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Unit 7 Calendula Place, 752-778 Christchurch Rd
Bournemouth, England, BH7 6DE
United Kingdom

01202 309938

A board game Cafe in Bournemouth specialising in barrista grade coffee and board games.


Our Team

Our Team

Coffee & Dice is a community we want you to be part of. Meet the team & say hi next time you visit!


Marc Kenobi, Founder

Marc's job history is varied, starting as a steward at the old Wembley stadium and venturing as far as Washington D.C. where he worked as a Business Analyst. Along the way he's been a professional gift wrapper, a Barman and a Strategic Forecaster.

He holds a degree in English (odd given how many maths related job's he's had) and has an ambition to one day finish one of the novels he's started. Games have been with him from a young age playing card games all summer with his family and the obligatory Christmas game of Monopoly.

Marc decided opening a new business wasn't enough of a life change this year and so he got married a month after we opened as well.

Marc's Top 5 games:

  1. Magic the Gathering
  2. Resistance / Avalon
  3. Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
  4. Star Wars: Rebellion
  5. Mission: Red Planet

Jessica Hancock, Founder

Before starting Coffee & Dice, Jessica worked in Events Management in the charity sector. A background in hospitality, wedding planning, professional acting and marketing have all helped to build Coffee & Dice.

Jessica moved to Bournemouth in 2011 and did not know anyone with the exception of her other half Ciaran. Board games and role playing games were largely responsible for helping her meet new people and making the awesome group of friends that has grown into the Coffee & Dice community. If you are in a similar place looking to meet people, come join our open gaming nights which take place every Tuesday. As a word of advice, if you play a game of The Resistance, Jessica is most definitely the spy!

Jess's Top 5 games:

  1. Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
  2. Scythe
  3. Tyrants of the Underdark
  4. Pandemic Legacy
  5. Sushi Go!


John has been local to the Bournemouth area all his life. He’s had one job prior to Coffee & Dice, which he held for just shy of 30 years, where he operated large hydraulic presses and industrial table saws. He’d known Marc and Jessica for a few years before they began their plans for Coffee & Dice, and when he asked them to consider him as their first employee, they were delighted to accept.

He’s been a board game fan all his life, and can remember when there was little other choice than Monopoly and Cluedo.

John's Top 5 games:

  1. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
  2. Lords of Waterdeep
  3. Quadropolis
  4. Star Wars: Rebellion
  5. Splendor


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Lucia grew up in the New Forest and comes from a customer service and retail background. She is cat obsessed and is the proud owner of a ragdoll cat who she treats more like her child than an animal. She also loves all thing Disney, particularly visiting the theme parks.

Lucia has always enjoyed playing board games, and growing up she always looked forward to Christmas as it was the one time the family would get together to play Cluedo.

Around 3 years ago, Lucia discovered that there was a whole new world of board games out there and since then she has loved discovering the endless possibilities that board games can bring and the memories and friends that they have helped her make.

Lucia's Top 5 games:

  1. Clank!
  2. Scythe
  3. Russian Railroads
  4. Unfair
  5. Werewolves of Miller's Hollow


Rob has always called the Bournemouth area home despite moving around a lot with his previous work. Moving from place to place every few months called for a way to meet people, and this is how table top games became more than a Christmas tradition. Having now settled back in the area games are still an important part of any social gathering. 

As an outdoorsy type Rob has moved around to instruct at a variety of different Outdoor Activity Centres. As you can imagine, areas that are good for mountain biking and kayaking tend to be less good for WiFi connection, so board games are a great source of entertainment.

Rob tends to keep an eye out for the slightly more quirky games out there and although he has a Degree in Psychology he tends to enjoy the odd deception game; perhaps more than he should.

Rob's Top 5 games:

  1. New Salem 
  2. Letters from Whitechapel
  3. Colt Express 
  4. Flick 'Em Up
  5. Fuse



Moving to Bournemouth summer 2016, Chloe has covered an assortment of roles; from Financial Engineer to Account Manager with company cars. With 3.5yrs of working in pubs and clubs under her belt as well, evenings off with regulars and coworkers involved card games and light board games. From there, she met a local board games group, and joined them when she could, playing whatever was brought in. 

Very much a country girl in a big town, Chloe has spent many years around horses, working part time in livery yards and helping people with their horses. As well as horses, she prefers the company of cats, having parted with her beloved Norwegian Forest Cat in the move. 

Camping was a frequent family holiday, and a pack of cards were always on the packing list for games of Rummy. However as time and technology has advanced, computer games lead the way, and are reflected in Chloe's more fantastical, competitive choices of board games. But she's always partial to a game of Scrabble! 

Chloe's Top 5 games:

  1. Avalon
  2. Munchkin 
  3. Mansions of Madness
  4. ‎Cards Against Humanity 
  5. ‎El Dorado


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Louis has spent his life in the New Forest living in Villages no one has ever heard of. Always been surrounded by animals he currently shares his house and garden with Dogs, Cats, a Rabbit and several Chickens. He spends his free time creating mixed media collages with the hope of one day creating album covers or film posters.

Boardgaming is a relatively new hobby that surfaced a few years ago after a friend showed him the Resistance and Cash ’n Guns, both of which changed his perspective of what a board game can be and they both remain favourites.

Louis’ Top 5 Games:

  1. The Resistance 
  2. Whitechapel
  3. Forbidden Island
  4. FunEmployed
  5. Cash ’n Guns



Some of Jay’s childhood memories include playing Gin Rummy with her Mum on holiday, or Backgammon with her Dad at weekends after homework was complete.  

During her 20s, Christmas invariably involved the purchase of a new, although usually ‘traditional’, board game to play with family on the day: many of these now find their home in Coffee & Dice’s ‘Family & Nostalgia’section.

Meeting Marc resulted, not just in their marriage, but in Jay being introduced to a much wider world of board games……and the issue of how to fit all his board games & her books into a bungalow.  

An Optometrist by day, and Coffee & Dice’s self-appointed ‘Game Nurse’ by evening/weekend, Jay takes delight in resurrecting damaged or incomplete games and returning them to the Games Library for your enjoyment.  She maintains that she only buys a small proportion of the delicious brownies.  

Jay’s Top 5 Games:

  1. Pandemic
  2. Battle for Hogwarts
  3. Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow
  4. The Game
  5. Dixit



Simon was born and raised in Chessington (yes, the place with the World of Adventures). It was there he was first introduced to board games by his best friend, two games of 7 Wonders later, Simon was a bonafide board game fan.

Moving to Bournemouth with his partner Simon left his role as manager of a party shop to join Coffee & Dice.

Away from the world of board games, Simon graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art, and even taught the same subject at university. His artistic teaching expertise means he has a keen eye for games with fantastic artwork, and can teach games without the pressure of awarding any grades afterwards. Despite this, he still has no idea what half of the cards in Dixit are supposed to be.

Simon’s Top 5 Games:

  1. 7 Wonders
  2. Bohnanza
  3. Ticket to Ride
  4. Monikers
  5. Pandemic

Our Volunteers

We also have an amazing group of volunteers you may meet at events. These wonderful people  give up their free time to help us out and share their passion for games.