Whether you’re craving Asian street food or an evening of fine dining, the seaside town of Bournemouth has it all. Keep reading for our picks of some of Bournemouth’s best restaurants and eateries…
Where to eat in Bournemouth
Sri Lankan food is known for being vibrant and full of flavour, and The Coconut Tree takes this concept to the next level with its menu of street food dishes. Catering for a variety of diets, including vegetarian and vegan, they’ve won multiple awards for their delicious curries, tasty kotthu (a popular Sri Lankan street food) and their sweet and fiery cocktails.
For something truly out of the ordinary, we recommend Zim Braai (pictured below), an African restaurant that uses traditional flame cooking methods over braai and potije (grill and pot). Step out of your comfort zone with ostrich or swordfish or opt for the 30-day-aged steak or chicken peanut stew. You’ll also find a wine list featuring award-winning bottles from South Africa.
Twelve Eatery on The Triangle offers some of the best organic plant-based menus in Dorset, ranging from delicious brunches to award-winning lunch and dinner. The team is all about sustainability, serving fresh, seasonal food that is full of flavour in a stylish yet relaxed setting. Plus, all of their cocktails are made using fresh cold-pressed juices and you can add a bit of CBD oil for the ultimate chill-out drink.
Drgnfly (pictured below) is an elegant champagne and sushi bar located inside Bobby’s department store. It’s a great place to get together with friends and enjoy a glass or two of Moët Chandon as you work your way through their signature sushi menu.
Baboo Ji is a must for veggie lovers, with Chef Kamal turning traditional Indian flavours into a modern menu of vegetarian and vegan sharing plates. They pride themselves on their sustainability – the restaurant was built with re-purposed materials. Expect crowd-pleasing favourites like saag aloo, as well as unique combinations like carrot and coconut with mustard, curry leaves and lemon juice.
Of course, Bournemouth also has a burgeoning fine dining scene, with 2 AA Rosette Arbor Restaurant widely regarded as one of the best places to eat in town. Chef Andy Hilton and his team work hard to curate a menu of imaginative dishes made using fresh locally sourced produce. The relaxed restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves up seriously good roasts every Sunday. Afternoon tea lovers will definitely want to book a spot to enjoy the delectable creations of pastry chef James.
Where to eat in Southbourne & Westbourne
Parlourmentary talks a big game when it comes to their offerings. They claim to have the best cheese selection in all of Dorset, supplying their shoppers with the finest fromage, cured meats and provisions from independent producers and farmers across Britain and Europe.
The Larderhouse is part speakeasy inspired bar, part foodie destination. At the heart of the restaurant its team serves delicious British and European dishes from the wood-fired oven, as well as epic Sunday lunches. Since it was founded by award-winning bartender James Fowler, we suggest checking out The Library of Liquor upstairs. Open from 6pm until late on Wednesday to Saturday, the hidden bar serves an impressive range of cocktails.
Restaurant Roots on Belle Vue Road offers a relaxed fine dining experience in the centre of Southbourne. Jan Bretschneider’s ever-changing tasting menus have earned the restaurant 2 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Guide recommendation. Though, with only nine tables, you’ll need a reservation to secure a seat!
In the heart of Westbourne you’ll find Renoufs Cheese & Wine Bar. This award winning venue offers over 300 varieties of artisan cheese, sourced from local farms and continental creameries. There’s also over 200 carefully curated wines, ports and bubbles to sip on as you graze your way through delicious sharing boards. If you want to get your fromage fix, make sure you book ahead though, as it’s not unheard of for tables to be snapped up 4-6 weeks in advance!