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42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
+44 1202 280656
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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (56 reviews)
“ribs” (21 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00 Hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
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1 - 10 of 416 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Good food and atmosphere. Bar staff very friendly and helpful. Book as it gets busy on a Friday/Saturday or when the weather is good. Live music on Friday evening - very good and not too intrusive.

Thank mikebeckett65
Reviewed 5 days ago

The staff are so friendly and helpful. The food is delicious. A perfect place for lunch by the sea . Thank you

Thank Alison P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love coming here for breakfast or brunch! The full english is so fresh and all items are well cooked and really yummy. The coffee is great too! Staff are friendly and the vibe is very laid back. Look forward to coming back soon!

Thank dreamer262017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 2 “full Dorset” breakfasts which were excellent! Outdoor reared sausages, quality back bacon and even marmite with the toast. Excellent!

Thank Eddy041
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Bournemouth and can't believe I have never eaten here. Great burger and steak. Sticky beef salad amazing. Sizzling chorizo tasty. Only criticism is squid was soggy at £7. Still give 5 stars though for food and service. Will come again.

Thank stevesmithpoole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to visit on a Wednesday night, steak night! I say lucky, since the value and quality of the food was brilliant. The restaurant had a really great atmosphere and the staff are just excellent.

Thank WorldTravellerTony
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked down the hill from our hotel not realising what a delight awaited us. So rare to find a restaurant that offered so much choice and a great atmosphere. Keep up the good work.

Thank iamnumber6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So we got caught in the horrific weather down on the beach and wanted some breakfast. We headed up from the prom on a recommendation and found a great spot on the sofa in the window. Friendly staff welcomed us and took our order. Speedy...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food - the salmon brunch and the full Dorset both hit the spot and were good value. Efficient and friendly service. It was a bit noisy, hence not top marks.

Thank ValEqHK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped of in Boscombe on our way to Christchurch and we were particularly hungry. A really quirky cafe/restaurant. We both opted for the French toast with bacon and maple syrup. I know we were hungry but it was amazing, all washed down with a cold...More

Thank tedramone
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Jane P
12 June 2018|
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Yes they are, as long as they're well behaved and stay on the floor :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$13 - US$46
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Bournemouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 280656
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