It may be tucked away in the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, but The Jetty operates as a stand-alone restaurant – slap-bang on the water’s edge overlooking Mudeford Quay. Sleek, cool and fashionable, with acres of glass and a big decked terrace to deliver those knock-out watery views, it has already made its name as a local hot spot. At the helm is one-time Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken (well-known in these parts), who shows his pedigree with a raft of clean-cut, flavour-driven dishes based on seasonal produce and daily deliveries of fish from the quayside. Expect anything from spanking-fresh sea bream fillet with shellfish marinière and crushed new potatoes to calf’s liver accompanied by a leek and potato cake, sautéed onions, watercress and red wine sauce. For dessert, don’t miss Aitken’s signature passion fruit soufflé with passion fruit sauce.