My husband and I are notorious foodies. We usually try places we’ve never been before when we go out, which has led us to some pretty amazing places in and around Bournemouth. Here’s our (non-comprehensive) list of some of the best joints around town (not ranked in any particular order).
- Ristorante Barolo
This one is an all-time favourite. And they don’t cut corners – the food is always made with fresh ingredients and their servers go above and beyond. Definitely a place to go if you want to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion. (Or if you just want to get some takeout – one plate of pasta lasted me 2 days, and it still tastes just as good microwaved as it does fresh.)
- Buffalo Bar
Three words: bring a bib. Seriously, their burgers mean business, and you can choose from some ridiculous toppings, including fried egg, hashbrowns, coleslaw, and mac & cheese. I usually go for a ‘fried chicken bacon taco’ burger – Southern fried chicken and back bacon with cheddar, sour cream, and salsa. Chase it down with a couple of pints of their very own Buffalo Brew and prepare yourself for a food coma.
Location: Town Centre
For when you’re living the broke student life (like us) and want loads of good Chinese food for cheap. More upscale than your regular Chinese restaurant, complete with a coy pond at the entrance and swanky chandeliers, it’s a lovely place for date night. Oh, and let’s not forget their two chocolate fountains.
- 7 Bone Burger Co.
Location: Town Centre
This place was our latest venture, and the food didn’t disappoint (even if the service did). I’m a stickler for service, but this one still made it onto the list because their burgers made up for it. I went for the ‘Robert Johnston’, and Adam got the ‘Prince Charles is Overrated’. Not only is it true, it’s also a great name for a burger. Pair it with onion straws or ‘dirty fries’ and a glass-bottle Coke and try not to feel your arteries clogging. (It’s totally worth it, though.)
- Little Pickle Deli Café
Emphasis on the ‘little’ – this tiny corner café is always packed with people. Owned by the super cute husband and wife duo Andrew and Karen, Little Pickle is the best destination for locally sourced food, and is also home of the best chai latte I’ve ever had. Visiting Little Pickle is a great way to support local businesses, farms, and dairies, and they make good on their promise of ‘tea and cake just like your granny used to make.’
This self-proclaimed ‘buzzy coffee lovers’ venue with a Bohemian vibe’ is part of South Coast Coffee Roastery, with a sister café in the town centre called South Coast Roast. There’s a reason their company has been hailed as one of the best in Bournemouth time and time again: their menu is chock full of fresh superfood options, offering a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes for the herbivores out there.
Location: The Triangle
What can I say about Flirt? It’s colourful, it’s inviting, and it’s eclectic. It’s definitely the place to go if you want something a little different. Their varied menu includes bubble tea, miso soup, cheesy curry chips, a stuffed butternut squash plate, and so much more. So branch out and bring a friend, or perhaps a book if you’re alone – the Bournemouth library is right next door.
- Starz American Diner & Bar
I think you can guess why this is one my favourites – the stylish noir film theme, of course. This Charminster staple is the perfect place to satisfy your craving for some good ol’ fashioned American grub, whether you’re hankering for huevos rancheros, French toast, steak, ribs, milkshakes, or floats. What’s more? They named their classic American style burger ‘The Big Kahuna.’ With a name like that, they’ll always get a rave review from this Tarantino fan.
Hopefully this post has made you good and hungry, so call up a friend, and make some lunch plans, and ‘treat yo’self’ to a food coma!