With a sleek exterior befitting the smartest of humans and hounds, the coastal-inspired interiors will welcome you and fido in with open arms. The bar area is spacious with a cosy, roaring fire and smart neutral tones. Grab a stool at the long bar, or relax on a sofa to rest weary post-walk legs – with a coffee (or cocktail) in hand!
The food is simply-cooked with an emphasis on fresh ingredients – particularly the fish and seafood selections, with added Asian influences you’d expect from a Rick Stein menu. Starters include Pacific oysters, Scottish langoustines on ice, and a sashimi of salmon, tuna and mackerel, with a wakame salad. Classics such as cod and chips are of course present, as well as an Indonesian seafood curry, grilled miso salmon and a ‘Fruits de Mer’ platter. There are also meat options on offer (including a number of cuts of sumptuous steak) for those less keen on sea-inspired fare.
The main harbour-view restaurant isn’t dog-friendly, but you and fido can enjoy the bar space during mornings and lunchtimes. There’ll be a bowl ready and waiting.
Sandbanks opens for coffee from 10am on weekdays and 9am at weekends and is a perfect pit stop for a cappuccino and cake before, or after, play time (perhaps before, if your pup is partial to an enthusiastic paddle!).
The three course set menu (with three choices per course) is excellent value at £25, and is served from noon to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Dogs are not allowed to join you at Sandbanks during dinner service.
Children are welcome to join you and your dog in the bar area, and a children’s menu is available.
Located in the heart of Sandbanks, a small peninsula crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour, the restaurant is just a two-minute walk from Sandbanks beach – a picturesque peninsula, and regarded as one of the best beaches in the UK. Dog-friendly everywhere from 1st October to 30th April, there is an area to the western end of the beach to Haven Point (by the chain ferry) which is dog-friendly all year round. The currents here can get quite strong, so be careful if your dog tends to want to hit the waves like All Four Paws’ spaniel, Rigby.
Fancy venturing seawards? There are a number of cruises available from Sandbanks pier if you want to explore this beautiful Dorset coast further, including around the bay and across to Swanage. Nearby Brownsea Island is a National Trust property and unfortunately dogs are not permitted.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Rick Stein, 10 -14 Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7QB
A short drive from Poole or Bournemouth on the south coast, your Sat Nav will help you find Banks Road as you drive along the peninsula and admire this beautiful stretch of coastline. There is a large pay and display car park opposite the restaurant; this can get very busy during the summer months (especially on warm, sunny days), so be sure to allow plenty of time to find a space.
The nearest train stations are Poole and Bournemouth. Local bus services will take you from either town to Rick Stein, Sandbanks, however with services fairly infrequent you and fido are better off hopping in a cab. Book in advance to make sure he can join you.
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