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Sandacres Free House, Sandbanks

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Now a Tesco Express
ellisref - 5 Dec 2015 22:53
Every little helps, but it won't here. Too bad.
markrhdunn - 17 May 2013 17:52
Still closed and boarded up. Looks like its being redeveloped.
keystone - 25 Jan 2013 13:50
Sadly, I fear this pub is now closed forever with the resignation of the manager a month ago. The owner's heart was never in it and her whole reason for being there seemed to be to be rude to customers - regular or not (she never served behind the bar - at least not in the last 20 years).

I understand the reasons for the criticism of this place (SOME of the staff WERE rude), but overall it was good - serving value food and very high quality ales from small local breweries at reasonable prices. The Tuesday quiz was always a highlight and the location incredible.

This pub may reopen as a modern "glass-and-granite" bar but expect it to have just one electrically pumped bog-standard bland big brewery lager.

Mark888 - 17 Sep 2012 17:16
Ditto the earlier post. Walked in to find the staff really welcoming, a few real ales on and the food traditional with gargantuan portions. Good to see that this kind of pub was doing a roaring trade on a Tuesday night.

leonmejico - 26 Jun 2012 21:28
Superb location, friendly staff, reasonable prices.
How can this be? I mean, how, on the very lead-in to one of the most expensice pieces of land on the planet, can such a 'normal' looking Pub continue to exist?
Where are the Blue L.E.D lights? Where's all the glass panels and stainless steel beautification?
Absolutely no-where, thank god.
Visit this place quick, it simply cannot last in its current form.
weevie - 17 Apr 2012 15:53
Was staying in the area for a long weekend 8-12 April, having read the reviews, we gave it a try. It's great to have a real pub in amongst all the glitz of Sandbanks. As others have said, outside looks are do deceive, and inside it's nothing fancy - it's just a good pub. Good selection of 4 ales, really friendly staff, great pub grub, they let dogs in, and there is a great view over the bay from inside and the seats outside.
GaryR - 13 Apr 2011 15:42
Was staying in the area for a long weekend 8-12 April, having read the reviews, we gay it a try. It' great to have a real pub in amongst all the glitz of Sandbanks. As others have said, outside looks are deceiving - inside it's nothing fancy - it's just a good pub. Good selection of 4 ales, really friendly staff, great pub grub, they let dogs in, and there is a great view over the bay from inside and the seats outside.
GaryR - 13 Apr 2011 15:40
Great pub, friendly staff and decent food at decent prices. Good selection of ale and lots of seating. Fab views. Pub quiz is good fun, well worth a visit.
gongapop - 9 Aug 2010 17:41
Don't let the somewhat scruffy outward appearance of the place deceive you. This is a good honest pub with good beers and pub grub at fair prices. Patrons can park for free whilst in the pub - quite a bonus in an area where parking can be a problem. The outside tables are literally the width of a road from the beach and a great spot to sit and watch the world fall off windsurfing boards.

We stayed in Sandbanks for a week and visited the Sandacres several times. The staff were always friendly with the jovial landlord usually about somewhere. The inside is larger than it seems fom the outside. Kids are provided with a Playstation and screen, there are also three pool tables.

Menu pretty much as you would expect but all the food we has was good value for money and was enjoyed by all.

Small range of well kept ales obviously rotated often, usual bottled lagers etc, all at reasonable prices for Sandbanks - some of the most expensive real estate in the UK.

Oddly, the pub closes in the afternoons from 3 to 6, I can only think this is a licencing restriction given the large number of thursty kite-surfers and general beach-dwellers there always seem to be outside on the beach. The landlord is very strict about last orders (when do you here the bell rung these days ?) and closes promptly at 11, but as long as you know that before you begin then fair enough. They are also really hot on ID'ing anyone who seems to be under 21 and under 18s are not allowed after 9pm.

Overall well worth a visit - recommend.
keystone - 28 Jul 2010 10:25
was pleasantly surprised by this place, i popped in for a quick drink on my weekend in Poole, as we'd been roaming around for hours on a scorching hot day, I was expecting to pay an arm and a leg for a half of shandy for the wife and a pint for myself and was quite surprised to see cask ales on, one at under two pound a pint, we didn't eat but people were having bar type food (curly fries with cheese)that type of thing, and it looked okay and seemed quite popular, my pint was exellent so at that price I had another, we sat out on the terrace over looking Poole bay, overall a great location and good value, nothing fancy but ideal for a sunny afternoon
vinnnie - 18 Aug 2009 13:03
Good ale in here surprisingly, kick you out at three which is a bit odd in this location. I presume they just can't be bothered. Spent fifty quid in here but they wouldn't let me leave the car in the car park for another half hour so We could go on the banks for a bit .
Henners - 16 Aug 2009 19:55
Estate agents might say the property "has potential". Large room, small seating area outside; half-term, beautiful weather, superb location, but only half a dozen guests. Sounds as if the interior has been revamped since recent comments: all is now leather chairs/settees, very impersonal. A good selection of ales: 6X, Summer Lighting & Ringwood Best; Summer Lightning was tasty.
saffrons - 28 May 2009 18:36
Have been to the Sandacres on and off over recent years. It is a classic seaside pub. It has a great setting - views out of the windows across Poole Harbour yesterday - only because no one had parked a big van on the other side of the road - that often happens as the area is very popular with sailborders etc.

The pub does try to offer a decent and varying range of real ales. A Hopback one, Ringwood Best and Tharp's Special Ale were on. The Hopback was not in very good condition and they took it off when i mentioned it. - swapped it for Sharps. Much better but too cold - apparently the cellar is outside so the beer can get too cold.

Food is good simple pub grub at very fair prices. All the furniture is new and modern. There are still the pool tables at the back.

A great place on a sunny day when you can go outside with your drink in a plastic "glass" or inside on a winter's day when wandering around millionaires row - Sandbanks. Overall 7 out of 10.
Old_King_Cole - 9 Feb 2009 20:56
I love this pub. No matter what anyone else says the staff are friendly. The pub has real character and would be sad to see it go. Since the smoking ban it has been refurbished and I think it is great. Its relaxed and not one of those plastic pubs that so often we see. Good cheap pool table, football table, free video game machine, lots of free games to play at bar including giant jenga, fantastic views and good selection of beers. No muss no fuss, just a great pub
I have heard a rumour (and it is a rumour!)that there are going to be changes in the near future and I hope these changes are not for the worst. Keep it as it is, let it be real and have some character, not one of these modern plastic pubs. Please..............!!!

jen2700 - 21 Jun 2008 20:34
Was slightly put off the Sandacres by the way it looks from the outside so was very pleasantly surprised when I popped in for a drink a few weeks ago. Staff were friendly, drinks were good and very reasonably priced for the area.
Yes it could do with a bit of a facelift but that might lead to it being infested with luvvies and personally I prefer it the way it is!
katykitten - 25 Mar 2008 11:15
Extremely rude and unfriendly staff who can barely manage to glance up at you when you order a drink. If you are really lucky you might get a grudging "yes mate" out of them. Rudeness becomes even worse at closing time.

Ales are a bit variable here, and some of the pub furniture is in bad need of replacement.

A pub with great potential due to it's location, but potential which will not be realised with the current attitude of the management.

JonnyFX - 1 Nov 2005 01:21
Is John Norwell right, well go and see...I think his name must be 'nomate' not norwell, the staff are different but fun. I find it a relaxing , fun pub with no agro and the Ringwood best and speckled hen are fine ales there and free house means it is not owned by a brewery and nothing else. I don't like people who don't know what they are talking about.
Mike - 4 Mar 2004 01:19
Great pub, with friendly locals. Beer's not bad either.
Ferg - 16 Nov 2003 18:02
Poorly kept ales and surly bar staff. Not a happy combination. This is a Free House in the same way that North Korea is a democracy.
John - [email protected] - 27 Jun 2003 15:48

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