Whilst staying at the Cumberland Hotel, or indeed anywhere in the seaside resort town of Bournemouth you should seriously consider dining at the Ventana Grand Café & Brasserie, which is situated on-site at the hotel. Firstly the Ventana has won the prestigious double AA rosette in recognition of the superb quality of the food and the fresh ingredients used to prepare it, as well as the friendly waiting staff and the unique art deco ambience of the café.
During the summer months, after a day spent on the magnificent seven-mile stretch of golden sands which make the town so famous you can dine and drink on the Cumberland’s magnificent Miami-inspired lido deck, which is adjacent to the Ventana. When the weather turns colder and the rain showers get heavier in winter you can unwind on comfy soft sofas in front of an open fire amongst the vibrant yet tasteful lights and decorations.
The Menu at the Ventana Grand Café
Perhaps the most significant reason why the Ventana Grand Café has been awarded a double AA rosette is its truly mouthwatering food options. The current menu has been designed by the head chef at the Cumberland Hotel Steve Goulding, who was previously executive chef at the prestigious Royal Ascot Race Course, as well as a number of other famous British racecourses. Given the hotel’s proximity to the south coast it is no surprise that the seafood features very prominently on the menu, with fresh catches of the day featuring as well as regular expertly-cooked dishes. For starters you can feast on a range of delicious entreés, including pan-seared quail, locally cured charcuterie selections and kiln-roasted salmon terrine. You can expect an explosion of delicious flavours when tucking in to your main course, with options including roast Mudeford sea bass with butter-poached crab claws, calf’s liver steak with blue cheese dumplings and a truly decadent chicken & truffle ballotine. You can view the menu in full by downloading it from their official website www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ventana-menu-A4-1016.pdf.
The dessert menu at the Ventana is equally as appealing as the main courses, with delicate pannacottas and bittersweet chocolate tarts matched with vibrant sorbets and fruity Eton messes, as well as traditional cheese board paired with a fruit-nosed English red wine. You can download their official desserts menu by following this link: www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ventana-DESSERT-menu-A5-1016-1.pdf.
The Ventana Grand Café’s Bar
For lovers of a fine alcoholic tipple, cocktail or wine then you should consider heading over to the bar at the Ventana Grand Café. A range of premium spirits are available from the fully-licensed bar, including a particularly wide selection of gins made from different botanicals, all served with artisan tonic waters. The range of cocktails on offer are similarly superb, ranging from fruity Margaritas & Mojitos to vibrant Mai Tais and spritzers. If you are dining at the Ventana or simply prefer a glass of wine then the hotel also has an excellently-equipped wine cellar, with punchy reds, fruity rosés and delicate white wines all sold by the glass or by the bottle. You can also toast your celebration in the most sophisticated way with some of the world’s finest champagnes.
You can check if your favourite beverage is available by viewing their spirits & cocktails menu www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Cumberland-Drink-Cocktail-List-June2016.pdf and their official wine list www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-The-Cumberland-Ventana-Wine-Lsit.pdf from their website.
Reserve your Table at the Ventana Grand Café
To book a table at the Ventana Grand Café you should phone the Cumberland Hotel’s automated reservation helpline 01202 556 529, or if you would prefer to make a reservation online you should go to their partner reservation website www.opentable.co.uk/ventana-grand-cafe.