As a fan of tea, cake, books and vintage homeware you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon The Crooked Book. A quirky little cafe that’s crammed full of old novels, aging typewriters, battered suitcases and tarnished mirrors. The best bit is that everything – and I do mean everything – is for sale. That hand painted vintage teacup you’re sipping from? Yours for a fiver. The chair you’re sitting on? Make them an offer. You could easily drop by for a coffee and find yourself leaving with the realisation that your home (and possibly your life) was clearly never complete without a set of 1970s Russian dolls and a mahogany birdcage.
The atmosphere in the cafe is very relaxed and the owner is happy to let you browse without interruption. There are lots of nooks and crannies crammed with items from yesteryear so it would be very easy to lose yourself for an hour or so among the various trinkets and treasures.
The range of items on offer is constantly changing as they add to the collection but you’re guaranteed to get your vintage fix regardless of when you visit. The place is bursting with old cameras, autograph books, chinaware, candle holders, lamps and rugs.
They also arrange events such as Knit and Natter, gigs and open-mic nights. There’s even a weekly chess club. All this alongside excellent coffee and delicious food? I’m sold.
If you ever happen to be in Boscombe, make sure you pop in. Just be prepared to leave with a lot more than a full stomach…