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Places to eat when in the area.
Fire & Ice Cafe can be found at 349 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, BH23 5EG.

Truely an original coffee shop it serves locally roasted artisan coffee, speciality teas, creamy hot chocolate, iced drinks & smoothies. On the food front you can enjoy delicious New Forest Baked cakes & Pastries. Lunch includes Hot & healthy Jacket potatoes, Panini's, salads & sandwiches.
Friendly Service, Quality Coffee, Free Wifi, newspapers & magazines, and board games. Dog dog friendly cafe, with free parking right outside.

The Paddle, 397 Waterford Road, Highcliffe, BH23 5JN, cafe, bar and eatery.

 

Open each morning at 8am (Sunday 9am) for Coffee, Cakes and breakfast, with freshly baked cakes available throughout the day, all the ingredients used are sourced locally from a great range of suppliers. The Caf� style is relaxed and comfortable, the food is freshly prepared to order and all produced on the premises. When there is a chill in the air come and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or delicious British roasted coffee, they even have a selection of loose leaf teas, fresh juices, smoothies and something a little stronger! High chairs are available and clean, well-behaved dogs are welcome in the front half of the cafe.

 

Normal opening hours are Wednesday 8am - 4pm, Thursday 8am - 10pm, Friday 8am - 10pm, Saturday 8am - 10pm and Sunday 9am - 4pm. They take reservations for dinner time only, so if you would like to book for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening please call them on 01425 275148 or take a look at the website, http://www.thepaddle.co.uk

The Avon Beach Cafe, NOW THE NOISY LOBSTER

is as the OLD name says on the Avon Beach overlooking Christchurch Bay. Changing hands for the first time in a couple of generations at the end of 2012 the new owners have upgraded the place to something everyone tells me is very good. I am told it is still a great place to eat or stop for coffee but now the restaurant has gone all upmarket. I going with friends for an evening meal very shortly and will update this site afterwards but at present can only pass on what I am told.

I don't do change very well and have my reservation about some of the changes but those who are more normal than I seem to think things are an improvement. All the usual stuff is there, well for our Avon beach that is, no slots or shows here. The shop remains, there is now decking for coffee, teas and the like by the hut which provides an excellent view. One word of warning the Council now have the car park so the wardens are there 7 days a week and bank holidays, pay your parking or the coffee is going to be expensive. For winter visitors the sunken car park is free all winter.

Try the old place out I am told you will enjoy it and let me know what you think. I am going on a week night for steak and crab I am told, and there is live music thrown in.

The update, the crab was good as was the steak, the staff did a good job and the refurb' is well done, they don't sell the black stuff in any form let alone by the pint so that did not make a good impression. I felt it a little costly for what it was, I have had a lot better for the money and as good for a lot less but it was of a good standard across the board. For some reason it did not make a big impression, no 'wow' factor, and I won't be rushing back but would not wish to deter anyone else from going, it is a great place and well worth a visit.  2 very close friends have had bad experiences with the new takeaway fish and chip facility but it was reported to the management and free replacement meals were offered so I guess any problems will have been sorted out. Everyone there seems to be keen to get things right and to sort out any problems as they occur and you can ask no more.

 www.avon-beach.co.uk/restaurant.htm

The Ship, in the High Street, you could walk straight by and hardly notice it but you will have missed a cracking pub for a drink, dinner or a snack. It is one of our oldest buildings, retains a lot of character and has developed into one of the places to go in town from that I have seen. I have eaten there several times now and have had a most impressive meal every time. Always busy when I have been in but very good food at affordable prices.

A pint of the black stuff is always either very good or very bad and it comes good here and does nothing more than compliment the food. Plenty of it and very enjoyable.

www.theship-christchurch.co.uk

The Ship in Distress, sitting at the side of the road as you go from Stanpit to Mudeford you can't miss this pub which dates back pre 1740. I know the pub as a fish restaurant and go there for local lobster and crab when they are about but it has fine menu for those who don't want fish.

The pub sits at the front and you will find a lot of locals drinking there, the eating is done at the rear in a pleasant dinning room. The food I have had there has always been very good and I would recommend it as one of our local places to get a fish meal.

They also know a good pint.

www.ship-in-distress.co.uk 

The Boathouse Restaurant on the Town Quay, not the cheapest place to eat but not the most expensive it has the benefit of some of the most beautiful views to be found. Situated just under the tower end of the Priory and overlooking the river Stour the coffee is great, the snacks welcome and the food consistently very good.

Open all day and all evening it is arguably the best spot in town. The evening menu is superb or try the fish soup or the soup of the day which is often spicy. Having had many an evening meal here I would not hesitate in recommending to all at any time. A very pleasant breakfast is available until 11 am and then from about 12 lunch is served. A new pizza oven is good for those who like these things, the lunchtime and evening meals are also good. The only issue I would have is the snack menu is limited, pricey and is very modern, not the sort of thing you want if you are on BB and evening meal.


In my book a 5 star place to stop for a coffee, lunch or full blown evening meal with a location that can not be classified. A European style service, very nice, very laid back so if you are in a rush best give it a try when you have plenty of time.

www.boathouse.co.uk/

Try also the Beach House, its the only place to eat on Mudeford Split and is absolutely fantastic. The sister restaurant to the Boathouse with a very similar menu it is somewhere else completely and beggars description. Eating on the beach has never been like this, give it a go and tell us what you think.
Not to be confused with the above, visit the Beach Hut, it used to be Georges and is found on the sea front at Friars Cliff beach. Now open all day, every day it is a wonderful place to stop for coffee, breakfast or a snack. Cooked lunches are available as are all the usual ice creams and stuff.

A very well priced place to take the kids to eat on good food they'll love which is going from strength to strength. Not open during the evening unless its busy or you book it for a BBQ on the beach but a great stop off point during the day when you are on the beach.

www.beachhutcafe.co.uk

The Haven Inn located on Mudeford Quay has the location alright and certainly at lunchtime provides the family with everything from a full blown meal to a filling snack. Well worth a visit but be warned the pub is small and you are likely to end up sitting outside, fantastic in the summer but somewhat chilly if the weather is bad. Try stopping here for a drink at sunset, if you get there early sit on the small terrace at the back door of the pub, from here you will see a sunset to rival any.

If you come to the area in the winter the Haven has log fires, great meals and a warm welcome, just the place you need after a windy walk along the quay.

Next door is the Haven Cafe again good food and certainly one of the best views as you sit a few yards from the Run and watch the water world go by. Not the best coffee in my book but what a location.
5 stars for location on both, 4 for the food at lunchtimes in the summer.
The George, one of, if not the oldest pub in town, is found at the roundabout at the Priory end of the High Street. I have eaten there several times over the years and have always enjoyed what was good, solid pub grub. At my last visit, end of the summer 2012, I had the steak and kidney pudding. A very good helping that was very nice indeed and did not cost a fortune.

If you want a good traditional meal with a pint, in a pub you wont go far wrong here. Somewhat cramped the small, old rooms are dark but have the character expected of such a building, not a lot of elbow space but in good weather you can sit outside in the old courtyard and enjoy your meal.

Pinocchios Restaurant in Church Street is one of the few you can not book, the Italian restaurant is good, the food is consistently good and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. You can always tell the best restaurants from the queue outside, get there early or wait.

The atmosphere is Italian, noisy lots of rushing around and only goes to compliment what is usually an entertaining evening out not just a meal and its very well priced. If you want Italian Pinocchios is the place to go.


5 stars all the way and to the lovely girls who serve you.

LA Mamma, Bridge Street, a well loved family restaurant since 1974 serving typical Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh produce this is a great place to eat. Always packed, often by locals, you might do as well to book your seat. Pizza, pasta, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes there is seating for 120 in this restaurant that has been the Daily Echo Best of the Best winner for Family Dining in 2003/04/06 and 07. A great place to treat yourself. Park in the Civic Centre car park which is next to the River Avon and La Mamma is a short stroll up the road.

Rated by many locals and the Italian place to be in town it comes highly recommended.

The Toby, Found on the main road out of town, just the New Forest side of Sainsbury's is our very own Toby Inn. They are very common now but if you don't know its pretty much a roast dinner carvary. They do have a limited number of alternatives but I only go there for a roast. The price varies according to the time of day and the day of the week, but about �7 - 8 will buy you a choice of 3 meats, you can have a bit of each if you wish although there is a weight limit. Loads of veg and gravy and of course a pint. A place for the family, absolutely great value for money and having eaten in many of the chain the food is almost exactly the same wherever you go. A great place to eat if you want a roast and don't want to pay a fortune.
It was always the Copper Skillet and then went upmarket and was named Priory 17. As either and despite being at opposite ends of the spectrum, the food was great. Now returned to all its former glory the Copper Skillet is reborn. Open all day with seating outside in the shadow of the Priory and the oldest part of town its a great place to stop for coffee, lunch or an evening meal, the latter is summer only at present. I have not eaten there but it is always busy, a good sign usually. Go and try it and please let me know what you think. It can be found in the shadow of the Priory in Church Street.
Kashmir Restaurant has been redecorated and looks great, now we have great food in a very nice but small Indian Restaurant. Well priced food that tastes as good as any I have tried and is served by the friendly waiters. Found at the roundabout that used to be Purewell Cross this restaurant is easily missed. easiest landmark is the Motorists Centre, the Indian is next door. Not the best location but worth a visit.
5 for the meal but not a good location.
The Lord Bute, Situated on Lymington Road, Highcliffe, just before you reach the speed camera, which will place it on the right hand side of the road. The Lord Bute is one of those places to you go to for that special night out. You'll need �50 a head plus drinks but you do get very good service, excellent food and a very nice place to eat. It has no view, is set on one of our main roads but is one of the place's my wife and I go when she needs me to spend a lot on a meal for her. I am never quite sure how that works and have leant not to question it but the Lord Bute seems to do the trick.
The Harbour Hotel formally the Avonmouth Hotel is one of the older buildings in our town and as at 2007 is undergoing a full refurbishment. Situated right on the harbour edge there is no finer place to be with views across the harbour to Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit. I have not yet eaten there but am informed that it is now an excellent place to dine out so give it a go and let us know about your experiences.

Update to the above, the food I am told is very good if a little pricey. A further update, lunch of crab and prawn sandwiches and chunky chips was amazing, fresh, local crab in a door step sandwich went down very well and did not completely break the bank.

 e-mail: Christchurch@harbourhotels.co.uk or visit the website at: www.christchurch-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Sister to The Harbour Hotel is The Kings, formally the Kings Hotel situated opposite the bowls green in the town it is again one of our most beautiful locations. I have eaten here and found it to be pricey but very good food, service a bit slow but they were busy and we were in no rush. Try it and let me know the results. e-mail: kings@harbourhotels.co.uk or visit the website: www.thekings-christchurch.co.uk
Tides Restaurant at the Captains Club Hotel; now there's a place if you have something to celebrate. Not out of this world expensive, I've paid a little more, but at the top end money wise, but what food. I have eaten there 3 times in the evening now and the food and service was remarkable every time. I have had lunch there as well and although I felt it was rather a lot of money for lunch it was I have to say excellent. So if you want to splash out on that special evening I would recommend Tides Restaurant. In the summer you had better book early tho' right on the River Stour at the bottom of Wick Lane the Hotel commands a special position and the restaurant overlooks the river. 5 stars for everything except price but then it was worth every penny.

www.captainsclubhotel.com Wick Ferry, Wick Lane, Christchurch, BH23 1HU, telephone 01202 475111

The Woolpack, not strictly within the borough limits but sitting just outside a few hundred yards Ringwood side of Winkton you'll find the pub on the Ringwood road. The Woolpack pub cannot be missed as it faces you as you enter Sopley. Unimposing you might drive by without giving it a second look but you would have missed a fine meal, particularly at lunchtime. The fish and chips are served in news paper for effect and the menu board will please everyone, if you want fish, meat or even ham, egg and chips they have it and all at reasonable prices

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5 stars for variety and quality and 4 for location as it sits by a stream with tables and chairs outside in the garden.

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