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My Review 1812 - The best Sunday roast in Bournemouth

November 6, 2022


What I loved about it:

1812 is a contemporary stylish venue offering the best Sunday Roast in Bournemouth with a really chilled vibe, great live music and absolutely delicious food.

I really loved having the live singer who was awesome, whilst still being able to chat with friends. The servings were also really generous.


1812, The Royal Exeter Hotel, Bournemouth

Suitable for:

Couples, singles, groups, friends, hen dos, birthdays, girls lunch out, LGBTIQA+

Value for money (out of 10):



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1812 A great way to spend your Sunday

My favourite meal is always a roast dinner, in fact it would be my last supper, the combination of fluffy roasties, healthy veggies and usually in my case chicken makes the perfect meal.

When searching for the best Sunday roast in Bournemouth, you might not have a contemporary bar on your agenda but 1812 certainly delivers on the roast front.

On arrival at 1812 (where Bournemouth was born – read my cocktails in Bournemouth blog to find out more – link below) you are welcomed into a warm and friendly atmosphere of golden yellows and deep reds, with semi-circular booths, soft lighting and a really contemporary feel. It is light and spacious, deceptively so as you have no idea from the outside of its size.

We were greeted at the bar by friendly staff and escorted to our booth, we were a party of 4 and we immediately commented on how attractive the space is and how comfortable we felt. We took our places on the plush seating and perused the menu.

The Sunday menu was extensive with 3 choices of starters and desserts, and 4 roasts to choose from including a vegetarian option. It was a hard decision on which to choose as they all sounded delicious.

To make this the best Sunday roast in Bournemouth, you can opt for a bottomless roast with free flowing prosecco which was ideal for the bridal lunch party celebrating, and a birthday lunch of another fellow diner. As part of my review we chose to have drinks from the bar, which has a fantastic selection of every drink you can imagine.

The service was fast and efficient and it took no time at all for our starters to arrive, I chose the ham hock & parsley terrine with a slice of warm toasted artisan bread, served with a piccalilli side & a salad garnish, which was fresh and tasty. The others chose the soup of the day which was a warming butternut squash and sweet potato, and the classic baby Atlantic prawn cocktail served in a glass dish with crispy lettuce and slice of sourdough.

The talented musician had now started his set and we enjoyed listening to his versions of classic tunes with an acoustic twist. It wasn’t overpowering but added a really nice addition to our meal.

Now for the main event, between us we chose the chicken, sirloin of beef from their local butcher and farm assured boneless leg of lamb, plenty of choice to suit everyone’s taste. Although none of us chose the vegetarian option it was a nut roast which sounded equally yummy.

All of the mains were served with roast potatoes which were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, winter vegetables which were parsnips and carrots, seasonal greens – we had tenderstem broccoli and leeks, my favourite cauliflower cheese and a generous Yorkshire pudding and a cute little individual jug of homemade gravy.

If I wasn’t still so full it would be making my mouth water all over again writing about this, the portions were plentiful but we saved room for dessert of course. I mean it would be rude not to right?

Again we had a good selection to choose from, I chose the chocolate brownie and opted for custard in place of the vanilla ice cream, my hubby & friend had the homemade apple crumble and custard and the last choice was “chef Andrews legendary homemade Lotus Biscoff cheesecake” they all hit the spot and finished off our best Sunday roast in Bournemouth perfectly.

The service at 1812 was friendly, polite, attentive and professional without being in your face and we felt nothing was too much trouble for them which was a really nice feeling, post covid we have experienced many less than acceptable services so this made our day.

The Exeter Hotel has a selection of rooms to stay in if you are from out of the area, or want to stay on to experience one of their renowned cocktails or take a stroll along Bournemouth beach.

1812 also is home to Oishii, a brand new Asian Tapas and grill hosted by award winning chef Cheryl Tio. see link below for their menu, the food looks like a work of art and I can’t wait to taste it. The mixologists at their cocktail bar make up the most beautiful and tasty looking cocktails I’ve ever seen, so I highly recommend you check these out or partake in one of their cocktail masterclasses where you get to create your very own masterpiece.

Join in at their live music nights every Friday and Saturday, and look out for special Christmas and New Year’s Eve events featuring fully heated dining domes on the terrace.

Thank you very much 1812 for hosting us for the best Sunday roast in Bournemouth we will be back again really soon.


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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November 6, 2022