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“You won't be upstream without a paddle here...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Paddle

The Paddle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, British, Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Paddle is a unique friendly boutique cafe kitchen bar with a choice of daily changing specials, wood fired pizzas in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
New Forest, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“You won't be upstream without a paddle here...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Highcliffe isn't exactly renowned for chic cafe style, yet no one told the owners of The Paddle, and it's all the better for it. In a high street dotted with hum drum olde worlde tea rooms, something slightly different was required. And from many perspectives, this is it. Granted, it's a small, intimate affair, but what it lacks in size, more than makes up for in atmosphere, friendliness and choice.

Open Wednesday to Sunday daytime and Thursday to Saturday evening, it's a great place for coffee, homemade cakes or lunch with an imaginative and varied menu. We visited on a Friday evening, when booking is essential, as this little spot already has a good following. Great service from the outset, knowledgeable staff and exceptional, yet reasonably priced food are all on offer.

With a wood fired oven, their thin crust pizza are something of a speciality, notably 'The Billy', with goats cheese, red onion marmalade and spinach, while 'The Superman' with pulled pork and chorizo also tempted the taste buds. We started with a sharing paddle platter, which, given the selection provided, was great value at £12, along with bread and oils for £4, providing the three of us with a suitable appetiser. Mains were two pizzas (Italiana and Billy, both under £10) and Cajun spiced Salmon fillet, with avocado salsa, at £12. All complimented nicely by a bottle of light Italian red at £16. Desserts are more limited, but the Malteaser cheesecake at a slightly pricey £5.75 was delicious all the same. But that was only a small negative to an otherwise outstanding evening.

As mentioned before, booking is definitely a good idea. Were it not for the rain, the outside terrace would have been full, but should eating out not appeal, all pizza is available for take away.

All in all, a great place to relax and enjoy great food, good wine and engaging service. Most definitely a new favourite!

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English first
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“First rate all day breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

As a local I am always on the lookout for quality establishments that I would happily recommend to others and The Paddle definitely fits the bill. Friendly staff and really good service.. There are few places in the locality serving what I call a "quality breakfast" and so many who stop serving at 11.00 or 11.30, which is fine as they are focussing on the lunch market, but not much good if you fancy a full English at 12.00 or later. Well done The Paddle for coping with both! I will definitely return to try the pizzas another day. Next time I will ask for my toast without butter or margarine, as it was a touch salty and I prefer to spread my own but otherwise extremely good value for money. Also, we sat outside as it was a really warm day and had our order taken at the table, although others sitting outside (an elderly couple far less mobile then we were) were asked to order inside, which I thought rather unnecessary. Perhaps there is a good reason? Overall, a very good experience and, as you all know, I am quite fussy!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Abertillery, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely meal, lovely evening.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Found the paddle on trip advisor, and we were impressed with the reviews. We booked a table had a nice bottle of wine and pizza, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. The pizza was freshly cooked, we had to wait a while, but hey when it's prepared and cooked fresh, who cares! We will be back in highcliffe in 4 weeks and will certainly visit again. Surroundings and service was excellent, and a nice touch with a bottle of water brought to the table. Great to have somewhere modern, serving delicious food in Highcliffe.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A little gem in Highcliffe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

This is a small modern restaurant just off the high street designed to suggest being in a beach hut. Highcliffe is not noted for being modern or trendy but The Paddle is refreshingly both of these in the nicest way. The staff are friendly and helpful. Old wooden table are spotlessly clean. The menu was refreshingly interesting and meals well presented. We had the salad special that included mackerel, mozzarella and potato. The home made cakes also looked very good.
Well worth a visit. We will return.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Great brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Lovely cafe just a short walk from the beach or nearby high street. Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted by the friendly & helpful staff.
We both had cooked breakfasts which were delicious. Nice decor & ambience inside & varied choice of magazines to read. The only downside is it has limited outside seating which is more preferable on a warm day.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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