THE Trouville is an extremely well established and popular hotel in the heart of Bournemouth's town centre and just a two minute walk to the beach, BIC and shops, but it is also home to some exquisite and reasonably priced cuisine.

Arriving at the hotel's ample free car park (which in itself is a rare treat) on a wet and windy Sunday, we were immediately given a very warm and personal welcome into the spacious restaurant by head waiter, Miguel.

Miguel seated us at a lovely window table overlooking the bustling town and affording the most pristine white linen tablecloth and napkins.

The Sunday lunch menu is varied from week to week, but always contains a succulent traditional roast with a choice of beef, lamb or pork with a fish course and also a vegetarian dish.

Sunday lunch is served between 12.30pm and 2pm and consists of three generous courses.

I chose the North Atlantic prawn cocktail with thousand island dressing for starter and the roast beef for my main. My tender beef was beautifully served with the most delicious 'proper' roast potatoes like my Mum used to make, roast parsnips, chantenay carrots, broccoli cheese and of course a lovely Yorkshire pud.

My friend opted for the roast leg of lamb served with mint sauce and we both agreed it was probably one of the best roast dinners we had ever eaten, a sentiment echoed by the diners at the next table to us.

The dessert menu offered a choice of fresh fruits and a selection of sorbets, but we were tempted by the vanilla cheesecake topped with fruits of the forest compote whilst my friend had the apple and blackberry crumble served with custard and cream. All of this was for the unbelievable price of £14.95.

We simply could not believe the outstanding value for such a lovely meal. The dinner menu, which is again varied, is also very reasonably priced at £23.95.

Head chef at the Trouville, Jamie Carter produces some outstanding food and together with the beautiful surroundings, the first class service and the amazing value, a date for either dinner or Sunday lunch should not be missed here. Given that Bournemouth now has so many food chains, how lucky for us to discover such a unique and unrivalled venue and hopefully The Trouville will receive the recognition it deserves.