35 restaurants in Poole
Restaurants in Poole:
Holes Bay Road, Poole, BH15 2BD [Map]
Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings. If that sounds too much like a dream come true be assured that at Table Table they also walk the talk, and are pleased to have the chance to prove it.
Their well located restaurants are spread across a wide range of decors and styles, and all of them share a determination to provide comfort, warmth and relaxation. Their buffet menus for special occasions are remarkable value.
In keeping with modern trends they provide dishes to nibble or share as guests consider the spread of options on a menu that could be described as British with welcome incursions. So as you share long Italian flatbread, and dough balls and dips, or a sharing platter with an imaginative range of finger food starting with garlic and breaded mushrooms, it's time to think about the relative merits of aromatic duck parcels, a prawn cocktail, breaded Camembert or sticky chicken goujons to name but a few.
Many an innocent dish from the past has been hi-jacked in the best possible sense into becoming what is now called a 'pub classic'. Wiltshire cure ham with eggs is served with chunky chips and beef, mushroom and ale pie, or chicken and chips are all familiar with British tables, be they in the dining room or the kitchen. Now they have been added to by chicken fajitas, a sweet red pepper, crème fraiche and fennel tart, a leg of duck slowly cooked and served with a Bramley apple and cider sauce, or chilli con carne with basmati rice, sour cream and guacamole and nachos. So is the humble burger with six enticing toppings.
The point is they, and others, are all here at Table Table, well prepared with quality ingredients, and presented in a way that makes you hungry even if you thought you weren't.
Getting down to the more serious side of the table keep an eye open for the seafood pie, a delightful assembly of things fishy including crayfish, red snapper, prawns and clams. Many of their steaks are 28 days matured, including a 7oz fillet. All steaks are served with watercress, roasted cherry tomatoes, a flat mushroom and chunky chips. A choice from 4 sauces adds the final touch of enjoyment.
Pastas and salads embrace some well known and loved names, but for sheer enjoyment the hot smoked salmon salad takes some beating - flakes of hot smoked salmon mixed with a house salad and soy and ginger sauce. A real winner.
Snacks aplenty cover hot baguettes with the like of grilled pork loin and Bramley apple sauce, sandwiches filled with Cheddar cheese, or prawns and Marie Rose sauce, and jacket potatoes with such temptations as chilli con carne. Add a bowl of chips for only a little extra.
A well travelled wine list offers helpful advice for the uninitiated and there's an impressive choice of draught and bottled beers and lagers. All in all it would appear that Table Table are more than achieving their aims, providing the opportunity for people to eat out enjoyably, with excellent value for money. Long may they continue to do so.
For completely up to date information on menu changes and special offers do make a regular check on their lively Website.
Family, Pub, Traditional
Thames Street, The Quay, Poole, BH15 1JN [Map]
We hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but often un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style.
Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould.
Think quintessential British style, elegant and unpretentious. Combine this with a great spirit, wit and an unquestionable devotion to wine, and you have captured the essence of Hotel du Vin.
This area of Dorset is a popular destination for visitors and holiday makers alike as well as a welcoming stopping-off point for the many yachts and cruisers that ply the waters of the harbour and the wider Purbeck heritage coast. In Poole, also the haunt of the well heeled, du Vin has taken on the former Mansion House. In addition to the customary delights of a first class hotel they have some extra goodies. For cigar lovers there is the Bothy Lodge where enjoyment of that particular kind can be pursued lawfully and without hindrance. You can dine there al fresco too in the sheltered courtyard. A La Roche tasting table in the hotel permits wine-lovers to embark on a voyage round the world's finest vineyards with minimal effort.
Thirty-eight bedrooms and suites incorporating many of the original features of the Mansion House, with handsprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, plasma screens and DVDs throughout, deep baths and power showers. High speed wireless internet access is available in all rooms.
In the classy bistro, called Banquette, a choice of nine starters could include twice baked Dorset cheddar soufflé with herb cream, linguini Pea and smoked salmon risotto, a delicious Caesar salad with Cajun chicken, deep fried whitebait with mayonnaise, or basil pesto with slow roast cherry tomato papardelle.
Head Chef, Darren Rockett follows a cuisine that changes daily and supports the hotel's philosophy of the finest and freshest local produce. Operating from an open kitchen that services the 80 seat bistro, 'simple classics' for the first two courses yield whole pan fried trout almandine, pressed ox tongue, watercress and potato soup, and grilled sardines with confit tomatoes and gremolata. The fish round here must not be missed, exhibiting freshness to the last degree.
Whilst one might argue that the whole point of being in a du Vin is to snuggle up to the wine list, this list is designed to march with the food and can only be described as superb. With a team of experienced sommeliers there is no room for anything but the best. Service is telepathic in the best possible sense.
Click on their Website for full information and rates. Hotel du Vin, with fourteen options throughout Britain, awaits your call.
Bistro, French, Modern European
Tower Park, Poole, BH12 4NY [Map]
Should you feel an American moment coming on, get straight into the mood at a TGI Friday's. First thought of in New York in 1965, introduced to Birmingham, UK in 1986, they now, like so many other American concepts, are to be found on a global basis and have 48 outlets in the UK alone. According to Newsweek and The Saturday Evening Post, the opening of the first Friday's restaurant heralded the dawn of the singles age.
In many ways, TGIs are more representative of the American approach to eating out than some of their imitators. Their food is fresh, the portions generous and the cocktail list exhaustive. They also tend to represent the all-American classlessness that can produce a meal at any time, for any social group, for any reason, under the same roof, without a problem.
So what's on offer? The quick answer is, it depends rather on where you are, as menus do vary from one restaurant to another, but the essential message stays the same - American grub, fella! Appetizers - no starters please - could include Jack Daniel's wings, chicken wings coated in Jack Daniel's sweet 'n' smoky glaze, or spinach and artichoke hearts coated in a rich and creamy cheese sauce, served with crisp corn tortillas.
For a group assault try the Times Square big share, more of Jack Daniel's wings, cheese and bacon skins to the very brim, with crispy breaded mozzarella dippers and served with a battery of accoutrements.
The steaks are awesome, topping out with a 12oz rib eye. A range of burgers, ribs, chicken, fish, sandwiches, fajitas, salads and pasta embraces virtually every known twist in the repertoire of American cuisine. Chocolate fudge fixation perhaps sums up best, but by no means exclusively, the TGI approach to desserts.
From a list of over 500 cocktails, all mixed with exuberant charm, let's take just one. You thought Long Island Iced Tea was something polite Americans sipped after some gentle sailing? Think again. Vodka, gin, rum and orange liqueur, topped up with Coke, spin and pour. The popular drink was in fact, invented by TGIF. As with all cocktails you can choose between regular or ultimate, no questions asked. Beer, wine and soft drinks cover enormous range and they also offer good coffee.
It is not important which outlet of TGIF you visit, for if you enjoy the American style of eating, just look out for red and white stripes and you are likely to be happy.
To locate a Friday's nearest to you and get the world famous Friday feeling on any day of the week click on their Website.
Tower Park, Poole, BH12 4NY [Map]
With quality food, friendly staff, quick service and excellent value for money, Nando's is a great place to eat. Don't expect identikit, pre-fab restaurant interiors which are usually a staple of the larger chains; each restaurant is tailored to its local surroundings and customers, offering up a unique restaurant experience to go with the equally unique taste of legendary, Portuguese, Peri-Peri chicken.
Your peri-peri chicken, when the chips are down so to speak, is a fresh A grade chicken that has never seen the inside of a freezer, but having made the supreme sacrifice is butterfly-cut, marinated for 24 hours in a secret brew called - you've guessed - peri-peri, and is then cooked to your choice over an open flame.
There are, of course, many variations on this broad theme, numerous plays on words such as Nando's experi-perience, peri-peri good reasons why you should eat at a Nando's' and all one hopes is that for their sake chicken never goes out of fashion. New Nando's are opening all the time, peri-peri quickly in fact, the spicy bastes become hotter and more daring, and the full platter offers a whole chicken, large chips or spicy rice and Nando's salad or coleslaw.
Since chickens are vegetarian it seems logical you can order veggie or bean burgers and patties, and still feel the heat from the peppers. All in all, Nando's is hotly recommended for those occasions when you have a large following of permanently hungry children, or adults even, to keep happy - the only thing taken really seriously is the quality of those peri-peri good chickens.
Nando's is a place for bright people who love to laugh and love to eat, and is guaranteed to spice up your taste buds. Their fun approach to life means that when you visit Nando's you can fully relax without the airs and graces associated with more starchy dining out.
For the location of your nearest Nando's restaurant and a host of details about menus, parties and drinks, a click on their Website will reveal a Pandora's box of information.
Thistle Hotel Poole, The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HD [Map]
Thistle Hotel Poole in the county of Dorset overlooks one of England's largest natural harbours and is situated within easy reach of Poole's shopping and nightlife area. Most of the seventy bedrooms enjoy sea views, as does the Harbour View Restaurant where customers enjoy light snacks or traditional home cooked favourites all in a relaxed and welcoming setting.
The Pacific Rim menu offers creations such as warm feta and pesto tartlets, slow-cooked beef rib, seafood dishes, and a selection of delicious desserts. Light refreshments are available at the hotel's three bars.
Business meetings, and special occasions are catered for very well and once you're free, the Purbeck hills and glorious Dorset countryside are just waiting to be explored.
Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole, BH13 7LW [Map]
Built in the 1920's Habour Heights has been upgraded to a contemporary hotel of elegance and comfort, with stunning views across the estuary, and a mere two hours from London. The HarBar Bistro in particular makes the most of the scenery, as well as providing a laid back and informal setting for some very fine cooking.
Open up with a Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar double baked soufflé of baby spinach and West Country cheddar and chive butter sauce. Then perhaps a tornedo of wild salmon, with salad of Jersey potatoes, wild asparagus salad and a lemon ginger butter sauce.
Pudding echoes the mildly Rhode Island flavour of the dining room décor if you follow the crisp nougatine Florida lime tart with a cassis sorbet route. And why not - we pass this way but once; it's just that some pass more quickly than others.
35-37 High Street, Poole, BH15 1AB [Map]
Slug and Lettuce has a chain of almost a hundred bars spread across the country sharing a common love of serving down to earth, undemanding food and drink.
The group prides itself on offering dishes prepared using quality ingredients, and you should be attended on by attentive staff in a safe, welcoming and cheerful environment. The Slugs have something for anyone - breakfast for a lively start to the day, lunch for busy people, family meals or even a relaxing glass of wine to bring a tiring day to an end - all in a variety of modern and stylish settings.
The menu features old time English favourites such as Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages in buttered mash or fish pie made with Dartmouth smokehouse haddock, in a Devon cream and leek sauce, although dishes look to Europe and further afield to Asia for inspiration. A good way to start the enjoyment is by sharing platters of Southern fried chicken breast pieces, crispy potato wedges, garlic ciabatta strips, half a rack of BBQ pork ribs, wasabi vegetables with onion rings or some Greek mezze
Hearty steak pies, Thai curry with sticky jasmine rice or butternut squash with goats' cheese lasagne are amongst the more popular main dishes. Sandwiches or wraps - warm tortilla with chicken and Parmesan or aromatic duck in plum sauce - provide for those who prefer something lighter. They also serve burgers as well as tempting salads like salmon, asparagus or tomato and mozzarella. For children they have good old British standby sausage and mash, or pepper pasta and ketchup among other choices, all of which never fail to delight, particularly as some of them seem to have come out of a certain celebrity chef's Book of Forbidden Dishes.
Desserts appear in the form of raspberry biscotti, hot chocolate pudding or a creamy strawberry cheesesake. The wine list is well compiled and substantial. There are not less than seven French, three from Italy and some from Spain, Chile, Australia as well as New Zealand. Slug and Lettuce can cater for events including birthday parties, fashion shows, hen nights, wedding parties or just an enjoyable night out with a few friends.
Casual, International, Traditional
Arrowsmith Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Poole, BH21 3BD [Map]
In an area which is not exactly short on restaurants of a high standard, Les Bouviers comes out well in the upper echelons. Located in five acres of landscaped gardens with a lake, weeping willow and wooden footbridge, guests can stay in one of their elegantly furnished bedrooms, enjoy a cream tea on the terrace or explore the delights of their restaurant.
The food, drawn from carefully selected and genuinely fresh local ingredients, sets the tone. The Menu Gourmand from which the evening's offerings are selected features for instance an individual boned quail filled with poultry farce served with marinated sauterne grapes and sauterne sauce. After a sorbet thoughts might turn to a pan-fried fillet of West Coast brill nestled on a tomato and courgette confit, braised fennel and tomato oil. To finish, perhaps the tangy passion fruit tart with clotted cream? A lively wine list does ample justice to the food.
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