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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. “Upper Deck is all about food that you want to eat, and come back for, again and again”, says Alex.

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

Click here to view our A La Carte menu.



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


A pot of tea for one served with carrot cake, lemon tart and chocolate eclair.
£7.95 per person


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
£17.50 per person


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

Prosecco £23.50 per person

Champagne Rene Risset Brut £26.50 per person

Champagne Lombard 1st 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, we bring dishes, plates, platters and drinks

For the whole table – £49.50 per person

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

Amuse Bouche

Crab Gazpacho

Thai Beef Salad

Spiced and Marinated Slow Cooked Beef
Thai Style Salad with Spices and Cashew Nuts

Octopus Carpaccio

Slow Cooked and Thinly Sliced Octopus
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

Chicken Truffle and Mushrooms

Breast of Chicken with Truffle Macaroni and Creamed Mushroom Sauce

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

2 Courses £17.50 per person, 3 Courses £22.50 per person.

To celebrate the launch of our new Sunday Lunch menu, from Sunday 7th January 2018 to Sunday 25th  February 2018, enjoy a glass of fizz on us when dining from our Sunday Lunch Menu

Click here to view our menu.

Available Monday – Thursday lunch and dinner

2 Courses £17.50 per person, 3 Courses £22.50 per person


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

served with Sourdough

Warm Autumnal Salad

with Poached Pears and Melted Local Cheese

Course Country Terrine

served with House Pickles

Alex’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé



Upper Deck Fish and Chips

with Crushed Peas and Tartare Sauce

Pork Loin

with Bacon, Creamed Cabbage and Mashed Potato

Duo of Duck

Shepherds Pie, Drumstick served with Greens

Cauliflower Risotto

with Roasted Mushrooms and Pumpernickle Croutons


Crème Brulee

with Shortbread

Apple and Plum Crumble

served with Custard

Chocolate Brownie

with Cherry Ice Cream

Local Cheese Board

with Chutney and Crackers (£3.00 supplement)

Love is in the air at Upper Deck. Choose from one of our three deliciously romantic dining experiences this Valentine’s.

Click here to view our Valentine’s Bring Me Food menu

Click here to view our Valentine’s A La Carte menu

Click here to view our Valentine’s Mini Gastro menu

Click here to view our Valentine’s Afternoon Tea menu

Beat those dreaded January blues and treat yourself by dining at Upper Deck. We’ve put together an irresistible offer!

Enjoy two courses (per person) and a bottle of wine for only £39.

Valid Monday to Friday – Lunch and Dinner

Available 2nd January – 8th February



Twice Baked Creamy Cheese Souffle

With a glazed cheese crust

Crispy Crumpets with Glazed

Crab ‘Thermidor’

Seafood Minestrone

Full flavoured shellfish, tomato, vegetable soup

Simple White Bait

Harrisa mayonnaise

Harbour Kitchen Terrine

Coarse pork and game terrine, chutney and toasted sour dough



Harbour Fish and Chips

Haddock fillet beer batter, fat chips and smashed peas

With Sarsons vinegar

Hake ‘En Cocotte’

Fillet of hake baked ‘en cocotte’ with tomato, chorizo, olives Preserved lemon. Baked under a bread crust

Piggy Casserole

Pork Tenderloin, braised cheek, sausage, trotter and tail, apple sage and onion dumplings

Smoked Haddock Fish Cake

Wilted greens and soft poached egg

Feather and Bolla Stew

Two cuts of beef from the shoulder slow cooked with onions and

root vegetables, in a rich ale sauce horseradish dumplings



Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon cheesecake topped with Italian meringue and candied lemon

Peanut Butter Parfait

Served with toffee popcorn, chocolate sauce

Steamed Ginger Pudding

with custard

Warm Chocolate Mousse

Salt caramel centre raspberry sorbet

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

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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.