A view from the top of the Waterfront on Exmouth seafront this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2038-42-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
One of the few purpose-built seafront fish restaurants on the south coast is set to open in Exmouth in the new year.
Building work on the new Waterfront Restaurant, next to the Pierhead on Exmouth seafront, is progressing well.
The new leaseholders are chef Keith Lewin and his wife Sarah.
The couple have a strong link to Exmouth – some of Sarah’s family live in the town and for 21 years her parents ran Images.
The Lewins gave the Journal an exclusive peek inside the building – the restaurant will have around 50 covers inside and around 40 on the Lyme Bay-facing terrace outside
The aim is that during bad weather, customers using the terrace seating will be protected by a retractable glass screen and electronic canopy, so they can still enjoy the views.
The couple are highly experienced restaurateurs and they formerly ran a business on Branscombe Beach, a restaurant in Portugal as well as Hornsbury Mill in Somerset.
Now they have come back to their roots and Keith said: “We are aiming to open in the new year.
“We feel we have the best position in Exmouth; a lovely vista with views of Lyme Bay.
“We will be trading as the only waterfront restaurant in Exmouth.”
He said that they wanted the Waterfront to be ‘different things to different people – a café where you could sit and have a coffee, a bar to enjoy a cold Pimms or champagne while relaxing looking at the view, or for a lunchtime or evening meal.
He added: “When we were at Branscombe we were very busy, and because we were so busy we didn’t have the time to give the service we wanted.
“So service will be a very important part of the Waterfront.
“We will be using local mussels, and crab from Branscombe where we can.
“It is going to be about good food and good service.”