•Features previous press visits•
Following on from my post about the Bournemouth venues participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, run by the government to help the hospitality industry following lockdown, I also wanted to put together a post of the venues that I have personally eaten at, along with links to my reviews from previous visits, in both Poole and Christchurch, so that those looking to visit have a point of reference.
I am a big, big fan of the pizzas at the Boathouse. The atmosphere is always great too, with Live Music playing at certain times. The location is perfect, just back from the harbour. Although I have visited The Boathouse several times, I haven’t written a full review, but I did mention a visit in another post.
Find out more: The Boathouse
The Kings Arms
I have attended and actually hosted a few events at The Kings Arms in Christchurch, so it holds a special place in my heart. Just before lockdown, they had a lovely refurb and I managed to fit in a quick visit before everything closed – the food is incredible and their chef, Alex, is the nicest man I have ever met – so friendly, talented and knowledgeable about the local produce he uses in the menu. Definitely one to visit!
Find out more: The Kings Arms Christchurch
The Captain’s Club
Ed and I actually stayed at the Captain’s Club for our mini-moon and really enjoyed our stay. We only had breakfast and drinks at the hotel, but really enjoyed their selection of hot and cold dishes for the meal. I have been meaning to have lunch at the hotel, as their outside eating area overlooks the water, so Ed and I will likely head over there for a day date sometime this summer, when we don’t have the children.
Find out more: The Captain’s Club
Christchurch Harbour Hotel
Another fantastic local hotel taking part in the scheme, Christchurch Harbour Hotel is beautiful, inside and out (they have a stunning garden and terrace area, overlooking the harbour) and the food I have enjoyed there has been delicious every time. Another venue overlooked by chef Alex, I cannot fault this venue for food, drink, or a cheeky visit to their amazing spa.
Find out more: Christchurch Harbour Hotel
Compton Acres Tea Rooms
I wouldn’t have thought to eat at the Compton Acres Tea Rooms, but I was kindly provided with a cream tea there as part of a press visit to the gardens, and I really enjoyed it. The food was tasty, and it is a lovely place to visit if you are looking for a light lunch or afternoon tea in Poole.
Find out more: Compton Acres Tea Rooms
Ed and I had a date night at Rancho Steak House, situated just off from Poole Quay, and the food was awesome. I had fajitas and Ed went for the ribs for a starter and mixed grill for his main.
Find out more: Rancho Steak House
Baffi Pizza was actually one of my first review visits with the Bournemouth Bloggers and I was impressed with both the food and the service during our visit to the venue, which is on the high street in the old town, running parallel to the quay, just down from Lush.
Find out more: Baffi Pizza
Hotel du Vin
Last but certainly not least is Hotel du Vin, also near to Poole Quay. The restaurant has a beautiful courtyard area, which Ed and I ate in when we visited last summer. The food was some of the best I have had and it looked as good as it tasted – total Insta-worthy dishes!
Find out more: Hotel du Vin