Did you know that me and my friends made a map of Bournemouth?
Of course you did. The Bournemouth Scene is pretty much all I talk about.
The Bournemouth Scene is one of my favourite things to do with my not-9-to-5-ing time. It means I get to explore the town that I live in and love.
We’re making an updated map (in APP form) which means I’m in full on RESEARCH mode.
On Monday I jumped on the bus and headed over to Southbourne to explore.
Just my luck I hopped onto The Gallery Bus.
Some of the Yellow buses in town are kitted out with sketches from local artists. If you’re fortunate enough to be on a fairly empty bus you can spend a bit of time (if it’s a long journey) moving seats to see as many of the sketches as you can.
Once in Southbourne I prepared myself to chat The Bournemouth Scene chat with the businesses there (so many hidden gems)… It turns out Monday is when most of Southbourne shuts! I don’t think it’s every Monday… just the one I decided to make a special effort to visit Southbourne on. Typical.
All was not lost. I had some reading I needed to do (which I had packed for a time such as this) so I settled myself down in Southbourne’s best bike-shop-come-cafe, Velo Domestique, and got on with that instead.
It definitely helps to have other work with you when what you planned to do doesn’t work out. It could have been a bit of a waste of a journey but it instead turned into a pleasantly productive afternoon!
It was an afternoon made even more pleasant by the fact that Robin (Velo’s in-house culinary genius) kept bringing me plates of delicious food.
Like this egg, salsa and avo delight:
And this grilled apricot, mascarpone and brioche slice of HEAVEN:
And omg this hot chocolate:
Just look at it.
You’ll be pleased to know all food is locally sourced so the calories don’t count. #bonus
Velo is a pretty special spot. They were open last year in a different venue as a 3 month pop up shop and things went so well that Dan (the brains behind Velo) now has a permanent space.
Here are some reasons you should go there:
- You saw the pictures of the food right? Wow.
- They know A LOT about bikes and have a rather extensive Bike Repair Menu.
- You can enjoy some coffee while you wait for your bike to be serviced (and they do a really good job at servicing – I got my bike sorted with them last year).
- They love freelancers and to prove it they have an £8 day rate for free wifi and unlimited drinks.
- They host all sorts of events including: night rides, bike meet ups, hip hop socials, yoga, supper clubs and they’ve probably got a few more things up their sleeves!
- Dan and Robin are bloody lovely hosts.
So next time you’re in Southbourne, make a point of going and saying hello.
176 – 180 Seaborne Road. BH5 2JB.
They’re open Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm | Sunday 9am – 3pm | Closed Tuesday.
And yes, they’re going to be on the Bournemouth Scene Map!
It’s a no brainer really!