Hix Oyster and Fish House
Hix Oyster and Fish House

Hix Oyster and Fish House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hixoysterandfishhouse.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01297446910
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 12pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Lin Pidsley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    The bus stops in the high street - from here please walk through Langmoor Gardens next to the cinema.
    The nearest train station is Axminster and Lyme Regis is a tenure drive away in a taxi or there is a bus which stops by the station.
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details:
    The nearest car park is Holmbush which is a few minutes walk from the restaurant (£1.70 a day, and free after 6pm). There is also an NCP car park next to Tesco metro in the high street - from here please walk through Langmoor Gardens next to the cinema. A further car park by the Cobb is also available but at the bottom of a very steep hill so not suitable for people with walking difficulties (£1.70 a day and free after 6pm).
A word from Hix Oyster and Fish House
Hix Oyster & Fish House overlooks the harbour 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 is 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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Hix Oyster and Fish House reviews from OpenTable diners
316 reviews since 25 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.4
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (193)fit for foodies (170)romance (100)outdoor eating (93)sunday lunch (47)child friendly (34)afternoon tea (29)brunch (29)business meals (28)group bookings (20)good vegetarian options (15)outstanding value (13)disabled access (8)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
  • Disappointed with the service
    flaubert
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Some of the dishes we ordered were fabulous (fish curry, lemon sole) but other dishes were actually quite poor (e.g. far too much salt in both the side dishes and one of the starters we ordered wasn't very good). The cocktail list was lack lustre. We were most disappointed with the service. We felt rushed from the start and our waiter was very grumpy to the point of being rude. The whole experience smacked of "we know we're well-known in London and good so we're not going to bother". We wouldn't go back as the food wasn't worth the poor service. It's a shame because I have dined there before with someone else and it wasn't as bad - maybe we caught them on an off night. But for the price and reputation, I don't think that's an excuse.
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  • Complete Letdown
    PreparedToBeWowed
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Pretentious waiters, extremely slow service and decidedly average food. We went prepared to be blown away and left feeling we'd been sucked in by the famous name. It's in a fabulous location and would be a wonderful experience if only they got the basics right. As we ate we couldn't help but overhear the complaints from other tables as they paid their bills. Unfortunately we had to agree with them.
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  • Easilypleased
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    On the plus side views are spectacular. On the down side service was barely adequate from a supercilious waiter, couldn't be bothered to wipe down table after spilling soup starter. Food was over salted crab soup, uninspiring John Dory , had to ask for the hollandaise sauce which I had ordered. Greeted by "oh I will try and move your table as you won't like the one that has been allocated" not an inspiring opening line. General opinion way too expensive for a very mundane eating experience. Would not return as view matched by many other restaurants in lyme Regis.
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  • Stunning!!
    wilts
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Second visit to Hix in Lyme, as good as first visit, and will return when next in the area. Always high quality food and service, at fair prices. Was seated in bay window overlooking The Cob at sunset, stunning!
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  • Excellent food with an amazing view
    JonS
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Local seasonal fresh simple delicious! Cocktails are awesome!
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent food .. Tweaks required!
    Carinadee
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Arrived at restaurant - guy on til didn't even look round at us as focussing on his seating plan, so didn't feel too welcomed. Sat at table (13 I think) where they send the dirty plates down etc to kitchen with an open bin below and it was constantly noisy as well as something we didn't really want to see and hear. Some girl sorting out the cutlery . basically noisy. Expect it in a seafront cafe not at Hix. Service ok - had a G&T but wasn't asked what gin & we didn't realise how many were on offer until we saw menu. Quid each for tap water? Wasn't asked if we wanted more drinks. Food was excellent. Would love to go during the day for the views. We just felt we'd left Hix intil out last night & it didn't stand out as we'd hoped.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 64th Birthday Lunch
    ProfPete
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We had the best table right in the window overlooking the sea and the food was superb especially the scallops with chorizo...Hmmmmmmmm Lovely bottle of Albarino which went perfectly with the fish Spot On!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View was fantastic but
    Jadjad
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I was disappointed with the experience. Arrived for 12.30 lunch. Ordered one main course each - these arrived at 1.20 and one of them was incomplete despite the waitress saying on bringing them 'the chips are on their way.' 10 minutes later when I had nearly finished I left the table to ask if there was any chance of the chips - 'oh, I forgot ' was the response. Two main course, one glass of wine ,one beer and two coffees and the bill was £59.12. This cannot be good value in my view. I had taken a friend as a special treat and it was not that.
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  • Teenagers will eat here
    FrustratedFoodieMum
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Having spent years enduring pasta and pizza restaurants because of wanting an easy life with a picky eater, I decided it was time to extend their range, and booked the restaurant knowing that fish fingers and chips were on the menu as a fail safe option. In fact my teenage son was entranced by the setting and the sense of the restaurant being relaxed eating that he opted for Manx Queenies (No - I did not know they were small scallops before going to Hix's) and devoured them with gusto and then the fish fingers and chips. They were the best fish fingers he had ever had. So he was happy, and we were happy to be able to eat some fabulous fish in a perfect setting. A special place to eat in and a relaxed place too - a great combination.
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  • Disappointing
    MIchsta
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We had heard amazing things about this place but we were ever so disappointed. Even though the place was very quiet for a Saturday afternoon, the service was terrible. There were a lot of staff standing around chatting, even though we were trying to get their attention, we felt quite ignored. We asked for bread 3 times before it was brought to us. (about 30 min wait) Another couple had just sat down after us and were given their bread immediately. We waited a long time between courses, water and wine were spilt on pouring, I eventually had to mop that up myself with my napkin as no one came back with a cloth. The food itself was average and extremely expensive. I would not recommend or return again. Sorry.
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  • Surf 'n' Turf at Hix's
    AliT
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We eat at the Fish & Oyster House for most special occasions. Yet again what a fabulous evening - food, wine and ambience all excellent. The food is excellent value for the quality of food. The wine list is good but the mark up is excessive compared to other similar restaurants in the area. It does mean we drink less which I suppose is a good thing! Nonetheless we'll be back!
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    bazzmondo
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Would have been nice to get the starter we ordered rather than the main meal as it was to be a special occasion dinner it kind of ruined the evening
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holiday highspot
    Seafoodscoffer55
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Great setting, view and service. Loved the scrumpy battered oysters. The buttermilk fried cuttle fish however had far too much chili; it completely overpowered the dish. The 'dressed' crab for a main, although delicious, was not in the shell which is how we'd expected it to be served. Felt a bit shortchanged, both in quantity and presentation as a result. However the hake on a stew of peppers was absolutely fabulous and the chocolate truffles with cider brandy served with coffee were the perfect end to our meal. All in all the Hix visit was a highspot on our Devon holiday; pricey but a satisfying experience overall.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not being a fish eater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Being a dedicated carnivore. It was with some trepidation the booking was made. The starter hixs own cure salmon was meaty not a wafer thin greasy bit of oily fish I was in heaven. I asked for a doggy bag to share the experience with the remains of the fily at no charge I might add. My main the simple pie. Solid 'chunks' of texture and flavour no bits of fish I am converted. The sweet left me stunned the chocolate mouse have me a high that complemented the stunning harbour view of dear old Lyme Regis. I was away. Left to savour a lavish experience at a British beach holiday. What more could one want. Excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    FussyJo
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Great choice of food and well presented. Very enjoyable meal. Exceptional view from the restaurant over Lyme Regis bay and Cobb. Very friendly staff and great location.
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  • Great food, great setting
    spicyparsnip
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    This restaurant is a gem, and one of a kind in Lyme Regis. Overall I have to rate it highly - lovely food, knowledgable staff, amazing setting (overlooking the bay). The restaurant looks lovely inside and the terrace outside (where we sat with our dog) has great views. The only reason I have not rated five stars is the service began to slip during the end of the meal - we were not offered deserts (I had to ask for the menus) and I had to flag down the waiters a couple of times so they could have been slightly more attentive. Overall though I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    As it was a bank holiday weekend I cannot really blame the restaurant. However we were on the point of having to cancel our booking as we literally could not find anywhere to park. As the standard and experience of the restaurant was good I think the owners should be considering acquiring some reserved parking of their own perhaps even valet parking. That would improve the experience no end.
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    brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Rachael
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Lovely atmosphere and delicious food not to mention rather nice cocktails and good local wine
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Sadly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Extremely slow service (waited an hour and a half for our starter and the meal went on like this), no apology about this, I also felt it was slightly unprofessional service. The music being played was awful - euro house/dance music. The view was gorgeous. The oysters were wonderful, the cocktails a bit hit or miss, the food was average and over priced - £11.50 for a bowl of fries (which constituted 3 portions put together) is a bit over the top, and £6.50 for a chocolate mousse? My husband, who is a chef, advised that his steak was pretty tasteless.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Kitchen very slow - 45 minutes before any food appeared after some enquiry to the reluctant staff. Ambience is one of self-satisfaction on the restaurant's part which is not warranted as far as we could see. Staff appear smug and disinterested.. We had the worst table in the place next to the slops. Food is good but not special. It's probably ok if you are local and fit the restaurant's intended "demographic".
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  • MJDININGEX
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Food very good as was the service. However cost of drinks far too high - fairly ordinary glass of house white at £7!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent lunch
    Andrew
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Had an excellent lunch, 16th August. Lovely views, great service and wonderful food. Many thanks
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 13th August 2014 Lunch
    RiverCottageFans
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Parking a nightmare, it took about an hour to park and we eventually had to park about a mile up the hill on the roadside. No spaces available in car parks. Drinks extremely expensive. Bottle of lemonade dropped over my sons shoes and my handbag (very sticky). Ordered bread, staff forgot it. Overcharged for an item that we hadn't ordered. Most unlikely that we would visit again or recommend.
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  • Disappointed
    DerbyshireDiner1
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Considering booked table well in advance disappointed to be put right at the back and close to the door. Staff friendly although rather puzzled at the response to the request for samphire with one of the dishes. Was told that out of season. Wondered how this could be the case seen as we overheard another waiter ask another table if they would like some and also the fact that we had purchased some from the local market 2 days before. Food was very good but overall didn't feel comfortable and could not wait to leave!
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  • August 2014
    Levels
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Evening meal for a significant anniversary - all the staff were pleasant, helpful and efficient. We arrived a little early and we're invited to wait on the outside terrace as our table was not ready. We waited about 10 minutes beyond our booking time for our table to become vacant. Another couple had a similar but longer experience. The setting overlooking Lyme Regis harbour and bay is breathtaking. The meal was pleasant but expensive.
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  • as ever the food was fabulous ..but
    007Bondgirl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a lovely evening Food was delicious .the only negative was things went a little manic for the waitress at the end of the night and getting our bill took going up to the bar as she was nowhere near us for a long time ...understaffed perhaps??
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hix oyster resturants
    Pinktoes
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Fantastic evening brilliant service and beautiful views. Recommend booking to avoid waiting and get table with view.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food by the dunes
    Jacq
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Second time lucky, excellent food, service with stunning relaxing views. The staff are always friendly and helpful making the meal more relaxing and the food left us wanting to come back for more. Thanks again for a great experience.
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a view!
    Monkeylover
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had Sunday lunch with a ten year old. Food was excellent and service polite if slightly off hand. Best fish fingers ever for our daughter. And that view........,
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience!!
    WarrenHouseBandBChideock
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had a great night celebrating a friends birthday. We had drinks on the terrace overlooking Lyme Bay which is just stunning. We were then shown to our table and the staff were very attentive and friendly. The food....was delicious and the presentation was perfect. The food was slightly expensive, as you can find freshly sourced food and fresh fish in Dorset cheaper and cooked to the same standard. But overall the experience was perfect.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdays
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went on my birthday and an effort was made to write Happy Birthday in Chocolate on my pudding plate. Webster's fish fingers which I have chosen on previous occasions were overcooked, lacking in fish content and generally disappointing. Smoked salmon was good. The special effort to provide Affogato was much appreciated. All in all a happy experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Good food but service not great. Starters arrived before I had a chance to order the wine! Rather over priced for what it is, but food was very good.
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  • View inspirational, Menu less so.
    Mike1
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Location stunning and service energetic if a little slow from the kitchen. Menu content disappointing compared to previous visits.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing setting; beautiful place.
    KING
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great food but rather over-priced. The wine prices were exorbitant for what they were. We still had a fab time but it'll be for special occasions only going forward.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality
    Lymevisitor
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Whenever we can we visit the HIx restaurant in Lyme, and it is always worth it. The varied menu, excellent presentation and service, continue to be a treat. Book early to avoid disappointment!
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  • Very poor
    Kevine
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    I was expecting a gastro experience. Smoked salmon, 4 slices of salmon on a plate, no garnish, certainly no culinary skills. My wife ordered dressed crab. The whole crab was what was expected although no bread or garnish. The dressed crab was dressed crab on a plate. no garnish, no lemon on the plate and I would dispute that it was from a whole crab as there was just enough to make a sandwich To sum the experience up I would say it was like eating in a cafe with a view. Would you expect a fine restaurant to have bottles of 'Sarsons' vinegar and 'HP' tomato sauce on show!
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  • Excellent Hix
    CoolColin
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Excellent dinner with superb service and a wonderful view. What more do you want in life.
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  • Over-Hyped
    Reg5stardiner
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Disappointing service in this over-heated little shed. Very few tables enjoy the view so ask if that matters to you. Waiting staff were rushed and brusque, & food was no more than average, bill was poor value for money. Much calmer, friendlier and more charming places to eat in Lyme, with better food - The Mill House in town, for example.
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  • Disappointing meal
    Foodie
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    This was our 4th visit here and I booked it as a special occasion. I was disappointed with the quality and presentation of the food some of the fish was over cooked and the monk fish was not nice. It has really put me off ever coming again.
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  • Lovely Evening
    Brounio
    Dined on 28/7/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary meal there on 28/7/14. Our request for a sea view table was met so we had a superb view over Lyme Regis harbour. The staff were very attentive, food excellent, would recommend the smoked salmon and fish pie especially - Wine list slightly disappointed - but that may juts be me, seemed expensive for the liquid in the bottle. Overall a great experience but very much a treat on our budget
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