Connect with us


Restaurant of the Year 2018



Restaurant of the Year

Last week, we asked our readers to get on social media and vote for their favourite local restaurant. At last, we have the results for you…

As a restaurant critic, I like to think I know my Bournemouth restaurants. But based on the results of this poll, turns out I still have my work cut out for me. I have still not been to many of them! And if you haven’t either, you will find some good restaurant recommendations below. Here’s the Top 5 restaurants in Bournemouth, as voted for by you.


Coming up top with the public’s vote is the Tapas restaurant to go in Southbourne. With a wide variety of dishes including seafood straight out of Poole Harbour, meat and even some vegan-friendly options. In short, there’s something for everyone here.

Terroir Tapas, 81 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 3QX

For more information on Terroir Tapas, please visit their website here.


Oddly enough, just a few doors down from this year’s winner is the runner-up. A restaurant called The Larder House. What Terroir does well in tapas, The Larder House does for in special, artisanal dishes. Foodies will love it here, and from the look of things, you get exactly what you pay for.

The Larder House, 4 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 3QZ

Visit this restaurant’s website for more information on their food and location.



The owners of this place on Old Christchurch Road wanted to create somewhere that could mix good, traditional Italian food with a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. It worked, as a lot of locals have praised both the menu and the ambience.

Hungry Oven, 288-292 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1PH

Visit Hungry Oven’s website for more information.


Elegant both in and out, it is no surprise that this two-tier restaurant and cocktail bar made it onto the list. With clever and innovative dishes, gorgeous location, plus excellent service, this is one Bournemouth eatery we hope to see stay for a long time!

NEO, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5AH

Find out all about NEO or make your reservation via their website here.


This glittering restaurant and cocktail bar made a welcome addition to Poole Hill around this time last year. It has already developed a great reputation for great food, cocktails and atmosphere. Another one we hope will stick around for a while.

Banque & Bohem has since closed.


Agree with the results? Leave a comment either way. Thank you for voting!

Facebook Comments


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 

Facebook Comments
Continue Reading


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

Facebook Comments
Continue Reading


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…

Facebook Comments
Continue Reading