Highcliffe Tandoori

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23 December 2018 – Development?

I was surprised in the Bournemouth Echo today (27 December 2018) to read about possible development of the restaurant. It has had rather a chequered history in the last few years, changing hands and then mysteriously closing. Lots of speculation and gossip, but only a trespass warning notice on the door. Well, finally, things might be about to happen!

Those familiar with Highcliffe may remember Tudor House Antiques, with a flat above.

Tudor House Antiques in 2014

This building was demolished and an imposing block of flats built. The header picture shows them near completion, with the Highcliffe Tandoori in the background. The flats seem to be occupied, but the two shops at the bottom are vacant. The right hand one is still to let.

There new flats in 2017, with the Highcliffe Tandoori on the left

The proposal is that an application has been lodged for flats and commercial premises, with a three-bedroom house, on the plot. It is, of course, part of the Hoburne Developments ‘mixed use’ project. Here is the information from the Christchurch Planning Department:

‘Conversion of existing ground floor and basement A3 restaurant and C3 duplex flat above to create A2 commercial and 5 no flats with cycle and bin storage. Sever land and erect a 3 bedroom house with parking. Demolition of existing rear single & two storey section and single storey extension.’

Here is a picture of the building:

Highcliffe Tandoori

This is the notice on the window, put up in February 2017. The text is next to the image.

Licence of Ground and Basement Floors, 416 Lymington Road Highcliffe BH23 5HE and 2 rooms and bathroom dated 22 May 2017 (Licence) between (1) Mohammed Kamal (Landlord) and (2) Jalal Uddin Ahmed (Tenant).

Take notice that the Landlord has today re-entered the above premises for non payment of the Licence Fee and other breaches of the Licence and hereby terminates the licence pursuant to clause 11.2 and 11.2 of the Licence. As a consequence of the re-entry, the licence is forfeited and the premises have been secured.

And take notice that no-one can lawfully enter the premises unless they have been given authorisation by the landlord. Any attempt to enter the premises without the landlord’s authority may be a criminal offence and result in a prosecution.

If you have any enquiry regarding the premises, please contact us by quoting the above reference [given on document].

Yours faithfully, Sampson Coward LLP


3 February 2019 – Approval Given

Article online in the Christchurch Times: Approval given.

Here are the documents, with plans and elevations. Opens in a new window.


8 May 2019 – Moving on Apace

For the last two or three nights until around 11pm there has been a lot of work here, with the police even checking it on one occasion. All was legitimate, and they soon moved on.

Today workmen were there finishing the emptying of the inside. To save the trouble of scrolling up, here is what is planned:

‘Conversion of existing ground floor and basement A3 restaurant and C3 duplex flat above to create A2 commercial and 5 no flats with cycle and bin storage. Sever land and erect a 3 bedroom house with parking. Demolition of existing rear single & two storey section and single storey extension.’


9 May 2019 – Gutted!

Not me, the restaurant! This afternoon I pressed the camera against the window and was surprised to see how much work has already been done and is still going on. The demolition of the building will no doubt begin soon.

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17 September 2019

Even More Progress: They say that prior preparation prevents poor performance, so that is probably the explanation for the seemingly minor work which has been in progress for the last few months.

Today something much more exciting has been happening: I think they are getting ready for the demolition. The hoarding is being erected!


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8 October 2019


A bit at a time, slow but steady progress. This morning I was almost excited to see scaffolding being erected at the Highcliffe Tandoori (as was). Photo below grabbed with a mobile phone.