- 2023 Highest Climber
2023’s Highest Climber jumping up a huge 31 places. Beginning as a street food brand in Mexico, the founders ‘bottled’ and brought back the pure essence of Mexico to the UK, unleashing it on Bournemouth to the delight of locals and tourists alike.
“Our ambition is to revolutionise the well-known taco, while educating people about the deep-rooted Mexican culture,” says the venue’s website. “We are passionate that everyone who comes into contact with us feels refreshed.”
The venue is split into three areas including the downstairs bar, upstairs dining and the outdoor hacienda.
Ojo Rojo is full on and proudly Mexican through the core and serves a range of interactive foods that stem from the way of the Latinos.
For drink, though, it’s all about mezcal and tequila, as the bar says: “South Coast’s home of Mezcal. We take great care with our selection of tequila & mezcal to ensure your choice is one of variety and quality.
“We boast one of the largest and best collections of agave spirits in South West England and are only one of five venues in the country to have some of the brands that we sell.
“Our cocktail menus have always explored the diversity of agave spirits, with a mix of classic twists to unusual bespoke creations. Many of our syrups and infusions are made in house each week, which means you won't find our cocktails anywhere else.”
Notable cocktails include the Classic Margarita, made with El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau. Lime and an optional sea salt rim; Mezcal Tommys, with Quiquiriqui Mezcal, agave nectar, lime, orange bitters and an optional sea salt rim; and the Pear, made with Quince liqueur, Applejack, elderflower and Midas Prosecco.
The cocktail menu is diverse and shows the full flexibility of the mezcal and tequila category, celebrating the heritage of Mexico.