Bournemouth's Best British Restaurants

For lovers and tourists who are longing to savour the most delectable modern British cuisine around, here are eight excellent choices within the Bournemouth and Poole area. You can hardly go wrong with any of them.

  1. The Mansion House Restaurant

Location: Thames St, Poole
This is arguably the best and most well-respected British restaurant in the Bournemouth and Poole area, located in one of its leading hotels, which was built in the stunning style of Georgian architecture. Its crab ravioli is the entree of choice and is served with lemon grass, ginger and pan fried scallops. The other popular entree preference is fillet of cod, which is served with sage and Parma ham. Diners can drop in for either lunch or dinner every day, weekdays and weekends. Reservations are recommended. Guests are dressed in business casual attire.

  1. Cecil Restaurant

Location: 14 Bath Rd, Belvedere Hotel, Bournemouth (01202-297-556)
Cecil's has an attractive interior, decorated with floral patterns and wallpaper in light tones. The atmosphere is bright and spacious, with soft strains of contemporary jazz floating in the background. Their tomato soup is an excellent starter, while the Supreme of Pheasant makes for an enticing entree, served with white wine, fresh lime, vegetables and cream or sea bream.

  1. La Roche

Location: Banks Rd, Haven Hotel, Poole
A short drive west of Bournemouth, La Roche is situated right next to Poole Bay and offers a spectacular view. It is renowned for its seafood and fish entrees (served with fresh vegetables), a modern British menu with various specialties featuring fowl, shellfish and wild game, and some of the best desserts available anywhere in Bournemouth and Poole. Reservations are recommended.

  1. Frederick's Restaurant

Location: Menzies Carlton Hotel, East Overcliff, Bournemouth (01202-552-011)
Nestled within the famous Carlton Hotel, Frederick's is a popular place in town and reservations are important when dining here. With its elegant decorations and breath-taking view of the cliff sides, water and even the Isle of Wight, Frederick's appeals strongly to the aesthetic sense. Its cuisine will greatly stimulate your taste buds as well. The preferred entree is a home-cured bresaola, while the house specialties are lamb shank (served with celery, carrots and braised onions) and Norfolk duck (served with sherry sauce and stir fried veggies). Top off your meal with one of their exquisite homemade desserts. Guests are dressed in business casual attire.

  1. Farthings Restaurant

Location: 5-7 Grove Rd, St. Peter's Roundabout, Bournemouth (01202-558-660)
The Farthings Hotel, built in grand Victorian style architecture and just a stone's throw from the Bournemouth Centre, houses Farthings Restaurant. There are several dining areas within Farthings, including a garden terrace which is open during the summer months where guests can savor their meals al fresco. The food here boasts of the freshest ingredients around, including their vegetarian entrees. Farthings also serves delicious desserts and coffee.

  1. Sea View Restaurant

Location: Boscombe Spa Rd, Chine Hotel, Bournemouth (01202-396-234)
The Sea View Restaurant stands on the side of a cliff and has huge windows that afford visitors with a spectacular view of Bournemouth Bay. The ambiance here is ideal for lovers and features a romantic and intimate dining room as well as excellent British cuisine. Sea View is famous for its appetizers such as salmon, parsnip soup and crab mousse and entrees such as smoked bacon (served with shallot jus and cream potatoes) and pan fried calves liver.

  1. Lillie Langtry

Location: 26 Derby Rd, Langtry Manor Hotel, East Cliff, Bournemouth (01202-553-887)
This restaurant is housed within a hotel that was once a Tudor-style mansion that Edward VII built for his consort, Lillie Langtry. Built in 1877, Lillie Langtry is situated a short distance outside Bournemouth Centre. Diners will find here a serene haven of peace and privilege and away from the hustle and bustle of city living. To commemorate the hotel's roots, restaurant staff are garbed in genuine period costumes. Lillie Langtry is renowned for its five courses of traditional British cuisine including flambé dishes, that represent some of the finest cuisine available in the area.

  1. Oscars

Location: Bath Rd, Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth (01202-555-555)
This restaurant is hands-down one of the most popular dining places in Bournemouth. One reason is its location as it is nestled within the walls of the historic Royal Bath Hotel. Another reason is its plush interiors, featuring dark and stunning floral patterns highlighted by equally dark stained woodwork and period accouterments. Of course, the best reasons for Oscars' popularity is its fine food, which is delectably modern British. The preferred entrees include uniquely prepared poultry, beef and seafood dishes, which are served with the freshest vegetables in season. Reservations are recommended.

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