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Welcome to Le Bateau Bar & Kitchen

Bringing the best night life experience to Ashley Cross for over 20 years. 

Le Bateau has been the beating heart of Ashley Cross in Poole since 1998, when the original surf bar and diner was set up in Commercial Road to attract the surfer dudes and board babes that met up around Sandbanks and Poole Harbour. The owners are avid water sports lovers and even though the bar has taken on various iterations over the years, it still retains its nautical roots. 

Chilled and relaxed during the day, Le Bateau comes to life at night with live music and DJs entertaining the pretty young things at weekends. Popular with the locals of Ashley Cross, Lilliput, Whitecliff and Penn Hill as well as visitors from Poole, Bournemouth and beyond, Le Bateau has retained its laid-back, friendly atmosphere for over 20 years.   

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A busy Friday night at Le Bateau
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Live DJs at Le Bateau
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Freshly-prepared and delicious food

Le Bateau is open all day for food and drinks offering something for everyone. Whether it’s a Brisk Brunch, a Lazy Lunch or a Dusky Dinner, you’ll find the food here at Le Bateau right up your street. We have an eclectic seafood and vegetarian menu that is as tasty as it is wholesome and is served from noon right through to 9pm.

Our head chef Martin extends his 30-year love of surfing and search for adventure fully into his food and he’s always looking to try new flavours and combinations. Our stone-baked pizzas are cooked to order on our wood-fired oven using a wide range of fresh ingredients to suit every taste by our experienced in-house chefs.

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Wood-fired pizza oven at Le Bateau
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Grown up drinks for grown up drinkers

There’s a lot of pubs and bars in Ashley Cross and trying to stay ahead of the competition means that we’re always working hard to give our customers the very best drinking experience. Our extensive bar is always stocked with a wide range of draught beers and lagers, and we always a have a number of featured craft ales and ciders available for the adventurers, sophisti-cats and hipsters.

We are proud to have some of the best mixologists in the south and we can make any classic or bespoke cocktail you like: just ask at the bar. With whiskeys and rums from around the world along with a fine array of gins, vodkas, wine and fizz, Le Bateau covers all the bases.

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Catching the wave

To enjoy a great dining experience at Le Bateau please get in touch. Booking is always advisable particularly for large groups and at weekends.