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The Nelson was my favourite new pub of the day. For ales it's not the best, with just Ringwood Best Bitter & Forty Niner & Sharps Doom Bar on. But I was encouraged by a blackboard with an impressive real cider list. Trying to order two halves met with some confused looks from behind the bar, until the landlord appeared and accompanied me with two empty half glasses to his secret stash of cider and perry. After wiping the dust off some of the boxes and slinging a couple of halves of rather cloudy samples over his shoulder, the final cider choice became apparent - Pennard Medium & Sweet, Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury, Dry, Sweet, Brown Apples, Kingston Black, Morgan Sweet & Perry, Blackmore Vale Medium Farmhouse, Westons Old Rosie, Twinways Roger's Dry, Bridge Farm Dry & Sweet & Isle of Purbeck Muddy Scamp. A very impressive selection which I assumed to have been left over from a previous beer/cider festival. Needless to say, I stayed for a few halves before we moved on back to the centre of Bournemouth. Nearly all my favourite pubs appear to be in Dorset. This one is up there for me. Maybe I should retire to Dorset, if I make it that far. Oh, and the pub also serves Thai food.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Feb 2016 19:55
I like this pub...when I can get in because it does get very crowded. Don't let that put you off though as it is a pub catering for just about everyone. Real Ales, Beer festivals at bank holidays, sky sports, decent grub and a lovely garden. No wonder its popular, and the guvnor is a top guy too.
Oakman100 - 8 Aug 2013 15:42
Christ! I've just seen an 'A' Board outside advertising a classic car rally. Is there room inside for this great innovation? How will the event cope with the Thai carvery afternoon tea poker night complete with Morris Dancing?
dorsetknob - 28 May 2012 09:59
Strange little pub that seems to be having an identity crisis - walk around the L-shaped bar from the door to the dining area at the back, and the character of the place seems to change with every few paces that you take. It starts off feeling like a traditional real ale pub with the local Ringwood beers available; then it's briefly a folk music venue with a bloke playing away to himself in the corner; then it starts to feel like a town centre sports pub, with big screens showing Sky matches and one of those rogue ATM machines that charges you for making a withdrawal. Then you get to the carvery, and there's a bloke serving roast dinners from a trolley. Even in the restaurant they were serving Sunday lunches and Thai food off two different menus, and somewhere in the building they were also serving cream teas according to a blackboard outside. Weird place, could be OK if it makes its mind up about what it wants to be and who it wants to cater for. At the moment it's trying too many things and not doing any of them very well.
rob1981 - 24 Mar 2011 20:30
this is what a pub should be like,pay attention sandpiper
goldenchild - 3 Jan 2011 20:58
Went in here for the first time the other day. Ales (Yeovil BST and 49er) in good nick. Free roast potatoes brought round by the guvnor. Lively & friendly, welcomes dogs, food menu looks good. I'd recommend this place
pgw - 13 Aug 2010 12:56
Great local pub that always seems busy. Big improvement in last couple of years. Good changing selection of guest ales along with current staples Ringwood Best and Fortyniner. Lots of things going on; music most weekend evenings, beer festivals at Easter and in the summer, quiz nights and sports screened on 2 TVs. The Thai food is excellent and can be eaten in the restaurant or bar area. If you come, make sure you leave a table free for me!
Trogman - 9 Feb 2010 17:42
Good pub with a nice and cosy wood burner that serves good Thai & Traditional food daily. There's a snack menu offered when the kitchen is closed between lunch and dinner, and a carvery and buffet on Sundays. Always a great selection of ales and a huge selection of spirits. Dogs are allowed (the pub has two jack russells of its own) and kids are welcome too (although I think the kids menu ends at 6.30). A good, friendly local.
PDofA - 14 Jan 2010 17:08
Decent pub, with a good pint of Ringwood Best and London Pride. Screens at either end of the bar showing different Champions League matches when I was there, the sound was turned off so it wasn't intrusive. Steady queue of people going into the Thai restaurant at the back, and the Landlord and Landlady were sitting out front making sure that the staff were doing their jobs, keeping the beer (and bar food) flowing. A good, well run pub for both locals and tourists.
CountryBoy - 22 Oct 2009 11:19
I enjoy watching the Landlord. He walks through the Pub, from side to side, and each time he carries a different coloured diary- I have only seen the red cash box though - does he have others of different colours? I'm intrigued.
A good Pub for a tea-time drink with a nice atmosphere - Thankyou.
dorsetknob - 4 Oct 2009 10:47
The 'real ale' board is never updated, what is available is the usual Ringwood best and 49ER, plus tonight it was Fullers ESB and Bass. The comfy red seating area to the rear left has been replaced by some garish green soffas, but the tables are still there!!! for tall people perhaps.
justdarkbeer - 9 Jun 2009 00:21
two,four,six eight - how many bar staff behind the bar? - and kept waiting 10 minutes for a pint.
dorsetknob - 23 May 2009 19:04
Perhaps a Bank Holiday Sunday wasn't the best day to rate this obviously very popular pub, but the staff, though helpful & pleasant, were over-stretched. The bar is far too small for the quantity of customers, and the noise level oppressive; that was before the music started. A excellent pint of Pride; it would have been good to sample other ales from the marquee in the garden, but that meant paying first at the bar. Food had seen better days; prices charged didn't seem to correspond with those advertised.
saffrons - 4 May 2009 08:01
two years ago it was a large empty pub with friendly bar staff and lousy food(chip butties if you were lucky). Now its a very busy, very popular pub with a superb Thai restuarant and very friendly wonderful bar staff. Live music, excellent beer. A quaint beer garden and regular beer festivals with expertly selected and cared for beers. Perhaps I should keep quiet, we dont want too many people knowing how good our local is :-)
spillmypint - 22 Nov 2008 21:55
Love it! landlords really friendly,drinks not overpriced,and their new thai food menu rocks!!
mmmvodka - 15 Jun 2008 17:17
sorry - meant to add the Ringwood ales are great and very well looked after and the bar staff are friendly too!
madras1234 - 13 Apr 2007 12:54
undergoing substantion refurbishment and building to the rear in the car park. now has decet thai menu alongside a few traditional english favourites. had its first coat of paint since i can remember (30 odd years!) and no longer the nicotine-stained yellow of old. Even un-blocked the air vents so you can breath! On the up?
madras1234 - 13 Apr 2007 12:54
Very traditional pub, simply furnished - more for drinkers than diners. The menu is basic, but the food is good and very reasonably priced. Two Ringwood bitters available.
GoldenOldie - 17 Nov 2005 21:00
This pub has great food, (at a good value price)and nice people as well.
tinkerten - 19 Aug 2005 15:08

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