Ashley Cross

Nestled in the heart of Poole, lies a hidden gem that beckons food enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

Welcome to Ashley Cross, where culinary delights come to life, and a world of gastronomic experiences awaits. This charming neighborhood boasts a vibrant and diverse dining scene that will transport you on a culinary journey spanning the globe. From quaint cafes to upscale bistros, Ashley Cross is a food lover’s paradise, a place where the art of dining takes center stage.

Ashley Cross

Have you ever tried an Ōbako Kinchō? How about a Bloody Samurai? These are just two of the curious cocktails served at Pan Asian restaurant Drgnfly, located in the heart of Ashley Cross. When it comes to eating and drinking in this leafy suburb, you’re spoiled for choice, with Italian (Dolce Vita), African (Zim Braai), Indian (The Gate of India) and Thai (The Ox) all on the menu. Wash it down with a tipple from one of the many bars and pubs: The Butcher’s Dog, Camden, The Dancing Moose, The Avocet and The Bermuda Triangle (can you find the secret bar hidden behind a bookcase?).

Gourmet Haven

If healthy fare is more your thing, head to Miiko, where you can select from its Focus, Glow, Detox or Energy menus, before purchasing some Inner Compass cards from the shop to help you find your way. One place you’ll certainly want to find your way to is the high-end delicatessen Nicholas James, which uses the same butcher as the royal family! Patisserie Mark Bennett and Little Red Roaster are also worth a visit to get your caffeine and sweet-treat fix. 

Green Oasis

Why not get a takeaway, then sit in Ashley Cross Green to indulge in some people watching? Soak up the green’s continental vibe, with its Victorian fountain and pétanque pitches.

Walk off all that delicious food in nearby Poole Park. With 110 acres of gardens, lakes, trails and woods to explore – with tennis, crazy golf, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing and children’s playgrounds all on offer – you might just get hungry again. The Kitchen waterside restaurant and Scoops ice cream parlour will oblige.


  • I absolutely loved Ashley Cross! We had a lovely meal out, followed by some drinks and the atmosphere was buzzing.

    Emma | October 2023

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