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'Off'-Season Bournemouth (Dorset, England)

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A December 2004 trip to Bournemouth by KarenAndKevin

View from Costal Path Photo, Bournemouth, England More Photos
Quote: Last-minute availability and a desire to escape led us to celebrate the start of 2005 quietly in a blustery and beautiful seaside town on the south coast of England.

'Off'-Season Bournemouth (Dorset, England)

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Overview

View from Costal Path Photo, Bournemouth, England
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In the winter, the English seaside is prone to closing down, but Bournemouth and its environs still have plenty to offer. Bournemouth Centre hosts the winter gardens and is home to many splendid restaurants, along with the usual shops, pubs, and clubs. There are also theatres (Panto over the Christmas period) and, in the winter, an ice skating rink in the BIC. The surrounding area offers miles and miles of walks, either along the coastal path or to famous sites such as the massive rock arch, Durdle Door. There are picturesque fishing villages such as Lulworth Cove and all the Hardy Country scenery you could need. If you want to get away from the coast, there's the New Fo...Read More

Carlton Club Apartments

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Hotel

Carlton Club Apartments Photo, Bournemouth, England
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The best feature of the Carlton Club Apartments is something which no amount of effort could add to other resorts – namely the uninterrupted, spectacular views out to sea (from all except the ground floor apartments). As the apartments are designed to make the most of this sea view, the majority of the units are on the south facing side and are therefore bathed with light in the mornings. There are only 18 apartments in the Carlton Club Apartments block. They are linked, via a corridor on the ground floor, to the Carlton Hotel (part of the Menzies group). It is the Carlton Hotel which features in the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2006

Carlton Club Apartments
East Overcliff Drive
Bournemouth, England
+44 (1202) 552011

Sajniz Restaurant

Restaurant | "Sajniz"

Sajniz Restaurant Photo, Bournemouth, England
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On our last night in Bournemouth, starting to crave curry, we ventured away from Bournemouth city centre and out towards Boscombe (go along the cliff tops with the sea on your right) where we found Sajniz, a very friendly and relaxed restaurant serving Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. The restaurant has a contemporary, elegant interior with blue linen and white crockery. The menu is enticing with all the usual favourites (Balti, Biriyani, Massala, Madras, Vindaloo, etc.) and an excellent and extensive choice of chef's specialties. We opted for the specialties and enjoyed a very hot Mumbai Spice (Chicken Tikka cooked with crushed chilies and served sizzling) and much milder Tandoor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2006

Sajniz Restaurant
487-489 Christchurch Road
Bournemouth, England BH1 4AE
+44 (1202) 391391

Coriander

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Restaurant

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A rustic Mexican restaurant just up the hill from the main square in the town centre, Coriander has a relaxed party atmosphere; popular with students and birthday parties. We were greeted and seated in the upstairs dining area by friendly and enthusiastic waiting staff. The a la carte evening menu contained a wide choice of Mexican food (Nachos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Chimichangas, Fajitas, etc.) and as our party included a Vegetarian and a Coeliac, we were delighted with the special gluten free menu and extensive Vegetarian choices. It was refreshing that the waiter didn't have to keep disappearing to the kitchen to let you know what each dish contained. The drinks menu ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Coriander
22 Richmond Hill
Bournemouth, England BH2 6EJ
+44 (1202) 552202

Alcatraz Rosso

Restaurant

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A popular Italian restaurant in the center of Bournemouth, the Alcatraz Rosso is the smaller cousin of the grand Alcatraz Brasserie, to be found slightly further down the street (127 Old Christchurch Road). Both serve authentic Italian cuisine including pasta and pizza. We chose the more intimate, relaxed and younger feel of the Alcatraz Rosso and had a very enjoyable evening with plenty of good food and wine.

Alcatraz Rosso is open until 11pm, seven nights a week and is also open for lunch during the week (when we peered in, it seemed very popular with business people).
Starters cost between £3 and £5 and main courses between £6 and £15.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2006

Baan Thai Restaurant

Restaurant | "Baan Thai"

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Having heard good things about Baan Thai we booked a table before we even left home. And on our first night in Bournemouth found ourselves walking from our hotel to the top of Old Christchurch Road, hoping that the numbers started at the bottom and 203 would be near the top. The top of Old Christchurch Road seemed popular with students and many of the shops were take away restaurants and record stores. It didn't feel like the right place, but just a bit further down on the right was Baan Thai, with a large wood framed window and elegant branding that stood out from the buildings near by. Inside, the restaurant is tastefully decorated in chocolate browns and creams and furnished with...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 31, 2006

Baan Thai Restaurant
203 Old Christchurch Road
Bournemouth, England BH1 1JU
+44 (1202) 556595

Durdle Door Holiday Park

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Attraction | "Durdle Door"

Durdle Door Holiday Park Photo, Dorset, England
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You can reach Durdle Door, by walking a kilometer from Lulworth Cove, up and over Hambury Tout (an ancient burial mound), or more leisurely (lazily?) by driving to the Durdle Door Holiday Park and walking 800 yards from there. We opted for the latter option and choose the scenic stroll though the caravans, which in January, were all empty with curtains open to deter burglars. The walk to the cliff is fairly easy with only a slight gradient and a well-trodden and well-defined path. Even on New Year's Day the path was busy with tourists, but there wasn't a single burger or ice cream van in sight. At the end of the pa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Durdle Door Holiday Park
Dorset
Dorset, England