The Cliff

4.3
45 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
With beautiful surroundings, and a stylish interior, The Cliff in Poole is a classic meets modern pub, a perfect setting for any occasion. Our chefs take pride in preparing fresh, delicious tasting food using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit, slow cooked pork belly with seared scallops, salmon supreme served with thyme-roasted butternut squash, and our home-made British beef burger. For a lighter bite, our spiralised carrot salad and Mediterranean mezze are both delectable, or for some sweet indulgence our melting golden chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream is sure to please!
You’ll also find a range of daily-changing specials and a carefully selected drinks list, including beautiful wines, ales and lagers, cocktails, and bubbles. So, whether it’s for a drink at the bar with family and friends, a special dining experience or a relaxed afternoon with great food – you can sit back and unwind, and we’ll take care of t
What 45 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CynthiaS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff and view

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vipmikej
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. Food is good, service very good with friendly, accommodating staff.

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MarkT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Somebody has to sit next to the toilets

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DorothyW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My vegetarian bake was unusual and I appreciated having an original dish instead of the sad old 'favourites' usually on a menu. Hans was our waiter - communicative, polite but engaging and offered advice and options.

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EdwardP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good fod and attentive service. we are proud to regard this as our "local"

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LindaA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Was a lovely day and sat outside in their garden.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed price menu is one of the best I’ve had. Great choice & excellent value for such good food.

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vipChris
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been a few times now and really like the pub setting though with really good quality food.

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DianeJ
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff were very helpful and obliging and I could not fault any of them.

I would say some of the fabric chairs outside need a clean or renewing. The roast dinners were good, slightly flavourless but this is better than too much salt which is often a case. The fish and chips were fine, much as you would expect from a pub lunch, we would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, great food.... we'll be back every year!

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SusieM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very nice evening with family.
The only comment i'd make today (i've eaten here many times) is that tables near fire exit doors with metal tops are too small for 4 and that the area could be improved. We were sitting on top of doors and apart from sitting outside toilets are the worst tables. All tables and areas should have same ambience and a customer should not have to stipulate where to sit (or not).

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Sherpa
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Half term so unfortunately crying baby, so not the fault of the Cliffe.Very good service, attentive but not overpowering and food delicious.

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Akai
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Definitely recommend the desserts. They were amazing!

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flyingdutch
Dorset
21 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place with friendly staff. Good food. The noise level is a bit high and with more people inside the music level goes up to add to the cacaphony.

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joeericbarbie
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed meals... apple crumble exceptional compared with v dissappointing sticky toffee pudding...small portion little flavour .. little sauce

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AbbeyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great atmosphere, always busy with customers so best to book in advance. Fantastic service and knowledge on their menu’s. Love it here

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vipBrendaK
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Cliff numerous times and as always the Cliff was perfect.

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have visited your restaurant nearly every week for the past year. Would love the menu too be changed if at all possible.

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Maggie23
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Best neighborhood pub in canford cliffs /sandbanks
Great environment
Good food and service
We were there on Friday night , appetizers were quick but entrees took 55minutes
Would definitely recommend

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Lily
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The roast dinner was £16 and was just bulked out with mounds of huge lumps of undercooked carrots and parsnips. The beef was ropey too, clearly they scrimped on ingredients. I won’t be eating there again in a hurry!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I made the reservation through Open Table and when we got to the Cliff restaurant I was told that they do not accept reservations! What’s up with Open Table? It was my wife’s 60th birthday and dining in Laguna and watching a Sunset is her favorite thing to do. I am so disappointed in Open Table. I feel like I have been scammed. Don’t they have an obligation to make reservations with venues that allow and offer reservations? We had to wait 2 hours for a table👎

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JimC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cliff always delivers great food in a great atmosphere

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pct111
Dorset
15 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Frequent visitors to the Cliff because the atmosphere is good, food choice is wide and a Specials menu keeps it interesting.

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vipSinStarLon
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, beautiful decor, friendly local vibes

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vipDavidN
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an excellent meal on a busy Friday evening. The food was excellent and although busy we had a great table that was quieter then we had expected

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TraceyR
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Been quite a few times, but last visit dissapointing, drinks came with starter, same starters but husbands was a runny prawn pot, mine was set, sent back, my main came with chips not salad as ordered, y husbands main from specials, poor value for money

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pct111
Dorset
15 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent visitors, we love the food and always a great atmosphere. Specials menu usually has a dish worth trying

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ChrisC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place good food always great service (Thanks Jamie Cameron Danny and all the others).

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AndrewF
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never been before, food was good and plentiful. Service was first class. A good value Sunday lunch

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EileenP
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have been regulars at The Cliff for five years. It’s got a great ambience and the staff are always friendly and professional. Usually the food is of a good standard but our recent Sunday lunches have been disappointing. Also please Cliff enlarge your vegetarian menu, perhaps some more pasta dishes and salmon?

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pct111
Dorset
15 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a good ambience any day or time. Menu choice is varied and specials are offered. We visit frequently but Opentable doesn't seem to work so often book direct

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A visit at lunch time for a birthday treat. The menu had a good choice of dishes, and we had a very good lunch. The staff were first class, and we will be back.

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NickyM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Can only go in a group of four max otherwise seated in an area that is cold and draughty and lacks all atmosphere and bright light from the Kitchen.

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ChrisC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great meal and great staff (all the team).

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice evening there so much so that we returned the following day for my wife's birthday rather than going somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience and will definitely return. The food and presentation was superb, the atmosphere and decor spot on. Our waiter was extremely efficient, my only criticism is we felt a little rushed as the waiter kept asking if we were ready to order. I expect he was trying to prevent orders backing up but it is sometimes difficult to break the conversation and make menu quick choices!
I will definitely return, it was really enjoyable.

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JulieS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent sea bass on the specials menu. Good food all round and friendly efficient service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great service very attentive, it was a shame I had to send my starter back to the kitchen, not only was I disappointed by the size of the 3 tiny chicken pieces but they were overlooked & dry plus hard to cut, but presentation & sauce were spot on, but having said that I chose another starter & that was perfect.
On another visit we have sampled the roast dinner & that was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Will certainly go again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service upper market pricing but reasonable.
A very enjoyable experience if you are near or staying in the vicinity of Poole
It is well worth a visit.

FAQs

The Cliff is rated 4.3 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.