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Dining Out: Maison Sax, Ashley Cross

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

In attending our first networking event, we got to have a look around this deceptively huge restaurant, tucked away in Poole…

As a tourism website, one of the industries we love celebrating is hospitality. So, when we get invited to the corporate launch of a restaurant in Ashley Cross, Poole — namely, Maison Sax — of course we were going to go!

Maison Sax is a bistro-inspired place on Britannia Road, in and around other bars and restaurants like Ox and The Bermuda Triangle. What you probably won’t sense from the outside is how huge the restaurant is. We were given a little tour upon our arrival.

THE LAYOUT

As you come in the door, turning right leads you to the main dining area. Dim lighting and classic ambience aside, the thing that stands out is the wine store. It’s very on-display in a glass room all of its own. And we were told that the owner is happy to host wine tastings from this collection — all you have to do is inquire!

One thing to note is the fantastic pricing for meals. No booking fees are charged when it comes to things like Christmas parties and so on. So, for a perfectly reasonable £28 per head, you can enjoy a festive dinner at Maison Sax with friends, family or your team at work.

At the other end of the restaurant sits the hugely spacious bar and lounge. This is more ideal for the casual function. Birthdays and anniversaries, that kind of thing. And, as with the Christmas meals mentioned earlier, no booking fees are charged.

The jewel in the crown – especially with summer right around the corner – is the massive garden. Given where the restaurant is situated, it does not look big enough to have such a huge space at the back. The seating goes back, seemingly for miles and miles, and turns a corner, affording even more space. People will want to take advantage of this for occasions that have a larger head count.

THE MENU

Maison Sax offer a widely varied selection on their à la carte menu. And despite the name and the bistro influence, the food has more of an international flavour. Starters range from a seasonal soup du jour for £6, all the way up to Confit duck leg spring roll, served with Kimchi Hoi Sin, priced at £8.50. Other options include devilled kidneys, wild mushroom and pearl barley risotto and tempura tiger prawns.

In the way of mains, there’s a good balance between classics and more adventurous dishes. For the former, good old Bangers and Mash go for just £9, while Fish and Chips is priced at £14. Meanwhile, if you are after something a little more outlandish, maybe a Tandoori-crusted Monkfish Tail or Spinach and Squash Gnocchi.

Desserts offer a few delicious-sounding choices as well. Among them, a lemon curd and berry Eton Mess and a Banoffee Crème Brûlée. And, of course, Maison Sax’s own signature sundae, bringing together chocolate brownie, popcorn, marshmallows and other sweet treats in one pudding.

Interested? Want to make a booking? Or maybe just a further inquiry? Give Maison Sax a call on 01202 612150 or have a look at their website here.

And to keep up with more local goings-on, keep an eye on Humans of Bournemouth’s Blog section.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture

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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

WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES?

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.

A NON-PROFIT INITIATIVE

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.

BOURNEMOUTH REPAIR CAFÉ – WHERE AND WHEN?

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 transitionbournemouth@gmail.com 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival

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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

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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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