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Wishy washy Guinness feels like a gastropub
Pubpunk2018 - 27 Mar 2018 13:46
The Thomas Tripp was the first of 4 new pubs sampled in the Christchurch and Bournemouth area yesterday. It's a Marstons (formerly Ringwood) with their Best Bitter, Forty Niner & XXXX Porter on, in addition to a guest - Flack Manor Union Flack. The pub is fairly nice, with a cosy feel and the porter was in good condition. The only pub we got into in Christchurch. But worthy of a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Feb 2016 18:49
Average kind of pub - the ale was okay. Tried to visit again but was packed and had all Romanian flags up. Not somewhere I'd rush back to.
anonymous - 30 Mar 2015 21:11
Visited last week on a Saturday night with a live band playing. Got very busy around 10 p.m. with the band playing stuff from Madness and The Specials. Lots of middle aged men and women pogo-ing into other drinkers, but overall not too unruly. Would like to visit on a quieter night so I could actually hear what my partner was saying to me, rather than me aimlessly nodding at her and smiling!
hampshirehog - 10 Dec 2014 20:41
visited this pub in early afternoon when unfortunately renovations were taking place. Paint and beer do not mix!!! also an outside Seafood Shack , BBQ and seating area were being constructed. However the beer offerings were Ringwood Best, Brakspears Pride of the River, A Charity Ale and Ringwood 49er, I had Ringwood Best Bitter which was OK. from the number of Bottled Lagers, Cider and other bottled drinks (especially Shots) this is clearly a Students/youngsters venue in the evenings. There were posters everywhere advertising Bands and upcoming events. Also the decor was Dark Red & Black!! Not my sort of establishment, but the staff were friendly enough. Doubt if I will be back Sorry.
Bitter_Man - 29 Oct 2013 08:57
This pub really must decide whether it does food or not. After a spell over winter, only serving instant food, the specials board was up outside yesterday, and we looked forward to fresh fish. On trying to order from the barman, he told us , perhaps shame-facedly, that there was no food this evening. The cook was clearly visible in the kitchen. Prima donna? Fatigue syndrome? Couldn't be bothered? A few pounds worth of takings for food and drink lost there. Won't be back soon.
saffrons - 31 May 2011 11:55
With Johnny not around the Tripp is falling apart. Used to be the best pint of 49'er in town, now it's barely drinkable. Food quality varies enormously as well these days, can be good but generally is pretty average although to be fair any problems are resolved without question. Bar manageress has a near 100% success rate for serving her friends first whilst you quietly steam with annoyance.

Most of the regulars have departed for pastures new. Such a shame for this once brilliant local boozer.
Blind_Eagle - 13 May 2011 18:54
Offers good value food , decent beers and music nights (is Johnny Lovell related to Sonny James Lovell?). Observes "time" very promptly
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 16:21
Smells of dog.
dorsetknob - 9 Aug 2010 18:07
Now has Summer Lightning, Ringwood Best and Ringwood 49er. Used to only ever have 49er.
justdarkbeer - 20 Jan 2010 12:52
I want to have a night of amazing sex with Johnny Lovell. Give it tot me STUD!!
sassysam - 20 Aug 2008 19:29
Johnny Lovell. We all know you want to be in The Leigham really.
leigham_local - 23 May 2008 09:28
The latest Good Beer Guide perpetuates the myth that Thomas Tripp was a local smuggler. As the older reader of course knows, Thomas Tripp was the milkman in Camberwick Green.
BillyD - 28 Sep 2007 08:04
Johnny Lovell ate my hamster.
anonymous - 6 Aug 2007 17:43
Great pub with a friendly atmosphere and fantastic "Tapas" menu. Well worth a look!
Nick_P33k - 8 Jun 2007 10:33
This pub is beginning to look very, very grotty. Once the initial novelty wore off, I found I just had to try somewhere else.
anonymous - 15 Dec 2006 16:48
Good pub, good food, good atmosphere. especially when they have great live acts in such as the fantastic 'Butcher Blues Foundation'
Rivers_crew - 4 Nov 2006 22:19
Now that the Thomas Tripp has taken over that horrible nightclub on Bargates with the intention of turning it into a live music venue does this mean the end of live music on these premises?
johnkn7 - 1 Aug 2006 13:23
It's better to do one real ale well (Fortyniner) than to do three badly. Nice spacious pub with a garden to drink in, nice and busy with a fairly young but reasonable bunch in it.
SJC - 30 Jul 2006 21:57
did not like this pub one bit full to the rafters of youngsters.noisey and a bit groty
dusty - 16 Jun 2006 07:38
great pub, best for miles around. would thoroughly recommend.

ginger_boy_wonder - 8 May 2006 21:55
Very busy especially when there are live bands playing. Just the one real ale (Fortyniner) as mentioned below, but its always spot on!
anonymous - 8 Jan 2006 18:14
Ringwood 49er was well kept on our visit yesterday. With the weather being glorious the beer garden was packed with scantily clad females so here's hoping for a heatwave.

The Thomas Tripp is Christchurch's premier live music venue but whether or not it can maintain this status remains to be seen as there have been complaints recently from a local resident concerning the alleged noise levels.

Staff were friendly but would like to have seen a greater choice of ales because whilst I'm a fan of Ringwood 49er some aren't.
johnkn7 - 10 Jul 2005 20:09
Great pub, not one of those poncey foody pubs, a proper drinkers pub and reasonably priced!
Glenn - 8 Jul 2005 22:04
Had a great evening here on Sunday 29th May. Band were called 'Skybus' and were brilliant. Hope to see them again there soon, i'll certainly be there!!
1cazzie - 3 Jun 2005 10:24
Great pub, brilliant atmosphere! And fantastic friendly staff xx
sexichelle - 14 Feb 2005 11:40
Good Pub.
seasiderMM - 17 Dec 2004 06:19
yes i have its my bloody pub and i love it and i think that all pubs will be like this some day.
and its about time that other pubs took as much time in loving there pubs as much as i and my staff love mine. john lovell news at ten puerwell dorset.
john lovell - 18 Nov 2004 00:17
Billy is correct, as Thomas Tripp was a character in Trumpton. He however was a milkman and not a smuggler. A lot of people in the area however see Tripp as a local man. There is also a pub over in Lymington that has the same name, and it also has good reports. Does anybody know if Thomas Tripp was a genuine local man?
Peter Froude - [email protected] - 29 Oct 2004 12:25
A previous reviewer believed all of Johnny Lovell's bullshit about the origins of the name 'Thomas Tripp'. Johnny's dad named it after a character in, I think, Trumpton!
Billy - 20 Oct 2004 17:11
good place for a good beer and a good time.
anonymous - 16 Oct 2004 12:48
Live music every friday and saturday, with some really decent bands. Great atmosphere good food served all day. Nice garden, you could take your granny here for lunch and your best mate for a good piss up.
Lindsay - 6 Oct 2004 00:39
another good Christchurch pub,and excellent live music and the gardens just lovely
ian - 22 Dec 2003 12:15
What a great pub, real atmosphere and great service. wish there where more like this
Earle Wright - 11 Dec 2003 12:16
The Thomas Tripp, has been named after a famous local smuggler. This is because smuggling is an honourable tradition in the area, and he was a local hero. Anyway, the Thomas Tripp has a contraband feel to it. The atmosphere inside is very friendy, but it does tend to have a clique centered around the landlord. Even so, a pint of real ale and a plate of mussels in the pub garden is fantastic.
Peter Froude - [email protected] - 16 Nov 2003 14:07
Good ales & some good live music
Tom Hayes - 19 Jun 2003 11:22

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