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A decent place once inside in a pleasant corner of the town.
I liked the layout, it had a decent scattering of clientele in and our drinks were fine.
However the whole experience was marred by some somewhat overpower French café style music on repeat all the time, it would have been a very good visit if this was not on and some decent quieter music was played instead.

Maybe another visit is needed.

montie49 - 4 Aug 2016 18:54
After a wander around town we arrived at this lovely looking pub on the edge of Market Square in the centre of town.

The exterior is extensively tiled with an area given over to original Star Ales Plymouth Breweries tiles on the outside.

2 hand pumps offering St Austell Tribute and Otter Ale. My pint of Otter was decent. All drinks served in plastic during Regatta week which was when I visited.

The service was a but crap with the young lad bordering on rude, he just didn't seem interested in serving me

Lots and lots of naval memorabilia including flags, oars, plaques and pictures adorned the walls.

1 bar but 2 different areas, the front bar area is a pub with the back room up a step being more for diners.

Fairly busy with a mix of locals and tourists. The Dolphin is nice pub with a stunning exterior even if the barman was slightly rude.

lezford - 29 Sep 2015 14:21
Lovely beer, nice food (and lots of it!)
Visited twice in 1 week, and enjoyed a pint of Tribute on both occaisions. Had the "Mr Fritto" basket on the first occaision, and the Mussels on the second.
Interesting (if that's the word) decor, and friendly service!
pubscouter - 10 May 2014 21:31
Contemporary design made it souless and uncomfortable. Served me a frozen pizza which I returned and got refunded on, and my wifes chicken curry was bland. Avoid.
s9s - 29 Apr 2011 09:52
Well I don't know what it was like before, as this was my first visit to Dartmouth, but I was really pleased I chose it for my only couple of pints in the town.
Ale in excellent condition. I had a Bridgetown summat or other, and it was lovely.
I've read the other reviews and can safely say that the service does not resemble some of the other comments so I think it must have dramatically improved lately.
Didn't eat there, but the menu looked good.
wheatstraw - 25 Jul 2010 19:10
The Dolphin has re-opened 27th May 2010, after a deep cleanse and decoration, the Dolphin can now offer a great selection of Real Ales, Beers, wines, spirits, coffees and soft drinks with a cracking new menu to boot. Real Ales regularily in stock are Doom, Otter, Bombadier, and Local brews from Bridgetown, Totnes Albert Ale, BSA, Realaletivity and Whaler Ale.

Foody Theme Nights include Curry and a Pint Night on Tuesdays, Pie and a Pint Night on Thursdays, and Quiz Night on Sundays. There are are plenty of Foody and Beer Snaps on the Dolphin Facebook Group come and join us !
dolphin_dartmouth - 30 Jun 2010 08:23
Shut down.
scrumpyred - 19 Feb 2010 18:46
an absolute joke of a pub. They poured our beers from a can. Is this allowed? The locals seemed fine with this. We quicley left and wont be back. I assume the brewery have stopped this pubs account if not I cant see any positive from selling canned beer.
bobbeer100 - 2 Dec 2009 18:17
unfriendly! enough said really. Plenty of other pubs in the area to choose from. Certainly not the busiest of our visits to pubs in dartmouth either. I now see why!
tomtom79 - 4 Nov 2009 14:16
Strange looking place from the outside. Very interesting lower Victorian tiled frontage, especially as it has a beer and I guess a long defunct Brewery in the shape of Star Ales from the Plymouth Breweries patterned into the tiles. Then above this it all goes wrong and looks like someone�s stuck a bloody ugly grey box straight on top.
I guess this is the restaurant, but didn�t try this as I only popped in for a pint. The interior is a one bar pub with two seating areas either side of a fireplace. Beers were Sharps Doombar and Bays Devon Dumpling during my visit.
Probably didn�t see it at its best, as it was strangely quiet the mid-afternoon I visited, especially when considering that the market was on. Couldn�t get a squawk out of the pub parrot either.

Gann - 30 Oct 2009 20:11
The pub has now changed hands and unfortunately it was the previous owners that made this place so good. No longer the place to be in Dartmouth.
Enny - 20 Sep 2009 23:49
Always try and visit the Dolphin when I go down to Dartmouth. As a fantastic remedy to the weekend the Sunday Lunches are superb and ensure a good snooze on the train back!!. Very reasonable and the service is excellent. I would highly recommend it. Also quite good for a night out.
Enny - 28 Feb 2009 22:32
this looks like its improved greatly since my review in 2005.
if the restaurant is as good as these reviews suggest, then well done to them, and I would be only too happy to give them another shot when I revisit dartmouth.

reynard - 7 Jul 2008 18:07
We headed straight for the restaurant upstairs where we had a lovely Sunday lunch. A starter for two of fresh mussels in a wine and cream sauce, followed by generous portions of roast lamb and roast beef with a full range of fresh vegetables. The Sunday lunch menu was a little limited in choice, but nevertheless it was great value for money. In my opinion the restaurant food served here is better, or at least as good as, that served at the Cherub or the New Angel. Pleased to recommend for a Sunday lunch.
wombley - 11 Jun 2008 21:56
Not in the least grotty! Quite a pleasant small pub and much improved since the time of the previous owner.
Mrs_Ethel_Fronge - 19 Mar 2008 13:53
Ok so I know the pub looks a bit grotty but I would recommend by-passing it and going to the stonking restaurant upstairs. The couple that took over this place a couple of years ago are both chefs who are passionate about cooking with great local food and I would rate the food above Rick Stein or that bloke who runs the Angel any day. A bit pricier than some places but well worth it.
marth - 15 Aug 2007 16:20
appeared to be scruffy and un-looked after to me.
Although as said, upstairs restaurant looks ok.
No match for the Cherub just up the road.
Just add the icing, 2 cask ales on offer at �3/pint !
A bit disappointing.

reynard - 23 Jul 2007 18:01
A friendly pub that serves good food (restaurant upstairs) and decent beer. Does not get invaded by the hoards of elderly persons who can take over all the eateries in Dartmouth !
squawk - 17 Oct 2005 19:59

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