Review: The Jetty Restaurant in Christchurch
This weekend we are in Christchurch for the wedding of a very dear client and friend. I was really excited to be dining at The Jetty last night, especially as my wife is a massive seafoodie and I'd seen great reviews.
If there is anyone who knows anything about seafood, it's Head Chef Alex Aitken. An ex-trawlerman, he opened his first restaurant - Le Poussin - in 1983, won his Michelin Star in 1995 and continues his tradition for championing fresh, seasonal and local produce with the acclaimed The Jetty, which recently was runner up in a search to find the best Seafood restaurant in the UK.
Tired after a long journey (really I hate driving all the way from North West London to anywhere south) it was made worthwhile with a warm welcome from Alex's front of house team.
The food was excellent and well-executed. Highlights were my starter of Weymouth Scallops served with Bacon, Bacon Jam, Waffle and Maple Syrup, Carolina's main over fresh caught Dover Sole simply grilled, and my dessert which involved a custard pannacotta with orange sorbet. We had such a good time we'll be back this lunchtime to sample some more of the menu's treasures that we simply couldn't fit in last night!
The Jetty Restaurant, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2NT
T 01202 400950
We shared: Pre-dinner bites of tempura prawns with sweet chilli dipping sauce, oysters served cold with shallot vinaigrette
Carolina had a starter of Mudeford Crab Croquettes, served on a bed of greens with warm tartare sauce, followed by the catch of the day Whole Grilled Dover Sole and finished with a Hot Passion Fruit Souffle with passion fruit sauce.
Roberto had a starter of Weymouth Scallops served with bacon jam, bacon and waffle with maple syrup, followed by Monkfish Tail served on a bed of chickpeas with chorizo, finished with a Custard Pannacotta served with orange sorbet.