Plates and Co. is housed inside a majestic building that you can’t miss. Where? Landseer Road in the charming Bournemouth suburb of Branksome. When? Whenever you’ve even a little bit of a hankering for top quality food and wine. Modern European food, we should add, as the a la carte takes its main inspiration from British and French cooking and features dishes like duck confit with white bean cassoulet, as well as blade of beef slow cooked in black treacle. Then, when it comes to the wine list, there’s a marvellous international selection. Branksome is lucky to have Plates and Co. in Bournemouth so reserve a table now.
Chic, elegant and set within a restored church, Plates and Co. in Bournemouth is a dining experience you really ought to be trying. Specialising in two of our favourite things, – food and wine – whether you’re in for lunch or dinner, you’ll be more than satisfied each time, that’s for sure. Tucked away in Branksome, Plates and Co. offers a range of dining options, from specialty menus for group celebrations to the a la carte menu that’s full of enticing British and French fare, this is the ideal choice for any occasion. But what should you expect in terms of food?
Kick things off at Plates and Co. Bournemouth with several starters that we recommend sharing with your dining pals. Take, for example, Hampshire asparagus served with hollandaise sauce and Maldon sea salt, mussels cooked in onion and cider and spice-crusted salmon sashimi served with mango and burnt watermelon. Then, go for British favourite – Dorset lamb rump served with courgette and aubergine – or, be adventurous with the soy and ginger pork loin with chilli egg noodles, spring onions and crispy pork skin salad. Oh, and you’ll be wanting to to save room for dessert. Think sticky toffee pudding, hot chocolate pudding and tonka bean creme brulee. Plates and Co. is in Bournemouth’s Branksome on Landseer Road where reservations are very much essential.
I was totally unprepared for the stunning interior of this restaurant. It is so unusual and has a very sophisticated atmosphere. We had the 3 course dinner and thought it was superb. Couldn’t fault a single mouthful. It was so memorable thanks to the skills of the chef and the beautiful surroundings.
We booked a lunchtime meal for two. The restaurant, on the first floor of a converted church, was charmingly atmospheric, although the stairs would probably be challenging for the elderly or disabled. In fairness however, there is a bell at the foot of the stairs to summon assistance. The meal itself was generous, by modern standards at least, well presented, delicious and good value ( with the use of a Groupon token). The staff were polite and attentive and the wait for the first course was not excessive compared to some local establishments that I have visited. Altogether a pleasant experience which we shall certainly repeat.
An excellent evening with good food at a reasonable price and good ambience provided by the unique surroundings of a converted church. My only negative comment would be about the coffee .. filtered instead of from an espresso machine.
The food was delicious and the service was perfect. I will certainly be going back again. The only that slightly spoiled it was that is was very chilly.
For £19 for three courses you really can't complain but here's a few tips. My starter was very good but not hot enough. When you explained that the beef was rump I didn't think you meant a rump steak. It might have been wiser to say we have run out of the roast beef. The lights hanging from the ceilings need a good clean, they are covered in dust. Going up the stairwell were lovely candle votives which had the candles not been empty and lit would have created a lovely ambience and also been seen from outside which would be inviting. Also our candle on our table was not lit. If they were at the beginning of service I suggest investing in better candles with a longer burning time as cheap ones are always a false economy. We will definitely be back though because as I said for £19.00 for 3 courses you really can't complain. A few nice touches to the venue and I am sure that could be £25.00 for 3 courses in a few months.
Three of my party had the black pudding with poached egg.....the black pudding was lost in the mash potato and all three poached eggs were hard,the experience of a poached egg is when you cut into it should be runny... but unfortunately no runny egg with all three...very disappointing did tell waitress, was going to pass it on to the chef. We were looking forward to having the slow cooked beef, but had run out which was another disappiont!! had to do with rump which was ok . The Yorkshire puddings were cold and soggy probable made earlier and left, which we did understand as you have to pre cook somethings - wouldn't have taken a few moments in the oven to crisp up ,would have made them much more enjoyable. The roast potatoes were not good as well it was not just one person who said it was a few of them . The deserts were the best dish but I had the pineapple which was supposed to be chard came out sliced no char....didn't live up to what menu read. Overall we were not wowed which was ashamed as my husband and I had been for lunch and was delicious . Decide to take family for Sunday but was not impressed not sure if we will return.... Shame!!
My husband has been wanting to eat at Plates & Co for over a year but until recently I had been too ill to go. I finally took him on 23rd December for part of his 50th birthday celebrations. The setting is lovely. Warm brown wood tables, glass blown chandeliers, candles lit in pretty coloured holders. 3 menus to order from, fast and friendly service but a take your time approach to diners - we were there for 1 1/2 hours and no one was rushing us out the door. The food was hot and tasty. My sticky toffee pudding was divine. We plan to return in Feb for my stepmum's birthday.
Lovely food. Menu options available for all tastes including special gluten free and Vegan. Vegetarian options available as standard. Did I say food was delicious. Service as you would like it, prompt but unobtrusive. Starters included a perfectly cooked poached egg with black pudding (hers) and scorched mackerel with horseradish cream (mine). Mains chicken confit cassouletish with roasted veg (hers) and fishcake, fishy and not boring, with pickled veg (mine). Finished off with Carpaccio pineapple + (hers) and Chocolate Pie with espresso/caramel sauce (mine). Couldn't ask for a nicer lunch.
Beautiful setting inside the converted church, with wooden fixtures and stunning stained glass windows. It was a cold day outside, and lunchtime, but was surprised that inside wasn't very warm to begin with either. However it did warm up. Staff and service were excellent, and the food was very tasty and well presented. Very happy that the plates were hot when food arrived. Tables were a little bare, but the glasses and cutlery were pristine. I would say that the menu was a bit limited (Menu 1) My friend is vegan and enjoyed her choice very much. I had the smoked haddock and salmon fishcake, which was mostly potato - but the overall standard of food was very good. Would definitely return, but try something else next time.
Nicely relaxed atmosphere and the purposely unhurried service means we were able to enjoy the food and the company of our friends. The food - as always in our experience - was high quality and plentiful. A lovely place to eat with friends when you want time to catch up and talk - the well spaced tables, high ceilings and elements of upholstery mean the acoustics are great for chatting, unlike places with all hard surfaces that bounce & amplify sound.