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Oddfellows Arms, Wimborne

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Very small single room pub on a side street in the centre of Wimborne. There was a fairly unpleasant smell on entering, presumably eminating from the toilets. But the locals and the landlady were all fairly friendly and were happy to engage in conversation. Much of the conversation was surrounding the new Wetherspoons that had opened nearby. Some of the locals were clearly not impressed. But it also appeared that others had switched allegiances and were choosing Wetherspoons cheaper prices and better ale range. On our visit, only Badger First Gold and the seasonal Pickled Partridge were on offer. If price and ale range are what you are after, you may be better off in the Wetherspoons. If it's conversation and a welcoming atmosphere you want, you're better off here. I hope there will always be a market for pubs like this one.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Jan 2012 11:25
Nice pub but I don't personally rate Badger beer which lets it down for me. Proper pub though and worth using if your in town.
odbod - 10 Jan 2012 14:10
I love this pub!, Quirky and fun! Makes up for the slight disappointment felt when you realise that they only have Badger Beer. That said its Badger at its best.Well worth a visit!
steamraiser2 - 21 Oct 2011 19:32
Great LITTLE pub, for local people. Badger beer, but not a bad pint.
kev96sham - 23 Jan 2010 19:31
tiny little town centre local but the best tasting pint of badger ale i had that day,7/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 May 2008 15:04
Popped in here while passing through Wiborne for work today.
My "pub-radar" told me that this place would be okay and I wasn't let down. Friendly guvnor and locals in a proper pub.
Only fly in the ointment was the "London prices" - pint of H & W Stinger in a fancy glass at 2.90.
Ordinary - 16 May 2007 22:02
Well here's one local who likes Badger Beer!

This is a really great pub. But tiny. The beer (the bitter anyway - I don't like anything else so I wouldn't know) is well kept. I was talking to an Irish lad who drinks in there and he reckons they have the best Guinness in town. I do know that Liam (the landlord) takes pride in his beer and the pub in general.

They do very limited food, but it's just the right food to go with beer! Very nice rolls with any combination of Cheese, Ham, Tomato and pickle. They're under 2 quid! Toasties are good too. He also does pate or nachos but I don't know why.

The "craic" in there can be fantastic too. The Oddfellows really lives up to its name sometimes.

And if you're lucky enough to go in there when Marilyn's behind the bar you're in for another treat. She welcomes everybody with a huge smile and takes an interest in everyone in the place. She's really efficient too. I really think she's about the best barmaid I've ever been served by.

The only criticism I have of the place is that it is sometimes very smoky. Still, we won't have to worry about that after July, will we?
scorpiodog - 20 Mar 2007 10:34
I did think about copy and pasting johnkn7's entry below because it is spot on. It has recently been redecorated but has managed to retain it's character. If only they would keep a decent guest beer (Ringwood!!) - when will local pubs learn local people do not like Badger!!!
hockey - 12 Mar 2007 20:10
Ideal place to nip for a quick half while your wife (or husband) is exploring the Minster, which is next door. A lovely little pub, and I thought the Badger was great.
mtaylor40 - 26 Aug 2006 08:54
Small pub. Decent beer, though nothing special. It's worth popping in, but there are far better pubs in wimborne.
gilgamesh - 25 Feb 2006 12:04
Little being the operative word but nothing wrong with that. Regulars are friendly and my only gripe would be the fact that it's a Hall & Woodhouse establishment so the beer is very ordinary.
johnkn7 - 13 Jul 2005 20:07
not a bad little pub ,one of many decent ones in wimborne
ian - 1 Mar 2004 13:29

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