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The Six Hidden Gems of Boscombe

Boscombe is an interesting place to live. It’s really not as bad as people make out. We take a look at six hidden gems in Boscombe. A place that is seriously misunderstood…

It’s really not as bad as it’s made out to be in Boscombe. Apart from seeing the odd person throw up outside a bar, or the select few asking for money (which can happen absolutely anywhere), this place is full of hidden gems that you really ought to visit.

That’s why we have put together a list of some of Boscombe’s brightest and best places to visit. And no… we don’t mean Primark or McDonalds…


Boscanova is a café and barista school right in the middle of the high street. They have previously run coffee classes in the evenings. We hope they start this again when the world reopens.

The breakfast menu is exceptional, with options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. And they serve, without a doubt (in the opinion of this writer), the best cappuccino you will ever taste. This is undoubtedly one place you should definitely visit if you are ever in the area.


Urban Reef is the best summer day drinking spot, right on the beach by Boscombe Pier. With the world of hospitality set for a comeback this summer, this place should be on your list.

This restaurant and bar has an outside terrace that spans across two floors, and gets the sun from morning to night. By day, there is a slightly more upmarket feel than the other options in Boscombe. But once 5pm hits, everyone is down there enjoying the sunset with a beer or a vino.


The Social Grill does an amazing (super cheap) Eggs Benedict. They’re always busy, with people sat outside drinking coffee all day to people flocking in to attend the open mic nights and events that they put on.

All the staff and owners are super friendly, which explains why they have such a loyal group of customers. Definitely worth popping in if you’re in the area.


Let’s face it, not all of us can surf but there’s definitely some among you who would like to learn. Boscombe Beach is the Number One beach in the UK for surfing. So it’s no wonder that it’s the location of the top surf school on the South Coast.

Although surfing isn’t for everyone, Sorted Surf School also rent kayaks. For £20, you can rent a two-man kayak for an hour. Less than half the price of the nearest rental shop. They make it so easy as well. Worth a try if you find yourself at Boscombe beach.


This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Chaplin’s. This is definitely worth visiting in the summer.

Despite having won countless awards, they’ve managed to stay down-to-earth. When open, this venue draws in crowds every night. And it has a late license, which means you won’t be kicked out before your night’s over. They’re not overpriced, and they have one of the biggest and best beer gardens you will ever see. You’re always guaranteed a good night if you’re at Chaplin’s.


Despite restrictions, the Boscombe Market has been going strong throughout the pandemic. Every Thursday and Saturday, the high street is brought to life with loads of different stalls and products.

You can grab everything from meat to fish, clothing to electronics at the market, all for a great value. Top tip: visit the market just before closing to get the best deals. And it’s local, so you feel like you’re doing your bit for the community and businesses alike.

If you ever find yourself in the Boscombe neck of the woods, these are places you won’t regret visiting. And if you’re local to the area, then you already know.

There’s absolutely no doubt that you’ll find yourself surrounded by a happy and positive community full of friendly people. Be sure to do the kayaking first. It’s not advised that you drink before you sink, but by all means, shop until you drop!

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Dan Rushton
Dan is a Birmingham-born lad who moved down to Brighton in the summer of 2019 to pursue a career in PR within the entertainment technology industry. The events industry was hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. In March 2020 he made the move to Bournemouth and intends to stay here to try take his career further. He has always been a keen writer and talker, describing himself as confident, funny and outgoing. His interests include politics, football, art, music and live entertainment. He has been with HQB since June 2020.

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