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Harry's is the latest newcomer to the plethora of restaurants dotted along Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, although to say it's a newcomer is not exactly right, because it used to be a restaurant called Henry's. Now it's Harry's.

There has been much more than just a name change though. The whole place has been redecorated, the layout changed and the floor sanded and as a result Harry's has emerged as a smart, bright and very trendy eatery.

The restaurant can seat 50 or so around its smart pine tables, and a sit up bar gives it that 'I want to go in' look. Best of all it's open from breakfast to dinner.

We visited on a very busy Saturday night and sat with some chums at a table for six and watched the place fill up with local celebrities, including a 20-strong birthday party.

What impressed us was that despite the fact that Harry's was full to bursting point the excellent staff maintained control and everyone was served sensibly and without any obvious
complaint. There was clearly a good front-of-house team under the watchful eye of Tim Tee and an equally good operation in the kitchen.

The food was very good. Dorothy started with mussels in a cream and white wine sauce with just a hint of garlic. They were cooked just right and she mopped up the sauce with home-made bread.

"Harry’s works for me: the menu is concise, there are daily specials for both lunch and dinner and the food is good."

My crisp Caesar salad with anchovy fillets and Parmesan shavings in a classic Caesar dressing brought me considerable brownie points from Dorothy, who has been doing my head in recently about getting five or more portions of vegetables per day into my diet. I needn't have worried, because Harry's main courses come with separate dishes of as many vegetables as you can shake a stick at.
The tuna steak served on a bed of celeriac mash and rocket salad• Dorothy ordered for her main course was also very good; she left not a morsel even though the steak was enormous.
I ordered lamb shank and was taken aback when what appeared to be a whore shoulder arrived covered in the most delicious red wine and onion sauce. The meat had been
braised slowly so that it was soft, succulent and full of flavour. Try as I did, I couldn't finish it for fear that Dorothy would inflict one of her diets on me for the next seven days. It was, however, very good.
Harry's works for me: the menu is concise, there are daily specials for both lunch and dinner and the food is good. The staff are friendly and helpful and Harriet at the bar is simply gorgeous.

Ray Neil - Compass Food Review May 2007


Walking into Harry’s Bistro on Haven Road, in the elegant little village of Canford Cliffs, a suburb of Poole, the new owners’ style is immediately obvious.

I had been in the Bistro when it was named Henry’s, but it has been under new management for nearly a year now. The entrance and bar area is quite narrow, opening out at the back into a large square room and an alcove for a more intimate meal, so the new light décor with the light oak tables gives a spacious open appearance.

Tim, the manager and one of the three owners, (the other two, Andrew and Georgina, live in London) is welcoming and friendly and as well as diners’ travelling some distance, he also has a regular clientele of locals calling in for breakfast, lunch or a drink in the evening on the way home after a hard day at work.

The bar is well stocked and the menu is separated into breakfast, 10am to 3pm, lunch 12 noon to 3pm and the evening meal. The breakfast and lunch menus are interchangeable with the usual breakfast fare, full breakfast with two rashers of bacon, two sausages, two fried eggs, mushrooms, beans, tomato and toast at £5.95, to beans on toast at £2.75.

The lunch menu ranges from £3.95 for chef’s home-made soup of the day with crusty bread to £6.95 for chef’s home made burger, served in a toasted bun with salad and chips.

We went to Harry’s for an evening meal and had a quiet evening enjoying the ambience. We also had Tim’s sole attention after the early evening rush and learned that he has many years experience in the restaurant industry having worked in the Caribbean on cruise liners and in Mexico.

The evening menu looked very enticing starting at £4.50 for chef’s soup of the day – freshly prepared with toasted croutons and crusty bread and includes delicacies such as crispy lamb with a sweet chilli dip and fresh local mussels in a cream and white wine sauce with a hint of garlic, served with chunks of crusty bread.

It was difficult to choose our main meal from the comprehensive selection on offer. Most tastes seem to be catered for with duck, steaks, chicken breast, veal, lamb hank, salmon fillet, tuna steak, calves liver, Thai curry, steak and ale pie, all served with a selection of seasonal vegetables and new potatoes, unless otherwise mentioned. Tim also caters for vegetarians and those with dietary problems.

We chose the fresh grilled duck breast at £12.95, cooked to our liking, and served with a Morello cherry sauce with separately pre-sented potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. I chose my favourite South Eastern Australian red wine and my friend a Pinot Grigio to accompany the meal.

The desert menu looked equally appetising for those that have room after such delicious meal. Sadly we knew that we wouldn’t.

Heather Hailey - Society Magazine


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