The Old Black Dog Bed and Breakfast

Lyme Road


Lyme Regis


Telephone 01297 445070


The Old Black Dog is currently a Bed and Breakfast Guest House. It was built in 1916 as a public house/hotel by the builders called Spillers of Chard who are still trading today. Prior to 1916 The Black Dog Inn occupied the site, but had to be demolished because the building became unsafe. As far as we have been able to find out, so far, there has been a Black Dog Inn on the site since before 1700. Like all hotels it has had its highs and lows – in the 70s it was a thriving hotel/pub/restaurant, with people coming from miles around for the good food and hospitality. Sadly, in 1994 the then owners decided to close it. The building was boarded up for some time until it was finally sold to our predecessors who undertook a massive refurbishment which included creating en-suite bathrooms for all the rooms, central heating and decoration.

We are still piecing together information about the design of the building (it has circular chimneys, one elliptical chimney, a fireplace built between two windows in a bay), the original layout of the rooms and a chronological history of its owners. We are grateful to guests who have dined, drunk and stayed in The Black Dog in the 70s, 80s and 90s who have provided us with pieces of information about the layout of the public rooms, the people who came to it and what it was like at various stages of its life

The name was changed to “The Old Black Dog” by our predecessors who wanted to try and change it from a public house to a B&B – they found people sitting in the dining room, on several occasions, waiting to order a drink! However, many people still think it is a pub, mainly because it looks like a pub and the name still sounds like the name of a pub. We do not think we can do anything about this!

Accommodation We have four rooms, one twin, two double and one family room which has a double bed, bunk beds and space for a third single bed, if required. We are also able to provide a cot for guests under three years of age. Although we do not have any single rooms we operate a single occupancy rate. All rooms have en-suite facilities, tea/coffee making equipment, colour TV with remote control, radio alarm clock, hairdryer, fans for use in hot weather and an iron and ironing board are available on request.


We do not change our rates during the year and all our prices include full English breakfast. Special rates can be arranged for bookings of a week or more. Our rates are as follows:


First 2 nights (2 Adults) £85.00 per night

Third and following nights £70.00 per night


First 2 nights (2 Adults) £85.00 per night

Third and following nights £70.00 per night

Per child per night over 3 years old

and under 12 years old £15.00 per night

Children over 12 years old £20.00 per night

Children under 3 years old FREE

(a cot is available on request)


Per person per night £50.00 per night

Dogs (by arrangement only) No charge

We provide a hearty full English breakfast of local produce, where possible, cooked to order – this means you will have to wait a little while. If you require a breakfast cooked ready for when you come down to the dining room, this can be ordered the night before. We are happy to accommodate divers who may need very early breakfasts, business people who may need to leave early for an appointment or anyone else who may not wish to wait while we cook. We are happy to provide for people with special dietary requirements, but do need to know in advance. We do keep a stock of vegetarian sausages – Cauldron Lincolnshire and Quorn Bangers. We have a high chair and suitable crockery and cutlery for younger guests. We also have a toy box in the dining/sitting room to keep children amused while parents eat their breakfasts at their leisure and in peace!!!


How to find us: We are situated on the Dorset/Devon border, three quarters of a mile from the sea at Lyme Regis in the village of Uplyme. By car: If you are coming from the town of Lyme Regis, proceed through the main street in a northerly direction. At the top of the main street (Broad Street) the road forks, take the right fork (Silver Street). This is straight ahead of you, signposted to Axminster, and involves crossing traffic from your left. Silver Street soon becomes Lyme Road. The Old Black Dog is on your right at the “Welcome to Devon” county border sign. If you are coming from the A35 at Raymonds Hill in a westerly direction, or travelling from the Honiton direction (easterly) look out for the Hunters Lodge Public House at Raymonds Hill (on your left coming from east to west, on your right coming west to east). Take the road alongside the Hunters Lodge signposted Uplyme and Lyme Regis (B3165). You will soon pass through YAWL and then into UPLYME, go straight ahead at the mini roundabout, proceed past the Talbot Arms pub and post office/village shop and after a few bends you will see The Old Black Dog sign. Proceed past the building 50 yards and you will find the car park on your left. By train: Axminster is the nearest station (about 5 miles). The number 31 bus will take you to within 200 yards of The Old Black Dog. If the driver knows the area well he/she may stop at our car park, if you ask nicely!! When you arrive we will be pleased to provide tea/coffee/juice and biscuits to revive you after your journey.

The Black Dog Legend One of the legends is that a local man who was regularly haunted by a black dog got so fed up with the ghost that he chased it with a pole into the roof of his house. The dog escaped but his pole disturbed a pile of coins that fell out of the roof. The man used the coins to build the inn, calling it the Black Dog after the ghost. Another tale is that a black dog haunts Haye Lane (previously called Dog Lane) at dusk. The dog is said to look quite normal in the distance, but as it gets nearer to you it becomes enormous, enveloping you and suddenly disappearing. It is said that some local people will not venture down this lane at night. There are also warnings to dog owners not to let their dogs roam on their own at dusk in Haye Lane. It has been said that dogs who have run about on their own in Haye Lane have mysteriously disappeared in the past.

Things to do during your stay We are three-quarters of a mile from the sea at Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis is one of the gateway towns of the Jurassic World Heritage coastline site. Walking - the area is well known to walking enthusiasts. There are many footpaths and bridle ways to explore for both short and long distance walkers, including the famous coastal paths. The paths are well signposted and maps of walks are available locally – we have many maps and leaflets for guests to peruse. Fossil hunting – Lyme Regis and the coastline from east to west is famous for fossils which can be found still on the beaches – hunters are asked not to attack our cliffs with hammers! We have lots of information about fossils and fossil collecting and we also have a selection of fossils for sale. Our fossils are supplied by one of our regular guests, Barry Hilton ( ) who is a geologist and fossil specialist from Yorkshire. Barry collects and prepares fossils for sale from the Lyme area and other areas of the country. Barry is happy to provide advice and information about fossil collecting. Relaxing and sight seeing – for those who want to relax there are the streets of Lyme Regis to wander, many individual shops to browse in and purchase those gifts for friends and family back home. There is the Lyme Regis award winning museum, the famous Cob to walk along (the location for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”). On the Cob are a superb Aquarium and an exhibition of pictures taken when Lyme Regis was used as a location for various films and TV programmes. There are also buses that can take you on trips along part of the National Heritage coastline or into Dorchester or Exeter. Entertainment and eating out – Lyme Regis has a beautiful Art Deco cinema which serves coffee and tea as well as the usual ice creams, sweets and pop corn. Some of the pubs have live bands at weekends and Friday nights. There are many superb restaurants to suit all tastes in and on the way down to Lyme Regis. The Talbot Arms in Uplyme village also provides a Sunday carvery and food on most Friday and Saturday nights during the summer season. So why not come and stay with us and sample the delights of Uplyme and Lyme Regis and the surrounding beautiful Dorset and Devon countryside and coastline.