A vibrant, atmospheric restaurant and alfresco terrace, both with stunning views across Christchurch Harbour. Serves up traditional British and world favourites, all expertly cooked using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.
“The Upper Deck is all about food that you want to eat, and come back for, again and again”, says Chef Patron, Alex Aitken.
The Upper Deck, a destination Christchurch restaurant housed within the hotel, features stunning views across the harbour and a delightful alfresco terrace. A casual, relaxed affair, it serves traditional and modern favourites from Britain and around the world; think fish and chips, Pad Thai and stir-frys, prawn cocktails, hearty roasts, and warm sticky toffee pudding for dessert - all expertly prepared. As with all of Alex's restaurants, dishes, where possible, use locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, notably seafood caught by the local Mudeford fishermen.
As well as the a la carte menu, Alex has created a ‘Bring Me Food & Wine’ menu - great for sharing; for those just wanting a light bite, there's a ‘Bar, Lounge and Terrace’ menu.
The Upper Deck’s menus are available throughout the day, from early morning coffees and breakfast at the bar, to brunch, long lunches on the terrace, afternoon tea, and rolling into evening dinner and drinks.
"Can always rely on this restaurant for excellent quality, service, menu and this amazing view over the harbour."
"The afternoon tea was an excellent selection and all lovely freshly made and tasty. I had the gluten free version and was as equally tasty and great selection."
"Best Sunday Lunch we have had for a long while. Excellent friendly welcome, prompt service, delicious food with just the right portion size, lovely views."
Alex Aitken, Chef Patron for The Jetty, is one of the South of England’s most respected chefs and a thirty-year veteran of cooking in the New Forest.
His culinary expertise began on the sea, where he worked as a fisherman, giving him unparalleled knowledge of fish and seafood. He then taught himself to cook, before starting, in 1983, his own highly-acclaimed restaurant, Le Poussin in Brockenhurst. He won his first Michelin Star in 1995, which he subsequently held for 14 years.
From the beginning, he has championed using simple, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients to produce outstanding fresh food. He has received multiple awards and accolades throughout his career for creating menus that showcase the region’s finest flavours.
Private dining can be accommodated either in the atmospheric ‘The Library’ room, seating up to 16 guests, or ‘The Orangery’ room seating up to 24 guests, with views of the harbour.
Alex and his team have created a number of additional menu options exclusive to private diners. You may create your own bespoke set menu, opt for one of our fixed-priced, set menus. There's also Alex's ever-popular ‘Bring me Food’ menu, with dishes delivered platter-style to the centre of the table for communal feasting. Private diners may also select from the restaurant’s a la carte menu.
If you still can’t find the menu you want - ask Alex to create you one!
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