Being just a stone’s throw from the beach (pardon the pun) Pebble Beach enjoys a beautiful vista over the cliff top in Barton- on-Sea.

With its unrivalled seafront location overlooking the Solent towards the Needles on the Isle of Wight I was keen to visit this local gem for myself.

Pebble Beach attracts diners from near and far, enticed by the seasonally changing menu and impressive terrace, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.

When you walk into Pebble Beach you open the doors to a new type of dining experience. It is evident that a lot of thought, care and attention goes into every single element here at Pebble Beach.

Proprietor Mike Caddy has brought his years of experience from top notch restaurants, both in the UK and California, to create a fresh and exciting dining experience which promotes locally sourced ingredients –- seafood being their specially.

Whether you eat in the vibrant restaurant, relax in the bar or have an aperitif at the oyster counter with a window into the open kitchen, you are in for a treat. And what a treat it was too.

We were greeted by welcoming and friendly staff and our appetites were truly satisfied with British seaside masterpieces. From the moment we sat down there was a calm and relaxing atmosphere – the perfect haven to unwind and devour a sumptuous meal.

The attentive staff delivered chilled bottled water and freshly homemade breads (we opted for cheese and onion and sundried tomato). With an expansive wine list chosen by their sommelier there’s a tempting variety to pick from.

To accompany our meals my husband Richard chose a glass of Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Merlot, Colchagua Valley, Chile 2010 (£17.75 a bottle, £4.55 175ml glass) - Black forest-fruits with a drizzle of toffee and a sprinkling of vanilla.

I plumped for Nederburg The Manor Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa 2010 (£22.00 per bottle, £5.80 175ml glass) - an abundance of prunes and oak-spice aromas; met on the palate by flavours of ripe plums and cherries.

So, on to the food. Renowned head chef Pierre Chevillard produces a seasonally changing menu offering a range of dishes that cater for all tastes. From light lunches to formal dinners there is something to please even the most discerning diner.

Pierre’s French heritage combined with his love of all cooking techniques and interest in other cultures makes his menus unique and delicious. Pierre Chevillard is a big advocate of using the finest seasonal produce from local suppliers, spanning Highclifffe, Christchurch, Whiteparish, Bournemouth and Salisbury.

To start I chose poached duck egg set on brioche croûte, filled with seasonal mushroom and crème fraîche, grilled asparagus and cured ham chip, £8.70. The rich yet balanced dish certainly satisfied my appetite – beautiful.

Richard demolished pan fried scallops, classically complemented with broad bean and pea puree, crispy pancetta and sorrel, £11.50.

The mains continued to surprise and amaze. My lobster tempura stir fry with pak choi and glass noodles served with sweet chilli sauce was delicious (chosen from the specials menu; 2 courses for £24.50 or 3 for £28.50).

Richard also opted for fresh seafood off the specials menu which came highly recommended; roasted monkfish wrapped in crisp parma ham with sautéed potatoes and mange tout, and topped with a basil flavoured jus.

With an assortment of mouth-watering dishes to choose from including seabass, lamb, duck and steak there certainly is something to whet every appetite.

Judging by their savoury dishes I wasn’t going anywhere without having sampled a dessert to round off a magnificent meal.

I tucked into the tasty rhubarb and ginger iced nougat with almond Florentine, £6.99 and Richard enjoyed the rich, creamy creme brulee suzette with Grand Marnier, £6.99. The perfect finale to a superb meal out on our stunning coastline.

  • Pebble Beach, Marine Drive, Barton-on-Sea BH25 7DZ, 01425 627777,