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Review: The Real Eating Company

The Real Eating Company is an independent café business, which was started by Helena Hudson in 2004. And the fact that they’re independent is a big deal, because they believe it helps them deliver the best for their customers without having to focus on profit and shareholders.

They also have strong links with local independent producers and have been using locally sourced produce since before every café, restaurant and gastropub jumped on the bandwagon.

Personally, I’m a fan of brands that want to stay true to their values and support other small independents – especially when it comes to choosing quality over profits. But what does it matter if the experience isn’t up to scratch?

As a self-proclaimed foody, I was a little embarrassed to discover that The Real Eating Company has TWO establishments in Bournemouth and I’d not been to either. I could use the excuse that they’re not in the most prominent of locations, but I wouldn’t exactly say they’re ‘hidden’ either. However, having dined at their Yelverton Road branch at the weekend, I’d definitely say it was a gem.

The Yelverton Road café offers a nice little escape set back from the main high street. I wouldn’t call it a bustling café, but it does have a good atmosphere with individuals, couples and families all frequenting the main seating area. We opted to sit in the more relaxed and secluded area, which is positioned around the side with sofas and arm chairs – it felt far more intimate.

The menu isn’t extensive, but they have a good range of breakfast/brunch/lunch options. Having just finished a rowing session, I was feeling rather indulgent and opted for an Iced Chocolate Bounty to drink – my wife copied (to avoid any beverage envy) and it was just what the doctor ordered. I chose the Homemade Summer Pea & Courgette Frittata to eat, and my wife had the Avocado, Pesto & Mozzarella toastie – both were served with a fresh salad dressing. And because it was the weekend (any excuse), we finished with Bakewell and flapjack slices.

The food was extremely fresh and tasty, and it was refreshing to see a menu that wasn’t over-complicated. The prices aren’t the cheapest, but when you know you’re getting good quality food it’s worth spending that little bit extra. And to top it all off, the staff were really lovely – they made us feel very welcome.

We really enjoyed our visit and I know where we’ll be heading next time we’re in town and need a quick pit-stop to relax and refuel.

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Dominic Brancaleone

Dominic Brancaleone

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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