If you find yourself in the Bournemouth area this summer & fancy a really tasty culinary experience come elevenses, then ignore the big brand coffee shops of the main town & head East to Boscombe where you'll find a little known, but very much beloved café called "Boscanova"
You'd be excused for having not heard of the place before as this little independent is ‘one of a kind' & so doesn't waste money needlessly on media campaigns since ‘word of mouth' is more than enough publicity for them! Likewise the locals won't give up such a ‘secret' to easily since it's so good that they would rather keep it for themselves I fear. That said I'm not a local (yet) but I honestly believe that it deserves a visit in its own right as the old adage that "great things come in small packages" couldn't be truer than it is in the case of café "Boscanova"
Walking through the door your senses are exposed to a cacophony of delicious sights & smells before either of the two owners or one of their enthusiastic staff have had chance to make you feel truly welcome with a simple, yet joyful "good morning" . This is not the sort of Americanised "have a nice day sir" marketing gimmick that's all to often employed by the big faceless brand chains, but rather an honest & humanistic reflection on how the staff respect & value their patrons. In itself, such a funky establishment & relaxing vibe should ensure success, but "Boscanova" go one step further by offering a novel menu that will get even you most average of customers salivating!
To start with why no try out their gluten-free ‘Choco-Berry' organic porridge (with mixed berries, white chocolate shavings & blueberry syrup) or ‘Apple Jack' breakfast (Canadian pancakes, cinnamon baked local apples & pork sausages served with maple syrup & butter) washed down with a delicious mug of ‘London fog' (Earl grey tea made from steeped milk , vanilla syrup & chocolate shavings)!
Not really feeling like breakfast, well worry not as you could always try one of their gourmet sandwiches such as the ‘Haloumi & Muhammara tortilla' (red pepper, walnuts & pomegranate & rocket salad) or my personal favourites ‘the Paddington bear' (Pressed Ciabatta with Boscombe bangers & red onion marmalade) and a ‘booster smoothie' (Greek yoghurt, new forest honey, banana & a shot of bee pollen & rosehip) with which to keep you immune system topped up!
Whilst these may sound ‘fancy' or ‘OTT' to some, a simple ‘cuppa tea & bacon butty' will prove to be just as rewarding an experience since not only are is the menu full of ingenious combinations of locally sourced, in season ingredients (where possible) but they have been prepared by staff that are genuinely interested in seeing YOU the punter, enjoy the experience & that speaks volumes! This ‘consideration' for others is further demonstrated by the gluten-free, dairy free & vegan options that adorn the menu & don't prompt a strange look when being ordered!
Fact of the matter is that café "Boscanova" is the shining star amongst the cloudy sky of poorly staffed & badly presented establishments that festoon so many of our towns & cities these days. So do yourself a favour & take a look for yourself as you will never look at a café in quite the same way again!