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The Cliff, Canford Cliffs

Canford Cliffs is the Mayfair to our dear little town of Poole. Residents roll around in their Ferrari’s and even the local hairdressers has a doorman. Its all very swish and fancy, but we love it.

One warm sunny evening I met up with one of my oldest and dearest friends (oh, and new mummy), Lucy for a good ol’ catch up. Lucy had been raving about The Cliff, a pub restaurant with a whole lot to offer, apparently. I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. We grabbed a table in the fancy “beer garden” and snuggled into the fancy atmosphere. Immaculately dressed women had gathered with their perfectly manicured girlfriends, and men in sharp suits arrived to review their recent rounds of golf.

As the queen of condiments, I couldn’t resist nosing at the table dedicated purely to local mustards, ketchups and sauces. I wanted all of them, all at once. We ordered swiftly and set out on our gossip agenda.

Lucy ordered the Duck Salad which she claimed was the “best ever”.

I went for a (large) portion of the crab, prawn and chorizo linguine. I was very very impressed.

The perfect portion of pasta in a tomatoey sauce with more than generous servings of crab and prawns.

I’d been warned though, make sure there was room for desert.

Ok, I didn’t “leave” room as such, but I sure made room for the most amazing Sticky Toffee pudding I’ve literally ever eaten at a pub. Oh and Lucy’s wasn’t too bad either, a giant cup of cookies and ice-cream.

A very indulgent evening in our little luxurious haven. You can view their rather delicious menu here, but make sure you book as it gets rather busy!

Flamers, the Burger – Mexican

You already know my love for Charminster and it’s array of multicultural delights, so when I came across Flamers who claimed to offer the best burgers in town along with some kick ass mexican, I thought it was too good to be true. No better way to test their claims than to stop by one rainy Sunday evening and see what all the fuss is about.

The restaurant itself is nothing fancy, just a casual bar like atmosphere where first daters mingled and families relaxed.

We sat by the window which proved a great position for people watching, especially during Ramadam in the centre of the multi-cultrual capital of Bournemouth.

The wonderful Cheryl bought over the menus and without being too distracted by the long list of mouthwatering burgers, we ordered their house special cocktails, a south american blend of spirits.

We ordered the house meatballs to share as our starter.

And my did they arrive. A smokey but sweet sauce with perfectly spiced meatballs were demolished in a matter of minutes. In fact, I could have easily have ordered another round. As soon as we’d polished off the remainders of the sauce from the meatballs the mains arrived. Of course I’d ordered the Mexican Burger. A quarter pounder burger paddy topped with guac, salsa and nachos. Yes, NACHOS. Oh life just got a whole lot sweeter.

And the “how am I going to eat this moment”…

Oh I’d find a way.

But the crown jewels of Flamers for me, besided their unbelievable burger, was Scotts beef and chorizo burrito.

Smokey and spicy, a lightly toasted tortilla lined with chorizo slices and topped with chilli beef. It was out of this world.

Oh Flamers, you’ve got me hooked.

You’ll find them on Charminster high street and I can highly recommend going as a group. Order a selection of burgers and mexican dishes and share the lot. That way, no food envy involved! Thank you also to Cheryl who was so kind and helpful, we had an awesome time!


Revolution Bournemouth

The best place in Bournemouth for 6 hungry netballers? Look no further than the brand spanking new Revolution Bar. The irony of the Revolution brand is that Revolution is nothing new. They’ve been kicking around for a long time, with bars all over the country. So when they took over one of the best locations in Bournemouth, you knew things were going to get pretty messy within those big blue doors. However, if partying with the rest of Bournemouth’s crowd isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that during the day you can kick back and relax with a cocktail and some pretty tasty food.

In the day, light pours through the windows like a quirky little side street cafe and its hard to imagine what really goes down in this exact place on a Saturday night. Each table is different but all too cosy at the same time. We chose a seat by the window at a table that I am desperate to get my mitts on!

In no time the table was full of cocktails. We all went for the Raspberry Mojito which was utterly delicious. I was rather envious of the next tables Ice Tea Cocktails which were served in the cutest little enamel mugs.

We all chose different naughtities from the menu. Marie opted for the Cheeseburger and Rachel had the chicken flatbread. Both naughty but very tasty.

Elinors Hoisin Duck pizza looks impressive enough.

But I was easily swayed with the £5 Vodka Pizza and gawd was it delicious. Sweet peppers with vodka marinated chicken and goats cheese. Where have you been all my life little pizza!

Revolution is a great casual meeting place. All around us were different groups of people from couples on first dates (clear as day a first date, sorry you nervous wrecks!), companies having a team meeting and groups of girls like usjust having a good gossip. You can enjoy 2 for 1 cocktails before 9pm all through the summer and 50% off the lunch menu (including the Vodka Pizza) for Monday lunch. A wonderfully reasonable dinner in the cutest of bars. Revolution, you’re becoming one of my favourites.