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Dining Out: 5 Must-Visit Indian Restaurants



Indian restaurant Tri Spice is situated in the Triangle

In the next instalment of our little restaurant guide, we head towards eastern flavours. Where’s best to get a good Indian around here?

When it comes to Indian restaurants, central Bournemouth is somewhat lacking. If asked for recommendations, there are only a couple that come to mind. You have to look a little further afield for some of the better options. Our top five include a couple from each…


If you are often in the Triangle, you will have been past the Mint Leaf Indian Brasserie. Of course, Tri Spice is its name now. It is widely recommended as one of the best Indian restaurant in Bournemouth. Genuine and classic curries mixed with a little modern cuisine, plus stylish décor give this little place plenty of appeal.

Why not look at Tri Spice’s website for further information?

Tri Spice, 32-33 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5SE


On Bournemouth Road in Poole, a little gem of an Indian restaurant sits, just waiting to be discovered for dinner. Offering genuine cuisine at highly reasonable prices. Recommendations include the lamb madras and the turka dhall. And it’s open from 6pm until midnight every day of the week.

Check out the website for Sammi’s to peruse their menus by clicking this link.

Sammi’s, 189 Bournemouth Road, Poole, BH14 9HU


The Lansdowne’s own Indian restaurant (and one of its longest-standing establishments) is The Eye of the Tiger. Its reputation (not to mention its unmistakable exterior) will be known to Bournemouth residents young and old, having been in the Lansdowne since 1979. Over those 40 years, it has served dishes sprawling across India, the Himalayas, Bengal and more.

Members of the business community may also be interested to know that it serves as the venue to the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s monthly curry club. Members of the BCTC should get involved if they want to catch up with their fellow businesspeople over great food.

Find out more about this restaurant on their website.

The Eye of the Tiger, 207-215 Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 1JZ


Neighbourhoods don’t get much more chic in Poole than Penn Hill. The curry house down that way is Fort Raj, home to some mouth-watering signature dishes. Not to mention excellent prices. From something as simple as a chicken tiranga for £6.35 to a lamb shank shakuti for £17.95. Plus some delectable seafood options (though for the best local seafood restaurants in the area, click here).

If you are interested in Fort Raj, click here to check out their website and menus.

Fort Raj, 127 Penn Hill Ave, Poole, BH14 9LY


Christchurch often leaves people spoilt for choice when it comes to good restaurants, regardless of the cuisine they’re looking for. When Indian food is one your mind, Masala Bay is the one to go to. Varied menu, relaxing ambience, and a beautiful location. What more could you want?

Take a look at Masala Bay’s website for more information.

Masala Bay, 24 Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1EB

As always, we would love to hear from you if you think there’s a restaurant missing from this Top 5. Where do you love to go for an Indian in and around Bournemouth? Let us know in the comments.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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