Our Stories

Lauren’s story

“One day I will move back to Bournemouth and open a restaurant” is a phrase that so many of my friends have heard from me over the years since completing my International Hospitality Management degree at Bournemouth University and in 2018 I finally made it happen!

Having built a successful career in Digital and Financial Services across 16 years it was time for a change. I had spent 12 wonderful years living in London which was a dream for a foodie like me, I ate out a lot and every visit to a new restaurant just added to my list of things I wanted (or didn’t!) for my own restaurant one day. The vision was clear to me, I wanted to serve exceptional food in a laid back environment with personal service. The food needed to be accessible to everyone, from vegans to meat eaters and those who can’t eat gluten. The day I met Chef Adam, I knew we would make an excellent team, his passion for food, recipe creation and attention to detail mirrored everything I wanted for Truly’s and so we began our journey together!

Desserts Lauren Reading

Head Chef Adam’s story

Adam is a classically trained chef who completed 3 years training in Professional Cookery at The Bournemouth and Poole College. From there he worked in some of Bournemouth’s finest hotel restaurants before joining Truly’s when we opened in December 2018.

Chef Adam has won many prestigious competitions including the major international culinary competition International Salon Culinaire at the Hotelympia in 2018 also he was highly commended on the Pastry Chef Student of the Year by the Institute of Hospitality in 2018!

Bread and dips Chef Adam

The food story

Almost everything on our menu is gluten free and made from scratch in our tiny kitchen, we work closely with our excellent local suppliers to ensure we are using the best, freshest and tastiest ingredients. Did you know that some of our dishes take up to 2 days to make!


The wine story

Our carefully curated wine list consists of many organic and vegan wines, why? Quite simply because they taste better! You may not have heard of some of our wines but our team will help you with recommendations to suit your taste.


The beer story

We have a small selection of beers available from our good friends at Affinity Brewing Co. who hand-make (and even hand-can) tasty craft beers and ales. All are made with natural ingredients and are also vegan!

The art story

We have four beautiful feature paintings hanging in Truly’s all painted by our good friend Amy Carter who is a professional artist whose paintings are exhibited in a number of well known London galleries. See more or buy some of her art here.