An Evening In... Wimborne
Once a sleepy market town, Wimborne is becoming something of a hub of independent shops, bars and restaurants run by young entrepreneurs delivering style and substance. Here is our guide to a night out in one of the best small towns in Dorset.
Girls Night Out
No girl’s night is complete without a visit to The Thirsty Bird. Wine, cocktails and cheese and meat platters in one of the trendiest venues in town with beautiful décor and beautiful staff.
Home to One Dish Wednesday, you can pop in and grab a plate of some truly delicious food cooked up by the boys at Patas Arriba, (one of the best local pop up restaurants around!)
Discover something you love? Pop over the road to their sister shop The Hungry Bird, the deli arm to the bar and pick up the things you love to eat at home!
‘The Bird’ welcomes Hen Do’s and Baby Showers and offers packages and activities such as baby grow embroidery and flower head garlands.
Top Tip – day or night, the brownie is to die for.
The Gin House is one of the finest liquor emporiums in town offering over 150 gins and cocktails and is a must for pre-dinner drinks. With a 1920’s theme and hats to borrow to boot, it is something a little different for a small country town. They have been so successful they have recently moved to a new venue, triple the size!
Top Tip – There is often amazing live local music, follow them on Facebook to see whose playing.
After you are sufficiently plied with gin, wiggle down the road to The Tickled Pig. Serving fresh, local and unique food The Tickled Pig really is delicious. With an ever changing menu and cosy atmosphere it is THE place to eat in Wimborne for two and is surprisingly reasonable!
Top Tip – Book if you can! As you can imagine it is a pretty popular place!
Love a real ale? Then head to The Tap House, a small but mighty establishment. Great beer and good company to prop the bar up with. Although probably not the best venue to ‘meet girls’ it is always packed out with plenty of atmosphere and live music on Sundays.
Top Tip – Happy hour every day from 5pm – 7pm
The Butchers Dog is another beer bolt-hole in town with more beers than you can could shake a stick at. It is so popular they are opening up in Ashely Cross too! With plenty of special events follow their Facebook for the latest.
Top Tip – A great upstairs that holds 30 people that you can book out for you and your beer buddies
Some of the best food in Wimborne is served by the regular pop-up restaurants.
Flaming Peaches can be found in the Squash Courts in Deans Court most weekend hosting their famous supper clubs served out of there vintage citroen H van. Usually about £35pp you will be served a three course set menu often sharing style. Whatever it is, you know it is going to be delicious. However, you MUST book! Check out there website of Facebook for more details of upcoming events.
Top Tip – these nights are BYOB, result!
Patas Arriba (the creators of one dish Wednesday) can also be found at The Squash Courts from time to time with their exceptional tapas bar! They run most Fridays for a few months. With a delicious changing menu of tapas order little plates of what you fancy, with some fresh oysters on the side; you really can’t beat it.
Top Tip – Follow these guys on Facebook for an up to date menu every week!
A Big Night
After you have made a few pit stops at some of the aforementioned The Dancing Moose in the place to go, (although you can quite easily spend from dawn to dusk there!)
The American fusion food is great and won’t break the bank and every day there are special offers. Think half price burgers Thursday and taco Tuesdays and £3.00 glasses of prosecco.
Cocktails, beer, wine – you name it they’ve got it. Open until late with a DJ on weekends. With happy hour until 8pm every day so get there after work on a Friday to celebrate with a half price espresso martini… it’s a slippery slope and you will undoubtable find yourself there until the late hours of the night!
Top Tip – Long weekend? Head down on Sunday for a London style ‘bottom-less brunch’ and for an extra £16.95 enjoy endless prosecco, Bloody Marys, Bellini’s or mimosas with your eggs benedict.
The Next Day…
Feeling a little groggy? Head back to The Thirsty Bird for some of the best coffee in town, or The Dancing Moose for stacks of pancakes, waffle, smashed avo or a fry up and most importantly a Bloody Mary.
Not quite sure you’re ready to go back? Pop in to Number 9 on The Green for a traditional tea and breakfast. Family run and supplying the scrummy Famous Hedgehog Bakery so you can take some treats home with you too.
Just fancy a coffee and something sweet? Nip in to Le Petit Prince and be prepared to spend hours drooling over the cakes, bakes and pastries whilst deciding what to have.
If you can believe it this is in no way a comprehensive list of all the amazing place to eat and drink in Wimborne. Take a stroll around town and a look down every little street you can as there really are some hidden gems where you wouldn’t expect them!
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