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Seafood at Sandbanks

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Rick and Jill Stein have opened up their largest restaurant yet in Sandbanks, Dorset.

Following the success of the first restaurant, which opened 40 years ago , Rick and Jill Stein have opened the doors to a further nine eateries, specialising in seafood and varying from bistros, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Rick and Jill Stein also have 40 hotel rooms available in Padstow, as well as a cookery school and four foodie shops.

The latest Rick Stein restaurant in Sandbanks, is a 200 cover seafood setting, boasting a seaside location and views over the picturesque Poole harbour.

The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner and is set out across two dining areas, split over two storeys. The upstairs restaurant area seats 120 and takes reservations for lunch and dinner while downstairs has a more casual dining approach, with a drinks bar and a seafood preparation bar; where customers can watch chefs preparing platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi. On the ground floor dining area customers can enjoy something from the a la carte menu or simply pop in for a glass of wine, a cocktail or a coffee.

Rick Stein commented:
“A restaurant in Sandbanks is pretty special due to its fantastic location with the beach on one side and Poole Harbour on the other. I fell in love with the area in 1999 when I was filming for the Seafood Lovers Guide to Great Britain and Ireland. It had such a sandy feel and at the time I thought wouldn’t it be great to have a restaurant specialising in fish and shellfish and celebrating seaside life there. Now I’m very happy to say I’ve opened one.”

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Business partner and interior designer, Jill Stein, was the creative vision behind the restaurants stylish design together with their eldest son Edward and daughter-in-law Kate.

Jill Stein said:
“Our inspiration for the contemporary design has come from the local coastal surroundings. Inspired by the mosaics in Bournemouth and Swanage, we have a beautiful handmade pebble mosaic from artist Maggy Howarth, menu artwork from Dorset artist Jon Adam and historical nautical charts from Imray. It’s great to see it all come together. Sandbanks is a beautiful place, I have fond memories of visiting as a child so I’m thrilled we now have a restaurant here.”

The design follows a neutral colour scheme, combining pale wood with seaside shades and crisp white cotton. Select wines such spanning white, rose, red and Champagne are displayed in wall cabinets in the wine cellar, and the entrance is home to a bespoke pebble mosaic, carefully selected plants and unique artwork.

The upper floor harbour view restaurant is surrounded by glass, meaning guests can make the most of the breathtaking views whilst enjoying their meal. Gold accents play up against muted backgrounds, insinuating expense and class; a recurring theme across all ten Rick Stein restaurants.
The restaurant menu includes a wide selection of fish and shellfish dishes, as well as classics from the flagship Seafood Restaurant in Padstow such as turbot hollandaise, fruits de mer, hot shellfish and lobster thermidor. Meat dishes such as sumac chicken, chargrilled lamb cutlets and chateaubriand also feature.

There are the options of an a la carte menu and a set lunch as well as a separate one for vegetarian dishes. The a la carte menu offers unique takes on traditional meat and fish dishes as well as satisfying sides including pumpkin with crispy onion, kale with confit garlic and hand-cut chips.
For vegetarians, the menu offers walnut crusted goat’s cheese, tempura vegetables and wild mushroom risotto amongst others as well as sides including buttered spinach.

Dessert offerings include plum panna cotta, tiramisu and passion fruit brulee as well as specially selected dessert wines.

The Sandbanks opening marked the end of Rick and Jill Stein’s 40th year in business. Since then, the business has expanded across Hampshire, Porthleven, Falmouth and Newquay. The brand now employs over 450 people across Cornwall, Hampshire and Dorset.

Rick and Jill Stein

Rick Stein OBE is an English chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter. He has written over 20 cookery books, an autobiography and has made over 30 cookery programmes. He has also cooked for Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and French President, Jacques Chirac.

Rick is best known for a love of fresh seafood and made his name in the ‘90s with his earliest books and television series based on his life as chef and owner of The Seafood Restaurant in the fishing port of Padstow on the North Coast of Cornwall. As he said at the time “nothing is more exhilarating than fresh fish simply cooked.”

Rick Stein has appeared on several self titled television shows, demonstrating his passion for good food. He also is author of more than 20 cook books. His business partner Jill Stein is an interior designer, founder and co-owner of the Rick Stein Group.

Jill’s independent design business draws on her years of experience within both the design and hospitality industry. Jill offers something for every level of design involvement. From consultancy on any or all aspects of a project, through to full design and project management.

Each project is individual, and is treated as such. An initial consultation gives Jill the feeling for the project, how much or little involvement the client wants and the level of involvement needed. Ultimately Jill can do as little as help source a curtain maker, or a lighting designer, or she can get stuck in and turn a rundown listed building into a fabulous private home or restaurant.

For more information on Rick and Jill Stein, Sandbanks or any of the other restaurants please visit: www.rickstein.com.

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