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Bar Med, Bournemouth

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According to the local paper, the Mary Shelley will employ 90 people. I found this hard to believe until I went in there on opening day when it seemed as if all 90 were on duty so keen were they to impress.

Subsequent visits have found staffing levels to be more sensible. The multi-national staff are keen and attentive. Thus far the real ales are being well maintained and the prices are only slightly more expensive than the Moon on the Square. Even the food is reasonable.

The decor is a vast improvement on the old Bar Med days with comfortable seating. Even the toilets are clean which again is something that wasn't always the case in the old days.

Screen on the wall was showing the Olympics last time I was in there. Couple of fruit machines and a quiz machine the latter of which doesn't seem to work.
johnkn7 - 5 Sep 2008 19:30
The Mary Shelley opens on Monday 18th August.
anonymous - 16 Aug 2008 16:02
Has been taken over by the Wetherspoons chain and will reopen as a Lloyds no1 bar.
paulaledrinker - 17 Jun 2008 17:55
CLosed for good on Easter Sunday
johnkn7 - 24 Mar 2008 16:36
Packed and grotty.
back2reality18 - 18 Jan 2008 18:24
A dramatic change to my last visit to this bar.
Previously a desolate hole in the middle of Bournemouth. Where it seemed only the low life would bother to venture. Then again the clientel were a lot freindlier than the bar staff.
Now during a very short visit to Bournemouth I was once again dragged, digging my heels in, to this bar. It was mid afternoon and rainning heavily we ran for cover and this was what we were greated by;
An extremly freindly and bubbly waitress who asked us wether we would like to eat and if so to take a seat. I jumped at this opportunity as I am always hungry we ordered drinks and food straight away and were extremly surprised when all the food arrived with in 11minutes and absolutly delicious.
After supping up and drying out we asked our waitress were was a good place to go that night she obviously recomended Bar Med we all laughed but said if she was working she would return. She said she was on the Bar at 11 and not to be late.
So again we returned after a few unsuccesfull attempts at a: getting in to other Bars (as we were a group of 6lads) b: being able to afford a beer without having to re-mortgage. Low and behold there was our waitress now working the bar with a lovelly bevie of young barmaids, cheaper prices and an awsome set from the D.J. We stayed all the way to the end and were completely partied out I suggest to all the other reveiwers on this bar to return and re-rate as you will be pleasently surprised I think.....
stoneape - 3 Jul 2007 00:48
This place has been hideous for years. Popular though! :-)
seasiderMM - 9 Mar 2007 09:03
Yep agree with all that
david1972a - 6 Jul 2006 14:51
hear hear
anonymous - 23 Apr 2006 20:56
Tatty decor, intensely aggravating DJ, crap beer. A couple having a domestic was the only entertainment when I was in there recently.
johnkn7 - 15 Jan 2006 17:48

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