Welcome to The Paddle Highcliffe



The Paddle Story

My name is Donna and I own The Paddle. I often get asked how did you come up with the name for The Paddle and I have to give the credit to my partner in crime/fiancé/head chef Harry. We were trying to think of a name that said seaside without being too twee or surf café and also something that told people about our amazing wood fired pizza oven and wasn’t too formal, and along came THE PADDLE. That is the short version anyway…..

I wanted to create a place where people could come at all times of the day to socialise, contemplate life and enjoy tasty, homemade food and drink, without having to do the washing up or put on a tie :)

A lot of my inspiration comes from travelling when I was 18 in Australia and New Zealand, where I was Barista trained in the art of making coffee and experienced the amazing café culture they have over there, which I wanted to bring to the lovely people of Highcliffe.

Myself and Harry put everything into The Paddle and are both really passionate about really tasty food made from scratch, with love. If you ever feel like we are having an off day or have missed a trick, please do tell us as we are only human and our aim is only for you to have an amazing experience.

We open each morning at 8am (Sunday 9am) for Coffee, Cakes and breakfast. Our freshly baked cakes are available throughout the day. All the ingredients we use are sourced locally from a great range of suppliers.

The Café style is relaxed and comfortable, the food is freshly prepared to order and all produced on the premises.

When there is a chill in the air come and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or delicious british roasted coffee. We even have a selection of loose leaf teas, fresh juices, smoothies or something a little stronger!

High chairs are available and clean, well behaved dogs are welcome in the front half of the cafe.]

Opening Hours

8am – 4pm Wednesday (Kitchen open 8am- 3pm)

8am – 10pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday (Kitchen open 8am – 3pm/6pm 8.30pm)

9am – 4pm Sunday (Kitchen open 9am – 2.30pm)

Mondays & Tuesdays –  Closed for staff days off

Phone: 01425 275148

Being a Café and not a restaurant we do not take table reservations at lunch time, however we do suggest booking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are bringing a large group, for instance a Christmas Party, Birthday or just a group of friends, please use the contact us and we will be happy to arrange your booking.


Please click on the link below. Note we only take table bookings for evenings. Our online booking system is limited to tables of up to 6 people so if you would like to book a larger table or even to hire The Paddle for a private party then please call us direct on 01425 275148. If the time you want isn’t available online please contact us direct to see if we can fit you in…..



397 Waterford road,



BH23 5JN

contact: info@thepaddle.co.uk



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I once truly believed that if I had to stand in line for twenty minutes to have a package gift-wrapped it actually gave the recipient more pleasure.
   Jean Kerr
   1922 - 2003

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