The Cliff

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42 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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 42 People Are Saying
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DW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

EP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DJ
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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).

S
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely recommend the desserts. They were amazing!

f
Dorset
21 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

j
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

AD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BK
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DL
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

M
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

L
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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👎

JC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cliff always delivers great food in a great atmosphere

p
Dorset
15 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

SS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, beautiful decor, friendly local vibes

DN
London
20 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

TR
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

p
Dorset
15 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AF
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

EP
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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?

p
Dorset
15 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

NM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

CC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

JS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Will certainly go again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

JH
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg from the moment we arrived the evening was perfect. We had taken two friends who were first timers. The whole evening was amazing . We sat outside first with a drink as we arrived a little early the setting was beautiful. We mad our way in when it was our booking time and were shown to our well positioned table. We had drinks and looked at the menu such a lovely choice. Service and food was exceptional . Our friends thoroughly enjoyed the evening from start to finish . Will definitely be going back . Superb

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice place but the food was distinctly average for the price

KJ
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother's favourite place and as good as always.
As there were 2 drivers we loved the non-alcoholic cocktails , so much nicer than the usual soft drink options.

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