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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Traditionally based British cooking in a grand seaside hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

With sandy beaches stretching below, the grand old Connaught rules the roost on Bournemouth's West Cliff. The Blakes restaurant overlooks the hotel's own gardens, where candlelit outdoor tables are popular on balmy summer evenings. Inside, the lightly formal tone makes an agreeable ambience for traditionally-based British dishes. Accurately seared scallops make an early appearance in a starter alongside celeriac purée, salsa verde, micro fennel and pea shoots. That might be followed by rump of lamb, with pistachio, honey and mustard glaze, baby carrots, gnocchi, sweetbread fritter and Madeira jus. Chocolate and caramel tart with raspberry glaze is a typical dessert.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: all week (private lunches by arrangement)
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Ben Nicol

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 25
  • Wines over £30: 30
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

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