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Lime Kiln Café now open!

The new owners are humbled to be part of our amazing town & the exciting new water sports centre project. As business owners in another seasonal town, they understand the importance of the influx in tourists but never undervalue the business and loyalty the locals offer.


We are about to open just before the summer, which in Lyme Regis we call ‘Machine Mode’ but please rest assured that we really come alive in the winter months when it comes to creativity, value, and all-round good times."

Their products are like that offered in their sister restaurant in Lyme Regis and they strive to use as many local suppliers as possible and will ensure that is priced fairly and delivered with enthusiasm and a smile.


We are very excited to be able to bring our offering to Ilfracombe, we hope you enjoy it, and hope that it remains for many a year to come……. Ilfracombe really is a beautiful little town with lots of charm.


Ilfracombe Water Sports Centre Nearing Summer Opening

Ilfracombe is eagerly anticipating the summer opening of its brand-new water sports hub, as it recently achieved a significant milestone. Pearce Construction, the builders responsible for the project, have completed the construction of the water sports centre at Larkstone Cove and officially handed over the keys to the North Devon Council.

Scheduled for a mid-July opening ceremony, the centre's final preparations are underway. Gunite, the contractors in charge, are currently finishing work on the sea wall, while Pearce Construction is in the process of dismantling their site compound. The Lime Kiln, the centre's café, is also undergoing interior outfitting. By the end of this month, visitors will have the opportunity to indulge in its delectable menu while admiring the breathtaking views of Ilfracombe harbour.


The watersports hub will serve as the new home for three local clubs: Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club, Y-Sail, and Ilfracombe Canoe Club. These clubs will relocate to the new facility prior to the official opening, enabling them to expand their memberships to the wider community. Additionally, they will organize introductory events for local residents and visitors. The centre includes dedicated community facilities such as boat storage, a slipway for safe and convenient water access, and facilities for disabled individuals.

Beyond the club activities, the broader community will have the opportunity to pre-book water sports activities through commercial operators based at the centre.


Councillor Malcolm Prowse, the Lead Member for Regeneration, Economic Development, and Planning, expressed his delight at achieving practical completion of the water sports centre. He commended Pearce Construction for their exceptional management of complex aspects like the sea wall and slipway, which contributed to the successful realisation of the project. Councillor Malcolm Wilkinson, the Lead Member for Coastal Communities, emphasised the centre's stunning location in Larkstone Cove and its potential to offer visitors remarkable views of the harbour. While a few final touches remain before the official opening in July, anticipation is high for the centre to be fully operational and enjoyed by the water sports clubs and the wider community throughout the summer and beyond.


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