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Best restaurants in Bournemouth and Poole

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With golden sands, a glorious coastline, excellent shopping opportunities, magical island hideaways and award-winning parks and gardens, Poole and Bournemouth are excellent places to explore on holiday. Between them they are also home to a wide array of options when it comes to eating and drinking.  

Whether you’re in search of an evening of fine-dining, or simply craving a good old-fashioned fish & chips takeaway, there'll be somewhere for you. So, read on for a Haven-approved list of the best restaurants in Bournemouth and Poole.

1. Ginali’s, Poole

1. Ginali’s, Poole

Address: 87 High St, Poole BH15 1AH 

Cuisine: Italian 

This family-run Italian inspired restaurant is conveniently situated just off the High Street in central Poole. Set in a beautiful old Georgian building, Ginali’s also boasts a gorgeous European-style courtyard for relaxed outdoor eating in the summer months. The well-priced menu offers all your favourite traditional pizza and pasta dishes alongside a range of changing specials for those looking to try something a bit different. Ginali’s is always very busy, so it’s essential to book by phone beforehand to secure your place at this ever-popular European eatery. 

2. Guildhall Tavern, Poole

Address: 15 Market St, Poole BH15 1NB 

Cuisine: Seafood 

This local restaurant in Poole is located just two minutes from the Quay in the heart of the old town. Guildhall Tavern specialises in gloriously fresh seafood with house specialities such as fish, crab and lobster — though meat and vegetarian dishes are also on offer. All dishes are prepared in a delectable Mediterranean style.

There is, of course, a carefully curated selection of the finest wines and beverages to accompany the excellent food. While it’s certainly not cheap, with friendly staff and a classy atmosphere, Guildhall still represents good value for money. It’s a true fine-dining experience and one not to be forgotten in a hurry.

3. All-Ways Fryday, Poole

3. All-Ways Fryday, Poole

Address: 251 Blandford Road, Poole, BH15 4HW 

Cuisine: Fish & Chips 

When on the Dorset Coast, a fish and chip supper is a must. All-ways Fryday is a consistently top rated and award-winning chippy, serving freshly fried fish suppers seven days a week at astonishingly affordable prices. With all the classics from cod to battered sausage on offer and a range of children’s meal deals available, this couldn’t be an easier option for a tasty holiday treat. 

Just three minutes by car from our Rockley Park site this is a great easy dinner idea as you make your way home from a day out in central Poole. All-ways Fryday offers an outdoor seating area for those who can’t wait to tuck into their chips, or it’s close enough to take them back to the comfort of your Rockley Park whilst it’s still warm.

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4. Turtle Bay, Bournemouth

Address: The Citrus Building, 24 Madeira Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1NL 

Cuisine: Caribbean 

If you’re looking for a fun and memorable dining experience – Turtle Bay is your place! Based in the centre of Bournemouth, only a half hour’s drive from Haven’s Rockley Park, this trendy tropical hangout has a great vibe for a relaxed family meal or a fun date-night cocktail. With an adventurous menu of sweet and zesty Caribbean flavours, chilled reggae tunes playing on the jukebox and the friendliest staff you could imagine, this is a truly immersive mealtime affair. There’s always something special on offer at Turtle Bay – from the Bay Breakfast Club to Bottomless Brunch to evening Happy Hour, whenever you arrive, you’re guaranteed a treat from this Caribbean kitchen and bar.

5. Lolas Spanish Tapas Restaurant, Bournemouth

5. Lolas Spanish Tapas Restaurant, Bournemouth

Address: 95 Commercial Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5RT 

Cuisine: Tapas 

This casual, warmly-lit Spanish restaurant is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Bournemouth. If you're in the mood for sharing some proper, authentic tapas then this is the place for you. There is a large menu full of dishes to choose from, featuring everything from classics such as patatas bravas and garlicky prawns to more adventurous numbers such as ox cheeks and black pudding. All of the food is bursting with flavour and they also have a vegan range for those who require it. We couldn’t recommend a visit more highly, just make sure you're hungry, as you'll have difficulty choosing from the vast array of options on offer.

6. Harry Ramsden's, Bournemouth

6. Harry Ramsden's, Bournemouth

Address: East Beach, Undercliff Dr, Bournemouth BH1 2EZ

Cuisine: Fish & Chips

Located on Bournemouth’s famous seafront, just a stone’s throw from Oceanarium, Harry Ramsden’s is believed to be one of the largest fish & chip restaurants in the world. The restaurant has room for over 420 diners who can eat in with views over the seafront and pier, or otherwise takeout to enjoy elsewhere.

Our favourite at Haven will always be the classic fish & chips, however Harry Ramsden’s also serves up alternatives such as the freshly baked pie of the day, beef, chicken, cod or halloumi burgers and even a caesar salad, so all tastes are catered for. All ages are welcome too, with great deals on meals for kids and over 60s.

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