A major new bar and restaurant opened in Bournemouth this week, just in time to help keep your energy levels up during the Christmas shopping. The Cosy Club has taken on the old River Island unit in the centre of Bournemouth and what a fantastic job they've done of renovating the building.

The quirky venue is set over three floors, the furniture is a mixture of odd dining tables, battered old club chairs and 1930 style sofas. While waiting to be seated we had a look at the old oil paintings, banners, flags, taxidermy and all sorts of unusual pictures on the walls. The decor can only be described as eccentric. It's all about informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a homely and family friendly environment.

The Cosy Club's slightly too large menu offers gastropub classics as well as an extensive brunch menu, a decent variety of sandwiches, and a selection of tapas. There is an imaginative soft drinks selection, a good selection of draught beer/cider/ale, a compact list of decent wines, a tempting list of classic cocktails and a good back bar.

We went along on their first Saturday open in November to try some lunch options. A good test of any eatery is the Full English, so their Cosy Club Breakfast at £8.25 was first up. It came with excellent grilled smoked back bacon, a quality Cumberland sausage, mushroom, grilled tomato, black pudding, fried potatoes, baked beans and a choice of poached or scrambled egg with sourdough toast. Well presented and a good portion size this was a top notch effort. We also had The Cosy Club Sandwich at £8.50, this whopper is a triple-decker sourdough toast layered with buttermilk fried chicken, streaky bacon, omelette, iceberg lettuce and tomato served with coleslaw and fries. Intimidating on the plate, this flavoursome sandwich is a hearty and filling lunch option.

For drinks we tried their decent Chocolate Milkshake and a zappy Sherbet Lemonade.

Considering this was their first open weekend, the venue was buzzing and staff were working hard to keep everyone happy. Service was a little slow but the food worth the wait. The total for our lunch for two, with drinks, was £22.50.

The top floor (shown below) wasn't open on our visit but looks to be another quirky but possibly quieter space with it's own bar and outside seating area. Worth a second trip to see it in action.

Cosy Club Top Floor

Unsolicited review, visit date 28th Nov 2015.


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