There are some places that offer such a great all-round experience that you just want to keep going back.

That is certainly true of harry’s in Canford Cliffs.

Despite its situation in among the plushest parts of Poole, harry’s is a relaxed bar that gives you a warm welcome and excellent food.

It isn’t – and doesn’t want to be – somewhere for high-end, top price haute cuisine.

But it does what it does very well – excellent mid-priced food from fresh, often local, produce.

And if you’ve got a big appetite, you won’t be disappointed – everything on the menu at harry’s is tasty and plentiful.

Having eaten here before, I made sure I plumped for something I hadn’t had before for this visit, so I went for the chef’s homemade chicken liver pate, with toast and salad to start.

A full plate arrived, with plenty of smooth pate and four slices of toast and, despite me thinking it might make for a lighter starter, it was plenty.

My other half had the prawn cocktail, which includes Atlantic prawns in a lovely marie rose sauce on a bed of lettuce.

Suitably salivating, it was on to mains.

I plumped for something from the specials menu – steak fillet covered in peppercorn sauce – and it was divine.

I’d go as far to say that it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten.

Perfectly-cooked medium-rare, it cut like butter and every mouthful was phenomenal.

It came with a generous portion of chips, mushrooms, a tomato and peas and by the end I was most certainly full.

My partner chose the spicy red thai chicken curry, served in a poiki pot with basmati rice, mango chutney and a mini naan.

Another hefty portion, it was an excellent, smooth-tasting curry.

Despite feeling stuffed after top-notch starters and mains, there is always room for dessert, and I went with decadent double-chocolate fudge cake and ice cream, which was perfect to wash down the savoury dishes.

Harry’s is open all day every day and there is a breakfast and lunch menu alongside the main evening selection; everything is great value for money.

Aside from what I tasted on this visit, I’d also recommended the burger and the crispy lamb, which is superb. It comes as a starter but is plenty if you’re looking for a lighter meal.

Drinkers are also welcome and harry’s has a mix of loyal locals who regularly enjoy quiz nights and ‘curryoke’ events, and visitors to the area, especially in summer.

The key to the bar and bistro’s success is Tim, who runs it and, frankly, IS harry’s.

As friendly as they come, he manages to make every visitor feel special.

A combination of his warm welcome, a great atmosphere and fantastic food make harry’s a real gem.

harrysbarandbistro.co.uk