Food & Drink

Published: July 27, 2022 | Updated: July 28, 2022

Month-long beach restaurant to open in bid to regenerate seafront and boost jobs & tourism

The Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill, between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A new beach restaurant is to open for one month only as part of a plan to regenerate Bournemouth seafront and boost jobs and tourism.

Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill launches on Monday, August 1, until Tuesday August 30, between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers.

Residents are in with the chance of winning various giveaways in the run up to the opening, including a magnum bottle of AIX rosé and a meal for two.

Housed in a barn-style wooden-framed marquee, Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill will offer a contemporary food menu sourced locally under the direction of Bridport-born chef Gideon Hitchin, pictured.

The restaurant is part of BCP Council’s plan to assess the viability of allowing more hospitality activities on the beach, to create more local jobs and encourage tourism.

It will be operated by local events company Slick Events which also provide events infrastructure at the Bournemouth Air show every year.

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Vibrant Places, pictured left, said: “We continue to enhance our seafront with new dining experiences giving residents and visitors the very best time on our beautiful coastline.

“We’re piloting the fresh, new Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill throughout August and the Bournemouth Air Festival.

“With a divine menu it’s not surprising that we’ve received a lot of interest from would-be diners who are excited about the possibility of relaxing with a freshly cooked meal, a cocktail and a view of our award-winning beaches.

“I encourage everyone to book up at Bayside while they can and be part of something different this summer.”

So far, more than 1,800 people have booked to visit Bayside.

If the pilot is a success, BCP Council say the feasibility will be assessed to put in infrastructure to allow trading of this type to happen more easily in the future.

Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill will be open seven days a week offering brunch from 10am until midday and then a full menu, including seafood and steaks, until 10pm each night.

Gideon Hitchen said: “This is a very different concept for Bournemouth beach.

“We’re offering relaxed vibes with good food – you could literally go for a swim between courses.

“Our food will be a cut above just the usual burgers.

“We can cater for everyone from families coming off the beach looking for pasta and fish and chips, to people looking for something more special like champagne, oysters or lobster.

“I’m excited about the fact our food will be largely sourced from local businesses such as Neals And Son Butchers in Tuckton, TD Fruits in Southbourne and Poole-based merchants Templar Wines.

“All our fish comes from Devon and Cornwall and we will have ice cream from Salcombe Dairy stored in a nine ft long boat with a mast, just to add to the experience.”

Bayside’s social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – provide a chance to win more competitions in the run up to the event, including a meal for two and house bottle of wine.

Bookings and more information are available on the website here.