WITH a stunning vista overlooking Bournemouth beach, Cottonwood Boutique Hotel sits on a prime spot. Since designer Christine Johnson transformed the interior last year, Cottonwood has been enjoying a surge of visitors in search of fresh food and luxurious accommodation.

On entering the hotel you are greeted by a wash of colour and bold print furnishings in the bar area – it certainly has that wow factor.

Downstairs, The Garden Restaurant is a vibrant hub with floral wallpaper lining the walls, and the ceiling! It is very different – quirky, inviting, fun and luxurious indeed.

Once seated by the friendly and efficient staff we began to peruse the menus whilst demolishing a selection of fresh bread served on a rustic wooden board with dipping pots filled with delicious olive oil with a balsamic vinaigrette.

I chose three courses off the a la carte menu (£19.95). To begin I opted for the Thai spiced fish cakes with a sweet chilli syrup and lime mayonnaise – a parade of flavours in the mouth, delicious.

For main I tucked in to roast belly of pork, cooked very well with a generous dollop of bramley apple sauce, served with dauphinoise potatoes, thyme jus, carrots and cauliflower.

My husband chose from the Summer by the Sea: ‘Wine and Dine’ menu (three courses for £14.95). To start Richard had chicken liver parfait with apple and berry chutney, and tucked in to char-grilled sirloin steak cooked to order, hand cut chips, with a thyme jus (£4.50 supplement).

To accompany our food we enjoyed a bottle of Australian The Spee’Wah, Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (£19.50).

Despite being full to the brim we could not resist dessert.

Richard chose the milk chocolate mousse with blood orange syrup and tuille biscuit, and following the waitress’s recommendation, I selected the mouthwatering chocolate fondant with roasted mango, berries, clotted cream ice cream and brandy snap basket (£3.50 supplement).

Other temping options off the a la carte dessert menu include dark chocolate crème brûlée, plum and almond tart with Dorset ice cream or a selection of local cheeses.

The menus created by Executive Head Chef Gary Wicker and his team endorse simple, fresh, seasonal, local produce. The clean, uncomplicated, yet effective presentation and fresh fare delivered on our plates was spot on.

The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth is the last word in chic, contemporary decadence.

Perfect place for Christmas parties

With its lavish decor, Cottonwood Boutique Hotel is a great place to
celebrate a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve. Executive Head Chef
Gary Wicker has designed a Christmas menu to bring classic festive flavours together with contemporary cuisine to offer seasonal fare with a modern twist.

Traditional Christmas evening parties with a three course dinner
start from £22.95 per person, Christmas party buffet evenings from £14.95 per person.

To find out more contact Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, 01202 553183 quantumhotelgroup.co.uk