For many parents, a trip to the Great British seaside evokes all sorts of nostalgic foodie memories. The sharp vinegar sting of hot, salty chips, the alluringly sweet scent of freshly fried doughnuts, or a cool, creamy ice cream melting quicker than you can eat it….
You can get all this and more in Bournemouth, which also boasts a great selection of upmarket seafood restaurants stretching along its coast, from millionaire’s haven Sandbanks to quaint Christchurch. And of course the slew of Londoner’s moving down to the area has brought a rise in cool cafes serving artisan coffee and avocado on toast. Plus, being so close to the West Country you won’t have to search too hard to find a decent Cream Tea.
Luckily, BabyBreaks has researched the best family restaurants & cafes in Bournemouth, so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
Also take a look at our selection of activities in Bournemouth for the perfect stay.
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1. Urban Reef
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This informal café, bar and deli will wow you on first sight with its stunning triple height, glass fronted architecture, which offers panoramic views over Bournemouth Bay. Urban Reef serves locally sourced, seasonal food & drink, with an exciting Kids Menu created by the owner’s own children – ‘Night Vision Bolognese’ is sure to be a winner!
Bear in mind that if you come from Bournemouth city centre, it is a good 30 min walk alongside the beach in Boscombe located on the East side.
Phone: 01202 443960
2. Aruba Restaurant and Bar
Aruba is guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood, with its Caribbean-inspired food and drinks, beach-club vibe and fantastic sea views. The pirate themed Play Zone has a great selection of toys to keep the kids entertained while you sit back and relax. After dark there are cocktails, a DJ and a dancefloor – one for mum and dad’s night off?
Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA
Phone: 01202 554211
A family friendly cafe with spectacular sea views, Chineside is located right on the beachfront , and is open from 8am –perfect for a family breakfast. Head up to the second floor balcony for the best views, then feast on Eggs Benedict, a veggie breakfast or healthy yogurt and granola. Wash it all down with a hot coffee, or even a Bucks Fizz to celebrate the start of your holiday.
All the children’s meals are served in a bucket and spade, which they get to keep afterwards. Now just try and get them to eat something before they race towards the sea! One of the best family restaurants in Bournemouth!
Phone: 01202 438288
4. Little Pickle Deli Cafe
Situated between Boscombe and Christchurch, this charming little café receives rave reviews for its delicious locally sourced food, excellent value kids menu and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy free range eggs in your breakfast , local cheese in your freshly made sandwich, and Dorset-sourced meat in your hot sausage roll . You can even take a taste home with you – all of the locally sourced cheeses are available to buy, alongside the famous Little Pickle Homemade Chutney and pickled cucumbers.
Phone: 01202 900899
5. Chez Fred
A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without fish and chips, and Chez Fred serves the best in town. The traditional menu features all the classics such as prime battered cod with mushy peas, as well as some exciting alternatives like homemade fishcakes, fried halloumi and veggie burgers , or fresh Catch of the Day. Get your meal to take away and enjoy it on the beach- the only way to eat proper fish and chips, in our opinion!
Address: 10 Seamoor Rd, Bournemouth BH4 9AN
Phone: 01202 761023
6. Pause Cat Cafe
Certainly one of the best family restaurants in Bournemouth. this is a unique place where animal lovers can enjoy coffee, cake and a cuddle with a cat! The owners are passionate about inter-species relationships, and their impact on our wellbeing. Most kids love animals, so this is bound to delight them. The Pause Cat Cafe hosts lots of child-focused experiences, especially during school holidays, like face painting and fun workshops on cat welfare. Booking ahead is essential.
Phone: 01202 240194
7. Cafe Boscanova
A short drive or a 25 minute walk from central Bournemouth, this place is great for breakfast, especially their legendary pancakes. The accommodating staff can make kids sized portions of most of the dishes, and there are lots of vegetarian and vegan options too. This popular cafe does get busy as it has such a good reputation, so we suggest either going for an early breakfast (before 10am) or after the lunchtime rush. Food is served until 3pm.
Phone: 01202 242831
8. Picnic Park Deli
A hidden oasis in the middle of Westover Gardens, this cute little cafe is the perfect pitstop where you can escape the crowds of the main town. Westover Gardens is something of a cultural hub for the area, hosting regular events from live music to fitness classes. The Deli’s menu offers paninis, cakes, coffee and light bites, and there are some games and toys to keep the kids happy. In Winter it transforms to Picnic on the Piste, providing outdoor heaters and blankets so you can enjoy delicious hot chocolate and mulled wine in cosy comfort.
Address: Westover Rd, Bournemouth BH1 2BY
Phone: 07825 394183
9. Kids Play Cafe
A great spot for young children, this cafe is wholly focused on little people, offering loads of play equipment for them to enjoy. Parents can sit back with a sandwich, coffee or slice of cake, whilst the kids explore the numerous themed play areas from Superheroes to Pirates. You do have to pay for entry (£.400) but there are various special offers such as sibling discounts and meal deals. They are usually booked up on Saturday afternoons for kids parties, so make sure you call ahead to check opening times.
Phone: 01202 989494
10. Bournemouth Pizza Co.
Pizza is always a winner with kids, and this laid back space with communal tables is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner for families. The wood-fired pizzas taste really authentic, with a huge array of delicious high quality toppings. They offer a great selection of vegan and gluten free options too. And make sure you save room for the indulgent dessert pizzas like the Nutella calzone. Takeaway food is available too.
Phone: 01202 555125
At BabyBreaks, we hope you will experience some of the best family restaurants in Bournemouth.
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