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Top cafe recommendations from locals

Restaurant
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“Great place to eat right on the seafront. Take a walk through Boscombe Gardens and Chine to work up an appetite!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you love fresh fish we highly recommend a car journey along the coast to Burton Bradstock and this great spot to eat! Queues are likely in peak season but just confirms it’s popular!! Expect fresh mussels, large seafood platters, lobster and some good old fashioned fish and chips to make but a few bites! ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Great day out, amazing to see the swans. You can get a family ticket for four for around £40 which also give you access to the children's farm in Abbotsbury and the Botanical Gardens. Great value.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Café
“Nice for a casual dinner and drinks. Make sure to try their duck pizza. Plus they're currently doing Pizza and Prosecco Thursdays! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great jurrasic coast line walks and you can grab a bite to eat actually at the Durlston Castle. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“Nothing beats this local fish restaurant! Very popular so you’ll need to book in advance! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
“Highcliffe Castle is not only a beautiful and historical building, but the surrounding grounds are perfect for a relaxing stroll or a family picnic on the lawns. There is direct access to both a wonderful sandy beach and the unspoilt nature reserve of nearby Steamer Point. The Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. It is a grade 1 listed building built mainly between 1831 and 1836 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. The magnificent building, once lavishly furnished in the 18th century French style, remained a family home until the 1950’s. Whilst two fires destroyed the rich interiors in the 1960’s, the Castle’s renovated exterior is testimony to the remarkable skills of craftsmen and women who carried out a huge repair and conservation programme in the 1990’s. Entrance fee for the castle and free to view the grounds. Car park charges apply. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
“Family friendly spot for food and/or drinks. Good food with bar services, games and also dog friendly. We love this for a casual evening out!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Messums is a thriving art gallery in the middle of nowhere based around the longest thatched tithe barn in England (which is worth seeing in itself). It is a vibrant hub with ever-changing art displays, talks, events and a great cafe for drinks or lunch and is free to explore.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“A cute cafe that serves great breakfasts. Lots of options and swaps for those with dietary requirements.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Store
“Fantastic plant-based food, great for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Great menu, fabulous cakes! Open: Mon 10am-6pm, Tues 9am-6pm Wed: Closed, Thurs: 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-9pm, Sat10am-9pm Sun: 10am-6pm T: 01202 236407 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RY”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“A small friendly place with good food - great for relaxing with a glass of something and admire the Seaview.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Gallery Cafe is situated at Sculpture by the Lakes, (an oasis for art lovers and collectors, created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon). Worth a visit for lunch or afternoon tea. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“Popular local restaurant with great food and drink -midway between the flat and the beach! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lovely cafe with good coffee and a decent menu in a nice place, great for lunch, brunch and breakfast.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“Located at the edge of sandbanks beach, a lovely place for a coffee or to listen to live music sat in front of the fire during winter months. ”
  • 18 locals recommend