I'd never expected to see squid and duck on the same plate but my 'squid duck breast with squid stuffed with confit leg, tempura squid and greens' (£19.95) actually worked very well, although it seemed to be more a vehicle for the duck than the squid. The breast meat was wonderfully tender, with the skin perfectly singed, and the confit rich and meaty; the tempura was a little thick. Calf's liver with leek and potato cake in a red wine sauce (£16.50) was exceptionally tender and lemon sole with greens (£19.95) was melting and buttery, although the pile of salty samphire on which it came was a bit much. Moreover, the accompanying chips were too hard inside and had the unmistakeable smack of old cooking oil.
So there were misses as well as hits, but it was a fairly satisfying dinner on the whole and we were certainly well looked after. This isn't the cheapest restaurant around but I would say it was decent value for money, at least for a special occasion, as this was (there is also a cheaper set menu available in the week). Anyway, you're also paying for this:
Christchurch Harbour Hotel
Christchurch BH23 3NT