Guide MICHELIN 2020

Arbor Restaurant

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

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.

Customer reviews for Arbor Restaurant
(based on 376 reviews)

of diners recommend this restaurant

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  • Ambience
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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (102)
  • al fresco (13)
  • breakfast (33)
  • business (42)
  • child friendly (20)
  • dinner (267)
  • entertainment (9)
  • large parties (32)
  • lunch (133)
  • luxury (98)
  • private dining (83)
  • romantic (134)
  • trendy (52)
  • value (93)
  • views (3)
  • By Graham R from Berkhamsted
    27 October 2019

    The whole experience was very good. The ambiance is light and airy without being stuffy. The service was attentive without being over bearing. We arrived a bit early (about 20 minutes) and we were directed to the bar and it was here that I have any grumbles about the evening. I had pre-ordered two glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary but I had to say that we had pre-ordered which did spoil the surprise a bit, also no one took our coats until we were taken to the restaurant, just felt this should/could have been done before we sat down in the bar. The food was excellent if not a bit experimental. I had the duck main and watermelon dessert. Both of which had elements that were a bit different. The duck dumpling was a bit isolated as part of the dish, the warm watermelon was different and not that nice on its own but with all the other elements was a nice dish. Overall very good dining experience. My wife is Gluten Free and there was enough on the menu for her to eat, including the request for the squid to be made into a starter portion. They also provided polenta crackers for her cheese course but may be a bread or cracker offer would have been good.

  • By Anne P from Bournemouth
    26 October 2019

    Excellent food and service

  • By Karen W from Verwood
    25 October 2019

    Great restaurant, excellent service and very lovely food.

  • By Nick S from Bournemouth
    17 October 2019

    An enjoyable and tasty experience. Nice building tastefully decorated, attentive polite staff, well thought out dishes with good flavours.

  • By Adrian L from SOUTHAMPTON
    16 October 2019

    Have a Timeshare Apartment nearby and always visit the Arbor when there. The restaurant's proximity is not the only reason we go - it is just one of the most pleasant of dining experiences and we look forward to going there always. During our week we ate in the restaurant twice and had a bar meal one lunch time. The Sunday lunch (pork) was excellent and the vegetables were slightly different to your 'run of the mill' offering - celeriac and (separately!) braised red cabbage. As a qualified chef I can only applaud the offering of something a bit different. The daily sustainable fish offering is also great - so fresh. The staff are also personable - special mention of Maddie who coped with an extended family group of 7 with aplaomb and wit!.

  • By Howard B from Weston-super-Mare
    13 October 2019

    Exclusively small restaurant with a relaxed but friendly atmosphere and lovely décor. Lovely food and good service. We had breakfast and Sunday Lunch and both meals were very good and not expensive for the standard of cooking

  • By Nicholas Philip P from Bournemouth
    13 October 2019

    Excellent afternoon tea for my partner and i very good thank you.

  • By Hayden M from Bournemouth
    7 October 2019

    Everything was very nice, the staff was polite and patient, the fish was excellent, perfectly cooked and seasoned. Other customers were quiet enough to have a nice meal with privacy. Really good atmosphere. Plus the quantity of food was perfect. Only negative thing I’d say would be for staff not to assume the man at the table will be paying, this was for a birthday and I’ve had to really quickly grab the bill from the other end of the table before my man looked at the price, next time please just put it in the centre of the table or ask who’s paying.

  • By Hege L from Orkanger
    6 October 2019

    Easy booking service online, informative webpages. Very friendly and professional staff. Lovely interior. The Food was exellent. Some of the guests in my group are vegetarian, they were also very pleased with the menu. Overall the best dining experience we had in Bournemouth.

  • By Tom A from Portsmouth
    6 October 2019

    Very nice looking restaurant, great staff and very good food. Steak was cooked perfectly.

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

Available offers

  • Classic Afternoon Tea £18.50pp
  • 3 courses for £25 per person
  • Champagne afternoon tea £28 per person
  • Mother's Day Afternoon tea with Champagne £28 per person
  • Mother's Day menu £30 per person
  • 5-course tasting menu "menu preview evening"£35 per person

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