For many parents, a trip to the Great British seaside evokes all sorts of nostalgic foodie memories. For instance, the sharp vinegar sting of hot, salty chips, the alluringly sweet scent of freshly fried doughnuts. Also 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. The slew of Londoner’s moving down to the area has also 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 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.
1. Urban Reef
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!
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
At BabyBreaks, we hope you will experience some of the best family restaurants in Bournemouth.
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