Just because Bournemouth may not be the cultural hub of England that does not mean it has nothing to offer.
In the student filled area of Winton lies the quaint and cosy, hipster-chic Conto Lounge. Part of the Lounger chain, this restaurant offers a selection of expertly made cocktails, mouth-watering meals and an aesthetic suitable for any Gen-Z instagrammer. In short: it is incredible
Regardless of whether you are ordering a Long Island Iced Tea on a cocktail night with your friends, or a special Ultimate Chicken Burger meal to satisfy your hunger, (my two favourites on the menu, I might add). But you might struggle to get the whole burger in your mouth. With hash browns, chicken, bacon, grilled onions and barbecue sauce all stuffed between two buns, you will find it hard to get each tasty ingredient in one bite. But you will also find the messier it gets, the better it tastes.
In the Lounge, there is something for everyone. That is what makes it so great. It boasts a wide-ranging menu, stylish décor and service warm, welcoming smiles of the waiters. It is the perfect eccentric environment where anybody could feel at home.
Once inside, there you will find the hip and trendy couple that are working their way through testing the lesser known eating spots in town. There is also the loud family with their cute little dog (yes, dogs are allowed) fighting over who gets the last chip. The lonely writer is there too, sipping on his cup of coffee, his only form of company being his laptop. You can also spot the giggling girl group, sipping on the cocktails, gossiping and posting selfies on social media. It is a place where anyone is welcome.
Fear not, for the loungers have restaurants all over the country. From Bournemouth to Birmingham, almost all areas are covered. Unfortunately, central London has yet to be claimed, but there is always hope for the future.