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Upper Deck Bar & RestaurantChristchurch, Dorset

Expect cocktails and bites at the bar, local food at the table, and harbour views on the terrace. With menus created by award winning Chef Patron Alex Aitken, who retained a Michelin star in the New Forest and Dorset for 14 years, the dishes reflect his philosophy of fresh, seasonal and local. Says Alex “Upper Deck is all about food that you want to eat, and come back for, again and again.”

A place to relax, dine and drink, where coastal heritage meets yacht chic, guests are welcome to visit throughout the day. From early morning coffees and breakfast at the bar, to brunch and long lunches on the terrace, rolling into the buzz of dinner and drinks under the stars…

Amongst the delicious offerings included are local Poole Bay rock oysters, cracked crab claws, catch of the day from the local Mudeford fishermen and even home-reared lamb, pork and beef. For those wishing to share, Alex has created a ‘Bring me Food & Wine’ menu, and for those in need of a light bite, the ‘Bar, Lounge and Terrace’ menu is a must.

Opening Times

Open early – late, drinks served all day.
Lunch served 12pm – 2.30pm

Afternoon Tea served 3.30pm – 4.30pm,
Dinner served 6.00pm – 9.30pm.

Our Menus

Chef Patron Alex Aitken has designed the menus using seasonal, local produce. Below you’ll find a selection of sample menus, with some dishes subject to the availability of local ingredients.

Sample Menu

Whilst You Choose

Enjoy a glass of Moët et Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 or Dom Perignon 2006 Champagne with some fine Caviar
Dom Perignon 2006 £29.95

Dips and Bread £6.00

Aioli, Hummus and Tzatziki with Homemade Bread

Tempura Vegetables £4.95 per person

A Selection of Tempura Vegetables with Dipping Sauce

Tempura Prawns £2.00 each

How many would you like? Served with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Oysters Hot or Cold £2.75 each

Fresh out of the shell or Tempura Batter?

Starters

Salt and Pepper Squid with Chorizo £8.95

Spiced Chopped Squid, Cubes of Chorizo
Asian and Chilli Dressing served with Rocket Salad

Upper Deck Crab Gazpacho £9.50

Tomato Consommé, Compressed Cucumber, Red Pepper and Mudeford Crab

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé £8.50

Rich Creamy Soufflé with a Glazed Cheese Crust
Add Oak Smoked Haddock (Soufflé Arnold Bennett) £9.50

Cannelloni of Smoked Salmon £8.50

A Leaf of Smoked Salmon Rolled Around Smoked Salmon Mousse
Served on Avocado Salsa

Summer Salad with Mackerel £8.95

Pickled Beets and Summer Bean Salad, House Dressing
Grilled Mudeford Mackerel Fillet

Crispy Thai Beef Salad £8.00

Spiced Marinated and Slow Cooked Beef, Crisply Fried
Served on Thai Style Salad with Spices and Cashew Nuts

Octopus Carpaccio £8.50

Slow Cooked Thinly Sliced Octopus
Served with Rocket Salad, Lemon, Chilli and Chive Dressing

Scallops Nicoise £12.50

Warm Buttery New Potatoes With Chopped Fine Beans, Fresh Anchovies
Quails Egg and Sautéed Scallops

Daily classics

Monday – Chicken or Seafood Curry £15.00

Tuesday – Paella £15.00

Wednesday – Steaks from £16.50

Thursday – Moules Mariniere With Frites £16.50

Friday – Fizz and Chips £Market price

Saturday – Surf & Turf, 4oz Fillet and Prawns £25.00

Sunday – Classic Roast Dinner, with all the trimmings £16.50

MAINS

Chicken Truffle and Mushrooms £19.95

Breast of Chicken, Served on Spinach
With Truffle Macaroni and Creamed Mushroom Sauce

TRIO OF Lamb £22.50

Pink Best End Cutlet, a Mini Shepherd’s Pie and
Crispy Belly on Fresh Greens

Calves Liver £19.50

Thinly Sliced Calves Liver Sautéed Pink
With Caramelised Onions, Creamy Mash and Onion Gravy

Prime Steaks Served with Frites, Watercress and Cherry Tomatoes

10oz Rump Steak, Firm and Full of Flavour, Best served on the Rare Side £17.50
10oz Ribeye Steak, Marbled with Fat £24.50
8oz Fillet Steak, Lean Of Fat and Very Tender £28.50

Choices of Sauces £1.50 each, Béarnaise, Peppercorn or Red Wine

HAKE n Crab £21.50

Hake Fillet topped with mixed brown and white Devon Crab
Served with Crushed Peas and Mash

Asian Style Salmon £17.50

Seared Fillet of Salmon with Ginger
Lemon Grass, Coconut and Mussel Sauce

Decks Fish and Chips £17.50

Sustainable haddock, in beer batter
Chips, Smashed Peas and Tartare Sauce

Isle of Wight Lobster

Served Cold with Mayonnaise, Warm with Garlic Butter or Thermidor Sauce
Whole Lobster £35.00
Half Lobster £19.50
(Subject to Availabilities)

Side Orders

Potatoes £3.75

New Potatoes, Frites, Dauphinoise, Mash or Cheesy Mash

Greens £3.75

We know everyone loves their greens – ask what we have today!

Summer Salad £3.75

Pickled Beets and Summer Bean Salad, House Dressing

Mushrooms and Garlic £4.50

Locally sourced where possible, sautéed with Garlic

Caesar Salad £4.95

A smaller plain style Caesar with Bacon, Anchovy and Croutons

Ratatouille £3.75

Courgette, Aubergine, Peppers, Tomato, Chilli and Basil

Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces. all prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill and divided fairly between the staff and independently from the business. If you are concerned about any food allergies or intolerances, please speak to any member of the team, who will be delighted to assist.

SERVED BETWEEN 3:30PM – 4:30PM

UPPER DECK TEA & SCONES

A pot of tea for one served with a plain and fruit scone,
Dorset clotted cream and strawberry jam.
£7.95 per person

UPPER DECK TEA & CAKE

A pot of tea for one served with a selection of cakes
£7.95 per person

UPPER DECK AFTERNOON TEA

A pot of tea for one served with plain and fruit scones with jam and Dorset clotted cream and a selection of sweet and savoury treats
£15.95 per person

DECKS AFTERNOON TEA AND MULLED WINE

A pot of tea for one served with plain and fruit scones with jam and Dorset clotted cream and a selection of sweet and savoury treats plus a glass of Mulled Wine
£20 per person

UPPER DECK AFTERNOON TEA & FIZZ

All of the above served with a glass of your favourite fizz…

Prosecco £21.95 per person

Brisset Brut Champagne £25.50 per person

Lombard Rosé Champagne £28.50 per person

If you are concerned about any food allergies, please speak to any member of the team, who will be delighted to assist All prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill and is divided fairly between the staff and independently from the business.

Sit back, relax and feast with the team, we bring dishes, plates, platters and drinks

For the whole table – £45 per person

Enjoy with a glass of wine to accompany each dish for an additional £30 per person

Amuse Bouche

Mudeford fish soup

Pigeon

Rare breast of pigeon with quinoa and mango salad

Crab and Asparagus

Mudeford crab on muffin with poached egg, hollandaise and asparagus

Scallop Nicoise Salad

Warm buttery new potatoes with chopped fine beans, fresh anchovies, quails egg and sautéed scallops

Surf ‘n’ Turf

Beef fillet and prawns served with dauphinoise potatoes

Assiette of Upper Deck Desserts to Share

An assortment of our favourite desserts for the table to enjoy!

Selection of Local Cheese Supplement £5 per person

View menu here. 

Sunday Lunch 2 Courses £21.50, 3 courses £25.00 with a complimentary Bloody Mary per person

whilst you choose

Enjoy a glass of  Dom Perignon 2006 Champagne and some caviar
Dom Perignon 2004 £29.95

dips and bread

Aioli, Hummus and Tzatziki with Homemade Bread   £6.00

TEMPURA VEGETABLES

A mixed selection with dipping sauce £4.95

OYSTERS

Hot or Cold £2.75 each

Tempura Prawns

With dipping sauce £2.00 each

Starters

Cannelloni Of Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Mousse Wrapped in Smoked Salmon
Served on Avocado Salsa

Upper Deck Crab Gazpacho

Tomato Consommé, Compressed Cucumber
Red Pepper and Mudeford Crab

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé

Rich Creamy Soufflé with a Glazed Cheese Crust
Add Oak Smoked Haddock (Soufflé Arnold Bennett £ 2.50 supplement)

Summer Salad with Mackerel

Pickled Beets and Summer Bean Salad, House Dressing
Grilled Mudeford Mackerel Fillet

Crispy Thai Beef Salad

Spiced Marinated and Slow Cooked Beef, Crisply Fried
Served on Thai Style Salad with Spices and Cashew Nuts

Octopus Carpaccio

Slow Cooked Thinly Sliced Octopus
Served with Rocket Salad, Lemon, Chilli and Chive Dressing

Scallop Nicoise

Warm Buttery New Potatoes with Chopped Fine Beans, Fresh Anchovies
Quails Egg and Sautéed Scallops

Salt and Pepper Squid with Chorizo

Spiced Chopped Squid, Cubes of Chorizo
Asian and Chilli Dressing served with Rocket Salad

Mains

HAKE n Crab

Hake fillet topped with mixed brown and white Devon Crab
Served with Crushed Peas and Mash

Calves Liver

Thinly Sliced Calves Liver Sautéed Pink
With Caramelised Shallots, Creamy Mash and Red Wine Sauce

Chicken Truffle and Mushrooms

Breast of Chicken, Served on Spinach
With Truffle Macaroni and Creamed Mushroom Sauce

Decks Fish and Chips

Served with Smashed Peas, Chips,
Tartare Sauce

Roasts & Catch

Prime Aged Sirloin

Cooked Medium Rare with Traditional Garnish

Loin Of Meadowbrook Pork

Served With Crackling Black Pudding Stuffing And Apple Sauce

Roast POUSSIN

Served with Traditional Garnish

decks mixed fish & SHELLFISH grill

Served with Chips

Whole Bream

Served With Greens New Potatoes and Butter Sauce

Whole Lemon Sole (Supplement £3.50)

Served with Greens and Mashed Potato

Puddings & Desserts

Blueberry Cheesecake

Baked Cheesecake Served with Blueberry Coulis

Eton Mess

Fresh Cream Seasonal Fruits and Crisp Meringue

Warm Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice-cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Served with Malted Banana Ice-cream

Cafe Liégeois

Coffee Ice Cream, Chocolate Brownie, Coffee Cream and Chantilly

Iced Banana Parfait

Caramelized Bananas with Butterscotch Sauce

Ice Creams or Sorbets

A Choice of Three from Today’s Selection

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Poached Strawberries and Rhubarb

Selection of Local Artisan Cheeses

3 cheeses (or 5 cheeses supplement £3.50)

Some dishes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat or garlic traces. all prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill and divided fairly between the staff and independently from the business. If you are concerned about any food allergies or intolerances, please speak to any member of the team, who will be delighted to assist.

As this is the naughty part, we have concocted some extra naughty cocktails to go with each dessert! For those purists out there we also have some fantastic dessert wines by the glass.

Sample Menu

DESSERTS AND COCKTAILS

Gingerbread and Boozy Pears

Mulled Wine Poached Pear, Crème Fraiche Ice-Cream, Mulled Wine Syrup £6.95
Cocktail – Ginger Bubbles £12.00

Apple Tatin

Caramelised Apple Tart with Christmas Pudding Ice-Cream £6.95
Cocktail – Spiced Tatanka £8.95

Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding

Banana Toffee Pudding with Malted Banana Ice-Cream £6.95
Cocktail – El Mojito £8.60

Espresso Martini Panna Cotta

Espresso Ice Cream, Almond Biscotti £6.95
Cocktail – Espresso Martini £8.95

Chocolate Fondant

Hot Chocolate Fondant, Spiked with Nougat, Served with Pistachio Ice-Cream £8.50
Cocktail – Chocolate Martini £8.95

Winter Fruit Crumble

Winter Fruit Compote, Ginger Crumble, Crème Anglais £6.95
Cocktail – Winter Alchemy £8.95

selection of ice creams and sorbets £5.00

Selection of ice cream and sorbets
Cocktail – Liqueur poured over the top (Baileys, Tia Maria or Limoncello) from £5 each

SELECTION OF local cheeses, celery biscuits, grapes and chutney from £7.95

3 pieces £7.95
5 pieces £12.50

dessert wines – all 75ml

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Concha y Toro Chile £5.25 – Superb Value!

Sauternes Les Garonelles 2009 £7.95– A Classic !

Mira la Mar Moscatel Jerez de la Frontera Spain £6.50

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Ken Forrester South Africa £7.95 – Fantastic Super Sticky!

Late Harvest Tokaji Patricius Hungary £7.95 – Delicate and subtle not like the usual Tokaji

Flight of Ports

Selection of best Portuguese Ports 50ml each
Quinta do Crasto lbv2008, Dow’s fine tawny port and Quinta do Crasto Vintage 2009 – all for £19.50

Anyone staying with us on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate can choose off any menu and have a £30 allowance per person if you have any queries please ask. If you are concerned about any food allergies, please speak to any member of the team, who will be delighted to assist All prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary gratuity of 10% is added to the total bill and is divided fairly between the staff and independently from the business.

We have an extensive wine list at Upper Deck, so there is something to suit every palette!

Click to view our Wine List.

Make a Reservation

To enquire about making a reservation at Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant, please call us on the number below, or enquire online and we’ll get back to you.

Call: 01202 400 954

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Private Dining

We have a number of exclusive spaces available to book for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From celebrations to intimate gatherings, we promise to turn every special occasion into an unforgettable experience.

‘The Library’ has been designed to complement the restaurant, and can seat up to 16 guests. Perfect for a birthday celebration, anniversary dinner or dinner party, we’d recommend our ‘Bring Us Food and Drink’ menu for a fun and relaxed private dining experience.

For larger parties, we have a range of different sized spaces throughout the hotel, catering for up to 120 guests for your corporate event, wedding or celebration. We can work with you to create a bespoke menu for any event or party. Call one of the Events Team on 01202 400954 for more information and to book one of our exclusive spaces…

How to book

To enquire about hosting a private dining event at Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant, please call us on the number below, or enquire online and we’ll get back to you.

Call us on: 01202 400 954

Thank you. Your enquiry has been sent.