British families can eat out at beachside restaurant for free this summer

Brits and tourists alike can enjoy a delicious meal on one of the UK’s prettiest beaches this summer – for free.

Great British Bake Off star Manon Lagrève is using her cooking and baking expertise to bring French food to Bournemouth.

Her pop-up bistro will serve free, restaurant-quality British main meals inspired by Brits’ most commonly wasted foods.

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The foodie is working with tasty cheese brand Boursin to create the charity restaurant.

Not only are beachgoers invited to dine on delicious food, but it’s all set up on an attractive terrace with beach views and a French cafe-style set up with plenty of shade, cushioned chairs, tables and flowers. Those wanting to dine out on a budget are sure to love it.

The dishes are served on a pay-what-you-can basis where donations will be accepted, but are not required.

All of the donations will go to FoodCycle, a nationwide charity that uses surplus food, spare kitchen spaces, and volunteers to create three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

Research by Boursin found that 43% of Brits admit to wasting food at least once a week during the summer months and 56% don’t know what to do with leftover food or ingredients.

One of the restaurants goals is to inspire Brits with dishes made from commonly wasted foods.

Manon will use local Dorset produce – and of course plenty of Boursin cheese – to make a tasty meal for the whole family.

From delicious creamy plant-based Boursin pasta, to Boursin & spinach stuffed chicken roulade, almond and Boursin grilled cod with frites and peas, or a vegetable Provençal Boursin tian, there’s something for everyone, as well as mouth-watering side dishes on offer too.

The pop-up Boursin Bistro will sit on Bournemouth Beach from August 31 to September 3 between 12pm and 7pm. On Sundays this will be limited to 6pm.

Bournemouth Beach is apparently the fourth best beach in the UK according to the 2023 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. It’s also the 24th best in all of Europe.

It’s a soft sand beach that’s family friendly with RNLI Lifeguards based until September. So it’s a great choice for a day out.

You can use lifts to get to the top of the cliffs for a stunning view of the ocean or hike your way instead. Until October 31 there’s also a Land Train down the Pier to Branksome Chine for a small fee.

Amenities are plentiful with lots of parking, toilets and baby change on the prom and accessible toilets. Dogs are allowed all year to the west of Bournemouth Pier between Middle Chine and Durley Chine. For the rest of the beach, dogs are not allowed from 1 May to 30 September.

To double check how busy the beach is at any one time take a look at the Beach Check app which has a traffic light system helping both visitors and residents avoid busy hotspots. The bistro will be located right on the sand, between Who Dares Gyms and El Murrino beach restaurant.

Manon said: "This was a pleasure for me to think up these recipes for the beach-side Bistro, as I always have Boursin on-hand in my fridge to elevate dishes which I regularly create for my family and friends. The recipes I have created for the pop-up Bistro are inspired by being a French girl, but also super easy for everyone to re-create at home with leftovers you may have. Et voilà!".

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