HARRY Ramsden’s in Bournemouth has opened its doors with a fresh face, following a restoration of the branch on Bournemouth beach. 

As part of the £1.5 million refurbishment, the original features of the building, such as the floor-to-ceiling windows with stained glass panels, have been restored to their former glory. 

Tables at the back of the 420-seater restaurant have been elevated, showing off the views to the beach and the pier across the footpath.

Bournemouth Echo: Seating at the restaurant has changedSeating at the restaurant has changed

The refurbishment has also given a makeover to the previously disused arches at the base of the building. They will now function as additional dining space at beach level. 

A new gelateria has also been established, serving a well-curated selection of ice creams and sweet treats for beachgoers.

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The new-look restaurant has taken inspiration from the original branch in Guiseley, lavish art-deco style detailing and a warm, inviting atmosphere. 

James Low, founder and CEO of Deep Blue Restaurants who now own Harry Ramsden’s, said: “The refurbishment of the Bournemouth restaurant is the most exciting project of its kind that I have ever been involved in and I have no doubt that our customers will love it. 

“The good news is, Bournemouth is just the first of Harry’s iconic coastal sites to be refurbished and we can’t wait to get started on the others.”

Bournemouth Echo: The interior has taken inspiration from the original restaurant in GuiseleyThe interior has taken inspiration from the original restaurant in Guiseley

As well as updated seating and windows, the menu has also been given a revamp, with an eye on exploring ways to adapt to younger tastes and culinary trends whilst also serving what they do best – fish and chips. A new selection of wines and cocktails has also been introduced. 

Harry Ramsden’s has become synonymous with fish and chips across the world since it first opened its doors in 1928 in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. 

Its popularity grew during World War Two as fish and chips were one of a handful of items that weren’t rationed. 

Today, Bournemouth is home to what the company claims is the world’s largest fish and chip shop.

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