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The Quay, Wareham

Great shame this, its a chain pub that is currently awaiting a regular landlord, the several managers that have been there have not had the heart to bring it back to its former glory. First impression, hanging baskets empty and hanging off the walls, paint cracked and peeling and dirty paved area to the front, a solitory sign promises good food, but kinda gives the impression that its desperate. Inside they stock Ringwood which is good but the pint is average, the place stinks of smoke and when I ordered my food, the cook? was hesitant to get off her bar stool, put her fag out and go to work. Landlord told me to wait to be served as he was washing glasses. Struck me as a "Chav" pub with baseball caps and football shirts on the few customers. Not all the pubs fault, the council should get rid of the car park at the front and turn it into a water frontage by the river. Such a waste. Enterprise Inns and Wareham council SORT IT OUT!

1 Jun 2006 16:47

The Yachtsman, Hamworthy

Pub situated not a million miles from Hamworthy park and a couple of slipways for boaters so you get a strange mix of families and wannabe sea-capiins! Generally the food is ok, nothing to shout about and the beer is badger so again nothing to shout about. However, its a nice enough convieniant pub which houses a few clubs gatherings (like the hamworthy dive club) and has the odd event like a fireworks night. I would say .... average

1 Jun 2006 16:33

The Holes Bay, Poole

Another brewers fair pub, good for that quick meal and a half a shandy. Purpose built next to a travel inn a couple miles outside poole and depends on the weary traveller for trade. No atmosphere, views across poole backwater (seeing past the dual carraige way). Sort of place to take the mother in law if you want to get back quick.

1 Jun 2006 16:26

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

Charlie runs this pub as his Dad did and its a credit to him. Generally the clients are a nice bunch, but with all local villages in the area, too many holiday homes are ripping the characters out of the bars. Anyway, great cask beer and you must try the Perry cider. Great pasties which taste home made, but I was a bit worse for wear. The views a stunning but remember to wrap up warm on those cool evenings as the wind bites. As a previous poster mentioned, as far as the telephone companies are concerned, you will have travelled to France, so ring wife before leaving blighty. Totally rustic pub, chickens and dogs too boot, even the odd (and I mean odd) live musician.

1 Jun 2006 16:18

Silent Woman, Coldharbour

Strange there are not more reviews for this pub. I worked here many moons ago under the then Landlord Nigel Carr, then it was one of the best country pubs around, with a wealth of visitors from the many caravan parks around and walkers in the surrounding forest. In them days, the thing that made this pub was the atomosphere, with frequent BBQ's and locals who would just turn up and play a guitar or violin!. Recently got told I could not go in because I had kids with me! So I cant comment on this once extrodinary family pub

1 Jun 2006 15:48

St Peters Finger, Lytchett Minster

Another real ale pub with a good landlord to boot. Roaring fires and dog friendly. If your a big mouth Yuppie, I guess you will get a frosty reception, but in the main a nice quiet pub with a rugby club next door if ou fancy a game!

1 Jun 2006 15:43

The Bakers Arms, Poole

Busy Busy place with tons of kids and fast brewers fair food. Not the place to come for the CAMRA guys but if you want your kids entertained and have a plate of chips, does the job.

1 Jun 2006 15:39

Bankes Arms Hotel and Country Inn, Studland

As a local this pub is on the map to keep visiting, yes its busy in the tourist season but it still has one of the best locations around for fair weather drinkning. Together with its history (the Banks family owned nost of the area including Corfe castle nearby) it is now run by a landlord that used to run the Brew House in Poole. This is significant because he brews many of his own ale on site, and its fantastic. Food, cant really comment on, but you need to visit this pub if your in the area.

1 Jun 2006 15:37

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