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“Imaginative, tasty food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Blakes Restaurant

Blakes Restaurant
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Ranked #33 of 734 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $45
Cuisines: French, British
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 2016",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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“Imaginative, tasty food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

I stayed in the hotel whilst attending a conference at the BIC. I chose to eat at Blakes because it was convenient. I was glad that I did.

Service was thoughtful and attentive. Presentation was excellent and the food showed good use of fresh herbs in all courses including dessert.

I am particularly fond of ice cream and there was a superb range on offer. The ginger ice cream really complimented the rhubarb parfait.

In the course of my business and personal travel I stay at many hotels. It is rare that I am moved to write reviews. Blakes Restaurant is worthy of praise and I look forward to revisiting it on my next trip to Bournemouth.

  • Visited April 2012
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Thank you Mrdultz an "imaginative and tasty review"!! I hope we see you again soon.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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Nottingham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

We were staying in the hotel so saw it as a bonus to have an on site restaurant. We ate there both nights and noticed the menu is changed daily. The staff are attentive and friendly and we were well looked after. The first night we weren't that hungry so ordered 2 starters each. The portions were very small, beautifully presented and tasty. The second night we ordered mains and again,quite small portions but equally tasty. Somehow they manage to transform the breakfast room into an intimate, special space, which contributes to the overall feelgood factor of dining here.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank TwizzleNottingham
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Dear TwizzleNottingham

Thank you for a great review and thank you also for the review on the Hotel. The weather has changed for the better and the garden is now open - just great for the al fresco dining.

Best wishes

David F Miller
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Really rather fabulous but if you have a hearty appetite maybe snack first.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012 via mobile

We booked this on the basis of reviews on here. We have never seen such excellent comments.

Very friendly and welcoming. Decor a tad old fashioned, but fresh and clean. Starters were good but very tiny portions - 2 tiny slivers of tasty house-cured beef carpaccio was a little overwhelmed under the Parmesan shavings. My friend's pâté was also a tiny portion in a huge ramekin, emphasising its diminutive size. Portions are something others have commented on. There was a charge for an 'amuse bouche' granita which should never happen! We declined.

My friend was served the wrong main course and, not wanting to cause a fuss and make me wait, accepted it (it was deducted from the bill). He enjoyed the substitute 'duck au vin' but again it was hardly a man-sized portion. A woman at the next table ordered the sole and it was barely visible on the plate once it had been filleted at the table. I, meanwhile, rate the seabass in deep yet subtle-flavoured bouillabaisse sauce with linguine and sweet brown shrimps as one of the best meals I have ever had - I really wanted to lick the plate and can't recommend it enough - just right for me. Puds / cheese were more generously served and very good.

The staff were lovely; friendly and chatty without being over attentive or intrusive. As stated, they were very fair about deducting cost for the mistake in main course and in fact threw in a free glass of wine for me too! So, tipsy and happy despite minor niggles, we were the last to leave. If you're in Bournemouth it's worth booking- there are so many chain pubs and restaurants there it's good to support somewhere more independent and be rewarded for the effort. This place could do with adding a £ or two to each course, increase portion size accordingly and then it would be perfect. Regardless, if I return to Bournemouth I'll book at Blakes.

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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Dear Sheffield

Thank you very much for your “fabulous” 5 star review. Blakes was designed and fitted out just 4 years ago by Stuart Jones of Sunseeker fame and was given a classic style to match that of the hotel. Please do remember that our menu is not a fixed price, set gourmet menu - guests may select just one course or the entire menu, hence the charge for the Granita - a very popular interlude. I apologise again about the mix-up over the main course and I was pleased to read that your guest enjoyed the duck and you clearly had a wonderful time with the sea bass. Sole does look great on the bone but as you said, once filleted not so great – thoroughly enjoyed by that lady though!!

The next time you visit us please make yourself known and we will make your night one you will not forget

David F Miller
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London, United Kingdom
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“excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

Great restaurant
Food well cooked with a lot of flavor, excellent services Love it!
would recommend

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Victoria M
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, May 11, 2012
Thanks Victoria for taking the trouble to write such a nice review.

Hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“As good as it gets”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

I make no mistake for doing another review of this splendid restuarent.We visited tonight and yet again standards of presentation and service were faultless, but it is the food that really shines.The quality is absolutely the tops, and is at a very reasonable price.It is the perfect place for that special night out.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank 171Andrew
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, May 4, 2012
Good to see you back Andrew and thank you again for another massive vote of confidence!!
Best wishes
David F Miller
Managing Director
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