With a stunning vista and direct access on to seven miles of glorious golden sands, The Sandbanks hotel is the perfect venue for dining.

Idyllically located on the Sandbanks peninsula, it enjoys magnificent views of Poole Bay and Brownsea Island on its starboard side and a glorious outlook across Old Harry on its port side.

The Sandbanks is part of independent hotel group, the FJB Collection, which comprises four prestigious Dorset-based hotels; The Haven, The Sandbanks and The Harbour Heights on the renowned Sandbanks peninsula, one of the world’s most prestigious locations, and The Chine in Bournemouth.

On my visit I sampled the cuisine in the hotel’s Seaview restaurant. The waters-edge, award-winning AA red rosette restaurant looks out across the hotel’s all-weather terrace, offering a seasonal menu that reflects the finest local produce. Open to non-residents, many locals often drop by for a drink on the terrace or savour the opportunity to relax with a delicious meal.

Tonight it was my chance to try something on their daily changing menu created by their brigade of award-winning chefs. The kitchen is led by head chef Wayne Joyce and sous chef Edwards Neto. Wayne is a local chef from Christchurch who has gained a wealth of experience having worked as a chef in the America, Thailand and London before graduating to the ranks of Head Chef at The Sandbanks Hotel. Wayne is also proud to have gained a best in class silver medal in the Gourmet Classic Alaskan seafood challenge.

Restaurant manager Sergio Caldeira Silva showed us to our window table where we ensconced ourselves for our veritable feast. The menu appeals to all palates and includes fresh seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. The chefs are proud to buy all local ingredients ensuring they are fresh and tasty.

To start I chose pan-seared scallops, £7.50, with smoked French Sausage vinaigrette and rocket. The dish was impeccably presented – a generous portion with a wholesome infusion of flavours.

My dining partner devoured the spiced lamb tian, £6.95, with aubergine and seasonal leaves. This was bursting with fresh flavour and each and every element illustrated real skill and technical flair.

Whilst waiting for our mains we took in more of our surroundings. Seaview has been tastefully decorated bringing touches of the outside in with coastal prints adorning the walls, and soft lighting and music create a relaxed atmosphere.

The friendly and attentive staff delivered our mains which brought an instant wave of delicious aromas to the table.

I opted for the 28 day roast rump of beef, £18.95, served with horseradish creamed potatoes, white wine puree, a selection of seasonal vegetables, and a bourguignon sauce. The succulent meat simply melted in the mouth – one of the best beef dishes I’ve ever had.

My husband selected the fish hot pot, £16.95, a combination of turbot, monkfish and salmon, with courgette, fennel, baby potatoes and a rich, buttery saffron cream – the perfect accompaniment to three fine fish.

To finish we enjoyed the pear and almond tart, £6.95, with a beautiful elderflower and pear sorbet, and dark chocolate mousse, £6.95, amid orange curd sauce with a chocolate chip cookie on the side – delicious. Coffees and homemade velvety chocolates completed what was a truly scrumptious meal.

Other options on the menu included wild mushroom soup, egg and spinach Cocotte, duck, potato Gnocchi, cherry trifle, and a selection of fine cheeses for afters.

To complement the standards of cuisine they offer an extensive wine list including some rare Burgundy and Bordeaux wines carefully chosen. We chose Rioja Semi-Crianza Austral, Spain 2010, £22.50. Pure Tempranillo fruit, balanced by subtle tones of American oak.

If you’re looking for a restaurant in Poole, then the Sandbanks hotel is perfect. With views over the sand and sea this restaurant is truly unique.

  • The Seaview Restaurant, The Sandbanks Hotel, Sandbanks, Poole BH13 7PS. Reservations number: 0845 337 1550, sandbankshotel.co.uk