A couple of weeks ago myself and several of the Bournemouth Bloggers went along to The Grosvenor Casino in the town centre to have a look around, try out their food and drink menu and have a little lesson in the art of Roulette and Blackjack.
I was very excited for a night away from being a Mum and got stuck in straight away with one of the delicious cocktails on offer.
Asking what was recommended, I explained I couldn’t have the Long Island Ice Tea because I was allergic to caffeine and straight away the friendly manager Lee asked the barman to switch it up to allow me to have it.
The drink was delicious with cranberry juice rather than cola, and I happily sipped on my drink whilst being shown around the rest of the venue.
Molly, the casino’s sales & events manager was so knowledgeable about the brand and, together with Lee, she explained the ethical side of running a casino.
I was surprised to learn that Grosvenor have set rules and regulations in place not only to protect the casino and its staff, but also the customer themselves should they become carried away.
The Gamble Aware initiative isn’t exclusive to this casino, but it is something the staff take very seriously, and it was nice that Lee seemed to genuinely care about those coming into his casino rather than being solely focused on making as much money as possible, which was refreshing. The casino also enforces a strictly under 18s only policy, as you’d imagine.
We were shown around the sports bar, which apparently is very popular on match nights as they stream games on the TVs around the room, before heading into a private area of the casino which can be rented out for celebrations such as birthday parties, anniversaries and work events.
Upstairs, we were walked through the main gambling room and card game area and then onto the restaurant, where we were left in the capable hands of the casino’s waiting staff.
Our waiter was so lovely and suggested another round of cocktails before we ordered our starters. This time I went for the Passion Fruit Martini, which was absolutely delicious. The cocktails are such good value too, starting at around £6.50 and totally tasty.
For my starter, I had gone for the spicy tomato & cheese garlic bread, and it was an incredibly generous portion – I struggled to finish it all (although I didn’t find it spicy at all, it was just like a pizza baguette).
Whilst waiting for our mains, it was lovely to have a chat with the rest of the Bloggers. Some events are fairly hard to talk at, so it was nice to be able to properly discuss our blogs and life in general.
For my main course, I had ordered the loaded hot dog and I really enjoyed it. The food is excellent value, priced at around £3.50 for starters, and £9 for mains, and also totally generous portions. We couldn’t manage a dessert but they sounded lovely – especially the peach & raspberry cheesecake.
After dinner, Lee came and met us and we headed back into the casino area for our learn to play session. The member of staff talking us through the game clearly knew his stuff and was brilliant at teaching those of us in the group who were total beginners (myself included). He had a laugh along with us and was totally not stern as I’d imagined casino staff would be.
We had a crash course in both Roulette and Blackjack and it so interesting and nice to not have the pressure of gambling with real money. It was a really fun night and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Both Molly and Lee were so accommodating on the night, making us feel welcome and looked after throughout. There was a nice, chilled out vibe to the venue and I would definitely go back with friends, and with Ed for a date night with a difference.
If you are celebrating, The Grosvenor Casino offer a huge variety of packages to help make your visit special. Priced from just £15pp, you can enjoy some food, a drink each and a £5 bet!
Alternatively, their cinema deal is £17.50 and includes a 2 course set menu, drink and cinema ticket. With 2 for 1 cocktails, meal deals and live entertainment coming in the spring, there really is something for everyone.
If you fancy celebrating Valentine’s at Grosvenor, they are offering a 3 course special menu in their restaurant with Prosecco on arrival and Truffles & Coffee to finish for just £19.95 per person.
The Bournemouth Bloggers were invited along to The Grosvenor Casino for the purpose of this post, however all opinions and photos are my own.