Bourmemouth -more or less
Some bits of Bournemouth...
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Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth BH12 5BY
bluesofty wrote on 09-03-2009 “Every one in the Bournemouth area has probabably heard of Green's. It's the first place that comes to mind when thinking of buying linen or towels. And they stock far more than that! Now this shop is not huge at all, but they make use of the ceiling. Oh yes, necessity is indeed the mother of...” more...
22 Post Office Road, Bournemouth BH1 1BA
bluesofty wrote on 05-03-2009 “I noticed this for the first time last week when I popped into Bournemouth after working in Christchurch. It's not your usual High St girly shop, with bad seams, hanging threads and no individuality. Oh no! This sells a wide range from Skirts, tops, dreses, jackets in a rainbow of colours and...” more...
114 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1LU
bluesofty wrote on 05-03-2009 “I spotted this last week too! I've never noticed it before! I love Rymans - they have everything a student needs and will order for you too. It's the name - it's been around for years and feels like an old friend who you know you can rely on. Ok, you can get stuff more cheaply at discount...” more...
62 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1LL
bluesofty wrote on 05-03-2009 “Saw this for the first time last week too. I haven't seen a Ryman's for ages. They have everything a student needs. OK you can get stuff more cheaply at a discount store, but you just know Rymans will stock it. And they'll oder for you too. Rymans is like a faithful old friend. Great for...” more...
Solent Promenade, Southbourne Coast Road, Bournemouth BH6 4BE
bluesofty wrote on 05-03-2009 “Not too sure I'd call this a bistro, but they do a variety of hot and cold food, which is nicely presented. There are great views here, and I love it on a stormy day - the windows are large, and there you are with a hot drink! The staff are friendly, and it's a great spot, especially if...” more...
bluesofty wrote on 18-09-2008 “A cosy lounge bar, large dining room and a conference suite/function room. The food is perfectly acceptable, and it is silver service. Desserts can be 'interesting'. Great for functions or conference/away days. Or for a cosy drink after doing Bournemouth. Not somewhere I would go for a meal...” more...
Charminster Road, Bournemouth BH8 9QP
bluesofty wrote on 16-07-2008 “Such a great place to eat and great value. Lebonese food at it's best, and a welcome to go with it. Why it is called the Retro beats me, but the food is awesome.There is generally a crowd in there, so a lovely warm ambience.The baklava is great too. Take your friends and feel at ease” more...
2 Hinton Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EE
bluesofty wrote on 16-07-2008 “This is the largest Christian bookshop I know of in England. It is great for cards for religious occasions, Bibles for Children and any other person. Books on theology, life stories, and study of Christian faith. Just about any book about Christianity can be found here.” more...
bluesofty wrote on 25-07-2008 “In truth, I've only used this hotel for work purposes; training courses, away days and Christmas lunch. The food is very good, if served in a slightly awkward way, a bit like a carvery, but not. When there's a whole buch of you it can be tricky but with team work, it sorts itself out! There is a...” more...
100 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1LR
bluesofty wrote on 08-08-2008 “A fantastic jewellery shop in the heart of Bournemouth. If you love silver you need to look at this place. It has a fantastic range of earings, bracelets and necklaces, rings and toe rings. A lot of the jewellery is made with gems so there's a whole range of colours to choose from. Some are...” more...
728 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 6BZ
01202 399945 01202 399355
bluesofty wrote on 10-08-2008 “My friends loved this place, but I wasn't so keen on it. To me it was just curry, hot but not well spiced. I think until you've had someone Indian cook a meal for you and teach you how to blend certain spices with others, you do not have the true Indian experience. I found this place a bit...” more...
19 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AL
bluesofty wrote on 12-08-2008 “This is rather nice. Very very nice. I went to a 'do' here, and this is also used by a local school for Balls (as in dancing and wining). We had champagne on the frontsteps and patio. There is a sweeping driveway, which makes for great photo opportunities as the students arrive for their ball.” more...
bluesofty wrote on 12-08-2008 “I've been to a wedding reception here and a party. The food at the reception was really good - it was silver service and very well done indeed. I thought the staff were great. I just think the function room was a bit too big. Well, the party! Now this was in the other function room, has a...” more...
Bournemouth BH1 3AD
bluesofty wrote on 31-08-2008 “Well, great stuff! Bournemouth was heaving with people - indeed on Friday the M3 was flowing like treacle, and Bournemouth council announced ' No More Cars Please!!' !!!!!! Well, every August the Red Arrows come to Bournemouth and it's always worth getting a vantage point. You just have to allow...” more...
142 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1NL
bluesofty wrote on 02-09-2008 “A coffee shop in the heart of Bournemouth. It does what it says on the lid. But with hard chairs and loud music. I was asked to meet someone here, otherwise I would have walked out. The staff were nice, but fighting an uphill battle! Much better places to go!” more...
11 Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 6DT
bluesofty wrote on 02-09-2008 “A fabulous bookstore and very helpful staff. You can almost get lost in here there are so many categories and specialities. The ground floor is all books, with some Paper Chase products too. They do special offers and multi buys. There is a mezzanine with Starbucks which has two sofas - every...” more...
Bournemouth International Centr Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
bluesofty wrote on 02-09-2008 “This is a convention/concert/show venue in Bournemouth. Some of you may have seen this on the news without realising - the Labour Party have had their conference here for two years running and Ministers are often interviewed on the East Cliff behind it. When political parties come to...” more...
79 Poole Road, Bournemouth BH4 9BB
bluesofty wrote on 01-09-2008 “What a little gem! Found this by chance while looking for a parking spot, so we went in. It has the feel, almost, of a French cafe or bistrot. The menu is quite small but hey, the quality makes up! The two girls had homemade cream of tmoto soup with slices of baguette. Exta baguette came on...” more...
Bournemouth BH9 1HB
bluesofty wrote on 22-09-2008 “Every year now, my daughter does a charity run. She will start the three mile run in the spring. This year she entered the Comic Relief Mile. It was a wet miserable day, but out there she went, and scorched a trail around the field! An eight minute mile - a marathon mile! This was so well...” more...
60 Commercial Road, Bournemouth BH2 5LR
bluesofty wrote on 29-09-2008 “I quite like Wallis. They do a good range of clothes and jackets. I think their quality is a lot better than the Buton group, and their lines are a little more classic rather than trendy trendy. You can imagine wearing a garment for more than one season. The staff are friendly without being...” more...
Asda, Holdenhurt Road, Bournemouth BH8 8AP
bluesofty wrote on 02-10-2008 “Usually known as 'PALS' this is a way to make a complaint about the way you or a relative have been treated in hospital. Someone can help you fill out the form if you wish. I do recommend this service if their has been incompetence of any sort, as it helps to improve the NHS. The complaint is...” more...
ST. Pauls Road, Bournemouth BH8 8DL
bluesofty wrote on 02-10-2008 “This store is huge! I mean massive! I guess there's just more of everything. There's also Health Point in here, which is usually in a library, which gives information on Support Groups for different conditions, advice, and updates on any health related activities. Apparently Thursday night is...” more...
bluesofty wrote on 03-10-2008 “Bournemouth Airport is conveniently small but flies you to various international destinations. I rather think it will get a lot bigger though. At present, it's very easy to check in, and there are book shops and eateries. There is also a runway for light aircraft, which I also have used. There...” more...
Westover Retail Park, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth BH9 3JS
bluesofty wrote on 06-10-2008 “Outer wear for almost every purpose! To shop here you do need a full wallet, but their range of gear is amazing and they have all the major names like Craghopper, Berghaus, Regatta etc. It's a large store so expect a wide range and have a good memory! Even the colour range is pretty expansive.” more...
Castle Lane West, Bournemouth BH9 3JU
bluesofty wrote on 06-10-2008 “A bit disappointing in here. I think they had just opened when we arrived very hungry. We seemed to wait for ages and ages. More than half an hour. Our waiter was good but seemed pulled in every direction, even though there were only a handful of customers. The whole place seemed a bit...” more...
Castle Lane West, Castle Point, Bournemouth BH8 9UW
bluesofty wrote on 06-10-2008 “I don't get here often, but I like it. I first found this brand in Stockholm and was pleased when it seemed to be in England. I'm not sure the quality is always tip top, but items have lasted for ages. Childrens clothes are not expensive either, not madly so. Altogether, I like a wander...” more...
Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
bluesofty wrote on 08-10-2008 “This is a single theartre, not a complex. This lovely old theartre has a lot of chacter and charm. It is faily large, accommadating around 600 people. Back stage are plenty of changing room - my daughter has performed here. The accoustics are good, and frankly I'd come here to see any gig,...” more...
36 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1LJ
bluesofty wrote on 08-10-2008 “A fabulous department store. This is just about still family owned. and really has a traitional feel without being old fashioned. It is far bigger than the Poole branch by a long chalk. There are lots of concessions in all departments, so there is a lot of choice. And although expensive,...” more...
22 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth BH2 6EJ
bluesofty wrote on 14-10-2008 “I read a review of this place and really could not believe it was the same place I had eaten at. The author (not on Qype) obviously though she'd had a wonderful experience of Mexican food, although she wrote she had never eaten Mexican before. (?????) My experience of this restaurant is the...” more...
152-154 Commercial Road, Bournemouth BH2 5LU
bluesofty wrote on 19-10-2008 “Hmm, as this is a gay venue my appreciation may not be as high as some other individuals. But they do have some fun nights, if you're straight you may need to regard it as 'cheese'. But fun is fun, as long as one isn't poking fun. They seem to have rotaed night on themes, quite a few of which...” more...
1 Yelverton Road, Bournemouth BH1 1DA
bluesofty wrote on 19-10-2008 “A strip joint! Yes if you're short on thrills, you may get a few here! They also seem to have the week on a rota, so different night will vary. This is the sort of place where once is enough for me really. As parking is so dire in Bournemouth, but going here demands a taxi home anyway, once...” more...
Christchurch Road, West Parley, Bournemouth BH22 8SS
bluesofty wrote on 08-11-2008 “From the outside this looks like it's a nice place, but...well. I had been invited to meet someone for a drink here, and having parked in the car park, I went in through the 'back', which did say 'Main Entrance'. I found myself in a vast cavenous space, on my left , behind a half wall, were...” more...
26 Avenue Road, Bournemouth BH2 5SL
bluesofty wrote on 18-11-2008 “Very nice household goods and garden furniture. Rather expensive though! I can wander around and see things I love, see things I hate, but for either the price is too high. My neighbour bought some garden chairs for £90 each here. I got 4 for £25 and mine have arms. All very nice, but...” more...
24 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 2AA
bluesofty wrote on 19-11-2008 “Part of the House of Fraser. A really excellent department store, with high end concessions. A truly distinguished feel here, and not for a meagre wallet. Excellent cometics, clothing and household goods as well as gifts. Anything from here is going to be of good quality, and there are...” more...
Bournemouth BH4 9BT
bluesofty wrote on 21-11-2008 “The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority. I'm really grateful that we've had this branch of the DVLA here for a few years now. They do the take a ticket and queue system but it is rarely more than a handful of people in front of you - best to avoid lunch times though! they have two types of...” more...
62-68 Commercial Road, Bournemouth BH2 5LR
bluesofty wrote on 23-11-2008 “I find it hard to give the right star rating! I like the clothes they sell, the styles are lovely. But somehow it seems all meant for someone much taller than me! So I feel a bit left out.... The website is not the best I've ever come across - just beautiful people in gorgeous clothes draping...” more...
28 Seamoor Road, Bournemouth BH4 9AS
bluesofty wrote on 27-11-2008 “I bought a rather nice ring in here for my Goddaughter. They sized it free of charge, and I picked it up a week later. The staff are very friendly and helpful, there is no pressure and they don't mind if you have a good old snoop. The prices seem reasonable, and I'll go back again.” more...
67-71 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth BH1 1RW
bluesofty wrote on 29-11-2008 “A private hospital, and rather swish. I was sent here for a consultation once when I had a whiplash from another car going into the back of mine. I did feel a bit intimadated and the chap that saw me seemed to not apprecriate that I was in pain. A few of my friends have been in here, because...” more...
18 Cunningham Cresent, Bournemouth BH11 8DU
bluesofty wrote on 29-11-2008 “Very useful as there are lots of elderly folk around here. It is really quite small, but gets a lot of use. It sells a selection of cards and stationery, and has private advertisements on diplay. A necessity!” more...
893 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH9 2BJ
bluesofty wrote on 29-11-2008 “I accompanied a frail old man to pick up his pension here. The Post Office is at the back of this long narrow convenience store. We deliberately went at a quiet time, but Wimborne Road is never quiet, so although the store and Post Office were quiet and friendly, the pavement was hard for my man...” more...
Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW
bluesofty wrote on 04-12-2008 “A very modern building, in fact a very clinical maze! If you feel like getting lost, this is a good place to be. If you are visiting someone, you can be pretty sure that the grapes in the bag will be somewhat dried out before you locate your patient. I no longer visit here! It seems certain...” more...
4 St Peter's Indoor Market, Bournemouth BH1 2NT
bluesofty wrote on 11-12-2008 “I went in here yesterday with a friend. It's been open since August. A large spacious restaurant pub, very pleasant ambience, beatifully lit. There are some sofas, some arm chairs, some dining chairs, and stools, take your choice. It all has a certain style whilst being very welcoming indeed. ...” more...
St Peter's Indoor Market, Bournemouth BH1 2NT
bluesofty wrote on 11-12-2008 “This professes to sell gismos - and it seems it does. There was a children's quad bike, skatey boardy thingummies, and all sorts of fly radio controlled objects, as well as land based and water based ones. A fun place to look around and spend money that may not be there next month. I really...” more...
5-7 Gervis Place, Bournemouth BH1 2AL
bluesofty wrote on 11-12-2008 “A high end out door clothing and equipment store. Gosh, the prices are not suited to the economic climate at all. The gear is very good quality but not an enormous range. I beat a hasty retreat when confronted with the tickets! Downstairs is the camping gear. The staff are helpful, but the...” more...
17 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1DR
bluesofty wrote on 11-12-2008 “A great shoe shop with some quite different shoes to the usual suspects. They have a sale on and there seem to be bargains to be had. Also some good handbags, totes and umbrellas. I think this is a really good shop.” more...
21 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1DR
bluesofty wrote on 11-12-2008 “The shoe shop chain. For some reason this doesn't appeal to me as much as 'Shoon' which tickles me because of the name - there is a certain logic there. Again, reductions are on, but the goods seem fairly obiquitous and nothing really calls out to me. To be fair though, a fairly good range.” more...
9-11 Gervis Place, Bournemouth BH1 2AN
bluesofty wrote on 11-12-2008 “Fabulous shoe shop - always well worth a good snoop. They sell such quality shoes and boots and bags, I'm proud Bournemouth has this shop. Service and quality are really the hallmarks here, so expect a bit of a price tag. I don't get here that often so I try to make a point of going in even if...” more...
14-14A Commercial Road, Bournemouth BH2 5LP
bluesofty wrote on 12-12-2008 “The shop front looks fairly small, but it is bigger as you go in. A lot of black clothing - but I guess its traditional Christmas party wear. The layout is good, not all cramped up. There are some pretty dresses for formal or parties. I'm definitely going back to look again, as this visit was...” more...
5-6 Bournemouth Arcade, Bournemouth BH1 2AF
bluesofty wrote on 12-12-2008 “A slightly more expensive fashion outlet. I do like their clothes, although I realise a lot would not suit me. I think it's important to realise not everything you like will look good on you. That said, it takes a little more time to find the items that do suit. At the cost in here, one must...” more...
The Square, Bournemouth BH2 6ED
bluesofty wrote on 14-12-2008 “How disappointing this was! A German Weihnchtsmarkt - and nothing like the real thing. I did buy a small Lebkuchen heart for my daughter - £4!! Other stuff I can get at Lidl. They had a merry go round and a wooden cut out of St Nichalous. As we drove out of Bournemouth, though, the...” more...