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“My week of eating at Blakes Restaurant at The Connaught Hotel”
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Ranked #52 of 764 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $45
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
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 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.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“My week of eating at Blakes Restaurant at The Connaught Hotel”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have just spent a very enjoyable and relaxing week at the Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth which delights in being the home of Blakes Restaurant! Not only did I have my idea of the perfect English breakfast every day but could look forward to choosing from a range of extremely appetising dishes every evening! The beautiful summer weather also allowed me to take advantage of the restaurant's delightful adjoining garden dining area. An additional important attribute of the breakfast environment is the complete lack of pop music, something that other hotels would do well to consider as pointed out by an acquaintance of mine in the musical theatre world during a recent tour.
Regarding your extra info required below: Delivery? What do you mean by Late Night? They do midday Sunday lunch, Brunch is an American meal at special times and can last 4 hours!

  • Visited July 2013
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Hope you didn't put on too much weight Portraitsculptor!! Good to see you again and thank you for your 5 star review - the garden is so popular with al fresco diners this year; long may the sun shine.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Place to Eat”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Breakfast was excellent, the toaster needed two passes to get a decent degree of brownness, but you met some lovely people in the queue.
The food served in Blake’s and the Bar was excellent, however some starters were served on tiles and some mains on wooden boards, if you prefer plates just ask!, the service was absolutely excellent.

Visited July 2013
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thank you BTBL for your "great place to eat" review which was very much appreciated.

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David F Miller
Managing Director
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Wiltshire
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Highly Recommended.”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Always on the lookout for a decent Restaurant in this world of hype which often leads to disappointment, we decided give Blakes a try.
My wife and I received a very warm welcome and from the moment we were seated the service was absolutely faultless and first rate, it was pleasing to note that excellent service still exists.
Our meal was a delightful experience, all three courses prepared to the highest standards with wonderful presentation.
Ham Hock Broth with Summer vegetables, fresh and light, The Rib eye cooked to perfection and the Chocolate cake scrumptious, a very nice discovery indeed.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank GerryWiltshire
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thank you for the great recommendation Gerry and hopefully on your next visit to Bournemouth we will see you again - maybe staying in the Connaught Hotel as well.

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David F Miller
Managing Director
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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“How to celebrate 30th wedding anniversary”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

For this milestone we decided to stay in Bournemouth as we had lived there when our children were young. So a sentimental trip but choosing a restaurant which would meet the occasion was a bit difficult. We mananged to make an excellent choice in Blakes inside the Connaught Hotel. First impressions: friendly but not gushy, not rushed. Perfect timing and attention from the Staff. Had an aperitif in bar whilst surveying menu which I would say was 5* choice without the prices.Excellent wine list with high end wine by the glass, so could enjoy a different wine with each course. Would recommend the dessert wine. The maitre d'hote kept an eagle eye on his staff and that seemed to pay off because they did a perfect job. Almost forgot we were served with an extra dessert of chocs and candles as they had noted the occasion.

  • Visited July 2013
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thank you Marie for writing your super review. We do love these special occasions and our Maitre d' is just the person to make it that little bit extra special!! See you for your 31st........?

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David F Miller
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

We ate here twice whilst staying at The Connaught Hotel and found the food was superb and the staff brilliant, they knew the menu very well and explained anything you needed to know. The wine list was very good and both nights our wine was exceptional. We had a most enjoyable experience both nights and will visit again. Would recommend this to everyone who is visiting the area.

Visited June 2013
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David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Many thanks Sue for your bery generous review and delighted you enjoyed the experince and came back for more!! Hope to see you again.

Best wishes

David F Miller
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