX Oyster and Fish House

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HIX Oyster & Fish House overlooks The Cobb in Lyme Regis and boasts the most stunning panoramic views across the Jurassic coast. This is easily one of the most picturesque spots to enjoy fresh British fish and seafood. The Fish House has an informal, light and airy dining room with simple white wooden tables and chairs with the added bonus of a large outdoor terrace. Our focus is on sourcing and serving the best produce we can find and doing as little to it as possible so that you enjoy the real flavour of great British ingredients. We cure and smoke our own salmon and grow our own herbs in the Fish House garden.
If you fancy seeing your food being prepared and watching the chefs at work, book a seat at the popular Kitchen Table. You can also enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the kitchen at the ‘Shipwreck Bar’.
We cater for everyone at the Fish House. We always have a meat dish for the ardent carnivore. Kid's and vegetarian menus and gluten-free dishes are always available.
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Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Simply put , Hix oyster and fish house failed to meet our expectations.

KT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant with a view - worth a visit just for that reason. The food is great & generous portions. Will definitely return when next in Lyme.

RH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really excellent food and service. Delicious Lyme Bay prawns with mayonnaise, very fresh oysters and perfect ricotta, cherry and honey crunch pudding. The only let down was that the tables are set parallel to the view so inevitably half those at the table face away from the view and look at the back of the restaurant. Perhaps they could all be swung 90degrees so that everyone gets to see the sea? It must be one of the best sea views in England...

HC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this lovely restaurant in 2017 and it is still as good. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. A minor issue was that we got a bit chilly towards the end of our meal and so moved tables.

LC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was worried after reading other reviews but we had a lovely evening with great service. The food is pricey but was all delicious.

BB
Surrey
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The mackerel was very good, the views are exceptional. As we have just moved to the area, this restaurant is the first on my list to come back to.

S
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love to eat here ..the views...the exceptional attentive staff..the food!

YA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food served here with a location to match!

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food, drink, and atmosphere. A highlight of our calendar is a trip to Hix. Everything you touch, taste or drink is beautifully selected and the staff are an utter delight, even when we were running 20 minutes late. After Oysters, shrimp, fish and chips, burrow hill brandy truffles, we then set off for a delightful "let the food go down" wander around the cobb. An utterly wonderful way to spend a blustery Saturday evening.

JE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely views over Lyme as it’s in a great location! Starters and fish was delicious. Just a little disappointed with my fish pie as tasted no different than mine I make at home. It said Lyme Bay fish pie but had mostly Salmon in it.

JB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing even though it was raining outside the food and service were fantastic loved it

FD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish I've ever tasted in the UK! Having eaten what is the best fish in the world in Matosinhos, Portugal, I never thought I would ever find a fish resturant in the UK to come close, however tucked away in Lyme Regis there is one!

EJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service atrocious, food very disappointing, very uninspiring

JC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Overpriced and underwhelming. Without the location it would be nothing. Everything designed to squeeze as much money out of the customer as possible. Mediocre at best.

GH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great views and nice friendly staff.
Wine was nice and oysters lovely.
Really enjoyed my apple pie and the fish delicious.

MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything about our lunch was very good indeed. The service was friendly, professional and unintrusive. The food was outstanding and the time between courses was just right. We have visited several times in the past both on our own and with guests who were equally enthusiastic. We will definitely be visiting again as we live locally.

PC
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant has a great view overlooking the harbour, and is magical at night. The service was really excellent - friendly, cheerful and swift but discreet. The food was fine but not particularly distinguished. In a restaurant where the name and the price carry expectations, the food was fine but certainly not outstanding and really didn't justify the cost. Perhaps we suffered from end of season weariness!

BK
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and the value ok. Our fish pies were not overly special but they were tasty enough. I particularly loved the oat soda bread and my porter stout was lovely, one of the best I've had. All in we had a nice evening with lovely views over Lyme Cobb.

u
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Having read some negative reviews I was rather concerned about booking a table but as it was my sisters birthday I wanted to go somewhere special and thought that some reviewers were being too harsh. I found the menu very limited and somewhat simplistic but opted for grilled fish and my sister had the hakes head - which was unusual but sounded interesting. My fish was boney and small and underwhelming and the hake was not as interesting as hoped. We ordered sides of veg (very expensive) and were given some sort of potato dish which was a tiny portion and pretty tasteless we were also presented with cold, wet greens also very small. However, my fish soup stater was very good as was my sister's pasta starter and the oysters were good, at £2.95 each I guess they should be!!. So in all it was a VERY disappointing meal and SO expensive and miniscule. To top it all when we were asked if we would like a dessert- the very one we wanted was unavailable! So this turned out to be a very expensive evening with extremely mediocre food. Of course neither of us wanted to complain (and I normally do) as it was a birthday treat and didn't want to spoil the evening by complaining. Come on Mr Hix surely you should address the complaints your diners are posting and create a wow menu with wonderful fish dishes.

JW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal. So enjoyable, service and food/wine are first class.

NH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was fine. Our visit was let down by slow and unengaged service. It took way too long after we were seated to take our drinks order.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicous food (though prawns a bit tasteless and such a fiddle!). Very kind and helpful gentleman serving us.

DF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Late table not great as most people finishing and leaving so no ambience at all.

EE
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This was my 4th or 5th visit and the food has always been just ok for me. I was quite excited when I clicked on the link in the email to say I was definitely coming to see that the menu had changed quite a lot since we'd last been. But it wasn't a current menu, although it didn't say sample, and it was all pretty much the same as ever. Fish pie, fish & chips, a curry, grilled fish. I love the restaurant and the staff are always brilliant but there's nicer food for me in Lyme.

WS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I don't think the food is particularly special given the prices. The wine is very nice but hugely expensive .
It needs a bit more of a speciality other than fish curry, fish and chips, smoked salmon and prawn cocktail.
Sorry

GA
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been visiting Hix in Lyme for a few years now but this visit something had changed. The food wasn’t quite up to the standard previously had. Hopefully this was because it was end on lunch and out of season and this will of changed the next time we go.

P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality and presentation of food, good selection of drinks, a lovely setting above the shore, clean and well managed with good attention to detail.

C
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pretty much covers it all!! Everything was amazing and we will definitely be returning and recommending to everyone. It was the best seafood meal I have ever had!! Thank you 😊

CM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

The only small comment I would make was that I think the waitress should have known more about the wines. She was not able to clearly describe the french Voignier wine. She was lovely, though and very helpful and accommodating otherwise.

L
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Winning view but not the best eatery in Lyme, although the most expensive by far.

Nice range of English wines and food pleasant. However, charging £4 for some children's vegetables is pushing it to say the least, especially when their meal was only £7!

Of course they didn't touch a single one of said greens (not sure I would have either of served kale when three!!)

Their fish, like ours, though was most enjoyable and the staff were very nice.

M
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our party thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful lunch provided and the excellent level of service that was given to us. The lovely person who was front of house was outstanding and the level of service was extremely good. The food was thoughtful and of a standard that I would expect in a Michelin starred restaurant.

L
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious dinner and excellent service. The Brownsea oysters were the best oyster i had ever tasted.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a return visit - due to our past enjoyable experience.
We were not disappointed. The menu was wide-ranging; the quality of food top-class - as was the service.
Would certainly recommend to family and friends.
Thank you Hix, Lyme Regis.

PH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A very pleasant evening out, all the party rated the first course (fish soup) and pud highly, but there was some disagreement on the fish pie which some thought rather bland and could have done with more seasoning, however overall a good experience.

PJ
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A superb vista and worth visiting just for this. Food is simple, good and of a high quality. Service was reasonable but we were there at a quiet time for lunch. Value is okay given the location.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A warm welcome upon arrival and an outstanding location made for a lovely evening. The service was good, as were the drinks, but the food did not meet our expectations. It wasn't bad, but there was nothing outstanding in what we sampled. Having tried a lot of other places on this stretch of the Jurassic Coast, I'd say that the pricing is a little high and the food flavours needs to improve to be on par with competitors. That said, it was a nice evening, reasonable portion sizes, but a return to some more traditional dishes would not be unwelcome.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited one and a half hours for our meal, my husband had the fish curry which arrived cold , my fish pie was average. We complained to the manager who reduced our bill, but not a good experience.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was extremely slow ...waiting over an hour to receive the first course

LG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent lunch - a real treat. Would recommend wholeheartedly.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The evening was very nice, service and the food was excellent. We have never eaten oysters before but throughly enjoyed them. The rest of our food was fabulous.
We had a table in full view of the harbour, which was fantastic !!