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South Deep
Conjure up an idyllic Mediterranean setting; water’s edge, chilled wine at sunset – delicious tapas, sharing boards, home-smoked meats and  sh and you’re just about there – in Poole that is, rather than Marbella!
South Deep is relevantly located in Parkstone Bay Marina on the north shore of Poole Harbour, in a charming chalet- style building that is forever evolving thanks to the vision of the Belgian chef/proprietor, Steph. The menu also evolves regularly and has more than a hint of chef’s continental provenance.
One can spend the whole day at South Deep, delightful breakfast in the sea air watching the bustling boat yard in action, delectable co ees with friends, and lunch of salads, paninis, moules, and steaks (do book over a weekend, as tables, inside and out, are at a premium).
The rustic bar o ers draught beers including Le e Blonde, and nibbles such as olives and Lapsang Souchong smoked Scottish salmon from the glass coolroom full of hanging cured meats,  sh, and Champagne.
For dinner in the winter, nestle by the log burner (the only thing missing is the Vin Chaud!) at tables crowned with charts of the oceans and enjoy any of the hearty dishes from the elaborate menu of six starters and eight mains. The wine list is varied and reasonably priced.
We start with the partridge, pheasant and ale terrine with pickled beetroot, chicory and Melba, which is really substantial, coarse and rewardingly gamey.
The mussels are notorious at South Deep and can be enjoyed as a starter or main and in either a marinière or Thai style and there is invariably a soup, a  sh dish of the day and a fair share of game.
The duck leg is beautiful, on the bone, with a tortilla Espanola, tomato and a delightful pesto. Other mains such as meatballs, game casseroles, and oven-baked Camembert with chunks of home-made bread prove to be very popular with the many regulars. (Note – everyone becomes a regular at South Deep – once you discover the well-hidden restaurant you’ll be back!)
In the summer months, enjoy the elaborate salads, look out for themed evenings, and tapas nights, and take advantage of the outside areas – the garden, terrace, and harbour’s edge pavilion.
The sta  are young, enthusiastic, friendly, and busy themselves between the various South Deep aspects.
No matter what time of year you visit, the experience is not complete without a dessert. They are infamous and include pastries, cakes, sorbets, crumbles, brûlées, and cheeses.
This is one of the more informal environments on the Feast tour, yet one of the favourites for its honesty, location, and consistency of welcome, dining, and price point.
www.parkstonebay.com/south-deep-cafe
01202 733155
Parkstone Bay Marina, Turks Lane Poole, Dorset, BH14 8EW
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