The Jetty Christchurch

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Jetty Christchurch

Silver Award

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 (“spectacular views” guaranteed). Sleek, cool and fashionable, with acres of glass and a big decked terrace to deliver those knock-out watery vistas, it has made its name as a local hotspot.

At the helm is one-time Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken (well-known in these parts), who shows his pedigree with a raft of “immaculate”, flavour-driven dishes based on seasonal produce and daily deliveries of spanking fresh fish from the quayside. Having once worked as a trawler man, Aitken boasts a great knowledge of fish and seafood and how to make the most of the ocean’s bounty – a skill that comes across in his excellent cooking.

There are a number of menus to choose from, including an extensive a la carte, seasonal set, vegetarian and vegan, and catch of the day, so mixed groups won’t have any trouble finding something to get excited about. Expect anything from fried squid served with prawns and tomato fondue to Sri-Lankan-style curried fish, with platters of crab, crevettes, razor clams, whelks and mussels in between. Poole Bay oysters are a nice way to start and come in three ways (on ice with mignonette, wrapped in bacon or in tempura batter), but for a real treat, order the surf and turf platter comprising garlic tiger prawns, scallops, crispy squid and steak or half a lobster, served with frites.

For dessert, Aitken’s signature rhubarb and Champagne soufflé is a winner, but then so too are the lemon meringue roulade and the rum and coconut panna cotta. A decent wine list and attentive service are further reasons to visit, in case you need any.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Glamorous, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

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Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, 95 Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3NT

01202 400950 01202 400950


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon 18:00-22:00
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 16:00-20:00


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4 Reviews 

Tania C

22 March 2018  
Wonderful food, magnificent service.

Jun M

21 March 2018  
Food was lovely. Service was impeccable without being overbearing. Lovely touches like the map of where the produce was from.

Denise B

21 March 2018  
Best restaurant ever.

David H

02 October 2013  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
Enjoyable lunch in this modern restaurant overlooking Christchurch harbour
Our first visit, with friends, to this modern restaurant overlooking the water at Mudeford, with views across the harbour to Hengistbury Head. So nicely situated, with a good view, but otherwise unremarkable in appearance. First thing to note is the confusing array of menus. There's an a la carte, a daily set lunch with plenty of choice, and a “catch of the day” menu which is unsurprisingly fish and which looks pretty expensive till you're told that the fish price includes either one of their signature souffle- cheeses or passion fruit. You can apparently mix all this to your hearts content, so choosing takes a while and is accompanied by much flashing between the different bits of paper “now where was that Octopus dish I was looking at just a minute ago?” We got there in the end but we had such a mixture that it was a bit of a mission to check the bill at the end, and a minor miracle that the server had got it all right. The food was decent to good but a little variable . My octopus starter with clams was small but tasty and served at just the right temperature (warm). This was followed by a nicely cooked and perfectly boned but somewhat bland lemon sole on a bed of crispy greens to which I added some triple-cooked chips. I was frankly a bit disappointed in the fish- a bit small, a bit bland and not nearly enough beurre blanc to contribute anything to the dish and not even enough to determine what it tasted like. I've tasted a lot of lemon sole like this- but having started to source my fish from a fishmonger in Cornwall I'm getting used to white fish with quite a bit more flavour and character than this. “Local” doesn't have to mean better. The signature passion fruit souffle surprised me a bit- its a fairly plain souffle cooked right and looking right into which is spooned quite a large quantity of a hot passionfruit sauce. The sauce is very intense and concentrated, and in my opinion could do with toning down somewhat. A trip to see how London's Ledbury deals with this dish – with the passionfruit incorporated into the souffle might result in the dish gaining a little sublety that I felt it lacked. So all told, an enjoyable meal but not a classic. Served pleasantly, it was worth the £95 per couple it cost including a bottle of wine plus a couple of glasses and coffees. Go back? Sure if we're in the area ( its a long way from home) but it's not quite a meal to remember. We've eaten in three well-liked restaurants in this area, and altough they are all different in food and style, LimeWood; The Pig, and The Jetty are at a level for me.
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