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Dining Out: 5 Must-Visit Seafood Restaurants




Since we’re by the sea, what better thing to eat when in Bournemouth than seafood? You can’t just get it anywhere, mind you…

The Bournemouth restaurant scene is already in the local news this week, what with Twelve Eatery making the #1 spot on TripAdvisor. But the increasing surge towards vegan food aside, let’s not forget Bournemouth’s other key cuisine. Seafood.

It goes with the location, of course. Countless places in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch deal in some excellent seafood dishes. Where, then, are the best places to eat it? Our Top 5 are listed below…


The clue is in the name. If you want a top-class meal with excellent service, presentation and value in the heart of Bournemouth, you should look no further than The Crab. The freshest locally-sourced ingredients and regularly-changing menus. A restaurant with a gleaming reputation. Even the likes of Sir Ian McKellen have fallen under its spell in the past…!

If you want to know more and peruse the menus, please visit The Crab’s website here.

The Crab at Bournemouth, 37 Exeter Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5AJ


Heading over to Poole, there are tons of places to find a seafood meal. Being right on the harbour, it’d be hard not to. However, the best place, without a doubt, is Storm, situated in the old part of the town. You have to expect food of such great quality to cost a little extra, but you can’t put a price on the freshness. Plus the excellent service. Now 20 years-old, Storm has featured on programs like ITV’s Harbour Lives.

Storm Fish, 16 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BP


Another one in Poole’s old town, Guildhall Tavern’s speciality lies with French cooking. However, their seafood dishes are in a category all of their own. Thai monkfish curry, whole sea bass flambéed in Pernod, or maybe just a good old Lobster Thermidor. The list goes on. A trip to Guildhall Tavern is never a wasted one.

Find out more about this restaurant here on their website.

Guildhall Tavern, 15 Market Street, Poole, BH15 1NB


The beach at Mudeford in Christchurch is desirable enough on its own. Add a gorgeous seafood restaurant and you have a perfect trip to the beach made. The Noisy Lobster opened in 2012 and has since been providing the best of local cuisine to all visitors. From (as the name implies) its signature lobster dishes to the mind-blowing desserts, courtesy of their pastry chef Nikolay Peronski.

Check out The Noisy Lobster’s website for more information.

The Noisy Lobster, Avon Beach, Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 4AN


Truly a social spot in the heart of Christchurch. This is a place where you can go with friends, even those not overly keen on seafood. There are tons of other options in the meat and vegetarian lines. However, the fish selection at Loch & Quay is not to be sniffed at — especially their seafood sharing platter. It includes a fishcake, calamari, tempura prawns and much more.

Click here if you want to look at Loch & Quay’s website…

Loch & Quay, 24 Church Street, Christchurch, BH23 1BW

Did we miss any? What’s your favourite place to go for seafood? Let us know in the comments section or on our social media pages!

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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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