Still as a millpond and dotted with gently bobbing sailboats of all sizes, azure blue Poole Harbour looks mesmerising from the top floor of Rick Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant. Diners are treated to a never ending, instantly calming panoramic vista that you may mistake for the Med.
If you’ve never been to this part of the UK, you should try and make a trip this summer. Sandbanks has certainly always benefitted from somewhat of a microclimate and the scene here is very ‘Home and Away’, lots of fit, bronzed surfer types enjoying the beach lifestyle.
You can leave the restaurant and be on the beach in less that a minute, with a view the Isle of Wight on a clear day, and picturesque Old Harry Rocks.
Once the hugely popular Café Shore, the restaurant has been beautifully renovated over two spacious floors. Pastel colours, huge glass windows and wood give the place an airy, light vibe that feels as fresh as the fish they serve.
Youthful, bubbly staff cheerfully serve a mixture of old classics and modern fish dishes. We loved the ultra fresh sashimi medley with wasabi, daikon and soy and the Dover Sole meunière with noisette butter, ever so lightly dusted with flour and with a tangy citrus twist.
After an hour or so of looking out over the Harbour, and being treated to some gorgeous food, we left feeling totally relaxed and calm. This smart maritime hangout is sure to be a hit with the local clique
To book a table, visit: https://www.rickstein.com/book-a-table/ or call 01202 283 000