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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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Seafront hotel with ambitious and thoughtful cooking

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At a glance

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

The restaurant at the Hermitage, opposite the beach and pier, is a large, traditionally styled room (although plans are in the air to relocate it), with service on the correct side. The interesting menus offer variety aplenty, as they must with residents eating here perhaps every evening. Starters are along the lines of a terrine of pressed free-range chicken and wild mushrooms wrapped in Parma ham served with ale chutney and ciabatta, with main courses equally well considered: perhaps hake fillet with asparagus, salad, new potatoes and hollandaise. Bring the curtain down with intense chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.15
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Iain McBride

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Traditional British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 23
  • Wines over £30: 11
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7.95
  • Main course from17.95
  • Dessert from: £6.95
  • 2-course dinner from: £17.75
  • 3-course dinner from: £23.25
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Follow A338 (Ringwood-Bournemouth) and signs to pier, beach and BIC. Hotel directly opposite.

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