The Canford

“Fresh and refreshing pub and restaurant”



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Light and airy interiors in classic colonial style characterise this beautifully appointed pub and restaurant. Within the Poole conservation area and close to some of Bournemouth’s best beaches, The Canford is ideally sited for visitors sampling the delights of this picturesque coast. At the bar Upham ales are ably supported by Orchard Pig’s range of bottled ciders, while short menus showcase high quality, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. A typical three-course choice could begin with treacle-cured salmon, horseradish, rye and apple cracker; continue with glazed beef cheek with tongue ragù, confit potato, shiitakes and port sauce; and finish with gingerbread, blackberry and eggnog trifle.

The Canford
53 Cliff Drive,Canford Cliffs,POOLE,BH13 7JF


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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