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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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A grand old hotel poised between woodland and sea

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Reposing within the woodland haven of Alum Chine, not far from Bournemouth's golden sands, the Riviera is a traditional seaside hotel that radiates professionalism. The conservatory-style restaurant is run with confidence, with soothing views over the bay a bonus. An assured light touch and avoidance of needless elaboration are the hallmarks of a kitchen that can deliver textbook port-laced chicken liver parfait with onion relish, as well as more adventurous braised beef croquettes with horseradish mayo. Fish cookery is spot-on in a slow braise of sea bass in olive oil, accented with Granny Smith apple and celery, while pannacotta is boosted with Bacardi and partnered with mint granita.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Xmas & Masonic events
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Attila Kozak

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, European
  • Wines under £30: 19
  • Wines over £30: 3
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 100
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 100

Getting here

From Ringwood take A338 to County Gates rdbt. Take 2nd exit into The Avenue. 8th left into Tower Rd, 3rd left into Mountbatten Rd, 3rd right into Alumhurst Road, 2nd left into Crosby Rd. Left into Burnaby Rd, hotel on right

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