Christchurch Harbour - Salcombe August 19 2014

When the Times newspaper votes you number three out of the Top 30 Great British Weekends, it’s clear you have got something special. That something special at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel is a newly refurbished harbourside retreat with a luxurious spa, a choice of fine dining and uninterrupted panoramic views across the harbour towards Hengistbury Head. Built in the 1930s as a gentleman’s residence, the hotel is now a grade II listed building and part of a bijoux group of privately owned coastal hostels.

By now you will realise that the food here is special – and that extends to the coffee, too. When he moved here nine months ago, one of the first priorities of General Manager, Thomas Huber, was to improve the coffee. He appointed Café du Monde and has been delighted that his instincts proved correct. He chose their “Continental”, a blend of beans from Brazil, Colombia and Kenya, in individual portion sachets, ideal for the stainless steel cafetières which Café du Monde supplied free-on-loan. These are used throughout the hotel including the banqueting suite. For speciality coffees, Café du Monde supplies its Grand Cru espresso coffee beans.

For hotel details go to www.christchurch-harbour-hotel.co.uk.