On Tuesday I headed to The Old Thatch (near Wimborne) with Emma and Rachael from The Bournemouth Bloggers. The pub is relatively local to me, but I had never been there before. On first impressions I thought is looked beautiful. A traditional thatched country pub in a lovely community. The pub has a black and white Tudor effect, and the most beautiful hanging baskets, in full bloom. If you were driving past, it would definitely visually pull you in.
We were welcomed by the manager, and given the menus to look over. As well as their regular menu we were given a specials menu, and their Black Rock Grill menu. Their main menu offered the traditional pub grub, such as Hunters Chicken, and Fish and Chips. The other menus had a good variety of food on offer.
We all ordered three courses. The starters came out quickly, all hot and beautifully presented. I had the pork bites, which were very nice. Unfortunately the venue was very busy, so we did end up waiting nearly an hour for our mains to arrive. I ordered the Piri Piri Chicken Burger, and sadly the chicken was cold. When the staff did their check back, we did let them know and they did replace it. The new one did however take about 20 minutes to arrive by which time the table had finished their main meals. Everyone else’s food looked very good, in particular my sisters, She had a steak on a stone, which looked amazing!
The staff were attentive throughout our meal, checking in on us, and offering us more drinks. They all looked very presentable in branded aprons.
For desert I went for the Apple Crumble with custard. Such comfort food! I couldn't believe the portion size, very generous and great value for money. I did notice there were blackberry's in the crumble, this wasn't a listed ingredient on the menu. It was nice, but not the traditional crumble I know.
Overall we had a lovely evening, and were taken great care off. Everyone enjoyed their food, and some struggled to move they were so full! Thank you very much for having us!
The Old Thatch
285 Wimborne Rd, Wimborne , BH21 7NW
Tel: 01202 406779
(This was a gifted experience via Bournemouth Bloggers, however all of the above opinions are my own. The images belong to and me)
The Hubby and I enjoyed a thrilling night at The Bournemouth Pavilion, thanks to BH Live and Bournemouth Bloggers! We were lucky enough to watch The Mousetrap! If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap is one of the longest running plays, opening in London's West End in 1952!
I don’t want to give too much away as we are sworn to secrecy to never reveal the ending, but I will tell you what I thought about the play in general.
The tone was immediately set as the theatre went dark, opening with the murder of a woman, played out in sound, which echoed around the 1929 theatre (the perfect setting for a murder mystery). The curtain lifted and I was astonished by the incredible set of Monkswell Manor, which was recently converted to a guesthouse. The attention to detail was fabulous. From the different entry points, to working lamps that were turned on and off throughout the performance. The set was used like a real life room, it was very believable, and complimented the dialogue.
We were then introduced to the characters including Mollie and Giles Ralston and their four guests staying in their guesthouse. All of the actors played their characters very well, all of which were very different. Watching them I felt like I had been thrown back to a family Christmas, sitting down watching an Agatha Christie on the TV. It was very special to watch it all taking place in front of my own eyes.
As well as it being a thriller there was also a lot of humour throughout the play, giving it light and shade. The character of Christopher Wren really stood out, he was utterly hilarious and superbly played.
As the play develops there are many twists and turns, keeping the audience on their toes. The murderer's identity is divulged in Act 3. At the end of the performance, we were asked not to reveal the identity of the killer to anyone outside the theatre, to ensure that the end of the play is not spoilt for anyone.
We both really enjoyed the play, and I would highly recommend it. It is on at The Bournemouth Pavilion until August 10th, so grab your tickets quickly to find out who done it....
(This was a gifted experience via Bournemouth Bloggers, however all of the above opinions are my own. The images belong to BH Live and me)
I was lucky enough to head back to The Bournemouth Pavilion this week to watch the International smash hit show New Jersey Nights, with Bournemouth Bloggers, and BH Live. The show is a celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey.
VOCAL GYMNASTICS, glitz, AND JAZZ HANDS
I will be honest, I didn’t know much about the show beforehand (which is a bit of a surprise as I LOVE music), I therefore didn’t have any expectations. On arrival I noticed the age range was a little older than myself. My Nan said she would have loved it. I get why now as the music genre is mostly from her era. This didn’t matter, as I still recognised some of the songs, and loved seeing everyone dancing and singing along.
I liked that the show was predominately focused on the singing and dancing. Occasionally the singers did speak to the audience in character, providing us with information about the bands which was interesting. During the first half of the show the four singers were in front of a set, and the band were hidden behind. I was desperate for the band to come out, so we could see them playing live. They did towards the interval (much to my delight). I found this much better, as I really felt the music come to life, and the audience did too.
The four singers were incredible. They sang solo, but also as a group allowing them all to shine. The best bits (for me) were when they harmonised… it was like listening to silky butter.
DANCING, LAUGHTER, AND CHEERS
The costumes throughout the performance were stunning, So many sequins and sparkles. There were quite a few costume changes, which were slick. The costume designer really stuck to each genre really well. I genuinely thought the costumes were fantastic.
New Jersey Nights was great fun, thank you BH Live for the gifted tickets. By the end everyone was on their feet dancing, singing and clapping. If you are looking for a night full of smiles, nostalgia, dancing, and glitz this is the show for you! New Jersey Nights is still on in Bournemouth, running until August 3rd, so grab your tickets quickly!
(This was a gifted experience via Bournemouth Bloggers, however all of the above opinions are my own. The images belong to BH Live)
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx