If you go down to the prom today you’re in for a big surprise – it is beautiful out there – no wind, blue skies, few tourists and the shed people can’t shout at you as its September so you can ride anytime you want.
My ‘ride’ became a series of pub inspections – I didn’t stop for a drink I just...If you go down to the prom today you’re in for a big surprise – it is beautiful out there – no wind, blue skies, few tourists and the shed people can’t shout at you as its September so you can ride anytime you want.
My ‘ride’ became a series of pub inspections – I didn’t stop for a drink I just wanted to know how slavishly venues are with regards to government guidance.
So I stopped at around 8 places and asked the same two questions:
1) Do you take cash?
2) Do you take details?
Everyone took cash but Hot Rocks and Jazzies both insisted on collecting personal data under the guise of The Event (and totally not at all about building up a mailing database) – worse was Hot Rocks as they are using an online system so god knows what that is harvesting from your phone and where that ends up – they probably don’t know either. It’s no loss tho as it was crawling with families.
The best and the worst was West Beach by Bournemouth Pier (pictured) – good because it has a spacious terrace right on the beach, table service and cover from the sun, worst because of the unpleasant attitude of a little barman who had decided to dress up in his granddad’s beard today. Service at West Beach has always been surly – I have no idea why.
Chineside’s roof terrace is open and the staff are friendly and its first come first served up there. They are operating a mobile phone wait list if you want to use it which makes a lot of sense.
So – different takes on the same problem, no doubt a result of the personalities of the respective GMs, and everywhere was way way better than Parkstone Yacht Prison, and not anywhere as good as the Ox, obviously.
The prom only had a few sandy patches over which I carried the red bike – I swore I wouldn’t take it on the prom but I love riding it. We have bonded.
I’m hoping for a lull for a few weeks then the onset of surf season, and fingers crossed the Hengitsbury beach will see some spaced out swell so we don’t need to all cram into the east sides of the piers. Show more