Permanently Closed - HIX Oyster and Fish House

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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Chris88
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Expected better quality food, Thought the crispy prawns were a genuinely unpleasant texture and really overpriced. Fish and chips were ok but some of the chips weren’t cooked properly. Just found it really expensive for an average meal, really disappointing as we are real foodies and had travelled especially for it.

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EleishaM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal with awesome service! We had a window seat with the most incredible view. The staff were attentive and knowledgable and the food was delicious, would highly recommend!!

JS
JordanS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - beautiful food and lovely service. Will definitely return.

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Dunc
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, with fine food to match the amazing views. The Oysters and the Fish Plater come highly recommended. All the staff were friendly and offered the best in customer service. Could not recommend this restaurant enough.

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cw101
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very few non fish options - steak main course for nonfish Water was average.

Wine list not enough variety.

Arrived early seated downstairs - fine but very untidy and very much an after thought.

Too expensive does not compare to London equivalents restaurants when charging London prices.

EG
EmmaG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful lunch with friends, great food and attentive service. Thank you

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mooro
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect, the right balance of helpfulness and friendliness.
The food was super - would recommend the mixed fish for two.

JW
JohnW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

No the first time at HIX. Set in a superb location. Whilst the food was good it lacked any creativity based on the cost. I had a skate wing with capers. It would have looked nicer with some thought. A little garnish and brown butter would have improved its appearance. Whilst we were aware the wine is overpriced it was the lack of innovation in presentation that is disappointing. Service and staff excellent

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Gailie
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nice enought but service was extremely slow. Food was fine but not as good as i thought it would be because of Hix been such a good chef..

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Paul
London
29 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service from all of the staff and mgmt. especially for our little ones. Couldn't do enough. Food was as we hoped, simple, fresh and tasty !

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IsobelS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Lovely place sure the views are great at lunchtime but difficult during the winter evenings. Tables by the windows draughty due to ill fitting window. Not a problem if you are suitably dressed.

JH
JaneH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

i was disappointed the first time I ate here so waited a decade before returning. That was evidently too soon as things were worse rather than better. Mussels for starter were surprisingly tasteless. The fish and chips were worse than anything from a shack on the seafront - meagre, tasteless, greasy, in an overcooked batter. Wine ok. You would expect better given the Hix reputation and price. On the other hand it is nicely kitted out and in a splendid location. It could even raise its not insubstantial prices if it served decent food.

DJ
DerekJ
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having visited this restaurant many times over the years since it opened, this was our best dining experience yet.

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Arthur
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Although a long time loyal patron of the Hix, no dinner has come close to the experience I had on Friday.

The steak I had was cooked to perfection; the fat perfectly caramelised, the innards perfectly rare and flavourful.

The staff were, as always, happy to accommodate any requests I made (long live the Sidecar cocktail!), and the atmosphere was complete perfection, though we were the only people there...that might’ve helped.

JG
JamesG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was generally good but a pet hate of mine is the mains come without any vegetables or potatoes, these are available at extra cost and small portions.
Service very good and wine choice well thought out.

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SophieA
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best lunches I have had! Make sure you have the chocolate mousse.

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SharonC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was a shame there were no prawns left on the
Menu, meaning that an already small menu was compromised. The lady who served us was lovely but before she came to deal with us the guy who seated us said he’d bring bread, didn’t bring bread. That’s a small thing but the missing prawns did disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish, excellent food, excellent location but the service was the thing that really stood out, turned it from a dinning experience to a personal experience. Thank you to everyone at HIX

SJ
SusanJ
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and lovely friendly service. Would recommend.

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visited on a quiet Saturday in February and were lucky to get a window seat - the view is spirit lifting. The food was delicious. We shared some prawns, the shells of which were taken back to the kitchen for a quick deep fry/crisp up - loved the contrast in texture and the fact that nothing is wasted. For mains we had hakes head and mussels - again it was delicious. Couldn't eat more than a single truffle for dessert which was just perfect. Service was charming but unobtrusive. I really enjoy eating here.

DK
DaveK
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service
Fantastic food
Exceptional location
Can’t wait to go again soon

GS
GillianS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely meal in a beautiful setting overlooking the Jurassic Coast. Highly recommend.

CJ
CarolineJ
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had expected something really special, but were sadly disappointed. Our waitress was lovely but the wine waiter forgot to bring our wine. OUr table was over what sounded like an extractor fan/generator so there was a constant vibration through the chairs. One starter was delicious - three crispy oysters, but the other was a complete rip off - a few green leaves with rather a dull dressing and one oyster. Mains - - the hake with herring milts was good and the slab of pork with 8 or so mussels was ok, but 0/0 for presentation. Mains come with no vegetables, which at that price really grated. Pudding was a delicious chocolate mousse but again no finesse in presentation - it was a spoonful dolloped onto a plate. Great location, good atmosphere but very overpriced.

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SusanF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the location with its window on the ever changing light across the Cobb and harbour, we had mixed sun, rain and wind at the weekend. Nice attentive staff, tasty food, good craft beer and selection of wines. Only criticism is that there is only one toilet shared between boys and girls, which can be a problem in busier times.

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rebeccah
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to enjoy a delicious lunch whilst the gales of Storm Denis lashed the Cobb below!

DA
vipDAYTime
Hertfordshire
69 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great wine list and lovely fresh crab!

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Foodlve
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The staff were polite and friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
20 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of problems trying to pay the bill maybe due to storm Dennis! However the food, ambience and charming service more than made up for it.

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SueP
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, a celebration to welcome friends to the area. Service was attentive, professional and friendly. Food delicious, a good range of options from fish and chips to more exotic dishes. A lovely place to see the sea and enjoy wonderful fish.

RB
RosieB
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenic restaurant with delicious fresh fish .... attention to detail from the team was excellent. Highly recommend. Many thanks to the team at Hix.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
10 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food and service, as always. Very attentive re allergies etc.

NB
NaomiB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely food in a nice atmosphere. However, wine was a little expensive considering the poor quality. Service was pleasant if a litte slow - we waited an hour for our mains without being informed of any delay. However, luckily we were in no rush but would've been nice to be kept informed

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A fun seafood evening out

KL
KarenL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely setting, lovely staff - all in all a lovely night!

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Anon
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food choice on the menu was good although the grilled brill was overcooked and a little dry. A small point but how difficult is it for a good restaurant to serve really fresh bread? - ours had definitely been cut well before we got there and was far too dry to enjoy. The service was generally very good and the staff very friendly too. However, we were disappointed that our request to be seated in a certain area was ignored despite that table being left free for the whole entire evening. Overall, we were a little disappointed with our visit on this occasion having been been quite impressed on previous visits.

AC
AnnieC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience3

fish curry was horrible.
Very rude guy serving us.
Didn’t make us feel welcome