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Its a greene king outlet so best avoided
cellarbuoy - 30 Oct 2014 18:17
One of two pubs immediately next to each other just off the Quay, this is a single room U-shape pub although differing decor styles serve to divide up the internal space somewhat.

The more traditional pub area is across the front, and this has plenty of beams on the ceiling, some exposed brick walls and a brick fireplace with a wood burning stove although the lack of any visible flue suggested that it was perhaps more decorative than functional. To the left was a raised area with dark wood panelling on the walls and a couple of church pews arranged end on. There were a couple of plasma screens on each side showing a news channel, although the volume was off and so this was not intrusive.

To the rear is a slightly less attractive area with maroon paintwork on the upper part of the walls and wood panelling down below that has been painted in a rusty brown shade that looks suspiciously like the stuff that I’ve used on my garden shed. A number of lifeboat pictures were on the walls whilst the flooring was a mixture of carpet, wooden boards and tiling. Outside seating consists of a courtyard and some decking at the rear.

The food menu was extensive and divided in to several different sections. Most of the mains were somewhere around the £8 mark, although there was also a fixed price menu with one course for £5.95 and a few “daily specials” although the actual date on the menu was a few days previously. My Chilli Beef Burritos with soured cream and cheese was a tasty enough dish although the few very tired leaves of lettuce that came with it were both superfluous and past their best.

Beers on tap were Greene King IPA, Abbott Ale, Old Speckled Hen and something called Landlord’s Choice Smugglers Ale which I suspect is a generic brew from the GK stable. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately.
Blackthorn - 30 Jul 2013 22:46
It looks promising from the outside but the clientele looked and sounded oikish to me. Still, when there are no handpumps apart from Greene King, what do you expect?
16jamesdoc - 28 Aug 2012 10:41
Good olde type of pub, food is excelent and the staff cheerful. Very handy for the bike nights.
1275TURBO - 18 Jul 2012 15:38
Promising pub, decent pint of Ruddles. May be worth another visit if in Poole.
pwilkins - 8 Jun 2012 13:53
Nice pub, shame about the manager. I've been here twice with a friend and on both occasions she has been highly rude I therefore refuse to go which is a shame as it's such a nice pub with nice staff. The last time I went my friend and I were drinking non-alcoholic drinks, she then came over asking if we had finished. My friend decided to finish my drink and as he went to drink it she decided to grab it from his hands, believing it to be alcoholic. She never bothered to ask what it was, or for I.D she continued to try to grab it from him despite us telling her we were over 18 and it wasn't alcoholic.
GinLady567 - 7 Oct 2011 11:50
Nice clean and comfortable pub. Plenty of food but small ale range although in perfect condition.
delpus - 17 Aug 2011 16:15
Further to previous. Food well up to scratch. Burgers and fishcakes for us. Nice!!
R.Swipe - 26 Mar 2011 18:52
Previous pub Brewhouse. Ah, this is more like it. A proper pub, 3 ales on pump and all available. We all had Ringwood in here and whilst we thought a little colder than necessary, very good. TV showing footy, good atmosphere. Everything you would want of a pub in Poole. We've ordered food so will supply a further review later. Next pub Nelson (or maybe Portmouth Hoy).
R.Swipe - 26 Mar 2011 18:19
Definitely worth going to this pub, good prices, good service, nice atmosphere, good live music and a brilliant outside area. Also if you're looking for food the restaurant gets a thumbs up from me.
HappyDays66 - 14 Jul 2009 11:17
I like this place. Seems like a friendly locals pub where you can escape from some of the idiots in the tourist-trap pubs on Poole Quay. Beer not overpriced and some good bands to be seen, normally every Thursday.
BlandfordFlyBoy - 27 Mar 2009 17:48
I used to be assistant manager here way back in 1996. For the past 2-3 years I have been bringing my band 'Conflict of Interest' here regularly, and today The Antelope is the place to be on a Thursday for live music in Poole. The staff are friendly, the bands they put on are good, and the audience lively and pretty numerous. A pleasant pub, and a gig we always look forward to!
Sweepickit - 12 Mar 2009 11:47
Not bad at all, beer ok, open fire, reasonable prices, good chuckle to be had
biggingerdude - 18 Jan 2009 21:48
Liked the pub a lot. Very friendly staff. Much cheaper round than other nearby boozers.
PJH20 - 21 Jul 2008 21:39
Ok it's a greene king establishment but this makes for a very affordable round in comparison to the overpriced inns in the area(Purchased 4 pints here for less than 3 in previous!)Great beer garden and tasty lookin grub, well worth a visit, 9/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 May 2008 14:20
Predominantly a hotel but contains a cozy bar with fire to enhance traditional pub atmosphere with local beer and lively weekend (particularly summer) events. A quiet gem of a pub in Poole which has a quiz machine and fruity for those who want them, situated close to the quay.
christarrant - 27 Feb 2008 12:07
A very proffessional and efficient set up,but still retaining charactar and individuality.
Worth a visit.
chopin - 27 Jan 2008 11:08
Bland beer with rude staff. Take your money elsewhere.
davidashford - 30 Sep 2007 22:54
Good service, food, and accom. if required.
pquinlan - 30 Sep 2007 17:15
Very good pint of Abbot. Food good too. So is the staff. Good choice for lunch when on holiday.
cholin - 26 Jul 2007 21:16
Its been a few years since I was in here. The bar area has been re-fitted and there's a large beer garden out the back.

Staff are very friendly and efficient. The food menu looks interesting but I haven't eaten here - yet.

Recommended.
Minesapint63 - 15 Jul 2007 17:05
good food and beer frendley staff
thelabman - 2 Jun 2007 08:38
Tidy pub, well kept real ales. They ought to get their handpumps checked out, it shouldn't take average of 12 pulls to pull 1 pint
alewhale - 24 Jul 2006 22:01
Stayed here and found it in a ideal location and the rooms were fairly priced, and in good condition. The pub itself is OK too, would recommend visiting either.
TheGP - 16 Jul 2006 18:15
nice pub food looks great but havent tried it yet....very comfy!
millym - 26 May 2006 12:58
Stayed over a weekend. Bar staff very friendly and helpful. Beer good although Ringwood breweries have cleaned up in Poole and this place is on the list.
Rooms are full of character, rather than plush, although clean and well kept.
Location is excellent

honda5 - 27 Mar 2006 18:33
I order you to try the 'Chilli Sea-Bass'.... Deeelish!
Keysie_MKDons - 11 Jan 2005 11:14
Very pleasant pub with 10 bedrooms attached in a courtyard behind. We stayed for one night, excellent rooms, good service. Bar food was great (2 starters, 2 main courses for 10 - beat that!)The main restaurant which is behind the pub was well fitted, one could say quite romantic for those weekends away. Bar prices reasonable.
Mike Harrison - 11 Feb 2004 16:02
So far this cosy place has resisted the temptation to chase the tourist money. Pleasant pub with decently kept ales.
johnkn7 - 28 May 2003 20:51

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