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A Beach Town’s Rare Tale

Internationally, the most well-known British dishes are fish ‘n’ chips, Sunday roast, and bangers and mash, but for many of us in the U.K., nothing beats a good old-fashioned steak and chips (or “steak frites,” if you must).

Bournemouth Steak House has among the best renditions of the dish.

Now, while not dating back as far as England’s first steakhouses (or chop houses, as they were known), which opened in the early 1700s, the Bournemouth Steak House has been holding its own since 1983, having survived two recessions, a BSE (mad cow disease) scare and, of course, the 2020 pandemic.  

Bournemouth is a resort town, and its season runs from April to September, so relying solely on holidaymakers is risky, but some business owners attempt it.

The owners of the steakhouse, Greek Cypriot immigrants Andrew and Georgia, have wisely looked after the local patrons through the years - though naturally the “grockles” (tourists) come through as well.

Completely unreliant on swanky décor or avant-garde food, Bournemouth Steak House retains its original uneven white walls and ceiling with thin wooden beams. The cooks know rare from medium-rare blindfolded. The main menu is virtually as it was on opening night: red meat perfection. -Michael Renouf

208 Holdenhurst Rd., Boscombe, Bournemouth BH8 8AT, UK. bournemouthsteakhouse.co.uk.

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