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The Crab at Bournemouth

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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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Seafood specialist on the Bournemouth seafront

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At a glance

Open all year
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The epitome of a seafront venue, the Crab is part of the white-fronted Park Central Hotel, but functions as a restaurant in its own right, smartly done out in sandy hues against a background of darkwood. An array of fresh fish and shellfish is on the menu, starting with pan-fried scallops with black pudding mash, apple jus and crisp pancetta. For mains, you can't go wrong with a whole crab, thermidored, garlic-buttered, and served with gremolata potatoes, or herb-crusted cod with onion purée, wild mushrooms, Puy lentils and aubergine caviar. Finish with a trio of mango bavarois, vanilla cream and passionfruit sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Anthony Brand

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Seafood
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 24
  • Wines over £30: 18
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6.50
  • Main course from15.95
  • Dessert from: £5.95
  • 2-course lunch from: £24.95
  • 3-course lunch from: £19.95
  • 2-course dinner from: £19.95
  • 3-course dinner from: £24.95
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Off-site parking available: BIC

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