Stunning view, fine food and relaxing ambience – there’s a winning recipe for a perfect evening out.

Discovering new hotels to dine at in Dorset has become a quest and The Chine in Bournemouth is one hotel that tops the list.

Part of the FJB Collection, The Chine Hotel boasts three AA stars next to its name. As far as locations go The Chine ranks up there with the best.

Panoramic views of Boscombe and Bournemouth beach, only a ten minute walk away, can be soaked up whilst seated in the Chine’s stunning Seaview Restaurant.

The Chine Hotel is a traditional Victorian style hotel which is perfect for all ages, all year round. Set in three acres of beautiful, mature gardens, the hotel overlooks the tree tops and out to sea.

Open to all, the award winning and charming Seaview Restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Dishes are freshly prepared using local ingredients by their AA Red Rosette award winning team led by head chef Claudio Notarbartolo.

So did it live up to my expectations? The answer is yes.

With freshly caught fish, carefully selected cuts of meat and excellent vegetarian options using local and seasonal produce, The Seaview’s delicious menu is accompanied by a superb wine list catering for every palate. The seasonal menu offers three courses for £24.95, or two courses for just £18.95.

Naturally, I had to try every course. Once seated next to a large window on the world by our friendly and attentive waitress, Laima, my husband and I perused the menu with hearty appetites.

With bottled water and fresh, warm bread set to one side, restaurant manager Anna Mueller-Heufelder took our order.

I opted for the mushroom soup with toasted croutons to start, which was very tasty indeed; thick, smooth and flavoursome.

Richard devoured the delicious smoked trout with potato salad and lemon dressing – sublime texture and flavour combinations.

For main, I chose pan-fried wild bass with crab ravioli, glazed fennel and a fennel broth. The wild bass was cooked to perfection with crispy golden skin, the ravioli generously filled; the perfect balance. This colourful fish dish was a treat for the eyes and the palate.

Plantation Pork Tenderloin was the dish of the day for my husband. The braised belly meat, sour apple puree, savoy cabbage and rosti potato offered a perfect balance of texture and flavours – the meat was not too fatty, the crunchy rosti potato went down a treat. It was a classic pork dish, executed perfectly – one of the best pork dishes my husband said he has eaten in a long time.

The meal portions were just right, generous yet not overwhelming, so we had room for dessert.

I chose Banana Bavarois with chocolate sauce and coconut ice cream in a biscuit basket. As a massive fan of banana I was intrigued to try it and it was scrumptious.

Richard selected the chocolate tart with banana ice cream (yes, more banana, but fantastic). Rich dark chocolate tart was balanced with sweet banana ice cream and a biscuit triangle – striking presentation.

Other tempting options throughout the menu included duck liver parfait, Caesar salad with poached egg, roast rump of lamb, parmesan gnocchi, a selection of regional farm cheeses, and steamed sultana sponge.

We chose a bottle of house wine – Grenache, Carignan La Lande, I’Herault, France, 2012, £16.50 – a delicious medium wine with ripe fruit character and a hint of peppery spice to accompany our meal.

With its beautiful, tastefully decorated surroundings, adorned with damask prints, decorative chairs, chandeliers, and photos of famed comedians on the wall, The Chine Hotel offers a wonderful setting for a wonderful, well-crafted, quality meal with a high level of service to match.

The Sea View Restaurant, The Chine Hotel, 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Bournemouth,Dorset BH5 1AX, telephone 01202 396234