Opening of a month-long beach restaurant in a bid to regenerate the seafront and boost jobs and tourism

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

Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill opens Monday August 1 to Tuesday August 30, between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers.

Residents have the chance to win numerous gifts as the opening approaches, including a magnum bottle of AIX rosé and a meal for two.

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

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

It will be operated by local events company Slick Events, who also provide event infrastructure to the Bournemouth Airshow each year.

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

“We are testing the brand new Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill throughout August and the Bournemouth Air Festival.

“With a divine menu, it’s no surprise that we’ve generated a lot of interest from potential customers who are thrilled with the opportunity to relax with a freshly prepared meal, a cocktail and a view of our award-winning beaches. .

“I encourage everyone to book 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 successful, the BCP board says the feasibility will be assessed to put in place an infrastructure to allow such exchanges to occur more easily in the future.

The Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill will be open seven days a week and will offer brunch from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a full menu, including seafood and steaks, until 10 p.m. each evening.

Gideon Hitchen said: “It’s a very different concept for Bournemouth beach.

“We offer a relaxed atmosphere with good food – you can literally swim between courses.

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

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

“I am delighted that our food will largely come from local businesses such as Neals And Son Butchers in Tuckton, TD Fruits in Southbourne and Poole-based merchants Templar Wines.

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

Bayside Social Media Channels – Facebook, instagram and Twitter – offer a chance to win more competitions before the event, including a meal for two and a bottle of house wine.

Reservations and more information are available on the website here.

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