Once a coaching inn in the 17th century, this restored property in the heart of the town is steeped in Lyme’s fossil history, having once been home to the Philpot sisters, famed as collectors in the early 19th century. Beatrix Potter is said to have stayed here too, reputedly writing The Tale of Little Pig Robinson – The Mariners is illustrated in the book. The building combines traditional character with modern style. Simple menus feature the best of local seafood and other quality ingredients in dishes such as fillet of Weymouth sea bass, tomato and olive risotto and lobster oil; pork fillet, courgette provençale, crushed new potatoes and oregano jus; and lemon and lime parfait with chilled berry soup. Only bottled beers are available.