Derby Manor Hotel & Restaurant
The Derby Manor occupies an extensively refurbished Edwardian building, situated in a leafy suburb between Bournemouth’s gorgeous sandy beaches and the bustling town centre.
Guests who enter the grand entrance of the hotel are made to feel special, welcomed by the attentive, courteous staff. Beyond the opulent lounge area with elegant interiors, a spacious and graceful dining room awaits. Here, diners can indulgle in a luxurious afternoon tea, a glass of bubbly on the terrace or a sumptuous selection of dishes from the à la carte menu.
The tempting options on the à la carte hint at the restaurant’s high food standards; our starters of Salcombe crab, smoked tomato and pickled cucumber with salmon caviar, and oak smoked confit trout with capers and quail’s egg served on a dill crumpet were sumptuous. To follow, we chose the poached skate with Burgundy Red potatoes, spring greens, watercress purée and squid ink dressing, and the vegetarian dish of crisp Jerusalem artichokes on a bed of truffl ed lentils with Port reduction and rocket oil. Both dishes were generous in portion, delicious and showcased a great attention to detail.
With just enough room to share a dessert, we finished with the strawberry and vanilla parfait with a strawberry tuile and white chocolate syrup. It was a delight like no other. I recommend that you treat yourself to a luxurious evening at the Derby Manor – you won’t be disappointed.