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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went with a group of 11 fellow U3A classmates and had an absolutely fabulous time. The students serving were lovely and the food was really superb. As good as, if not better, than the majority of high end restaurants I’ve ever eaten in.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

Been 3 times this year. Always good food BUT my pet hate every time the food was NOT HOT! Cold plates! WHY?? Sent back, returned slightly warmer...... such a shame as such a simple thing to remedy. When I order I mention this and hope...they will bring it hot but ....... no. Also, maybe a few more veg would be good. They all try hard and its a nice ambiance now. Next time, hot pleeese! 😏😊More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 February 2024 via mobile

The Escoffier restaurant at Bournemouth College is simply the most innovative and exceptional restaurant in Bournemouth . It is a training restaurant but under the watchful eyes of the chef and hospitality tutors the culinary delights 3 evenings a week served up in the tasting...menus are just out of this world . We have eaten there many times over the years and every single meal has been fabulous . Since Covid days the evening menus have been tasting ones , 7 courses at around £33 . The themes of the menus change every month or so . The last one we went to had the theme East meets West . The restaurant is in a temporary building at the moment while the restaurant building is being rebuilt , it is smaller than usual so you must book to get a place . The young students who cook and serve the food are so cheerful and keen to please , all in all it is a fabulous place to eat . You can also have lunch at the college from Tuesday - Thursday , but another option is the fabulous £10 buffet lunch on Fridays , amazing value . You can tell on reading this that I am very enthusiastic about The Escoffier , if you have not yet been there the try it out and you will also fall in love with the place !More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 November 2023 via mobile

Have visited many times in the last couple of years and have been impressed each time. The students work extremely hard both front of house and pin the kitchen. Each dish arrived piping hot and a work of art displaying many skills. Wonderful flavours and...excellent value for money. These students hopefully will go onto be our top chefs of the future. An enjoyable experience and suggest book well in advance as availability sells quickly. Can’t wait until our next visit in December.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 May 2023

A unique and an exceptional experience. It was a privilege to experience these young chefs at the start of their careers. The food is perfect and it was lovely to chat to the students about their training both at the college and at their placements....It is a Six Stars. Best meal ever!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 25 April 2023

Fantastic evening celebrating 7 60th birthdays !!!! Food was absolutely excellent extremely well presented and tasted amazing. Service by Hayden and Belle was attentive but not intrusive great ambience and experience well done to all who were involved made our celebrations extra special thank you

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 1 April 2023 via mobile

I took my parents for dinner here after seeing recommendations online. We had a 7 course tasting menu for £29 which in itself is a bargain! The food was lovely and I liked the variety of the courses, and the fact you didn’t know what...you would get until the day. There was SO much food and I loved the little bits you got after dessert, we ended up having to take these home! The students were lovely and it was nice to chat with them about their course and seeing them being taught ☺️More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 31 March 2023

We've visited catering college restaurants before and were looking forward to this. £16 for 3 courses? Yes, please. The place is a testament to the unplanned, build whatever wherever 70's architecture but they've managed to bling the room and it looks good. Starters of guinea...fowl and mixed seafood were plated beautifully and tasted good. Mains of duck leg and sea bass were amazing; my sea bass was partnered with pak choi, water chestnuts and a good reduction. Custard tart to finish was excellent, the jam roly poly less so. But the plates were cleaned. Go support these fine students. Good wine list and price to although we stuck to soft drinks. £16 for three courses is an utter bargain in these or any times.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 29 March 2023

Another fabulous offering tonight at Escoffier. Really couldn't fault any of the courses the food but worth a real shout out for the lamb dish which was beautiful ( more black garlic sauce please ( beautifully silky smooth and rich!) .

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 21 March 2023

Visited the restaurant today and was well impressed food quality and presentation excellent, Students all very polite and helpful. I was in training the very same at a catering college in the 60's so know how the Students feel a few things have change over...the years we had full silver service and dickie bow ties but the biggest difference was the price it was 2/6d or 12.5 new pence today, well done and keep it up.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2022 via mobile

Went with four friends on a Wednesday night, Service was good and the food was very good, considering both are done by students. The disappointment was that the room was freezing cold and when mentioned to the supervisor got a curt reply blaming the economic...situation.NOT the reply I expected or wanted !!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 14 December 2022

Four of us visited the restaurant today for Christmas lunch and what a bonus it proved at this time of the year. Our waitress (Caitlin), training to be cabin crew, was lovely and the gentleman in charge of operations in the restaurant very good too....The meal, at £20 for four courses including coffee and petit fours, was exceptionally good value and the food really delicious - hats off to the chef. Thank you everyone involvedMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 1 December 2022 via mobile

Wonderful meal. Stumbled across the restaurant while looking fur somewhere different to eat in Bournemouth. Wish we’d known about this previously as we’d have definitely gone on other visits to the town. The catering students are certainly been taught well.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 June 2022

Visiting Bournemouth for 5 days, looked at Tripadvisor reviews and booked immediately. They did not disappoint. We had the 7 course taster menu which was delicious. Excellent value for money, attentive, knowledgeable servers and special thanks to Hayden and Sophie for their passion and looking...after us so well. Our whole experience was 10/10.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 25 May 2022

Good tasting menu--apart from the sole course. Bones both large & small were still in the fillet. The embarrased waiter came back with a message from the chef ( I quote ) Fish is meant to be served with bones in and its your job...to do it yourself.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Response from BiscuitHampshire | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t have thought so as it’s a college. Worth checking though.
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I would like to book a table for 2 for dinner on Thursday 22nd Feb. Please confirm that this is possible to email keithchauncy phone 07966174994
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I believe they do.Give them a call. We had a revisit last week for an Asian meal with several friends. The service by the students was very good. Unfortunately this time I was not fully satisfied with the meal.The beef was... More
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The Escoffier Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5