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user reviews of the Lord Nelson, Poole

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Me thinks the last poster got mixed up with the Jolly Sailor next door.

This is a Badger pub with a heavy music slant, suits the bike evenings on the quay during the summer.

Standard Badger beer, usual tourist food menu, an acceptable pub in a tourist orientated area, if I visit I try to ensure it's off-season.
ellisref - 20 Jan 2015 19:16
Visited during a beer festival. Out of 15 beers listed, only four were available.
Greene King IPA (you are joking?) Gk Buck Greene Governor, Oakham JHB and Everards Tiger.

Ordered four meals and stressed to the bar girl that any side salads should be undressed. All four came dressed. Salad dressing should be put into room 101.
I think they got the message when I asked for the desserts to be dress-free!
fugglehops - 5 Oct 2014 20:29
Beer seemed to be all Badger, no problem for me, I love it. Bar staff a bit quirky and both evenings I went in the music was not the greatest... Karaoke. Prior to the karaoke starting the music was good - Led Zep, Aerosmith, etc
Blokes toilets need fixing.
Bernie5 - 3 Mar 2014 15:52
Nice to see beers other than Greene King.
Tanglefoot, Fursty Ferret and Hopping Hare made a welcome change.
fugglehops - 13 Oct 2013 21:32
One of many pubs along The Quay, this is perhaps a bit more of a traditional boozer than some of it’s neighbours but naturally makes the most of the views with plenty of outside seating.

Inside it’s an L-shape bar with a somewhat run down feel, and like many of the nearby hostelries it has a vaguely nautical theme with dark blue and cream paintwork and various parts of ships on display such as an instrument cluster and a anchor chain reel. The flooring is mostly old flagstones with some carpet around the perimeter, and there is a small stage area in the corner. It would appear that live music is on most nights, and the Sunday evening we were there it was a 60’s Rock’n’Roll band, who probably weren’t too bad but were evidently trying to play at a somewhat higher volume than their PA equipment allows, with the resultant music being rather distorted.

A free standing wood burning stove stood at the front of the pub surrounded by piles of logs and a railing. Off to one side was an old space invaders game, and a plasma was on a wall to the left. Around the corner at the rear there was a pool table, table football game and a darts board. Unusually besides the usual condom machine in the gents, there was also one dispensing vibrators – just £5 including batteries, but I didn’t try one myself.

Beers on tap were all from the Hall & Woodhouse stable with their Badger, Tanglefoot and Hopping Hare. Ciders were Stowford Press and Weston’s Traditional Scrumpy.
Blackthorn - 31 Jul 2013 13:31
The quality of the exorbitantly overpriced real ales in this pub continue to plumb even lower depths. How can a pub consistently serve up beer in such a poor condition, year in, year out? The nearby Portsmouth Hoy is served by the same brewery, Hall and Woodhouse, but the landlord there manages to keep the beer in tip-top condition.
Meerkat1960 - 8 Sep 2012 10:36
What could be better than a pub lunch on a lovely sunny day. Sadly we chose the Lord Nelson..

I ordered a crab sandwich. Bread was a quarter of an inch thick one end and probably almost two inches thick the other which made it tricky to eat. I had to really (truly) look carefully to see any trace of crab too!

My friend ordered mussels and a large bowl duly arrived but the mussels were overcooked, chewy and unpleasant.

As I was driving I ordered a pint of lemonade and was shocked to find it was 3! That's ridiculous. I would recommend that you don't eat here, I won't be coming back.
ConnieHants - 28 Jul 2012 15:59
Went here on Sunday April 10. It was a beautiful sunny day so we sat outside, which was great. It is a real bikers pub with heavy metal music inside. We had lunch, which was reasonably priced and good pub fayre. The beer was good (Tanglefoot). I'm not so sure I would have enjoyed it as much sat inside.
GaryR - 13 Apr 2011 16:02
Previous pub Antelope. Well Nelson continues to meet expectations. Badger beer, whilst not my favourite well kept and as expected. Excellent rock music being played. An all round good pub. Should have a higher average rating than shown on this site. Next pub Bermuda Triangle although will not be rating as is excellent always.
R.Swipe - 26 Mar 2011 19:52
went in for a quick pint order tanglefoot which was a poor pint wiil not be back
forestwood - 23 Oct 2010 16:26
Go here for the music sometimes. Beer acceptable.
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 14:50
Grim atmosphere and the staff were slow and clueless.
Three Badger beers on if you do fancy braving it.

duchyjim - 26 Aug 2010 10:35
such a shame this pub used to be one of the best pubs in poole until marshmellow woman got her hands on it. the food is overpriced and dreadfull and the landlady hasn't got any idea how to run a pub or speak to her staff or customers. when adam was running it with her he managed to retain a good rapor with staff and customers alike but unfortunately he now runs the blue boar and is not there any longer. the staff that are there now havnt the foggiest what theyre doing and are not interested. the bands are still good but unfortunately have to put up with anna pushing herself onto the stage and howling into the mike. they have to put up with it otherwise bitch fit will be observed by all and maybe a tantrum or ten. customers get screamed at in the face if she feels that they havn't confirmed to her rules even if they have. all in all a sorry state of affairs and hope for a better pub in the future
dumplings22 - 25 Mar 2010 17:09
Good for the live music but the beer is absoloutely shocking...someone should really teach them how to keep it...
clarkey_cat - 22 Jan 2010 15:09
No Children after 3pm.Don't bring your kids after 3pm as they will not be allowed in. Great for Live Music probably the best in the area.
fstein12 - 9 Jan 2010 20:46
Having read all the diverse comment about this pub, I thought I'd give it a try. The Hall and Woodhouse Badger beer I was served was probably the worst pint I've ever had in my life. Bland, tasteless, lifeless and served at a near-freezing temperature and grossly overpriced at nearly 3 a pint. Utter pigswill. We then escaped to the nearby Witherspoons where a pint of Ruddles Best and Abbot Reserve, both served in tip-top condition, cost just 3.54. Why on earth, apart from going to see live bands, does anybody bother drinking in the Nelson?
2BFrank - 7 Jan 2010 18:44
My frequent visits to Poole are because I have a mate and a boat there - and also because of the Nelson which seems loved by the tourists and hated by the inbreds. Beer quality and service is excellent and the music top class. If you chaps don't like the place, why go in ? Init.
elfhelp - 14 Oct 2009 11:27
Oh dear Mr Flyboy, whats the odds we're about to have more new aliases oops I mean reviewers with positive comments but without reference to Reigate pub now?
Randomguy - 5 Oct 2009 20:56
Strange how Brewmason, Blackgander and now Elfhelp all happen to leave numerous comments on the Lord Nelson and pubs in Reigate. A cynic might think they are all the same person. Still, if Mr Brew-Gander-Help likes quaffing inferior beer in the most expensive, dirtiest pub in Poole, it speaks volumes about his tastes!
BlandfordFlyBoy - 24 Sep 2009 11:05
Another great time at the Nelson tonight. There is no better pub in Dorset...init.
Fantastic music, beer and staff. We've already booked our Xmas party there!
elfhelp - 20 Sep 2009 01:18
Last time I went in there a big guy threatened me for staring at his girlfriend and I'm gay.
hogshead - 1 Sep 2009 21:54
Apart from sacked bar staff, some blokes so under there wifes / partners thumbs that they only dare comment with a silly alias, there are so many pubs in Poole with so many brands and prices why go somewhere you dont like, is it not about choice, Anna must be really chuffed that you numbties are making the Lord Nelson one of the most commented pubs on here.
I must say the cup cakes here are something else.
And do you know what its a nice pub with the best location on the Quay.
Luv it x
ianmacuk - 1 Sep 2009 17:12
The competition is fighting back...at last!! I know neither Black nor Anna - but I do know that the Nelson is a classic pub and yes, this is the busiest summer in living memory for the Nelson, in terms of takings. Simples....
brewmason - 22 Aug 2009 01:30
Brewmason, Blackgander and Anna! They're all the same person!
Meerkat1960 - 20 Aug 2009 13:35
Brewmason, says " the pub's busiest summer in living memory" maybe his memory cannot remember back to Jim Kellerway's days as landlord. That is the benchmark by which we measure the pub. How many comments here refer to "The old days"?
Busy, its empty when there is no band playing?
"Off-duty staff are not allowed to drink in the Nelson (a common rule in good pubs)" what about Kirsty's 21st? Emmas drunken evening which prompted Jasperdodds comment 7th March? Teresa, last Sunday? By his definition the Nelson is NOT a good pub.

Randomguy - 19 Aug 2009 21:56
Poole would not be what it is without the Nelson; its the town's busiest and best venue - the competition pales into insignifigance.
blackgander - 18 Aug 2009 12:36
Off-duty staff are not allowed to drink in the Nelson (a common rule in good pubs) and I would point out that the 'old regulars' alluded to in the previous post were mostly barred from the Nelson where standards continue to rise during the pub's busiest summer in living memory. A fine and pleasant place - but, as we all know, competitors and their mates will not be impressed!
brewmason - 18 Aug 2009 11:37
Seems quite significant to me that most of the old regulars of the Nelson, together with off-duty staff, all now drink at the Spotted Cow-they've obviously got taste!
Meerkat1960 - 18 Aug 2009 00:07
Great night again at the Nelson last night - the place was heaving and it was hard even to get in! This could not be said of any other Poole venue. Beer, service, music etc. were spot on, as usual.
brewmason - 15 Aug 2009 10:45
I have just been admonished, I did mean toilets. :)
Randomguy - 13 Aug 2009 13:50
Is Blackgander and Brewmason one and the same person? Both have comments for pubs in Reigate coincidence or what? Maybe there are several aliases, that would account for the support of the disgusting toiets and rubbish beer.
In your next mail please tell up what you are drinking.
Randomguy - 13 Aug 2009 13:04
FlyBoy (an apt name) chooses to insult a fellow poster - with whom I totally agree. The is Poole's best venue and the landlady is a star. Beer quality could not be better and the music is class.
blackgander - 12 Aug 2009 20:37
Who is this 'genial landlady' who Mr Brown-Nose Brewmason so eloquently praises? I've never noticed anyone fitting that description on my last few visits! Couldn't agree more about the disgusting state of the paddling pool, sorry, gents' toilets. Does the Public Health Inspector ever visit this place? As for the vile overpriced beer, how do the Brewery have the neck to increase their already exorbitant prices even further? No wonder this place is normally empty when there's no live music. Shame to see what was such a good pub years ago go down the pan like this place has.
BlandfordFlyBoy - 10 Aug 2009 12:48
New to this site: I fall into the not impressed by the pub or the smelly toilets camp,.
Is ther another Lord Nelson which that andy and brewmason refer to?


LukeSkywalker - 4 Aug 2009 17:40
Now the most expensive pub on Poole Quay after yet another hefty price increase. 3.30 for a pint of bland tasteless Hall and Woodhouse bitter? I don't think so. Try the beer next door in the Jolly Sailor-it's both better and much cheaper, and, unlike the Nelson, the Landlord actually talks to his customers.
jasperdodds - 4 Aug 2009 12:05
Randomguy says....'after washing my hands without soap you have to open the door.' I don't think so m8!

This is a great pub - with fine beer, fun and a genial landylady. Bring you own soap the next time m8 and don't bore us about it....
brewmason - 2 Aug 2009 14:04
Just a thought. There have been several comments about the unhygienic toilets. After washing my hands without soap you have to open the door. Has anyone seen the state of the handle, when was that last wiped over.
I see the price of the crap beer has gone up, was that to pay for all the landladys 50th birthday celebrations?

Randomguy - 1 Aug 2009 08:35
The land lady is great so are most of the staff. Great music also, I go there more than other pubs down in poole
andy007 - 27 Jul 2009 17:03
Im out tonight with the landlady I love her soooo very much its a shame she is not in to my big lip. she said she is going to pay for lyposuction on my bottom lip, the doctor said she can keep the fat after the operation is done.. Now we can be together as a happy pair of lovers. cos once uv ad fat u cant go back.

GlynisaFckwitt - 25 Jul 2009 19:46
I hate this pub soo much it makes my lip swell. The smell makes me want to reach all over the bingo wings of the landlady. Its not her fault as its hard to wash the smell of dog off the kitchen walls. No one likes me and i feel as if my only friend is the booze.
GlynisaFckwitt - 25 Jul 2009 19:28
Call me a snob if you must but one pint of awful beer and I'm out of here, if it were cheaper, I'd even leave the beer.
Randomguy - 6 Jun 2009 01:21
Just wanted to clarify that Skycat is Teresa, I work behind the bar and have done for about the last 5 years.
It's nice to see that people do come in a have a nice time after reading all these disgusting personal comments, and quite frankly, take it from me, we don't need the negative people coming in, your business is just not needed, it's busy enough without you.
Any by the way, im not a gypsy inbred!!! Come in and have a chat with me!!!
skycat - 24 Apr 2009 13:55
had to pay this pub a visit after all the comments! well what can you say...not as bad as i thought i would have been, considering it is in poole and theres nothing you can do about the gypsy inbreads that live here. beers not bad, good music entertainment and excelant location
bigdave123 - 7 Apr 2009 12:34
I've never seen a pub attract so much ardent supprt and furious haterd. I'm definitely going to visit this pub to find out what all of the fuss about. Hopefully I'll get too wasted to remember what the evening was like so I don't have to post my findings on here. Cheers and wish me luck
pullingtonite - 7 Apr 2009 12:18
Well said Anna. The Nelson is the best pub in Poole.
brewmason - 6 Apr 2009 13:53
Ive been working at the Pub now for nearly five years, you tossers that don't like the place, don't use it then!! There's plenty of other around the Quay that will have you.
skycat - 6 Apr 2009 13:44
Sounds like the pub I know and love
Irish_Kev - 27 Mar 2009 04:09
I've been a regular for many years but recently it has really gone down hill. The majority of cliental are drunken louts who Anna seems to encourage forcing the more respectable drinkers away.
This is such a shame, as, occaisionally they have good bands, that is apart from when Anna starts singing, doesn't she realise they are applauding because she has stopped, its a joke.
The last straw was this evening when I took one look and walked away.
Beer is overpriced and what was all that about last summer when she tried to charge an entrance fee.
Antelope or Blue Boar for me
Randomguy - 15 Mar 2009 00:42
I am not hiding my name, its quiet embarrassing that these comments are made by spineless people hiding behind a nick name.

And to me its not really hard to spot who most of these people are.
If you dont like a pub dont use it, pretty sad these people are sitting at home, having a go at Pub Landlady, you are really quiet sad.

Ian Macavoy ( local racist hobbit) not lol
ianmacuk - 11 Mar 2009 09:38
Have used this placed on an ad hoc basis since the late 70s, and I have to say it's now a shadow of its former self. It used to be the best pick-up joint in Poole, but I fear the only thing you'd pick up in this filthy hole now is a dose of crabs that some of the unwashed clientele have left in the disgusting toilets! I have fond memories of the Jim Kellaway years, when the pub was run as a tight ship and the present clientele would not have even got past the front door. Must agree with Sunbeam about the staff. They wouldn't look out of place in an audition for the Adams family!
Meerkat1960 - 9 Mar 2009 11:03
Glad that blowme is barred; its off its head, obviously and infatuated with Anna.
brewmason - 9 Mar 2009 10:14
Great night last night again. Packed and full of talent. Best in Dorset. Great music.
brewmason - 8 Mar 2009 09:14
Three posters - jasper, blow and meat - have made 7 negative posts about the Nelson since the end of February, with probably more to come! Yes, this is a lively fun spot that is not perfect; but there's no need to make your bias so obvious, adding personal insults about the hardworking landlady and staff. Its the best night out in Poole - there's nowhere else near as busy and the music is great. If its as bad as you say, why is it jammed all the time? Tell the truth! You sados were barred!!
brewmason - 7 Mar 2009 13:12
Couldn't agree more, Jasper. Methinks the landlady only employs staff who are uglier, scruffier and fatter than she is to make herself look good. The place is filthy, especially the toilets. Good bands to be seen here, otherwise don't bother. Dodgy clientele and even dodgier beer!
Sunbeam - 7 Mar 2009 12:37
Made the mistake of going in this dump last night-the evening was ruined by a bunch of retarded drunken morons, including off-duty staff, who managed to virtually empty the pub of 'respectable' customers with their foul language, arm wrestling and dancing on the seats and tables. Why on earth does Anna the 'Orrible (the landlady) tolerate these dickheads, especially one permanently pissed half-wit know locally as 'Pete the Poof'?

Why on earth have Hall and Woodhouse let this place go to rack and ruin? Its run by an anti-social self-obsessed landlady who has a job to even speak to her regulars, the staff are bunch of scruffy looking chav freaks who look like they could all do with a good bath and the beer and food are vile and over-priced. This pub could be an absolute goldmine with the right person in charge and strict door control.
jasperdodds - 7 Mar 2009 11:21
if you like shite food ,,oppressive rock music [ some of the bands think they are playing wembley tone it down you deaf pricks] ,,and get your hair cut i hate rockers ,,especially the wretches that wear ripped jeans showing everyone a big fat flabby arse, that landlady or should i say the old hag that runs the place [ BADLY] i think its called annabel lecter has the personality of beansprout and the brains or an omeba she really is a rotweiller with lipstick,, this pub could be really great it just needs a few cancers cutting away from it
blowme - 1 Mar 2009 13:12
crap crap crap ,,,thats the pub anna oh my god this girl really does lover herself ,,,why is she single ,maybe its the ,big fat mouth the bullying attitude ,the uneaven fake tan that she bakes onto herself she,s short and fat and those horrid ripped jeans ,,ok a few girls with nice bodies got away with ripped jeans for about 6 mnths in 2004 NOT 2009 FATTY ,, i could cope with the evil stares from thos pissy little pig eyes if only she had a nice nature about her ,not a chance she is pure and simple nasty insecure immature AND TO LOUD ANNA ,,have you ever wondered why your single ,,i love the way she beats the crap out of her dogs really nice they say dogs look like the owner ,, at least the mutts dont plaster themselves in cheap make-up ,,,but the pub is in a great place but maybe upstairs should be vacated and the tennant move back to the sea from where she came ,,the food sucks i dont know of another pub thats main supplier is asda just shows the stupidity kareoke i hear you say what does she sound like ,,i,ve heard braking windows with a nicer pitch ,,did i mention the jeans a wonderous sight to behold ,,,80% of the staff look like they have had labotomies and if they havent maybe it should be considered,,as for the FIRM of regulars they say water finds its own level well it seems so does bull-shit talking two faced wanna be hardmen knob cheese go next door or move to another planet if this this pub is your only option
blowme - 1 Mar 2009 11:53
Rough as a badgers behind! Full of 'locals' who stare menacingly at you until they realised your twice their size and fair better nourished. Seriously I live a few hundred meters from this place and hesitate to go in, wonderful location, dodgy dodgy people. meniceg
biggingerdude - 18 Jan 2009 21:55
This is a bold statement to make, but it's true - the Nelson is racist against anybody who isn't English!

Someone very close to me has fallen victim to very bad racist behaviour at the Nelson. This person used to religiously visit the Nelson, and spend an average of 200 a weekend. That's guaranteed monthly revenue ... bonus for the landlady!

Anyway, apparently two of the Nelson's locals have a problem with foreign people drinking in 'their' pub. So, these two men made horrible racists remarks, and told this person to f... off back to his own country and stop taking over what rightfully belongs to the Brit! Yes, can you believe it?

This person was bullied to no extreme, and was threatened not to come to the Nelson ever again or he will be 'taken care of'. When the landlady found out - she did absolutely nothing! | find that shocking. Not only has she has lost this person's generous revenue, she has also badly tarnished the reputation of her pub.

The best form of advertising is by word of mouth, and for me, the Nelson is a racist sh1t-hole with racist punters! Shame on those 'locals' for not wanting to share their sh1t hole with foreigners! Since when is race an issue?

Oh, and btw, this person was born in England ... so the Nelson's punters are actually pissing on their own legs. Just goes to show the mentality of the bottom dwellers!
seashell - 17 Jan 2009 21:33
This place should be shut down on health grounds. The whole place, especially the toilets are filthy! The staff are mainly a scruffy, not paricularly hygenic bunch who seem more intent on messing around with each other than serving the vastly overpriced bland Badger beer.
jasperdodds - 30 Nov 2008 14:30
The pub has a stunning view across the Harbour, but not across the bar!, i did 'nt. come across chavs or hobbits outside this pub, but you really have to check out the bar staff, talk about scruffy........please go and have a look, the Tanglefoot was not to bad, had some best as well not to bad either, the toilets are bad but to be fair its the age and size of them, i was not lucky enough to see band, but the place has a good reputation for live music
Andy_South - 23 Nov 2008 11:43
This pub is amazing, the regulars and staff are not havs or hobbits, but people who like to hve fun, and don't care when arseholes turn their nose up at them, cos their having fun and loving it!
So everyone that has a bad opinion of the fun loving Lord Nelson of Poole Quay....you know where you can shuve your opinions!!! And yeah if your want to try a CHAVS pub try further down the quay....
louise757 - 4 Nov 2008 00:52
I cannot see for the life of me how, this Pub charges what it does for all of its Beer, all of the Hall & Woodhouse pubs around the Quay are the same, go to Bournemouth or Weymouth, the price difference is very marked.
So if you want to pay over the top price for a poorly kept Tanglefoot, in a dirty badly run pub, with some of the worse toilets i have ever come across, then this is the place for you.
Meatloafthedog - 3 Oct 2008 08:32
Do not eat here really do not eat here, i complained about the food, still frozen, real crap, try changing it twice, got in the end what must be the boss, a women with very high opions of her over priced food and horrid beer, my last visit to this place under presant ownership, nothing more to say.
Avoid at all costs!
GayleRoss - 30 Sep 2008 13:51
Made the mistake of trying sausages and chips in this place and regretted it! The chips were still frozen in the middle while the sausages were burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. On complaining, there was no apology, just indifference. The locals were all up in arms last night because the charismatic (NOT!) landlady had just introduced a 1 admission charge after 9 p.m. Result? The pub was nearly empty, while the Jolly Sailor next door was heaving. Shrewd business move, Anna!
jasperdodds - 9 Aug 2008 14:23
Yes-most of the bands are awful,the bar staff are'nt gorgeous by any means,the landlady-Anna-can be a bit scary & the bogs whiff...but this is still a great boozer.The locals may,at first,come across like Hobbits,but they are mostly v friendly-proper Poole kiddies!Don't be put off by talk of chavs either,most of the younger drinkers are actually nice people-& are not bona fide chavs anyway!
stev1963hit - 7 Jul 2008 00:36
Very expensive beer and the food didnt look great either. However a nice location to sit outside on the quayside and it catches the sun for longer in the evenings than some of the pubs further along.
pubscouter - 16 Apr 2008 10:44
It's a locals pub for those who like live music and a pint or six. An eclectic mix of people from all walks of life although mainly from the university of life as opposed to actual university. They come to have a good time and so should you. Bands vary from the absolutely fantastic to the somewhat awful however they all get their 15mins of fame. A great pub with decent Tanglefoot bitter in the most beautiful harbour in the world - Sydney - no thans Poole all the way. Careful in summer lots of grockels (holiday makers and yes I know it's a Devoian term but it works here)that just stare bemused as to what the hell sort place they are in !!!!
simeongreenough - 29 Feb 2008 00:32
Back working in Poole again, its such a nice town! Thought i would give the Nelson one more chance, its been decorated since last visit, not bad either, beer a little expensive, regulars outside as with everwhere, plenty of room outside good seating area, but then there is the staff, are they forced to work there what a miserable bunch, they are all scared to death of the plump scary landlady that was just returning from the Gym.
I will not be visiting Gyms in Poole lol
Meatloafthedog - 28 Feb 2008 12:00
Does a nice pint of Stowford. I enjoy sitting outside in the sunshine after I have been shopping in the summer months. Very relaxing.

POPPYSUMMERLANDS - 31 Jan 2008 21:04
I think the "Chav Arms" is very harsh. Whilst I agree it could be so much more - with a great spot on the front of the quay, the live bands are quite good. I Often go there to see a band and enjoy the atmosphere. If you are looking for something like that with no 16-19 year olds, then this is the place to go!
shelleycourt - 16 Nov 2007 14:15
Went there for lunch today. The 3 dishes we had were absolutely appalling. Frozen cooked meat not re-heated through, mussels cooked most probably hours before and re-heated in microwave, vegetables not cooked properly. The waitress' attitude when we complained was just as bad as the food. We got a refund on 1 dish (she just threw the money on the table without any apology). An absolute disgrace that a pub in such a prime location attrating tourists and locals alike show such bad standards in every way.
datarebal - 4 Nov 2007 18:11
Best Pub in Poole for really baaad food
anonymous - 25 Jul 2007 18:44
Well its the summe, back to try the pub, its worse believe it or not, where are all the people, is it the smoking ban i do not know, i self opionated fat landlady is still throwing wobbles, Poole is crap she was shouting at the top of voice, why is she there!
Off to the Hoy, a better pub, give this one a miss, this is a bad pub, badly run, a real shame.
Meatloafthedog - 25 Jul 2007 18:42
Its the Chav Arms, Chavs behind the bar, Chav customers, are there super noddles on the Menu.
The barstaff where moaning about the customers, and the customer the bar staff, unless your a chav this pub is well worth giving a miss, and if you ara a chav you have to take your cap off.

Not a nice place!
anonymous - 10 Jun 2007 11:31
Pubs just crap
anonymous - 17 May 2007 19:31
I also did not get served at all, the owner i think was in the middle of throwing a massive fit when we went in there, she was verbally abusing some chavy kid behind the bar
Give this place a miss
Meatloafthedog - 17 May 2007 19:31
The hardest pub in Poole to get served in, i have visited the place on five different occasions now, even when the place is empty its a job to get served, its such a shame, prime position no character what so ever,young kids behind the bar with no interest on the pub, my advice is try next door, there are lots in there that used to drink n the Nellie, a real shame!
Meatloafthedog - 17 May 2007 19:10
Definately the place to go if you want live music in Poole, bands on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. Good selection of Badger beers (watch the Tanglefoot though - its true to its name) Does tend to get pretty busy if a popular band is playing on a Friday/Saturday night.
Nurke - 14 Sep 2006 16:31
This is the place to be on Poole Quay, some of the best bands in Dorset play here, the food is well priced, fish and chips on a lunch time are actually cheaper than the near by fish and chip shops, plus you can have one of the best pints of cider with it
ianmac007andahalf - 3 Sep 2006 05:31
Great pub, stunning landlady, two lovley puppies! The bar staff are fantasic, the food is out of this world, it i the best pub on Poole Quay by miles,this pub is a must do, if you are visiting Poole
ianmac007andahalf - 3 Sep 2006 05:23
Good atmosphere very ugly bar staff, some of the worst food in Poole,pub is full of mad customers they make the pub,great in the Summer
anonymous - 1 Sep 2006 04:21
Great pub. In the summer ideal place to sit outside and watch the world go by. Well kept selection of Badger Ales
alewhale - 24 Jul 2006 22:04
Full of crazy people when I went in, women of all shapes and sizes wearing little, people arguing and some of the worst karoake I have ever heard - Honestly, who would perform Iron Maiden in Karoake?
TheGP - 16 Jul 2006 18:23
great local pub,amazing staff,show your face you'll always be welcome
fatjim - 23 Mar 2005 23:20
This pub is very popular in the town.THe pub itself is nothing special but because of its location it is usually packed. Good service and vibrant atmosphere.
millers - 11 Oct 2003 18:45
amazing atmosphere, best pub in poole, a great team of staff, just be carful not to fall in the quay.
mr. cobb - 9 Jun 2003 22:36
The beer is too expensive (Tanglefoot at 2.45)
Simon Bannister - 17 Dec 2002 11:44
Traditional quayside pub, right next to the water. Unpretentious, friendly atmosphere. Featuring live music, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon, starting 3.00pm. No worries about "drink/drive", it's a short walk from the train station with frequent services to Bournemouth ( 10 minutes), Southampton and London.
Roj Agogo - 30 Apr 2002 21:32

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