Best for evenings out
A convenient three-minute walk to Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre, and the 10-screen multiplex ODEON cinema at Bh2, Côte Brasserie is a stylish bistro serving authentic French cuisine. If seeing a show during the week, the three-course set menu available until 7pm is excellent value at £13.50. Enjoy a ratatouille with goats’ cheese starter, Toulouse sausages main and finish with a crème caramel dessert. Look out for lunchtime and weekend offers too.
Address: 1 Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BY
For sample menu and reservations: www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/bournemouth
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Best for fish and chips
When at the seaside, it’s par for the course that you tuck into some fish and chips, and those dished up at Chez Fred are among the best in Bournemouth. For the past three decades, this family-run establishment have been serving up the finest quality, sustainably sourced fish coated in a crisp batter, as well as fat fluffy chips and homemade mushy peas. Pop along on a Monday and all fish is available in a special gluten-free batter.
Address: 10 Seamoor Road, Bournemouth BH4 9AN
For sample menu and reservations: www.chezfred.co.uk
Best for eco-friendly dining
There’s a huge emphasis on well-cooked, honest, imaginative dishes at Arbor, an award-winning restaurant led by chef Andy Hilton. Arbor strongly believes dining shouldn’t cost the Earth, so menus change with the seasons and much of the produce is locally sourced — food miles are monitored. Located in an eco-friendly hotel, the Green House dining area was also developed on sustainable principles, so you can enjoy a meal here with a clear conscious.
Address: Arbor Restaurant, The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX
For sample menu and reservations: www.arbor-restaurant.co.uk
Best for tasting menus
There’s only room for 18 guests at Restaurant Roots, a fine dining restaurant in the Bournemouth suburb of Southbourne, so book ahead, make a reservation, then feel smug knowing you’ll be one of the fortunate few who get the pleasure of an outstanding tasting menu experience — the husband and wife team at the helm claim it’ll give you a new perspective on eating out. Intriguing Classic and Discovery options are available.
Address: 141 Belle Vue Road, Bournemouth BH6 3EN
For sample menu and reservations: restaurantroots.co.uk
Best for hungry shoppers
If you like to browse in independent shops and boutiques, then the thriving shopping centre in the Westbourne area of Bournemouth will be right up your street. And when you’re ready for a bite to eat, whatever the time of day, Café Rouge is sure to satisfy those hunger pangs. The French-inspired menu caters for all tastes, with à la carte and seasonal good-value set menus available. There’s also a detailed allergen menu.
Address: 67 Seamoor Road, Bournemouth BH4 9AE
For sample menu and reservations: www.caferouge.com/bistro-brasserie/bournemouth/seamoor-road
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Best for seaside seafood
The Crab at Bournemouth
Opposite BIC and close to Bournemouth’s sandy beaches, diners can enjoy the finest seafood at The Crab, a contemporary restaurant that puts a creative twist on the seaside’s traditional fish and chips. As you’d anticipate, crab is on the menu too, alongside lobster, scallops, oysters and smoked duck. Consider the three-course set menu for under £25 if you wish to eat at lunchtime or early evening.
Address: 37 Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AJ
For sample menu and reservations: www.crabatbournemouth.com
Best for Sunday lunch
The Larder House
Dining is casual and intimate at The Larder House, a restaurant in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth that is getting quite a reputation as the place to be for Sunday lunch. With sharing Social Suzannes on the menu, alongside traditional roasts and innovative tapas, all tastes are catered for. Have a browse through the Galette menu too, a selection of French-style pancakes with a delicious savoury filling. They are also all gluten-free.
Address: 4 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth BH6 3QZ
For sample menu and reservations: thelarderhouse.co.uk
Best for Thai delights
If you love authentic Thai food, you’re in for a gastronomic treat at Tiien Thai, a much-rated restaurant on Bournemouth’s West Cliff — the friendly relaxed atmosphere gets the thumbs up too. Chefs use the finest ingredients to produce sublime flavours, with soup, salads, curries, stir-fried dishes and noodles all on the menu. Other branches can be found at Westbourne and Broadstone. Visit their website for regular special offers.
Address: 105 St Michael’s Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DU
For sample menu and reservations: www.tiienthairestaurant.co.uk/restaurants/bournemouth
Best for dog walkers
Although the quirky colourful décor may not be to everyone’s taste, this much-talked-about eatery certainly attracts the crowds, especially creative types who bring along their families (and dogs) to enjoy hearty meals (pies, jacket potatoes) and lighter snacks (wraps, panini), as well as heavenly Flirt waffles topped with lashings of cream. Hot chocolates, smoothies and milkshakes are equally as filling, as are the substantial breakfasts.
Address: 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG
For more info: www.facebook.com/FriendsAtFlirt/
Best for sea views
This beachside restaurant not only serves up some amazing fresh seafood, its location means you can enjoy fine dining while taking in some spectacular sea views — if the weather’s being kind, ask for a table on the decked terrace. The à la carte menu has plenty of choice but make sure you also check out the chalkboard for specials and the catch of the day. A Quick Lunch menu is available until 5pm at weekends.
Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA
For sample menu and reservations: west-beach.co.uk
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