Guide MICHELIN 2020

Arbor Restaurant

(383 Reviews)
4 Grove Road East Cliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3AX
Modern British, Afternoon Tea, Gourmet
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Top offer

Classic Afternoon Tea £18.50pp

This offer is available from January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Offer excludes service.


Main course: £15
Food spend: £28

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 07:30 - 10:00, 12:30 - 14:00 & 17:30 - 21:00

Restaurant description

Set in an exclusive 4-star retreat, Arbor Restaurant serves refined British delicacies while staying true to eco principles and sustainable roots. Boasting 2 AA Rosettes and 2 Gold Awards from Dorset Tourism for Eating Out and Sustainability, the expansive gardens offer an ideal spot for al fresco dining.

Blending classic and contemporary cooking techniques, the Arbor menu makes use of daily deliveries of organic farm-assured produce and artisan specialities, as well as some of the UK’s finest fish and shellfish, fresh from trawlers. Serving uncomplicated, imaginative and honest food, the Arbor chefs mix the classic with the contemporary, with dishes like Lyme Bay scallops with creamed peas and bacon, or chorizo-stuffed chicken with red onion tart tatin.

Nestled in picturesque the Dorset countryside, Arbor is passionate about offering truly local flavours. The organic and biodynamic wine list restaurant has been extensively researched, with bottles painstakingly matched to the menu dishes.

Offering a chic setting that champions environmental responsibility, The Green House Hotel restaurant in Bournemouth offers a lush, natural hideaway. The Pavillion Theatre is 9 minutes’ walk away.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Arbor Restaurant
(based on 383 reviews)

of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (104)
  • al fresco (14)
  • breakfast (34)
  • business (44)
  • child friendly (20)
  • dinner (273)
  • entertainment (9)
  • large parties (33)
  • lunch (135)
  • luxury (101)
  • private dining (84)
  • romantic (136)
  • trendy (52)
  • value (96)
  • views (3)
  • By Martin R from Sutton Coldfield
    14 February 2020

    Fantastic meal, one of the beat we’ve had for a while. In particular the trout starter was beautiful, and the steak cooked perfectly. Atmosphere was lovely (this was a Valentine’s Day theme) and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would certainly eat at the Arbor again!

  • By Dougal M from Bournemouth
    13 February 2020

    We've eaten here a lot (10+) - I would confidently say this is one of (if not) the best restaurant(s) in Bournemouth. The chef is supremely talented and the food has never been less than awesome! If you're looking for a burger or fish & chips, you will find it but you'd be completely missing the point - the menu is always interesting and well thought out and some of the combinations are genius - I would even choose my meal blindfolded as I know what I receive will be exceptional! The physical dining room isn't that great (I feel a lot more could be done to funk the place up - losing that awful wooden tree for a start :) ) and the service doesn't always reach the right notes (but always comes close) but it's the food that we go for and that keeps us coming back!!

  • By T M from Bournemouth
    9 February 2020

    Beautiful restaurant with exceptional service and food. Will definitely be returning.

  • By Jason C from Hong Kong
    9 February 2020


  • By Jacqui A from Bournemouth
    8 February 2020

    Beautiful room, delicious afternoon tea and excellent service. We'll definitely be back. Thank you ??

  • By Steve V from Bournemouth
    2 February 2020

    Excellent service fantastic food

  • By Nik P from Guildford
    1 February 2020

    Great place, especially good for GF food. Loved the crispy squid.

  • By Darren L from Southampton
    1 February 2020

    Everything about it was excellent,food service atmosphere

  • By Peter D from Bournemouth/Poole
    24 January 2020

    I booked in advance for a small group booking and had to contact again, twice, to fine-tune the arrangements. At every step, I received excellent service and communications and it was a nice touch to be personally welcomed on arrival, thank you. My guests and I are a 'dinner club' type of party of 6 former work colleagues who, for some ten years, now, have taken turns to make the next choice and we meet up at about six weekly intervals for a Friday dinner. We were all very impressed with the meals we ordered which were a good feast in very comfortable surroundings. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the day's fish special Hake dish, which was both very tasty and filling. Well done to the chef! Elsewhere, we have sometimes tolerated noisy restaurants and even one where the lighting was so dim that we had to use the light of mobile phones to read their menu! At Arbor, the environmental balance was just perfect and steps were quickly taken to stop a cold draught being caused by another customer who was standing, talking in the entrance hall while holding the front door wide open. This detailed attention to our needs was very much appreciated. We used the pre-18:30 fixed price menu and considered the meal was good value for money. A 100% good choice was agreed by all, thank you.

  • By Johanne C from poole
    18 January 2020

    Absolutely wonderful. the staff were delightful, bar staff recommended local gins, which we tried are were delicious, and the food out of this world. nice atmosphere, and fantastic service. well done everyone

Restaurant Location Map
Arbor Restaurant
4 Grove Road East Cliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3AX

Available offers

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