If Agatha Christie introduced Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter and between them they had to create a curiously convivial retreat, the Stage Door Bar with its intriguing upside down décor and Orient Express glamour could easily be the result.
Inviting you to enjoy a relaxing drink on the sumptuously plump settee or perhaps delight in what is unquestionably the best view across Lyme Regis bay, taking in the famous Cobb; one visit to the Stage Door Bar is never enough says bar manager Nick Robertson,
“It is always a pleasure to greet both newcomers and a familiar face”.
When the concept was first dreamt up, Nick says,
“We wanted to create ‘shabby chic’ with a hint of magic to complement the Marine Theatre’s own uniquely quirky character”.
From the moment you walk through the doors with the old programmes painted on the walls by Brian Matravers, to the vintage suitcases and trunks and upside down fireplace and guitar that rest comfortably above your head; you will be enchanted and intrigued, so much so that a recent prospective wedding party said they wanted to hold their reception there!
Nick is busy this week training new bar manager, Elizabeth Eade who will be taking over. Originally from Cambridge, fine artist Elizabeth worked at the Cambridge School of Art. But with her family living in Ryall, Elizabeth spent much of her childhood in Lyme:
“Lyme Regis was the ‘big city lights’ for us and I’ve known the theatre all my life.”
Elizabeth has run bars in Brighton and Northern Ireland, so when she saw the vacancy it was too good an opportunity to miss,
“There is something special about the Marine, it really is part of the community.”
Serving a wide range of drinks, including a number of different wines and Prosecco by the glass, with a bottled beer of the month and variety of bottled ciders, Elizabeth looks forward to settling in.
So whether you want to sit on the balcony to take in the breath-taking view or sink into the theatrical red sofas, you will find the Stage Door Bar is your perfect setting for a no-drama drink. And don’t forget to look above your head when you go, who knows, you might just see a white rabbit that is late for an important date.