I recently had the pleasure of having a couple of days away in Bournemouth and although we could’ve done with the temperature a few degrees hotter, the rain stayed away, so all round a pretty decent break in the UK.
We started off with a little wonder in the centre and (in an excited tone) we got to meet Che from the X Factor whilst he was out shopping – an amazing start, I think you’ll agree.
We then went on to experience the Bournemouth balloon, an anchored helium balloon that goes 150m up in the air. It probably wasn’t the best time to do this as it was windy and a little cloudy, but I’m so glad we did, the views were stunning – they say that on a clear day you can see for at least 20 miles.
Then onto my favourite bit…the food. We found a nice little independent café where we had lunch; we had freshly made hummus and flat bread, the perfect lunch-time snack.
Later on it was time to decide on where to go for dinner. We’d already decided on tapas as we wanted to pretend we were somewhere a bit more exotic, so we went in search for a nice authentic place. After doing a bit of research we decided on a restaurant called Lolas which had a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on trip advisor and great reviews. Now I can honestly say that it was the best tapas that I’ve ever had (including when I went to Spain). We started off by ordering a jug of sangria whilst we looked over the extensive menu and although we were tempted to order everything on there, a few of the dishes that we eventually ordered were calamari, patatas allioli, chicken croquettes and tasty prawns in olive oil, garlic and cayenne pepper, but ‘what was my favourite?’ I hear you ask, well it was a dish called Chorizo al Infierno, pan-fried chorizo slices cooked in a red Rioja wine, the flavours complemented each other perfectly making this dish absolutely delicious. All in all a fantastic restaurant that I would recommend to anyone, it certainly made our trip that bit more special and made us feel like we were in Spain.
I’d love to visit Bournemouth again but I think I’ll do the sensible thing and wait until summer next time!