THIS week we invited Daily Echo readers to tell us their favourite restaurant or pub with a view. Here are their top picks...

Shell Bay

Boasting views of Poole Harbour, Sandbanks and Brownsea Island, Shell Bay restaurant and bistro is the perfect place to enjoy fresh and locally caught seafood by the sea including the likes of beer battered fish and chips, mackerel and seabass. With indoor and an outdoor dining on offer, customers can make the most of the surroundings whatever the weather. Posting on Facebook, Sera Leigh said: “You can't beat the sunset at Shell Bay Restaurant..magical.”

The Cliff House

Set on a cliff at Barton on Sea, The Cliff House certainly lives up to its name. An independent restaurant with “panoramic views of the Solent”, whether you’re after a light bite, afternoon tea or Sunday lunch, it has all bases covered. Dishes include Lymington dressed crab and 28-day matured Hampshire steaks. It came highly praised for its “beautiful views”.

The Scott Arms

Situated in Kingston, The Scott Arms says it has “arguably the best view over the majestic Purbeck countryside” and our readers clearly agree after receiving a number of nominations. The pub serves locally-sourced food and even has its own “Jerk Shak” outside where visitors can enjoy barbecued Caribbean cuisine during the summer months. Andee Green said: “The view from the beer garden is stunning.”

Square and Compass

Another Purbeck gem, this pub in Worth Matravers is known for its homemade pasties and pies but also its impressive views that draws locals and visitors alike. People can also enjoy award-winning beers and ciders including their home pressed cider created by the owners.

Christchurch Harbour Hotel

As its name suggests, Christchurch Harbour Hotel enjoys stunning views of the harbour and boasts two restaurants as well as an alfresco dining terrace which is ideal for enjoying a sundowner. Plus, after you’ve finished your meal, you can walk it off on Mudeford Quay or do a spot of crabbing.

The Pig - on the beach

This "rustic-chic" hotel and restaurant at Studland Bay is just a four-minute walk from the beachfront and promises "gorgeous views and stunning beaches." What can't be grown in their Kitchen Garden is sourced within a 25-mile radius. Sample dishes include south coast hake, Jurassic coast cuttlefish and BBQ Piddle Valley chicken breast.