Discover miles of golden beaches, the aromatic pines of Branksome Chine and arguably the best view in the South Coast…
Open all day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the summer months, every table enjoys an unrivalled sea view in a relaxed and comfortable environment. And for alfresco drinks and lite bites, our Terrace Bar offers panoramic views of Poole Bay – the perfect setting to while away the afternoon over a bottle of wine. We also have a takeaway which serves hot and cold drinks, fish goujons,chips, fresh sandwiches, salads, bakery items and crisps.
With locally sourced seasonal ingredients, fresh fish, daily baked bread, cakes and pastries, we’re passionate about every dish we produce. But it’s not just our food that sets us apart – it’s our unusual history, too…
Once upon a time…
In the 1930s, our seaside restaurant housed the UK’s first solarium. Using ultra-violet light to provide year-round sunbathing, the quirky indoor suntrap came complete with sand, deckchairs and refreshments – all to be enjoyed with the spectacular sea view we still boast to this day.
Bordered by the wooded cliffs of Branksome Chine, the solarium eventually shed its sun and sand to become a popular seaside café, the art deco building remaining such until it was refurbished into the Dorset landmark you see today.
True to our past, we proudly display the original building’s colourful ceramic plaque above our door – a nostalgic depiction of a lady in the sea calling: ‘Come on in, the water’s lovely!’ and one of the first tiles produced by Poole Pottery.
So come and enjoy our excellent menu in one of Poole’s treasured landmark buildings. Our Terrace Bar – with its jaw dropping views – is also available to hire for private functions. For more information, feel free to get in touch.
Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.30am -5pm
The Terrace Bar is open every day freshly made cakes, sandwiches and seafood, as well for hot and cold drinks.
Open daily – same hours as the restaurant