When it comes to choosing a restaurant for a meal out, a restaurant within a hotel may not be the first place you think of. But that needs to change. There are so many Bournemouth hotel restaurants that are known for their exciting and regularly-changing menus, their high calibre chefs and their beautiful settings – and many have the bonus of being easy to access via public transport or have their own on-site parking, too.
So without further ado, let’s take you on a whirlwind tour of five of our favourite Bournemouth restaurants that just happen to be attached to a hotel…
Ventana Grand Cafe at The Cumberland Hotel
If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s oozing with style, check out the Ventana Grand Cafe at East Overcliff Drive’s Cumberland Hotel. Blending contemporary furnishings with Art Deco touches, it’s a popular place that simply screams opulence. The menu is incredibly varied, and makes great use of local and seasonal ingredients to offer British classics with modern flair. Their fish pie is a great example of the dish, packed with three different fish varieties and topped with plenty of melted Cheddar – and we can’t get enough of their stunning tropical fruit pavlova, which looks just as amazing as it tastes!
The Brasserie at The Connaught
The Brasserie at The Connaught Hotel on West Hill Road is less formal than some of its hotel restaurant counterparts, offering all-day dining with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s a huge, airy place decked out in bold, vibrant colours – and there’s even a patio for alfresco dining on warmer days, too. The menu takes its inspiration from both the UK and further afield, with plenty of traditional dishes with more contemporary touches. Their beautiful beer-battered haddock, for example, includes crushed peas with the delicate aroma of marjoram. It’s a dish that sits alongside plenty of other fish and meat options (including a range of juicy steaks), as well as salads, tagines and more for vegetarian diners.
Desi Dhaba at the Russell Court Hotel
Described as one of Bournemouth’s hidden gems, Desi Dhaba at the Russell Court Hotel on Bath Road offers an incredible Pakistani dining experience. It may have the look of a hotel restaurant, but browse the menu and you’ll find a huge amount of variety, care taken to offer interesting dishes for those with various dietary requirements, and some intriguing fusion dishes. Along with some of the more traditional Indian dishes – your baltis and bhunas – you can experience their take on Indo-Chinese fusion: try the chef’s Chicken Manchurian (chicken balls fried in a hot soy sauce batter) for something a little different!
Arbor at The Green House
“Where good food doesn’t cost the earth” is how Arbor Restaurant at The Green House on Grove Road describes itself. It’s adults-only in the evenings, making it ideal for a quiet meal with friends or a partner – and it’s basically fine dining but without the pretension or price tag. The menu is packed full of local and seasonal ingredients, and you’ll find plenty of global inspiration in the dishes that the kitchen turns out – British, Korean, French, Thai and many other cuisines all jostle for attention. From Tandoori trout to pasta stuffed with roasted squash and local blue cheese, you’ll find it hard to decide what to choose…
Colourful hanging lanterns, Thai statues and exposed brickwork are just a few of the touches that the owners of Tiien’s Westbourne restaurant at 55 West Cliff Road have added to take away that hotel restaurant feel – and here you’ll find some of the finest Thai food in the Bournemouth area.
Brought to you by the team also behind Tiien’s Bournemouth and Broadstone restaurants, start with their mixed starter (vegetarian option also available) for a varied taste of their authentic Thai dishes. And for your main? We’re big fans of the massaman curry: a hearty, warming blend of coconut milk, peanuts, onions and potatoes with your choice of meat or veg.