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Food review: Canvas

Canvas has already established itself as one of our favourite music venues in Bournemouth, but we thought it was time to delve a little deeper and check out their food offering – send in the cavalry! (Review continues below gallery… drool…)

As the wife and I climbed the stairs from the entrance, we were struck with a sense of déjà vu – that’s because we’d climbed the same stairs when the venue first opened as Jalarra. We thought it was a great space then, but the Canvas team has definitely put their stamp on it. The bar has shifted and extended to prevent long queues for drinks, and the general décor has a chic finish with industrial undertones. All in all it’s definitely one of the more classy establishments you’ll find in town.

As we sat down and checked out the cocktail menu, we clocked the happy hour selection and went for their rum based ‘Perfect Storm’. I’m quite fussy when it comes to cocktails – I don’t think a lot of places get them right (lack of alcohol content being the main issue).

Although the Canvas cocktails didn’t pack the punch I’d need to rave about them, I could at least taste the alcohol and they were extremely refreshing. It’s definitely one of the few places I’d go Bournemouth specifically for their happy hour offer.

Perfect pizza at Canvas

Perfect pizza at Canvas

With drinks sorted, we turned our attention to the food options. What I like most about Canvas is that they’ve gone with a minimalist approach, with a simple choice of pizzas or platters.

Now I make no secret of my pizza obsession, which I thought might give Canvas an unfair advantage – so in the struggle for impartiality (and to give you all an honest review) we opted for the platters. The sacrifices we make for you guys!

The cheese options were Old Winchester (a cross between cheddar and parmigiano), Melusine goat’s cheese, Goddess (a semi-soft cheese washed in Somerset cider brandy), Bath Soft (mushroomy and creamy), Dorset Blue Vinny and Buffalo mozzarella, and the meat selection consisted of Bresaola (cured Italian beef), Speck (cured pork leg), Prosciutto Crudo Parma, Coppa (neck of hog), Salame Felino and Chorizo Serrano.

In order to do a full review, we did the only thing we thought was right and ordered the lot! As you’ll see from the photo, it was presented on a large tray with ciabatta, stuffed peppers, olives, oil with balsamic glaze, apple and cider brandy chutney and cornichons. A veritable feast, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Just as we were about to tuck in, our friendly and knowledgeable waiter used his psychic powers to read my mind and offered us some Shiraz to accompany the food – top marks!

As the evidence shows, we devoured what was before us and thoroughly enjoyed every last morsel.

Canvas may not offer an extensive menu but what they do offer has been carefully selected and well thought out. Quality, not quantity!

So whether it’s a cocktail after work, a sharing meal for two, a pizza before a live act or a number of platters for a large party, Canvas has got you covered!

Fact file

Address: Canvas, 45 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW
Phone: 01202 556113

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Dom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arts & Media and gained a number of professional credits working on film and TV productions before heading to Bournemouth to complete a screenwriting Masters degree. Now he spends most of his time rowing and producing video content for national and international brands.

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