Foodie Friday – The Upper Deck Alfresco Terrace at Christchurch Harbour Hotel

Last Friday I went along with some of the other Bournemouth Bloggers to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel to the launch event for their newly refurbished Upper Deck alfresco dining terrace. I had never been to the hotel before, but had seen it when driving into Christchurch, and always thought it looked like a lovely place to stay.

The weather could not have been better if they had planned it. During the UK’s mini heatwave, the sun was shining and the temperature was still at a balmy 21 degrees when we arrived at the hotel at 6pm.

I had had an incredibly stressful couple of days, and had experienced an anxiety attack at the wheel earlier on in the day, so I was really looking forward to the event, to take my mind off of everything, and to relax and unwind.

We were greeted by Victoria, PR manager for the Harbour Hotels group, which includes The Kings Arms Hotel, also in Christchurch. With a glass of chilled sparkling wine in hand, Victoria led us across the decking, and down towards the jetty, where some of our group had congregated and were already taking photos of each other posing in front of the gorgeous backdrop the harbour provides.

Victoria chatted with us some more about the work that had been done to Upper Deck, and their plans for the future, all of which sounded very exciting, before leaving us to catch up with each other. Since taking over the Bournemouth Bloggers network last Autumn, I’ve gotten to know some of the bloggers quite well and now consider them friends, and it was lovely to be able to have a chat with them.

(Image credit: Matt Pinner, Pinner’s Photography)

The atmosphere was so lovely and chilled out, and the people we met who worked at the hotel were all incredibly down to earth and friendly, especially the chef Alex, who had his grandsons with him on the evening, and they were keen to show off their joint dessert creation, the ‘oops I dropped my ice-cream’ – an upended ice cream cone complete with edible rocks.

After taking some more photos, and posing for some for Matt Pinner (Pinner’s Photography), who was capturing the night, we headed over to the patio area where a giant dish of Paella was being prepared for guests.

(Image credit: Matt Pinner, Pinner’s Photography)

I am not a huge fan of seafood, but I was able to eat around the prawns and shellfish and the rice and chicken was delicious. The Paella was served in clam shells, and it looked and smelt incredible. Serving staff walked around with platters of canapés, and our drinks were topped up. The Peroni cocktails were something a little different!

As the night wore on, the drinks continued to flow, and our group ventured down to a swing by the jetty, which looked like the perfect place for a photo, but was deceptively lowdown and much hilarity ensued.

We did manage to take some beautiful shots on the jetty itself, and overlooking the harbour as the sun was going down – us bloggers and our search for the perfect Instagram shot! We were also given the cutest little ice cream cones – so sweet!

As the air became a little chillier, we headed up onto the decking area where outdoor heaters were keeping guests warm.

Leaving the event soon after, we said our goodbyes to Victoria, and on the way out of the door we were presented with lovely little gift bags including more information about the events coming up at the hotel, and the most adorable little stick of rock.

It was a fantastic event, and I will definitely be heading back to the Upper Deck terrace over the summer to enjoy a cold glass of white wine overlooking the harbour.

I was invited along to a the launch event with the Bournemouth Bloggers network. I was under no obligation to write about the night, and photos (apart from those credited) are my own.

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