Upper Deck is the newly opened restaurant at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Dorset. Overlooking the beautiful Christchurch Harbour and Hengistbury Head, it is very tastefully decorated and comfortable spot from which to admire the stunning views.
The menus are designed by local chef Alex Aitken, and use a good selection of locally-sourced produce, including Sopley asparagus and plenty of locally sourced fish. There is plenty of choice available on the menu, including an A la carte menu, sharing platters and a tasting menu with matched wines if you fancy it.
The wine list offers plenty of choice and we particularly enjoyed the Billecart Salmon Rosé champagne as an aperitif. To start, we shared a grilled tiger prawn served with rocket, and grilled Sopley asparagus with a poached egg. Both were delicious, light starters and reasonably priced at around £6 each.
For our main courses, we tried the lamb which was served with a ratatouille and spinach and dauphinoise potato. This was a great main and every component of the dish was really delicious and well cooked. We also tried the rib eye steak which was served with a sauce of your choice, chunky chips, grilled tomatoes and a watercress salad. The steak was very good indeed and cooked as requested. It was a great, simple main course which was well-executed.
For dessert, we really enjoyed the chocolate fondant, which was perfectly cooked and portioned – it was just the right amount. The crème brûlée was really good, too, with a perfect thin sugar crust on top.
Upper Deck is a great destination for lunch or dinner and is one of the top restaurants in the area. It is smart, but relaxed with a lively feel and offers really good, well-cooked food.