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“amazing food!!”
Review of Blakes Restaurant

Blakes Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 744 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $45
Cuisines: French, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
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.
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“amazing food!!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This restaurant is in the connaught best western hotel, fantastic service and food is utterly incredible!! lovely atmosphere too.

Visited February 2013
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Thank misspinky3000
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Thank you Misspinky for your amzing review.

With best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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English first
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lived up to all expectations”
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
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Thank Jeremy G
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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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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Superb food with friendly service”
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.

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Thank Dave P
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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!!

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good”
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
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Thank EcoEagle
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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.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tea For Two”
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.

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Thank Richard H
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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.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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