If you're looking for style and comfort, then you really need look no further than the Ventana Grand Cafe.

The restaurant, situated within the Cumberland Hotel on Bournemouth's overcliff, is open to both guests and local residents and boasts a classy, art deco theme in keeping with the rest of the building.

Walking through the hotel's grand black and white tiled reception area, past the brightly-lit bar and into the Ventana only adds to the sense of occasion - it feels like you're on holiday, just for the evening.

We are seated in comfy armchairs - rather than stiff dining chairs - by smiling staff, and instantly feel relaxed.

As we peruse the menu it's clear the restaurant specialises in local produce - many of the dishes mention Dorset, from Lyme Bay scallops to Sherborne lamb shank, Dorset mackerel, Dorset blue vinney and Dorset black pudding.

We decide on the Lyme Bay scallops (£9.30) and the lightly battered crispy fried squid rings (£7.95) to start, followed by the Gressingham duck breast (£17.30) and the spicy chicken burger (£13.50).

While waiting for our food we admired the restaurant's monochrome interior design, with its large black and white photos, oversized palm plants and general 1930s feel.

Both our starters were generous in size and presented perfectly prettily.

The large scallops were served with a sweetcorn puree, chorizo crisp and gremolata - a chopped herb condiment made with lemon zest, garlic and parsley. Deliciously tasty.

My husband's plate was piled high with squid, cooked in a pleasingly crispy batter and dressed with a tangy red chilli pepper and lime, coriander salad and aioli - perfect for his spicy palate.

The dishes were soon polished off and our mains were equally as enjoyable.

My duck breast was served marinated in honey and ginger and served with garden peas, endive (a type of chicory), pomegranate, crispy egg noodles and a coriander soy dressing.

The flavours complemented the tender meat perfectly, and the dish had a distinctly light and summery feel.

My husband's chicken burger, served with julienne fries, was marinated in spices and served with fresh tomato, mayo and jalapenos. The meat was moist and succulent with the flavouring providing a satisfying kick.

It took a while to decide on our desserts - we were tempted by more than one on the menu.

I eventually settled for the Madagascan vanilla and pecan nut baked cheesecake (£6.80), while my husband went for the cheeseboard (£10.50).

Again, both were generous in size. The sweet, smooth cheesecake filling was complemented by the crunchy nuts and the sharpness of the accompanying raspberry sorbet.

The cheeseboard was easily enough for two of us, with a choice of four cheeses - Isle of White blue, New Forest Lyburn smoked, Somerset Barbers vintage reserve Cheddar and Berkshire Waterloo Village Maid soft, as well as water biscuits, a huge bunch of fresh grapes, julienne celery and chunky house chutney.

An extremely satisfying end to a seriously good meal in wonderfully relaxed surroundings.

(BLOB) cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk