Dorset Magazine featured Park Central Hotel in their January 2011 issue, hailing them as a Dorset Success Story. If you missed your copy, you can read the full interview below:
DM – Dorset Magazine
PCH – Park Central Hotel
DM: Tell us what the last 12 months has meant for your business.
PCH: Since opening in March 2010, we have been showcasing our original style accommodation and shown how Bournemouth was ready for a modern and elegant new four star hotel. Between the hotel and the Crab at Bournemouth Restaurant , we have created over 50 new local jobs and our team are exceeding in delivering the level of service our customers would expect from a four star hotel.
DM: What feedback have you had from your customers since opening?
PCH: We receive some great, regular feedback from guests both in house and online. Feedback is absolutely vital for any business, especially a new one like ours, as it help reaffirm the job that we are doing and helps us improve, learning from today to do better tomorrow. Our guests are particularly impressed by our professional & friendly staff and “the most comfortable mattresses,” – according to one of our regular guests.
DM: What makes Park Central Hotel unique?
PCH: We are fortunate to be located directly across from the B.I.C, we are less than a minute walk from Bournemouth’s famous beaches and a stone’s throw from the town centre. Our restaurant, the Crab at Bournemouth is the newest fine-dining venue specializing in the most sensational seafood. But our guests are our main focus – we want them to stay with us time and again so our dedicated team will make sure that we go the extra mile!
DM: How are you feeling about the forthcoming year?
PCH: We are really excited about 2011! We’re just about to celebrate our very first Christmas and New Year and once we’re into 2011, we want to work with more local businesses to give the most preferential rates possible. Our First Anniversary will soon be upon us at the end of March – watch this space because we’ll be doing something very special to celebrate!
Restaurant Review: The Crab at Bournemouth, Exeter Road, Bournemouth – From the Daily Echo Website 13th August 2010 .
WITH the English Channel lapping up on Bournemouth beach, it’s something of a mystery why the town doesn’t have more seafood restaurants. It makes perfect sense; the produce could go from sea to plate in less than a food mile.
Now there’s a new kid on the block. Dubbed the Crab, this seafood joint is situated opposite the BIC and even has a view of the ocean.
Keen to sample the delights of this new eatery, I popped down last Monday with my girlfriend.
Unfortunately, thanks to over-fishing I try and avoid seafood nowadays, I get “the guilt” you see. There’s no tuna left, cod’s on the brink; it’s an ethical minefield.
Happily, the Crab’s local-ish à la carte menu seemed suitably sustainable (no cod or blue fin to speak of), so I pored over it while a friendly waitress poured us a Hendrick’s and tonic.
With its dark brown floorboards, matching wooden furniture and dim down-lighting, the restaurant has a certain understated elegance, which was amplified as the sun went down.
I particularly liked the intimate bar tucked away in the corner, which is a cosy, chic affair and fabulously well stocked – you could have a good night here without eating a morsel.
Not that I’d be doing that – ordering the moules marinière to start followed by the butter poached turbot with samphire, oysters and caviar.
Meanwhile my girlfriend opted for the Severn and Wye smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, crème fraîche and caviar to start and the wild sea bass with mussels, scallops and fennel sauce for mains.
As we waited, a selection of home-baked breads was brought out to us, which we duly dipped into the ramekins of butter and olive oil that arrived with it. Our appetites were whetted.
The gin and tonics quickly ran out so we asked the waiter for a wine recommendation and before long there was a bottle of Albariño on the table – great choice, garçon.
The food took its time, but frankly we weren’t in a rush with our wine and sea views.
Testament to the old adage “good things come to those who wait” were our starters; my mussels were cooked to perfection and the sauce they were floating in was groan-inducingly good.
The delicious smoked salmon was also a winner.
So too were our mains. I know it’s rude to lick your plate (especially in a fancy gaff like this), but I really wanted to after my turbot and oysters in its heavenly caviar cream. Sublime.
Vociferous in her praise of the sea bass and scallops, my girlfriend said the dish was faultless and thought the fennel sauce was a great twist.
To be honest we’ve been waxing lyrical about our dinner there ever since and although it didn’t come cheap (the best part of £100 with booze), you don’t begrudge paying for food of this calibre.