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A blogger's guide Bournemouth - three top lunch spots

On Friday one of my oldest friends, Charlotte, is coming to stay for the weekend from her home in the big smoke (a.k.a London).  We are both such busy little bees that it's the first time she's been able to stay since we moved in last March, and so I'm trying to put together an itinerary of my favourite things to do in the Christchurch and Bournemouth area.

In a way I'm glad that we've waited a while before she's come to stay, as over the last 18 months Tom and I have really spent a lot of time exploring local places to eat and visit.  When we moved here we didn't know anyone who lived in the local area and so it was important to me that we lay roots here by finding new favourite places, making new traditions and becoming a part of the community.  One of my favourite parts of going on holiday or for a short break is exploring a new city - I love that feeling when you're coming to the end of a trip and you feel less like a tourist and more... embedded into the city, like you know your way around.

We live in Christchurch, about ten minutes from Bournemouth.  We chose Christchurch as neither of us wanted to live in a city but we wanted the convenience of living near shops and restaurants.  Christchurch is worthy of a visit in its own right however - with its beautiful Priory, markets and harbour it's such a lovely place to spend a day.  My favourite place to eat in Christchurch is Cheese and Alfie's, which do incredible breakfasts and brunches (eggs every way you can imagine!).


As we live so close we were able to explore Christchurch on our feet, having a nose around at a slow pace. But I had to do a bit more research when it came to trying to find places to visit in Bournemouth.  It's the largest 'settlement' in Dorset, with wide reaching suburbs and lots of quirky little restaurants and cafes as well as larger clubs and bars. With so many options I wanted to hunt down the little gems, which I mainly did through chatting to people on Twitter as well as our neighbours and friends we made locally, and looking at review sites on the internet.  In the end I came up with a list of 16 places that I was desperate to go and eat at, and we've been ticking them off ever since.  My favourites have been The Kitchen Club, Crepes Farm and another one more our neck of the woods, the Harbour Restaurant at Christchurch Harbour Hotel.

original img credit: the kitchen club
original img credit: crepes farm
Also on the list for visits soon are Frieda's Tearoom, The Larderhouse and the Little Pickle Deli Cafe.

Have you ever had to move to a new town? How did you explore? Or, if you live near me, where are the places I must visit?



20 comments

  1. Rosie I'm going to come and stay with you and you can take me to cheese and alfies :) It looks amazing x

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    1. Well you should, and it is! :) xo

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  2. Cheese and Alfie's is so good! I've only had breakfast there, but their burgers are mightily tempting.

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    1. Have you seen they do a burger for £40 and if you can eat it you don't have to pay for it? I wish I had a bigger appetite! :)

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    2. I have! And I will have victory.

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  3. Oooh I have to try out all those places, if you haven't already you should try the print room in Bournemouth, the kings (in christchurch) and The Limewood Hotel in New Forest! I love going to those places for special occasions :)

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    1. Ooh I've heard good things about Print Room, haven't heard of the other two but they're going on my list, thankyou! :)

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  4. Everything sounds so so so lovely! Maybe Bournemouth is better when you're older than it is when you're 11 xxx

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  5. I still need to get my butt to Cheese & Alfie's! And I still haven't been to Little Pickle Deli - one of my friends works there and I drive past it all the time so I really have no excuse! I love The Larderhouse. We had afternoon tea there the other day.
    I don't mean to rudely pimp my work on your blog but I also write a website called Eat Sleep Dorset that features restaurants/hotels/shops in Dorset. I'll be putting up our post on The Larderhouse tomorrow :)
    x

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  6. It's weird seeing you describe Bournemouth as a settlement, but I guess that's what it is. I grew up there and go back to visit family, but I haven't been out in town in aaaages. Old Christchurch Road always used to be quite good for little indie shops though, and there are some decent bars and restaurants towards the top (near the roundabout). Not sure that could get any more vague but there you go : )

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    1. Haha it's because it seems bigger than a town but it doesn't have city status so I plumped for 'settlement' :) I haven't explored Old Christchurch Road or that area so I'll put it on the list, thankyou!

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  7. Those places all look divine!

    I'm new to Sheffield and Rotherham and am always visiting new places that I see other local bloggers visiting. Or we use Trip Advisor to visit the "best" places and it's a great way to get great food at places we probably wouldn't know about otherwise.

    x

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  8. I need to visit Bournemouth... I've lived here in Southsea for 2 years now and I really want to explore more of the south coast! I think more weekend last minute road trips are needed :) x

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  9. I've only visited Bournemouth when I was really little. I can't remember much!
    It looks amazing though.
    I always love finding cute little places!
    x x x

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  10. I love this post. I've been considering doing a similar one about my home town but never got around to it.. might have to do it soon :) xx

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  11. Great post – despite living in Bournemouth I’m always stuck for different places to eat that aren’t chain restaurants so you’ve given more some inspiration. I’m dying to try Cheese and Alfies - I’ve heard it’s amazing :)x

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  12. I am always stayed at hotels in Bournemouth on Christmas. Lovely place!

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