Rick Stein

With it’s lavish coastal decor, wide views of Poole harbour’s pearly waters, and – of course – the exquisite dining offering, Rick Stein Sandbanks restaurant shines bright in this virtual tour.

A great planning tool. For larger bookings, customers fast develop a sense of space and layout, helping them determine whether it was a match meant to be. Research has shown that images, and especially VR, inspire customers into action because they can imagine themselves there! Aiding this we wanted to build an atmosphere that reflected the restaurant-bar’s venue and brand.

A 2015 study into the effectiveness of virtual tours showed that, among 18-34 year olds who view a restaurant virtual tour, they were 130% more likely to book a table versus a restaurant without a one.

The image positions were chosen to best communicate the centrality of that fantastic harbour view, and the volume of light flooding the room; lightly reflecting teal blue from the water’s surface.

The beautiful photographs that came from our visit, perfectly compliment the open-plan layout and tasteful design of the restaurant and bar. The tour is simple, yet effective, totalling 7 images only – yet after only a few minutes one feels a sense of familiarity and navigability.

On the client’s website the tour acts as an excellent companion for their professional photographs, of both the venue and their speciality dishes.



  • This tour helped boost Rick Stein’s website engagement and the amount of time spent on their site.
  • Tour used as a planning tool for larger bookings.
  • Research has shown VR tours rapidly increase booking enquiries and bookings.
  • Added to the restaurants’ already beautiful website.

For other restaurant virtual tours, see also Beachside Grill restaurant for inspiration.

Date:  August 8, 2018
Skills:  Bespoke Tour, Restaurant Virtual Tour, Virtual Tours, VR Tours
Project URL:  Launch Project
Rick Stein Sandbanks | Restaurant Tour - The Virutal Tour Experts