Where to Shop in Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK

Fri, 5 June 2020

Ammonite Fine Foods

A smorgasbord of West Country produce, the family-run Ammonite Fine Foods is a go-to for a taste of Lyme and its surrounds. Take advantage of the countertop tasters as you peruse shelves stacked with Dorset knobs, clotted-cream fudge and traditional honey mead from the nearby Lyme Bay Winery. No judgement if you bring an extra tote to stash truckles of house-made mustard-and-ale cheddar for the journey home.


Ryder & Hope

The coolest kid on Lyme Regis’ postcard-perfect high street, Ryder & Hope fills a Grade II-listed, double-fronted building with the kind of design-led edit of utilitarian homeware we wish we had in our own pads. Ostrich-feather dusters, stone-washed hammam towels and enamel pitchers share shelves with locally made lifestyle products, including oak-recessed mirrors and alpaca socks made in house by Ryder & Hope. 


The Sanctuary

A bookshop for book lovers, The Sanctuary couldn’t be more aptly named. Stacked tomes tumble around the shelves; old artwork and vintage ephemera nestle in nooks. Special collections are dedicated to Beardsley, occultist Osman Spare, ex-libris erotica and rare editions by former local boy John Fowles. Thought you’d done perusing? Slink down the narrow stairs and you’ll find a sofa surrounded by decades worth of National Geographics.


The Old Forge Fossil Shop

So, you didn’t unearth an ichthyosaur on your fossil hunt? No problem. Lyme Regis is dotted with cabinet-of-curiosities shops brimming with fossils, and The Old Forge is our favourite. Whether you’re an experienced collector or merely want to bag a memento, you’re guaranteed to strike gold while browsing its array of fossils, meteorites and responsibly sourced crystals. Your friends at home will never know you didn’t find them on the beach. 


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