We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Service”
Review of Blakes Restaurant

Blakes Restaurant
Reserve with OpenTable
Blakes Restaurant is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #37 of 754 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $44
Cuisines: British
More restaurant details
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.
England
Level Contributor
249 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Great Service”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Nice restuarant with good service.

The choice on the menu is reasonable and sounded mouth watering. As a starter I choose the shrimp and crab with crispy avocado which was really lovely, my wife had the pumpkin soup which was also good. However I then had the lamb served on mash and vegtables. The lamb was a very small square of meat which was okay in taste but quite disappointing in terms of proportion. My wife had the fillet steak which was very good.

Overall a good place to ea and reasonably priced.

Visited November 2013
Helpful?
Thank TwitterEngland
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
A great review "Twitter", thank you - apologies that the lamb didn't quite live up to your expectations. Many thanks also for the review you wrote about the hotel.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

405 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    306
    68
    21
    8
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
153 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Impeccable service, fabulous food”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

My wife and I experienced what only can be described as a wonderful evening at Blakes. From the moment we were greeted by Nicky, to the food and the service throughout the meal. The whole evening was an absolute delight.
The food was pretty hard to fault, starters of shin of beef for the Mrs, and a crab and chilli salad with the most wonderful crispy pieces of creamy avocado for myself. Both my wife I agree we can't remember eating a tastier starter anywhere. An ice mango palate cleanser followed, which was a nice touch.
The main lamb dish looked pretty as a picture, and tasted (so my wife says) even better. Perfectly pink lamb, potato fondant and a beautifully glossy red wine sauce. Again, there seemed no room for improvement.
I opted for the ribeye steak, triple cooked chips, salad and a bearnaise butter/sauce. The steak was cooked as requested (a perfect medium) the chips were crispy on the outside but nice and fluffy on the inside. The watercress salad was well dressed, so all in all a good (but not spectacular) dish. Don't get be wrong, it was a great steak but the lamb dish was simply stunning.
The quality of the food continued with the desserts, both the white chocolate cheescake and spiced pineapple cake were a real triumph of flavours. Our compliments to the chef for all three courses.
Not only was the food exceptional so was the service from Nicky, Jack and the young lady on duty (sorry we didn't catch your name), the personal attention they give each guest seems such a rare occurrence these days.
We can't wait to return.

  • Visited October 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
3 Thank tajandmark
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Dear Taj and Mark,

Many thanks for your "impeccable" review - being locals we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Excellent food and service at this restaurant within the Cannaught Hotel. The staff were very attentive and helpful.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank gmc_north
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
"Excellent" 5 star review GMC, thank you.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A fabulous evening.”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We had our 25th wedding anniversary dinner for 26 people last sat. From planning through to the evening itself we were looked after brilliantly. We used the room behind the main restaurant and it had been transformed to look elegant and welcoming. All the extra touches that were provided were fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, which I have to say were plentiful. The meal itself was exquisite and that's no mean feat when you are catering for a large amount of people in one sitting. Our guests were so impressed and we had so many compliments on our choice of venue. We weren't rushed and felt so comfortable we ended up in the bar till very late. All in all we would like to say thank you very much for making a special occasion fantastic. We will be in for dinner soon! Helen and Steve Wells.

  • Visited October 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Helen W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear Helen and Steve

We were all thrilled to read just how much you and your friends enjoyed your evening in Blakes to celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary - our congratulations once more!!. Being local to Bournemouth I hope we see a lot more of you.

Best wishes and thank you for your "fabulous" review.

David F Miller
Managing Director
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
bournemouth
Level Contributor
38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Excellent cuisine and lovely service.”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is really a enjoyable venue for experiencing fine dining. Whilst not the 'Chewton Glen' in terms of surroundings it matches them in fact beats them when it comes to the quality of the food and service. The menu is exactly the right size and the choice just enough to make you wonder if you'd made the right decision, (there always being another option to make your mouth water). For me this is the best in Bournemouth by some margin.

Compliments to the chefs and the waiting staff all of whom made the experience worth while. We were a party of 6 and will be attending again in the very near future for sure.

  • Visited October 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank iron0710
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
David1007, Owner at Blakes Restaurant, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Nice to be compared with Chewton Glen, Iron and even nicer to be considered better when it comes to the food and service - thank you very much indeed.

Best wishes

David F Miller
Managing Director
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Blakes Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Blakes Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing