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Mudeford may not be as glamorous or as chic as Sandbanks, but it’s a great location – quieter and away from the traffic of Bournemouth and Poole. Located in the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, the
Upper Deck operates as an informal, good-value brasserie alongside the more formal Jetty restaurant – both overseen by
one-time Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken (a well-known name in these parts). Come here for morning coffee and sandwiches or plump for something more ambitious such as scallops with sticky pork
belly and cauliflower mash followed by slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes and ratatouille. The venue really does feel like the top-deck dining room on an ocean liner, complete
with huge arched windows framing the views of the harbour, while a stool-lined bar and direct access to the decked terrace help to create a lively buzz.
The Upper Deck restaurant and bar has just been given an overhaul, its been completely redecorated and the menu totally reinvented.Decor wise the restaurant, actually the whole ground floor, is an art deco/nautical hybrid. There are huge arched windows and doorways with highly polished chrome lighting and period photos and artwork neatly hung on the walls. A glass top piano surrounded by stalls is a focal point as are the modern chandeliers. Some rope trimming and a few ocean liner inspired nic nacs complete the look...
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