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No longer a pub as such, more a mid/pricy restaurant with bar aimed at the 'beautiful people' of Canford. Nice outside tables. An ok pint of Doom Bar was only beer on offer.
keystone - 25 Jan 2013 13:46
Beautiful Sunday evening 26/6/11 and we thought we'd pop to the Nightjar .................... to discover the most pretentious load of shallow twaddle ever to grace a piece of land - with a new name now "The Cliff"

Just don't bother, unless you have some sort of idea that 'being seen' is more important than quality of experience. Decor is washed-out looking wood tables, staff are the same bored 'I'm better than this' as always were, new signs, new pictures etc all look embarressed to be there, and just read the website - it beggars belief.
weevie - 28 Jun 2011 13:00 appears to be microwaved, badly, poor service, irritating clientele...lots of young attention seeking kids spending Dad's money. Else full of attention seeking estate agent types and wannabe city kids. But does serve ale. But last resort kind of place I would say.
gongapop - 9 Aug 2010 17:37
Popped in with some friends on a fine afternoon for a drink. 2 staff on duty; blackshirt, presumably the manager, finely trained in expressionlessness, and indifferent barmaid. OK, the beer (choice of 3 ales) was fine, and garden pleasant. I went to the adjacent public car park to take a picture of the pub, as one does, and was taken aback to see blackshirt striding up to me, to demand why I was taking a picture; I needed permission from the company. Which is of course rubbish, photographing from public property. Blackshirt obviously prefers watching his CCTV screen to treating his customers decently. A sad reflection of Ember Inns' training policy, perhaps.I won't be seen there again, of course.
saffrons - 18 Apr 2009 07:50
Stumbled across this one by accident and thought we'd pop in for a lunch-time snack. Very few people in there, but our jacket potatoes still took 30 minutes to arrive. Very young girl in charge who had a very 'I don't care' attitude. Jacket potatoes were promptly returned when found to be hard in the centre. Unlike ourselves, who will not promptly return.
dead_like_me - 18 Jan 2008 16:02
We visited this pub yesterday evening. There is no doubt that the interior is laid out tastefully and the pub is a very comfortable place to while away a couple of hours. The range of beer on offer was good and the ales were well kept. There was London Pride and acouple of more esoteric beers which this morning, for some reason, I fail to recall. Ordering the food was easy and the prices appeared reasonable, particularly for this area of Poole. The quality of the food, however, was somewhat disappointing. It was very nicely presented on large plates but the steak was overcooked and very dry, the lasagna was overly runny and lacking in taste, and the steak and ale pie contained tough meat. Overall I would consider popping into this pub if I was in the area for a nice pint of real ale but I would prefer to make other arrangements for dining.
pxk99 - 17 Nov 2006 11:55
This pub is a LITTLE GEM set on the cliff top overlooking Canford Cliffs Chine.
We had the pleasure of visiting this recently refurbished pub around 5pm last Saturday evening 17/09/05. Six of us had gone in for a meal & we found the whole experience very enjoyable. The food was delicious & jolly good value at c.5-7pp & it arrived promptly even though the pub was begining to fill up. The atmosphere was welcoming & the staff were friendly: A good place for a family meal or a get together with friends of any age. A comfortable & friendly pub for drinking in with mates has a good selection of beer & spirits & a large outdoor patio area & garden. Not a rowdy or noisy pub . . if you want a disco this is not for you.
anonymous - 26 Sep 2005 15:14
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised whilst visting this inn. Having being told that this was largely regarded as one of Poole's best kept secrets, I was a little sceptical that I might have been oversold somewhat.

Im glad to report that I wasnt, having spent a lovely summers afternoon there in the beer garden. I thought it was a lovely touch for the manager there to personally come over to attend to our every need and ensured that we were enjoying ourselves including being introduced to his wife. He even showed us a list of freshly baked goods.

The beer itself was plentiful with a fully stocked bar, include guest ales and all at a reasonable price. There are few things in life as pleasant as a cool beer on a hot day!

The food, especially the steaks, was chargrilled to such an excellent standard that I would even go as far to say that this venue could easily be used for dinner out whilst impressing any ladies.

The vibe was oustanding on the day in question. Although one blonde barmaid looked slightly lost behind the bar, especially when she broke half a dozen glasses or so to the cheering of the crowd, her pleasant smile more than made up for it. To me it seemed that the female staff were picked for there looks rather than their ability, but that in itself was no bad thing.

The cliental was largely made up of a young audience, with the beer garden full of joy and cheer. Its no understatement that this gets my vote as the pub of the year, and one which I will frequent again in the years to come!

anonymous - 5 Apr 2005 14:15
Visited on Tuesday 8th March 2005

Comfortable and quite busy for a Tuesday in the winter
Dave_Jon_n_Bob - 9 Mar 2005 23:30
My visit was well worthwhile, Bombadier, Speckled Hen and Bass was on today. A double on spirits is 1.00 more than the standard shot. Staff are friendly and welcoming, 3 gaming machines evident. Dogs allowed as far as the nice and pleasant patio. Didn't have a meal but it all looked good.
anonymous - 28 Sep 2004 21:10
Made my first visit to The Nightjar on 7th July and was pleasantly surprised to be served a top pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord. There is obviously someone there who knows what is required when it comes to looking after the beer although I think we can safely assume that it wasn't the girl who served me as I got a blank look when I asked for a pint of Landlord and had to point out which hand pump it was dispensed from. There was also some noticeable friction between the bar and kitchen staff which is probably not unusual in most pubs but is unprofessional when us punters are allowed to view it. I'll keep coming back though as long as TT'S Landlord is kept this well.
John - 9 Jul 2004 11:23

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