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“The pleasure of staying in The Connaught Hotel” 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 #20 of 538 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $26 - $53
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
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“The pleasure of staying in The Connaught Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Part of our enjoyment in staying at The Connaught is eating each evening in Blakes Restaurant. Peter Tofis, who has recently been promoted from Deputy Chef to Head Chef, has enhanced the menu, the meals and service are second to none. We look forward to Blakes Restaurant next March and October. Please see my previous Review April 2013.

  • Visited October 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, November 14, 2013
Always a pleasure Michael, thank you very much!! See you in 2014 and hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

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David F Miller
Managing Director
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We had a really, really great meal at Blakes last Friday evening (we were guests at the hotel). Such friendly staff who really work as a team with Nicky who took the time to talk and joke with us; especially about Italy.

Everything was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. I had the Dorset crab - the best! My husband finished with the chocolate cheesecake which was to die for. I thought I was being good as I had no dessert but ordered a large decaffeinated espresso (no problem) but it came with 6 tiny mouth-sized morsels of shortcake, chocolate orange and something chocolatey and chewy and heavenly; how could I resist?

We thought the price tag was very reasonable for this type/style of restaurant.

We had pre-dinner drinks in the bar lounge adjacent to the restaurant and that was excellent too!

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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Thank you so much Ecobarts, we were all delighted to read just how much you both enjoyed your evening!! We hope to see you again soon.

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David F Miller
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great service and fantastic food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Great set menu price and the service was best I've had for a long time.We only ued the resturant because we arrived late and what a nice surprise it was. Thank you

  • Visited October 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, November 11, 2013
Many thanks Dan for the 5 Star review - hope to see you again!!

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David F Miller
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“First Class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Exceeded all our expectations. Food quality and service first class - would certainly recommend. Great value for money, will certainly return.

Visited November 2013
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Short, to the point and very sweet - thank you very much Barbara.

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David F Miller
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“Reasonably good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We had a meal at this restaurant while staying in the hotel for a couple of days. We had lamb. The food was good , nothing special though, but the portions are smallish. Good bread. Very good service.Reasonable price. We had to open the window as it was too hot in there and were a bit disappointed with the atmosphere (it is the same area where the breakfast is served in the mornings).A bit of background music would have been pleasant.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Many thanks for the review Bougainville and really pleased you enjoyed the experience. The restaurant is full dressed for dinner as are the staff and is quite a contrast from when breakfast is served in the morning. Music (including mobiles) is one of those things that pleases 50% and irritates the other 50% so on balance we feel it is better to dine without - we restrict it to the bar areas and the brasserie.

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