Christchurch is a charming town on the south coast, located between Bournemouth and the New Forest. It has award-winning beaches, heritage buildings, culture, nature reserves and a popular waterside quay. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque natural harbour, excellent beaches, beautiful rivers and the Splashpark. The castle ruins and Priory Church provide historic charm and the busy town centre has a mix of high street stores, independent boutiques and regular food markets. There are also some excellent restaurants in Christchurch to enjoy, whether you're visiting for the day or for a longer holiday.
When you visit the restaurants in Christchurch, look out for local ingredients and traditional foods. Dorset is famous for its cream teas, seafood and agricultural produce, thanks to its fertile soil and mild climate. The restaurants in Christchurch celebrate this food heritage with local, seasonal and often organic produce, cooking delicious menus from the finest ingredients and displaying a real passion for local food. Look out for traditional local dishes on offer in Christchurch's restaurants including Dorset apple cake served with clotted cream, Dorset Blue Vinney crumbly cheese, which has protected geographical status, slow cooked jugged steak and Portland Lamb; a rare breed of lamb with a long history within the county.
Despite the compact size of the town, you'll enjoy plenty of choice when you look for restaurants in Christchurch to try. Being a popular visitor destination, it has lots of dining venues in the town itself and surroundings. Gastropubs are popular restaurants in Christchurch and boast mouth-watering menus with dishes from around the world. There are some great Indian restaurants in Christchurch too serving South-Asian classics and regional specialities, and Thai restaurants offering exotic flavours and perfect service. Look out for French bistros and cosy Italians serving authentic dishes. Seafood is also a local speciality and well worth trying as you'll get to enjoy local, fresh catches cooked to perfection. Whatever restaurant you choose, you can relax knowing that Dorset has over 8,000 of fishing and farming heritage under its belt, making it a real foodie destination.
Be sure to treat yourself to a Dorset cream tea at one of the restaurants in Christchurch for a really indulgent treat. These range from a freshly-baked scone served with jam and local cream, to a tiered tray of tiny sandwiches, miniature cakes and puddings, with scones included. These cream teas are wonderful with a pot of fresh leaf tea, a coffee or even a glass of prosecco if you are feeling decadent. You'll find that many of the hotel restaurants in Christchurch offer variations of these teas in the afternoon.
Visitors to this part of the world often come to enjoy walking along the four miles of stunning coastline. Along the way, you can see views of the Isle of Wight and enjoy six very different beaches. There are also two Quays to explore and plenty of parks for children. For nature lovers, the New Forest National Park and various wildlife havens are must-see destinations. All that walking will make you hungry, so treat yourself to a slap-up meal to refuel! Quandoo diners have highly rated 1812 in the town centre, a fine dining restaurant with a superb cocktail menu, Mela Indian Cuisine on Fountain Way and The Mandarin Fusion on Old Christchurch Way. This Chinese restaurant is widely-held to be the best in Bournemouth and features dishes from all over China. Just remember to book your table up to 2 hours in advance with Quandoo and be sure to leave your own review afterwards!