Point House Cafe to close

The Point House Cafe in Southbourne is to close this month.

The cafe, the last building at the eastern end of the Bournemouth cliff near Hengistbury Head, is very popular with walkers wishing to pause
at the end of the 9 mile cliff section of the coast path.

When the whitewashed cafe first opened in 1963 it served walkers and beach visitors for twelve hours a day in summer. At present it is only open at weekends and but now it has been announced that its last day of trade will be Sunday 26 November.

Owners Ray and Dorothy Fletcher are selling the building due to old age according their son Richard.

Harrison Developments are seeking planning permission to replace the cafe with a four storey block of flats with underground parking.

Residents have expressed dismay at the news. Peter Walker, who runs the Kalbarri bed and breakfast opposite, says that he will be sorry to see the cafe go.

Alex James, bass guitarist for Blur, has been a regular customer often praising the cheese on toast.

Just four years ago Point House Cafe was used as a location for The Project, a BBC television drama about New Labour starring Ian McFadden.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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