skip nav  

Sir Percy Florence Shelley, Boscombe

back to pub details

user reviews of the Sir Percy Florence Shelley, Boscombe

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

This Wetherspoons closed in May 2017 - and is now a desert shop.
tradervic - 24 May 2020 18:11
Wetherspoons with a decent enough range of ales, plus several ciders. Ales were Adnams Broadside, Moorhouses Farm House, Greene King Abbot, Banks & Taylor Dragon Slayer, Hook Norton San Diego Pale Ale, Flack Manor Ballast, Ringwood Forty Niner & Ruddles Best. Ciders were Thistly Cross Whisky Cask, Westons Wyld Wood, Marcle Hill & Henry Weston Vintage, Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon & Sandford Orchards Devon Scrumpy. Predictably, there was the usual confusion as to whether CAMRA discount vouchers should be applied for cider. I've now added a favourites to the Wetherspoons FAQs section of their website to my mobile phone for the inevitable discussion next time I'm in a Wetherspoons (probably this weekend)! Otherwise, it's a fairly standard 'spoons which narrows to the back, where there is a dining area and an outdoor courtyard at the rear.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Jun 2015 19:33
Small spoons. Went in as a group of smurfs before the football.was busy,friendly enough place,the service however I felt was a little slow. Ales were fine,no issues here.
markredfox73 - 25 Apr 2013 21:38
good ole cheap pints, friendly customers and good condiments :) nice garden, shame it can't be bigger.
amous - 26 Jun 2012 10:44
This is an Ok Wetherspoons. Good luck to the management in dealing with "interesting customers". When our local Spoons adopted a similar regime, with many drinkers being barred...takings went down and Mr Tim sold our local to Tesco! Be careful what you wish for.
southfields - 30 Jan 2012 15:25
Excellent food, excellent beer!
Having moved back to the area, i have been revisiting a few old haunts, and i'm pleasantly surprised of the changes here. The staff are friendly and helpful, where once they were sullen and rude, and the customers are no longer a bunch of deviants, indeed they appear to be more of a mainstream collection as opposed to the riff raff of old.
The management has changed also, and in conversation with one of the new team i learned that the pub has a 100% mark on the latest Cask Marque, and their new policies have seen the down and outs moved on to other new venues that have sprung up. indeed, seeing the staff admonish customers on bad language is a sign of the seriousness they appear to take on creating a pleasant atmosphere, and it seems to working.
After sampling a few of their dishes, i can find little to fault on the food, and with the absence of the scousers, will be highly likely to bring friends and relatives here to dine; joining the increasing number of regular diners.
Good Job guys, keep it up!
JoeNinety - 16 May 2011 17:54
hahah- last review was brilliant and a man after my own political soul!!! Anyway , here is a more objective review.

Been here quite a few times, as used to live in Southbourne and Bournemouth really doesn't have much choice. Anyway, good points: In boscombe, handy for buses, the town centre etc; good beers- never had a complaint with quality- ringwood well represented; price- I once had old thumper for 2 !!! hahaha; ok- bad points....get settled nicely..... absolutely filthy- when my mate and me were in there once, near the front, we saw a rat scurry about the chairs picking up the remains of the microwaved pap that they serve- the rat kept coming out and mockin us- anyway, we told the italian manager- he laughed ! hahahah; clientele- full of the final remains of the human species- this is what a pub would look like in the aftermath of a tactical nuclear strike on the silly uk- never saw any trouble- but once a bloke collapsed and the ambulance turned up and pulled him out- the place is like a soap opera- full of all the dross that live in Boscombe- if you go in there armed with this information the place is hilarious- enjoy! but have a tetanus and yellow fever jab first!
alezilla - 8 Jan 2011 20:44
A dangerous, unpleasant and criminogenic hole. Avoid if you have any self-perservation instinct.
SouthbourneSocialist - 5 Nov 2010 02:21
Spoons with hit-and-miss beers and "interesting customers". A good counterpart to the Timothy Shelley in Worthing
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 16:11
Fumigate the whole place!
98p_pint - 28 Mar 2010 19:09
In here after Saints friendly, heard they weren't letting away fans in before the game but ok after. Not really worth the effort as this is a below par Spoons. Pedigree, Abbot, Ruddles Best, Ringwood 49er (off) and Old Thumper. Guest was Old Hooky but bar staff had no clue about it. They were also dropping glasses at regular intervals.
GuideDogSaint - 12 Jul 2009 00:10
I love going in here - albeit for all the wrong reasons. Scousers, dossers and other forms of low life all seem to percolate down to this place - and the 99p beers have made it all the more popular with the Boscombe winos. A real laugh!
afullpint - 18 Feb 2009 11:06
It's hard to think of plus points for this place, apart from it being near Dean Court and allowing away fans inside. Otherwise, it's about the worst of the Wetherspoons breed you'll find - you know the sort.
Roodeye - 14 Dec 2008 17:48
Another scummy weatherspoons pub. I only use it thanks to it's proximity to Dean Court. Had to step over a drunk bloke sprawled across the floor on my way out this evening.
Plus points are cheap pints, friendly staff and a relaxed approach towards wearing colours.
They've also sorted out a smoking area at the rear of the pub, as suggested below.
Pubsignman - 30 Nov 2008 01:26
Clientele certainly left something to be desired, good range of ales though and fast friendly service,7/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 May 2008 14:48
Another Boscombe pub fast going downhill,popualted to a fairly large extent with dossers and drunks
ian151265 - 6 May 2008 20:28
I have been comming into this pub quite often just recently,and I find it quite a friendly little place.
The staff very helpful but the one thing I don't quite understand is the sudden appearence of candels arround the place,its as if someone has just died and its kind of like a chapel of rest with a bar in it.Also smoking out side the front door is quite off putting they should use the area provided at the rear of the pub.
sawreytonian - 7 Mar 2008 04:52
A bit grimy, mad toothless old ladies and mad bearded old men. 2 pints of kronenbourg for under 4 though. Dunno if I would trust the food.
If you want "character" at wetherspoons prices this is your place.
popiellajones - 23 Feb 2008 19:40
The pub itself is allright, but as said before it is populated by Chav's and the ones that are terminally on sickness benefit, you know the ones they come to the pub on crutches put miraculously can skip around the pub without them.

It's a bit annoying when you come in for a drink after a week at work on a Saturday to find the place occupied by doley's and the Lazarus types.
passchendaele - 16 Sep 2007 19:36
I have been using the Percy on and off for the last 5 years and it has improved hugely from when i first started going in there. Alex is back - and running it well and the bearded guy does a good job of keeping most of the dregs out.
Its got a good range of spirits and lagers at cheap prices and where else can you get a burger and a pint for under a fiver!!! Since the non smoking thing the food has got better as well.
RAINBOW07 - 5 Sep 2007 14:14
Sometimes I go in here for a laugh to observe various Boscombe residents enjoy their leisure time. Chavvy drug dealers, aged alcoholics and retired hookers seem to have made it their local. All in all, the perfect snapshot of Boscombe life. The beer usually (but not always) makes up for the less than salubrious surroundings.
BillyD - 23 Jul 2007 15:22
The steak was overcooked and didnt taste right. the same steak came back cooked even more! the onion rings made me feel sick. DO NOT EAT HERE, That may be unfare but they couldnt even fix the food when i told them what was wrong with it! My god the beer is cheep though. I stayed for about 4 hours and got very drunk. Dont go in here if you cant look after yourself its full of boscombe scummers! The staff are friendly and seem capable on the bar side of things.
badsmurph1 - 10 Feb 2007 23:17
No improvement I'm afraid. A mix of the dregs of Boscombe society, poor food and lousy service. It's only saving grace is the real ale
david1972a - 3 Jul 2006 03:20
Going downhill very quickly these days,caters to a mixture of non smokers and local scumbags in the main.
ian151265 - 27 Mar 2005 18:21
its just not the same here since Tim the mega cute barman left (TO GO WORK IN SAINSBURY! IF U FANCY HIM TOO GO LOOK!)!!
devilwire - 18 Mar 2005 17:45
The Percey shelly is absaloutly brilliant me and my work m8s hav spent so many times in there all day drinkin pitchers takin the michael outta the staff being the entertainment its a legendary place and we all love it especially avn a drink there b4 you go out its r8 great food there too xxxx- and they hav a verrrrry nice barman there called tom lol
Ange;l - [email protected] - 24 Oct 2004 13:55
This pub desperately going downhill. Cheap beer yes! Miserable staff, very unfiendly. All local characters been booted out and the local friendly atmosphere that used to be has definately gone.The pub has been turned around for the benefit of the non smokers and no one wants to go in there anymore.
This place could do with a makeover.
sprout - 14 Oct 2004 16:48
We are locals to the Percy Shelley and we would like to know were you get the keys cut for the disabled toilet? as every 'Tom, Dick and Harry' seem to have one!! Use the stairs you lazy gits.. work off some of that beer.
Other than that its the cheapest pub in town and the food is okay.
Mrs Clause - 30 Sep 2004 18:25
the percy is great! Pre shed jars avec the chapstons! Magic! Professor Plum is a boscombe legend! See you on saturday pre-cherries v notts county
Andrew Woodward - 13 Feb 2004 17:45
This is one of those pubs created from a store by Wetherspoons. It has a theme of the old Shelley family, which once lived locally. I too heard that they water the beer - but personally I have not noticed. They do cheap food however, and their mixed grills are lethal. Also the Shelley has some good guest ales. The staff are happy to offer generous samples. This means that it is possible to get a half pint free. The only drawback to this place are the toilets. You have to climb the stairs, and have to go through two doors in order to wet the china.
Peter Froude - [email protected] - 10 Nov 2003 22:26
Be careful not to win on the fruit machines in here ! I did just that, and got promptly barred by the part-time landlady who accused me of being a 'professional'. Apart from that issue, it was an ok pub to drink in, but nothing great.
Neil - 10 Sep 2003 10:19
Wetherspoons prices. Pre Opera House crowd on Thursdays especially. Not bad.
Jon - 17 Aug 2003 18:42
Wetherspoons pub which is small by their standards though still larger than most other pubs that is usually very busy although not on New Years' Eve curiously enough even though it wasn't all ticket. The usual range of decent ales at sensible prices. Day time bar staff tend to be a bit on the grumpy side and tend to make sure that regulars get served first. 4 fruit machines and one quiz machine.
John - 14 Feb 2003 09:48

got anything to say about this pub?

Please read our reviews policy before posting.
Only registered users can post reviews. Please log in. If you don't have an account yet, register here.