New and exciting creations are coming to the pass at the Riviera Hotel in Alum Chine. With new talented chefs, brothers Simon Fennell and David Dunn at the helm, this 3-star hotel is preparing for great things.

Over the last six months Simon and David have been developing culinary masterpieces with a goal of putting the Riviera firmly on the map.

Boasting 50 years of culinary experience between them, these brothers are aiming for high acclaim with an ambition to win not just one, but several accolades along the way.

The Riviera hotel has been privately owned by the Callaghan family for over 53 years and in this time it has become one of Bournemouth’s well-known treasures.

Indoor and outdoor pools, beautiful vistas out to sea, family friendly accommodation and stylish dining to suit all tastes makes the Riviera a popular retreat, for locals and visitors alike.

Head chef Simon has over 30 years cooking experience and won Eating Out Chef of the Year Award in 1989. Born in the Midlands, he left college after one year, went on to work at the Midland Hotel in Derby, then moved south to Chichester where he worked at the Millstream Hotel at the age of 20.

“I was a failed professional footballer at Derby County FC when I was just 17. I was told I could make a living out of it but they weren’t sure where. But if I couldn’t play in the first division I didn’t want to play, so, I went to play for Burton Albion FC on Sundays and started cooking the rest of the week.

“I first employed David as a 16-year-old commis chef at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu. Now I’ve returned to cooking and I’ve stolen my brother back to work with me.”

Senior Sous-Chef David has been cooking for 19 years, during this time he has worked at two AA Rosette restaurants. David has also worked alongside Executive Chef Luke Matthews at the Chewton Glen in the New Forest.

“I worked at the Chewton Glen for six and a half years. Luke was an amazing mentor – it was an experience you can’t get anywhere else,” enthused David.

The menu style at the Riviera utilises fresh, seasonal, local produce as much as possible. Simon said: “We try and put a twist on things, classic dishes reinvented. We break things down and recreate them with fresh menus offered daily. The change so far has been phenomenal. Quality food and quality service is paramount.

“The Riviera has never had a Rosette and we want to change that. Here, people can have something different and get great value for money, it’s just £25 for three courses!”

The Riviera is proud to have an in-house pastry chef Natalie Petrakova creating mouth-watering masterpieces and a selection of daily breads and cakes.

Whether you choose to dine at the Bay View Bistro in the art deco Aquitania Bar for snacks and light meals, or eat fine fare in the Cunarder Conservatory Restaurant, with its lovely views over the woods of Alum Chine, you are in for a treat.

The stunning Mauretania Suite can be booked for private functions and the new Britannic suite is due to open soon.

Simon and David clearly have the enthusiasm and talent to give the hotel a new, fresh, cosmopolitan vibe with that wow factor for all ages.

  • Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, 01202 763653, rivierabournemouth.co.uk