5* Eats: The top scoring eateries for food hygiene near you

Which of our picks will you be trying first? <i>(Image: Getty Images)</i>
Which of our picks will you be trying first? (Image: Getty Images)

If you're looking for somewhere new to eat, why not try these fantastic local restaurants? Catering for all styles, you'll be guaranteed a good time at these 5* eateries.

The Urban Garden

Bournemouth Echo:
Bournemouth Echo:

The Urban Garden is a beautiful, secluded restaurant located in the heart of Bournemouth town centre. The restaurant has multiple terraces surrounded by lush plants and foliage, offering fantastic views of Bournemouth Gardens. They are also just a few minutes’ walk from the stunning beachfront.

As an independent venue, they pride themselves on providing a unique and authentic experience that the giant corporate chains simply cannot achieve.  Founded by the team behind the much loved Urban Reef and Urban Beach, this restaurant appeals to all ages for a simple coffee or cocktail, or a delicious meal.

W: urbangarden.co.uk

Tel: +44 1202 286787



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Bournemouth Echo:

Ready for an unforgettable dining experience in Southbourne? Start your evening with a delightful wine tasting at Sobo:Sommelier. Relax, sip, savour, and celebrate with bottomless wine for 2 hours! Unwind and indulge in endless pours of your favourite wines for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment Cheers to endless possibilities and endless fun!

Afterward, head over to Sobo:Fish for a fresh seafood feast. Don’t miss out on the daily catch and the set price lunch menu starting at just £15 for two courses. Visit us today and savour the perfect blend of culinary excellence and impeccable hygiene. Book your table now at Sobo:Fish and Sobo:Sommelier!

W: sobofish.com

Tel:  01202 432931

Taj Mahal

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Welcome to Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant in Westbourne, Bournemouth's first and original Indian Restaurant and the home of traditional Indian cuisine.

The Taj Mahal is a family friendly restaurant and the perfect place for the young ones to taste their first traditional Indian curry. At the Taj Mahal they offer a traditional, authentic and stimulating range of Indian dishes all created with a creative twist to appeal to the western palate. The dishes are cooked fresh to order, using locally sourced fresh ingredients so book a table for one of the best curries you will ever taste!

W: www.tajmahalwestbourne.co.uk

Tel:  01202 761108 / 763770

The Bricklayers

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Bournemouth Echo:

The Bricklayers is a pub, bar and restaurant with its own conservatory and garden, centrally located in the heart of Ashley Cross, in the picturesque town of Poole.

At The Bricklayers they believe wholeheartedly in the vitality that a local pub brings to the community. Take in the history, enjoy their cocktails, ales and fine wines, sample the freshly prepared food, or perhaps have a sing along or boogie on their live music nights.

Whether it’s a weekend breakfast, a celebration party, Sunday lunch, dinner for two, or to meet for a beverage with your friends, The Bricklayers welcomes everyone.

W: www.thebricklayerspub.co.uk

Tel: 01202 740304

Bank By Nicholas James

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Bournemouth Echo:

Indulge in dining and drinks at the heart of Penn Hill at Bank By Nicholas James. Open 7 days a week, food all day & dog friendly.

Coffee, cake & freshly baked pastries served every day from 10am. Whether it's a leisurely lunch, after work drinks, or a cosy evening out, we're here to elevate your dining experience.

From intimate dinners to vibrant gatherings, our indoor and outdoor dining spaces provide the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Join us to enjoy the best of both worlds with exceptional drinks and cuisine.

W: www.bankbynicholasjames.co.uk


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DRGNFLY Pan Asian Restaurants, are located in the heart of trendy Ashley Cross, just a stone's throw from the beautiful Poole Harbour and prestigious Sandbanks peninsula & in the market town Dorchester within the elegant and original old brewery building on Brewery Square.

At DRGNFLY, we offer a distinctive and memorable dining experience. You will discover beautifully prepared Pan Asian-inspired cuisine and world-class mixology set in an elegant and magical environment. We are proud of our 5* rating, our restaurant is the perfect destination for those seeking exceptional food and a unique atmosphere.

W: www.drgnflygroup.co.uk

BigWigs Bakery

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BigWigs Bakery, founded in 2021 by owners Tom Bew and Dominic & Dove Brown, has quickly become a beloved destination for delicious treats. With its 'Instagramable' cakes capturing the hearts of dessert enthusiasts, the bakery soared to success, leading to the opening of additional branches in Westbourne and Highcliffe and Bournemouth town centre.

At BigWigs Bakery, we take immense pride in our diverse range of offerings, including delectable donuts, cakes, cookies, breads, sourdough, pastries, mouthwatering sausage rolls, pies, hot drinks, and refreshing iced beverages. Indulge in a delightful culinary experience at BigWigs Bakery and savour every bite of our scrumptious creations!

W: www.bigwigsbakery.co.uk

Clipper Restaurant

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Bournemouth Echo:

A real local gem, the Clipper restaurant upstairs in the Dolphin Centre Poole, is  renowned for their breakfasts, afternoon tea and cakes, home cooked lunches and carvery meals with all the trimmings.

The restaurant is also pleased to offer delicious vegetarian and gluten free options. Their freshly made sandwiches, salads and delicious cakes and pastries are also available to takeaway. The Clipper is famous for both its friendly customer service and extensive flexible menu – if you have any special requests they would be pleased to accommodate them.

Karen, Steve and the team look forward to welcoming you – they’re also dog friendly!

W: dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk/stores/clipper-restaurant

Brazilian Snacks Art & Café

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Bournemouth Echo:

In the heart of Bournemouth Town Centre, Brazilian Snacks Art & Café offers an authentic and exciting Coffee Shop, serving Cakes, Sandwiches and snacks that combines art with Brazilian culture.

Serving homecooked Brazilian food alongside an in-house art exhibition, creating a truly unique business concept. The menu features delicious Brazilian dishes with options for every taste, including Gluten-Free, vegetarian, and vegan choices. Brazilian culture, rich and diverse, is influenced by many nationalities such as Portuguese, African, Arabic, Japanese, and Italian. The diversity of culture, combined with the joy of the Brazilian people, adds a special spice to your dining experience.

W: www.braziliansnacks.co.uk

T: 07508 130751

Madeira Palace

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Bournemouth Echo:

If you’re looking for delicious Portuguese cuisine look no further than the Madeira Palace in Christchurch Road, Boscombe. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can always expect the warmest of welcomes in this family-friendly restaurant.

Their reputation is built on using the highest quality produce, cooked to perfection and served in comfortable surroundings. All meats are cooked over a grill for a distinctively rich and smoky flavour. Their mouth-watering steaks and chops are complimented with a seasonal selection of side dishes.

They also serve a delicious choice of fish, including grilled cod, sea bass and whole bream.

Open seven days a week, they look forward to seeing you soon.

W: https://www.facebook.com/p/Madeira-Palace-100090858623050

The Oak Inn Pub & Kitchen

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The Oak Inn Pub & Kitchen is a friendly village pub that’s sits on the edge of the scenic New Forest, where Rob and Tracy give every customer a warm welcome.

They are dog friendly and also welcome motorhomes/campervans to stay overnight.

They serve delicious food, cooked from fresh using local ingredients, their new chef Tim Flack is Christchurch born with 24 years of kitchen experience all along the beaches of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole, with a love of seafood and traditional pub classics.

Their exciting new menu launched on Wednesday 29 May.

W: www.theoakinnburton.com

La Mia’s

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La Mia's is a family run Mediterranean style restaurant on Poole Quay, providing delicious small plate dining to suit all culinary tastes.  All dishes are less than £20 each, and the best local farm foods and fresh seafood ensures a great dining experience.

There’s also a cocktail bar serving new recipes plus old favourites and an exclusive wine selection.

Open less than a month, it’s already proving very popular with locals and visitors alike.

Whether you’re looking for a range of delicious fresh tapas accompanied by fine wines, or just a drink in a wonderful setting by the quay, plan your visit to La Mia’s today.

W: la-mias.co.uk

Tel: 01202 072831