Penn Hill's best kept secret.......
The Cruel Sea is an atmospheric bistro bar specialising in locally caught, sustainable fish and shellfish. Best known for our award winning Poole oysters we are a must for any seafood lover.
Owned by local fisherman Peter Miles, all of our produce is sourced as locally as possible and our menu changes regularly in keeping with the season.
Enjoy champagne and oysters at the bar, or take a seat in the restaurant area to share some Tapas or full A la Carte menu.
General Manager Katie and Head Chef Chris have created a unique and relaxed dining experience....
The bar and is rustic, warm and welcoming. The interior has been kept natural using beautiful wood, brick walls and industrial vintage styling. The Cruel Sea has an established, classy yet comforting feel.
With a great selection of premium draught and bottled lagers and beers, a carefully selected wine list and Tapas & fresh Poole Oysters available at the bar - coupled with our friendly staff.....we think it's the perfect destination to catch up with friends, enjoy after work drinks or to just relax and enjoy some down time!
We pride ourselves on using only the finest produce in our kitchen here at the Cruel Sea, making the most of the local, sustainable, quality produce which is abundant here in Dorset!
Owner and fisherman Peter Miles ventures out on his boat regularly to catch fresh fish for our menu, as well as other local fishermen. Our menu is ever changing as we are so committed to only using the freshest produce.
Whilst we are best known for our fish and seafood, we also use local game, meat, poultry and vegetables ensuring our menu is well balanced and offers plenty of choice for all - a significant number of our dishes are also Gluten Free!
Head chef Chris is passionate about food, and this is reflected in the wholesome, tasty dishes he produces.
Whether you are looking to enjoy a social bite to eat with friends or an indulgent 3 course meal, our Tapas and A La Carte menu has something for everyone & our Award winning Oysters are second to none!
The Cruel Sea
5 Bank Chambers, Penn Hill Avenue,
Poole, Dorset BH14 9NB
Monday to Saturday From 5.30PM
Highly Commended runner up in this years Dorset Food awards - Best Seafood Restaurant
* Private Hire options available for Social or Business Needs
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FOR ANY AMOUNT @ THE BAR OR OVER THE PHONE (VALID FOR 12 MONTHS)
The restaurant’s name comes from the British film The Cruel Sea, 1953. Directed by Charles Frend and produced by Leslie Norman this is a classic World War II adventure about a British convoy escort ship and its officers.
Based on the best selling novel The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat. It is a portrayal of the war between the Royal Navy and Germany's U-boats from the viewpoint of the British naval officers and seamen who served in escort vessels during World War II.