Saturday, November 19

The Perfect Sunday Roast | The Curlew, Bournemouth


A few weeks ago, my mum gushed about The Curlew near Bournemouth Airport. It's a pub/restaurant owned by a chain called Vintage Inns, with a really cosy vibe and excellent food. She loved it so much, she's kindly booked it for our Christmas Day dinner too. There's only three of us this year, so we wanted to find a place which was close to home to spend the special day. In light of booking for Christmas, we went down a few weekends ago so my mum could show me for herself. Alas, I had a pretty perfect Sunday Roast.

The building was constructed in the 1800's and served as a farm mostly producing root vegetables. After gaining its license, the building became Mulligan's fish restaurant, then a themed pub, and was more recently called The Manor before settling on being named after the wading bird - the Curlew.


For starter, we all had the prawn and lobster cocktail (£5.95) with avocado, lobster mayonnaise and rustic bread. It was absolutely delicious. On to mains, I went for beef (£11.50), served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, honey & thyme roast carrots, parsnips, seasonal vegetables and as much gravy as you like. It was so big, I actually couldn't finish it all. The quality of the meat and veg was gorgeous, and the waiter was extremely polite and didn't rush us. For dessert, I was pretty full, but they serve a 'mini pudding and hot drink' for £4.50, so I had bramley apple pie with custard, and a hot chocolate. Absolutely perfect.

I couldn't fault anything about it. I can't wait to go back for Christmas Day dinner!
Cheers, Curlew!
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