A NEW pop-up restaurant on Bournemouth seafront will open for business next week.

Situated between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers, Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill will be open for one month only from Monday, August 1 to Tuesday, August 30.

Housed in a barn-style wooden-framed marquee, it will offer a “contemporary food menu” sourced locally under the direction of Bridport-born chef Gideon Hitchin.

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BCP Council said the restaurant is part of its plan to assess the “viability” of allowing more hospitality activities on the beach, to create ‘more local jobs and encourage tourism’.

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Cllr Beverley Dunlop, portfolio holder for culture and vibrant places, said: “We continue to enhance our seafront with new dining experiences giving residents and visitors the very best time on our beautiful coastline.

“So, we're piloting the fresh, new Bayside Restaurant Bar & Grill throughout August and the Bournemouth Air Festival.”

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If the pilot is a success, BCP Council said feasibility will be assessed to put in infrastructure to allow trading of this type to happen more easily in the future.

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More than 1,800 people have already booked to visit Bayside.

Bayside will be open seven days for brunch from 10am until midday and then a full menu including seafood and steaks until 10pm each night.

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Mr Hitchin said: “This is a very different concept for Bournemouth beach – we’re offering relaxed vibes with good food - you could literally go for a swim between courses.

“Our food will be a cut above just the usual burgers. We can cater for everyone from families coming off the beach looking for pasta and fish and chips, to people looking for something more special like champagne, oysters or lobster."

Mr Hitchin said food will be largely sourced from local businesses such as Neals And Son Butchers in Tuckton, TD Fruits in Southbourne and Poole-based merchants Templar Wines.