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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
Grand Vintage 2006 £16.50
Dom Perignon 2006 £29.95

Dips and Bread £5.00

Aioli, Hummus and Tzatziki with Homemade Bread

Tempura Vegetables £4.95 per person

A Selection of Tempura Vegetables with Dipping Sauce

Tempura Prawns £1.95 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

Squid, Rocket and Chili £9.50

Seared Squid with Rocket and Chili
Chorizo and Spiced Tomato Jam

Chunky Mudeford Fish Soup £8.95

Rich Aromatic Fish Soup, Full of Chunks of Local Fish
and Shellfish, Served with Croutons, Cheese and Rouille

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé £7.95

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

Cannelloni of Smoked Salmon £8.25

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

Mudeford Crab Croquettes £8.95

Alex Aitken`s Crispy Crab Croquettes Served with
Warm Tartare Sauce

Coarse Country Terrine £7.50

Pork and Game Terrine. Served with Onion Confit and Toast

Chicken and Wild Mushroom Sausage £8.95

Chicken and Wild Mushrooms bound
Served on Wild Rice

Scallops and Pork Belly£12.50

Seared local Scallops with Smoked Cauliflower puree
Pork Belly and Raisin Jam

Daily classics

 

Monday – Pot Roast Pork, Mash and Cabbage £16.50

Tuesday – Salt Beef Cockles and Parsley £16.50

Wednesday – Upper Deck Fish Pie Wilted Greens £16.50

Thursday – Sausage, Mash, Onion Gravy £16.50

Friday – Decks Paella Chicken and Seafood £18.50

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

Pork Milanese £19.50

Thin Escalope of Pork, sautéed in Bread Crumbs
Served with Mash and Greens

Venison £22.50

Loin of venison, crusted with cracked pepper, served with peppercorn sauce
Garnished with Venison and Heritage Vegetable Hot-Pot

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

Cod n Crab £21.50

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

Steak and Kidney Pudding £17.50

Steak and Kidney Suet Pudding
Served with Rich Claret Gravy

Decks Fish and Chips £17.50

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

Ad Hoc Menu

Seasonal, Fresh, Local or Very Special Ingredients
The Dishes We Recommend in Addition to Our Full Menu

Side Orders

Potatoes £3.75

New Potatoes, Frites, Dauphinoise, Mash or Cheesy Mash

Greens £3.50

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

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

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.

Get together with friends and family with our fabulous Social Dining menu!

2 people two courses £35 with breads and dips to share
4 people two courses £68 with breads and dips to share
6 people two courses £99 with breads and dips to share

Additional Course £4.50 per person.

Available Monday-Friday lunchtimes and Monday-Friday early evenings between 6pm and 7pm.

Plus, for your chance to win a free meal on us, simply post your photo of you and your friends enjoying your meal on our Facebook pageTweet us, or tag us on Instagram using the hashtag #socialdining.

sample menu

to share

Artisan Breads with Dips to Share

STARTERS

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé
Smoked Haddock Risotto, Soft Poached Egg
Duck and Cherry Terrine
Crab and Leek Tart
Cured Meats to share with pickles and breads

mains

Harbour Fish and Chips, Smashed Peas and Tartare Sauce
Salt Beef Cockle and Parsley Sauce
Pot Roast Pork or Pot Roast Heritage Vegetables
Truffle Macaroni and Cheese
Fritto Misto Fish and Vegetables to Share

sides

Roasted Winter Roots £3.50
Mix Leaf Salad £3.00
Potatoes-Buttered New, Chips or Mash £3.50
Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms £4.50
Onion Rings £3.00

desserts

Pear Charlotte
Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Apricot and Ginger Crumble with Custard
Assiette of all 3 desserts to share
Selection of 4 cheeses to share

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.

Get together with friends and family with our delicious Local Flavours Menu!

2 Courses £17.50, additional course £4.50

Available Monday-Friday lunchtimes and Monday-Friday early evenings between 6pm and 7pm.

SAMPLE MENU

TO SHARE

Artisan Breads with Dips to Share

STARTERS

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé
Smoked Haddock Risotto, Soft Poached Egg
Duck and Cherry Terrine
Crab and Leek Tart
Cured Meats to share with pickles and breads

MAINS

Harbour Fish and Chips, Smashed Peas and Tartare Sauce
Salt Beef Cockle and Parsley Sauce
Pot Roast Pork or Pot Roast Heritage Vegetables
Truffle Macaroni and Cheese
Fritto Misto Fish and Vegetables to Share

SIDES

Roasted Winter Roots £3.50
Mix Leaf Salad £3.00
Potatoes-Buttered New, Chips or Mash £3.50
Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms £4.50
Onion Rings £3.00

DESSERTS

Pear Charlotte
Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Apricot and Ginger Crumble with Custard
Assiette of all 3 desserts to share
Selection of 4 Artisan cheeses to share

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 carrot cake, lemon tart and chocolate éclair
£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

UPPER DECK AFTERNOON TEA & FIZZ

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

Harbour Sparkling Wine £21.95 per person

Champagne Rene Brisset Brut £25.50 per person

Champagne Lombard 1er Cru Brut Rose £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, as we bring dishes, plates, platters and drinks for the whole table.

£45 per person
Enjoy a glass of wine to accompany each dish for an additional £30 per person

Amuse Bouche

Mudeford Fish Soup

CHICKEN and wild mushroom sausage

Bound Chicken and Wild Mushrooms
Served on Wild Rice

Mudeford Crab Croquettes

Alex Aitken`s Crispy Crab Croquettes Served with
Warm Tartare Sauce

Scallops and pork belly

Seared local Scallops with Smoked Cauliflower Puree
Pork Belly and Raisin Jam

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 £5 per person supplement

Sunday Lunch 2 Courses £21.50, 3 courses £25.00

whilst you choose

Enjoy a glass of Moët et Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 or Dom Perignon 2004 Champagne
Grand Vintage 2006 £16.50
Dom Perignon 2004 £29.95

dips and bread

Aioli, Hummus and Tzatziki with Homemade Bread   £5.00

TEMPURA VEGETABLES

A mixed selection with dipping sauce £4.95

OYSTERS

Hot or Cold £2.35 each

Tempura Prawns

With dipping sauce £1.95 each

Starters

Cannelloni Of Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Mousse Wrapped in Smoked Salmon
Served on Avocado Salsa

Chunky Mudeford Fish Soup

Rich Aromatic Fish Soup, Full of Chunks of Local Fish
and Shellfish, Served with Croutons, Cheese and Rouille

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé

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

COARSE COUNTRY TERRINE

Pork and Game Terrine
Served with Onion Confit and Toast

Squid, Rocket and Chilli

Seared squid with Rocket and Chilli
Chorizo and Spiced Tomato Jam

Chicken and Wild Mushroom Sausage

Bound Chicken and Wild Mushrooms
Served on Wild Rice

Mudeford Crab Croquettes

Alex Aitken’s Crispy Crab Croquettes Served with
Warm Tartare Sauce

Scallops and Pork Belly (Supplement £3.50)

Seared Local Scallops with Smoked Cauliflower puree
Pork Belly and Raisin Jam

Mains

Steak and Kidney Pudding

Steak and Kidney Suet Pudding
Served with Rich Claret Gravy

Truffle Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni in a Rich Cheese Béchamel Sauce
With Black Truffle Shavings and Truffle Oil

Chicken Truffle and Mushrooms

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

Sustainable Fish N’ Chips

Served with Smashed Peas
Tartare Sauce and Sarsons Vinegar

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 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, Beurre Blanc Sauce

Puddings & Desserts

Pear Charlotte

Pear Charlotte, Caramelised Pear Jelly,
Crumbled Meringue

Apricot and Ginger Crumble

Apricot and Ginger Compote, Ginger Crumble, Crème Anglais

Warm Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Sauce and Salted Caramel Ice-cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Served with Hazelnut Praline and Ginger Ice-cream

Apple Tarte Tatin

Served with Roasted Walnuts,
Cinnamon and Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate Liégeois

Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Brownie, Cocoa Sauce, Chantilly Cream

Strawberry Sundae

Strawberry Ice Cream, New Forest Strawberries, Chantilly Cream

Selection of Local Artisan Cheeses

3 cheeses (or 5 cheeses supplement £3.50)

Ice Creams And Sorbets

Please Ask For Today’s Flavours

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

Apple Tarte Tatin

Apple Tarte Tatin, Calvados Crème Fraiche, Boozy Golden Raisins £6.95
Cocktail – Spicy Bison £8.75

Pear Charlotte

Pear Charlotte, Caramelized Pear Jelly, Crumbled Meringue £6.95
Cocktail – Pear & Grapefruit Martini £8.75

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Hazelnut Praline, Ginger Ice-Cream £6.95
Cocktail – Upper Deck Alexander £8.95

Espresso Martini Panna Cotta

Cappuccino Cream Cup, Coffee Granita, Chocolate Mouse Filed Cigar £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

Apricot and Ginger Crumble

Apricot & Ginger Compote, Ginger Crumble, Crème Anglais £6.95
Cocktail – Apricot Kir Royale £12.50

Selection of Ice Creams and Sorbets £5.00

Cocktail – Liqueur poured over the top (Baileys, Tia Maria or Limoncello) From £5 each

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.

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.