Student LifeGuide to Bournemouth

Eating Out

Written by BA (Hons) Illustration student, Christabel and MA Commercial Photography student, Isacc Confue. 

Bournemouth offers a great variety of venues when it comes to eating out. With over 500 restaurants, there is great cuisine diversity, covering British to Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian, meaning it’s easy to find food locally to suit any palette.

short walk from AUB

Just a 15–minute walk from the university located on Winton high street is Conto Lounge, a popular bar offering a wide range of food, at very reasonable prices with a variety of lunchtime offers. This makes it the perfect place to pop out for lunch if you’re in need of a break from uni.

Conto Lounge also has partner lounges: Ludo in Southbourne, Circo in Westbourne and Arcado in Christchurch for those who fancy a change of scene.

Staying relatively close to Uni, there are many restaurants in the Charminster area. There’s American themed Starz with it’s foot-long hot dog, American pancakes, and Ben and Jerry’s milkshakes.

Bournemouth centre

Nippon Inn, a quaint little japanese restaurant, serving a number of small cheap dishes, is the perfect place to meet with friends and get a great selection of food at a bargain price.

It is also home to many Greek and middle eastern restaurants, including Bedouin, which doubles up as an outdoor shisha bar.

For Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs, Mad Cucumber Vegan Lounge, and Coriander Mexican are very accommodating.

The town centre is booming with well priced restaurants. Sixty Million Postcards is a very popular place for student events and burgers!

South Coast Roast is a great place to get coffee and there are plenty of well known chains such as Bella Italia, Prezzo, Slug and Lettuce and Wagamama to name a few.

There are also more modest places such as Norwegian Wood. With its wood lodge décor, Norwegian Wood offers a warm, homely environment, with welcoming staff. They also give all students a free drink with their meals.

Going more upmarket, there is the very well presented Print Room which often features AUB student work on the walls. Attached is the Ink Bar, which is the perfect place to meet pre or even post-meal. They also do lunchtime deals throughout the week meaning upmarket dining can be done at any price range.

BH2 Complex

If you’re looking for dinner and a film, you can head down to the newly opened BH2 Leisure Complex. As well as a state-of-the-art, 10 screen multiplex ODEON cinema, the complex gives you the choice of 17 different restaurants to take your pick of.

Restaurant chains in residence include ASK Italian, Five Guys, Nando’s, Pizza Express, T.G.I Fridays and Prezzo – giving you a whole host of options to choose from. The BH2 Complex is located in Exeter Crescent.

Dinner with a sea view

Bournemouth is known for its beach, so it’s no surprise there are a number of restaurants taking advantage of the sea view.

Aruba, restaurant by day, club by night, has a prime location at the town end of pier. Moving further along is West Beach, a small seafood restaurant, right on the promenade. It’s perfect for grabbing a quick bite while visiting the beach.

Following the beach down to Boscombe pier and again on the promenade is Urban Reef, which has a fully exposed seating area, to which the staff bring out blankets as the chillier evenings come around.

further afield

For those that care to venture further, in Christchurch there is the Boathouse, which overlooks the quay. Opposite to which you can hire small boats for up to an hour.

There is also the well named Happy Cheese in Ashurst New Forest. It is right by the train station, so it’s perfect for an afternoon pub-lunch or post forest walk refreshment.