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“Lived up to all expectations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blakes Restaurant

Blakes Restaurant
30 West Hill Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5PH, England
+44 1202 29802
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Ranked #14 of 557 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Price range: $26 - $54
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Overlooking the garden, this hugely popular double rosette restaurant offers one of the best dining experiences available for visitors to Bournemouth and local residents alike. Offering a wide range of modern cuisine, the menu is inspired by the best of British and French food. Blakes has held its double rosette since 2011 and is very proud to also have been awarded with TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence 2014",With an extensive wine list and an experienced team, led by Maitre d', Nicky Rutigliano, you will be pampered from the moment you arrive.On those balmy summer evenings, why not have a romantic dinner, al-fresco, in the candlelit garden - or during the winter months retire after dinner to the warmth of the open fire in the drawing room.
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Lived up to all expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

After reading all the other reviews I was drawn to Blakes for dinner on a recent trip to Bournemouth.
From start to finish we were very well looked after by the staff and the food was superb
All in all I recommend Blakes to anyone

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you very much JRG for taking the time to write such a nice review.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Sandbach, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Superb food with friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

This was the 4th time here and the food is excellent . The atmosphere is conducive to a good evening of dining, although I detected that there was a shortage of staff especially in the hotel bar.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thanks Dave for your most generous review - this time of the year is always difficult with staff getting the various bugs doing the rounds but they manage really well and hopefully service didn't suffer too much!!

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David F Miller
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

My research on Trip Advisor and elsewhere indicates that it's surprisingly hard to find a really good quality, romantic restaurant in Bournemouth. Blakes has really good food and service, but the atmosphere is a bit tame. Whilst our main courses (skate wing and mushroom risotto) were excellent, the goats cheese starter was minimilist, and the cheese board expensive and disappointing: the range of cheeses was narrow, and excessively local. Given the French flavour of the restaurant staff, why not go for a really good French cheese board too?

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear EcoEagle, Many thanks for your very discerning review. We have often discussd whether or not we should add French cheeses to the menu - which are much cheaper than their English counterparts - but that is the style the chef and maitre d' wish to keep, at least for the time being. I'll keep you posted.

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David F Miller
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tea For Two”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

My wife wanted a posh tea in Bournemouth for a treat. The Connaught was just the job. Traditional tea by the gas fire with far to many cakes, scones and tasty sandwiches. The kids enjoyed the left over cakes and taking the spare smoke salmon sandwiches for school packed lunch.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Thank you Richard for your most generous review. As a local man living in Poole perhaps we could tempt you both to try dinner in Blakes one evening.

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David F Miller
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Lovely ambiance, fantastic service, my partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at this restaurant.

The food was impeccable, will definitely be visiting again. Was very impressed with the wine selection and ordered our favourite, brancott estate Sauvignon blanc.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Come again soon Miss M and thank you for your "Absolutely Wonderful" review.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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