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About: It's a beautiful day and the sun is shining bright! What better way to enjoy this weather than dining al fresco style? If you're wondering where to go, look no further than 44 Bam.Boo. This restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal while soaking up the warm sunshine.
The menu at 44 Bam.Boo is just as impressive as its outdoor seating area. It offers a wide selection of dishes that cater to all tastes and preferences. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, meat, or vegetarian options, this restaurant has got you covered. The chefs use fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are not only tasty but also healthy.
Highly Recommend: Herby Hummus Salad - Hummus and smashed avocado seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, served with rocket salad and falafel, sprinkled with mixed seeds and pomegranate £8.90
Al Fresco Rating: 5/5
Address: 44 Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9DZ
Telephone: 01202 757 975
The Larder House
About: The Larder House has a beautiful heated Spanish-style conservatory, with a retractable roof, where you can enjoy a spot of Alfresco dining all year round, as well as a number of tables out the front, hidden amongst the foliage for you to enjoy a warm balmy evening.
The Larder House has become a top spot for foodies and local residents alike, offering daily blackboard specials, Chef’s menu, and award-winning wood-fired Sunday roasts. They pride themselves on showcasing unusual organic wines, spirits, charcuterie, cheeses, and other delicacies on their menu from all over the world. In the past, these have included Pintxos (Spanish Basque Tapas) and Oysters from all over Dorset.
Highly Recommend: Sunday lunch - Wood-fired half-roasted herb chicken with generous portions of crispy roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, and lashings of gravy - £21.00
Al Fresco Rating: 5/5
Address: 4 Southbourne Grove, Southbourne, Dorset, BH6 3QZ
Telephone: 01202 424 687
About: Not only has Sobo Fish created a stunning outdoor dining area with wooden picnic tables for soaking up the rays, but they also have a lovely selection of heated dining cabins AND sheltered booth seating. This fantastic array of seating is the perfect setting for you to enjoy sublimely fresh fish and seafood at reasonable prices.
The menu changes daily depending on the catch that day but includes scrumptious options like - Potted Dorset Crab, Pan Fried Diver caught Scallops with Caesar Salad and Crispy Parma Ham, King Prawn & Clam Gumbo, Whole Oven Baked John Dory stuffed with Rosemary and Lemon, Jerk Glazed Monkfish and Tiger Prawn Skewers… I could go on but you get the gist, this is fresh fish and seafood cooked to perfection.
Aside from the main menu, they have a daily £15.00 lunch deal and plenty of options for the kids, including non-fish options.
The drinks menu offers fantastic cocktails and an excellent selection of locally brewed ales, lagers, and ciders.
Highly Recommended: Whole Roasted Sea-bass with Salsa Rosso, DAuphinoise Potatoes with Leek and Wholegrain Mustard, and Braised red cabbage with Sultanas and Apple. £20.00 (sides extra) Leave room for pudding too!
Al Fresco Rating: 5/5
Address: 129 Seabourne Road Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH5 2HG
Telephone: 01202 424656
About: Quite literally does exactly what it says on the tin! Urban Garden has a magical multi-leveled outdoor terrace, festooned with twinkling lights, overlooking the treetops of Bournemouth Gardens, making it the perfect location for a spot of outdoor dining. Centrally located and serving food and drinks all day from 9am-10pm, it is a jungle oasis hidden away amongst the treetops, offering alfresco dining at its best!
Urban Garden is super laid back and friendly and offers everything from Brunch, lunch, evening, kids, and Sunday lunch menus - offering everything from pancakes and Shakshuka to Poke Bowls, Cornish Mussels, Mutton Curry, and Beef Burgers. Everything is locally sourced, super fresh, and made with care - Check out their menus HERE.
Their cocktails are to die for and have an excellent selection of wines, spirits, beers, and ales too.
Highly Recommended: Chana Masala Burger with Bhaji Bits, Coconut Raita, Brioche Bun, Baby Gem, and Tomato Salad, served with chunky chips - £14.00
Al Fresco Rating: 5/5
Address: Exeter Crescent, Bournemouth, BH2 5AY
Telephone: 01202 286787
Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant
About: Housed within the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, The Upper Deck is an alfresco dining experience not to be missed. The stunning outdoor terrace offers waterside dining and exquisite views across Christchurch’s natural Harbour. Why not lap up the tranquil sounds of the sea whilst luxuriating in a long lunch of expertly cooked local seafood, freshly caught by local fishermen…
The Upper Deck offers a whole range of delicious treats for you to savour, from light bites to a la Carte and even Afternoon Tea - all served on the beautiful terrace. Try dishes such as Buttermilk Chicken Popcorn, Beef Carpaccio, Tempura Prawns, Smoked Haddock & Spring Onion Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Crispy Spiced Thai Beef Salad or a classic Surf & Turf To Share.
Chef Patron, Alex Aitken has carefully curated all the menus to cater for all with plenty of classic and modern dishes cooked to perfection - Check out their menus HERE.
Highly Recommended: Halibut, Prawn & Lobster - Fillet of halibut, salt baked turnip, butternut squash plump prawns, lobster and caviar butter sauce - £28.50
Al Fresco Rating: 55
Address: Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, 95 Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 3NT
The Rising Sun Thai & Pan Asian
About: The Rising Sun has a beautiful outdoor dining and lounge area complete with plush sofas, gorgeous greenery, fairy lights, and a large heated gazebo which means you can enjoy top-quality Thai/Pan Asian food all year round. Family run since it opened in 1994 and one of the first British pubs to ever serve Thai food. Super friendly and a firm favourite with the locals and visitors alike.
You can expect classic dishes such as Chicken Satay, Thai Fishcakes, Massaman, Pandang, and Red/Green curries to tickle the taste buds; as well as recently added Pan-Asian dishes like Crispy Duck, Char-Siu Roast Pork and Chicken Katsu Curry. There are also plenty of Vegan, veggie, and Gluten Free options to choose from too.
Highly Recommended: Crispy Pork Belly and King Prawns with Pak Choi, Garlic, Peppers, Soy, and Fresh Chillies - 14.95
Al Fresco Rating: 4/5
Address: 123 Purewell, Christchurch, BH23 1EJ
Telephone: 01202 486122