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t u o t a e NEO RESTAURANT The much-anticipated addition to Bournemouth’s dining scene is already creating a buzz around town, writes Nick Marshall fter a 10 year planning dispute with Bournemouth Council, Neo is finally able to welcome diners. But you wouldn’t know it’s only just opened – the staff are confident in their surroundings and the smart early evening crowd in the downstairs bar look like regulars. On such a sunny evening, the best spot for a pre-dinner loosener is on the terrace overlooking the pier and gardens, although Neo’s glass-fronted rotunda design means you’re bathed in light throughout. A The restaurant 54 Clearly a lot of thought has gone into creating an airy, modern setting that evokes Grand Café elegance – something pitched between the familiarity of a brasserie and the full-on finesse of a high-end restaurant. The décor is clean and sharp, the staff impossibly charming and professional, but the atmosphere relaxed. You can turn up in shorts or a suit, sit down to a romantic dinner or grab a round of after-work beers with your colleagues, and you’ll fit in either way. In