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The Brewhouse was our 4th and final stop in Poole early yesterday afternoon. It was the best of the 4 too. Whilst this is a Milk Street pub, only one of the beers was on - Beer Blonde. Guests were Dark Star Hophead, Great Heck Voodoo Mild & Roosters Eighty Eight. Ciders were Orchard Pig Maverick & Philosopher, Worley's Mendip Hills & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. Whilst the Maverick was visible in a box behind the bar, others are fetched from the cellar and are listed on a small blackboard on the bar. It was fairly quiet inside, with just a handful of locals, despite its busy High Street location. But the atmosphere was fine. Worth a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Sep 2016 13:18
Still a decent basic boozer with a few decent ales on - not many of them about these parts.
Snarling_Mallard - 30 Mar 2015 21:19
Yes a basic no frills place but with fine beers and very reasonable and the first pub in the area where they have the East Dorset CAMRA magazine which I will find very useful. All the better for the fact that there is no food, especially on a Sunday lunchtime. Will be back very soon.
Oakman100 - 23 Apr 2014 20:44
Nice pub. Good beers, very well kept. Admit that we are only afternoon drinkers, but also noticed the earthy no- holds-barred language - and so what...? No kids, no food, therefore no 'handbrake on...' know what I mean...?! Do-gooders and those easily offended, patronise Wetherspoons instead and leave real pubs to real drinkers....
rioathmusV - 16 Nov 2013 23:35
An unspoilt town pub. Sometimes a bit sweary sometimes a bit sexist and blokey but always a friendly barman/maid and a cracking pint of your Milk St. ale of choice. All the ales I have tried here have been very well kept, so I sampled the excellent 'Beer', which is served for a relatively reasonable £3.10/pint. The area at the back of the pub contains juke box and pool tables.

If you are a visitor with your girlfriend or you are unaccustomed to raised voices and swearing then perhaps you should avoid the Brewhouse, but if you like a boisterous town pub with real locals with real locals' outspoken views, you will love this little beauty.
keystone - 4 Aug 2013 13:29
I have been fond of this great pub for many years. The beer is first class and the patrons and staff very friendly. When I am in Poole I always visit. Just great stuff !
thedoctorbombay - 23 Jul 2013 18:21
Brilliant earthy pub. Only had Milk Street beers on at our visit but no complaints. Golden through to black on offer as well as a couple of trad ciders. High Street location. Has to be the best ale choice in the town.
Steamer1 - 7 Mar 2013 22:40
My first visit for some time and was pleased to see that the pub hasn't changed, apart from a lick of paint.
The beer is as good as I remembered. Top quality. Today I was on the Dark Star American Pale Ale. 10/10
Please put your change in the RNLI box as they are trying to beat last year's record donations.
stagemanager - 15 Feb 2013 14:19
Maybe I'm old-fashioned but the Brewhouse appeals to me because it's how most pubs used to be---all pub, no gastro. The beer is the best in Poole and believe me, the competition around here is fierce. A nice neighbourhood atmosphere and the management is friendly.
16jamesdoc - 28 Aug 2012 10:21
Great pub stood at the bar tasting the Milk St beers which inevitably got me into conversation with the beer "clued up" publicans and locals. Watched some eating food from local take aways - it's a locals' pub. Why aren't there more of them?
leonmejico - 26 Jun 2012 21:31
Decent basic one bar pub with pool tables at the back.
Cracking pint of the Milk Street Usual.
Locals pub!
pwilkins - 8 Jun 2012 13:56
Cracking pint of Funky Monkey.........but Oh Dear!! Totally gratuitous effing and blinding from a couple of lager swilling locals.......All so unnessecary!
Latitude - 9 Apr 2012 00:47
I have lived and drank in the Dorset for over 3 years and this is one of the best of its kind in the county. It has a great selection of ales, cider and beer along with a real pubs atmosphere which can be hard to find in the Town.
Ogruagain - 7 Mar 2012 11:48
I also went here based on the fact that this place appears in the GBG. I must admit that I was fairly mystified on a recent trip to Poole as I have never seen so many pubs in such close proximity however the only ones that appeared in the GBG were not particularly inspiring.

The Brewhouse is normally the sort of pub that I go for. It has Pool tables and a Jukebox which are not all that commonplace these days. Walking in the pub the look and layout reminded me very much of a snooker club that I used to drink in when I was 17 and couldnt get served in many other places. The only major difference was the snooker club didnt have hops hanging from the ceiling which is obviously thr pubs nod to the fact it focused on real ale.

Like the previous poster I also had to wait to get served whilst the barman finished his smoke. When he did finally return though he did serve me a wonderful pint of Zig Zag (Porter) whic went down quicker than the Titanic. When I returned my glass to the bar he also asked me how my pint was. Nice touch!

All in all, a proper drinkers and smokers pub with decent beer however if you are expecting just a little more then you will leave disappointed.


BeerGutt - 30 Sep 2011 17:05
This sounded good from the GBG entry, but it didn't really work for me. When I arrived, the barmaid was outside having a fag, and gave me the evil eye for having to come inside to serve me. A load of sweary blokes drinking lager round the bar and yelling at their mates on the pool tables isn't my kind of thing either. Nice beer, but a bit of a disappointment.
paul154 - 30 Sep 2011 15:10
don,t know wot others are moning about. the brewhouse is a good little pub, it is not a eatind place, so if you want food go to a cafe. if you want beer go here because it,s a PUB, with all the normal drinks you expect plus some real ales

p.s aging blond bloke i think is called julias wants to know all your business is still there
happything2008 - 3 Sep 2011 15:06
Sells some beers that it brews itself. And they are good. But that's about it. No food and not a lot of charisma. Smokers stand inthe doorway letting their smoke pollute the pub. Foul language at the bar.
delpus - 17 Aug 2011 15:28
Better than what you would expect from a shop conversion on a High Street as it does actually feel like a pub. Bar area at front and two pool tables to the rear. They had three Milk Street brews and a guest ale on - went for the Milk Street 'Usual' which was quite drinkable on this offering.
anonymous - 10 Apr 2011 11:14
Previous pub Cockleshell (Shockeshell more like). Great expectations of this place, yet all of us were very disappointed with the beer (Funky Monkey and Mermaid). We actually couldn't wait to get out of here yet had to take our time due to the taste of the beer (is that ironic, I suppose it might be). Good points 2 Pool tables, however if you want something tasting better than an ashtray, probably worth missing this place. Next pub Antelope.
R.Swipe - 26 Mar 2011 17:21
went in twice during my stay in poole. first time i had cider which was ok in taste. but tooked 5 mins to served due to being from the celler. the next time i went in i try 2 seprate cask beers both which poured fine but had a strange taste to. not a pub i would hurry back to vist
forestwood - 23 Oct 2010 14:47
The pub is conveniently situated on the main shopping street. It is narrow and deep in shape with snooker tables at the back. I am not a fan of Milk Street beers, although they are often supplemented by interesting guests. (Some interesting bottled beers wouldn't hurt, hint hint). Staff are very friendly.The crowd around the bar often have fishing interests (Where else can you hear an insult like: "Go catch yerself a kiperrrr!")
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 14:29
It all looks to be a bit down at heel and it has a well used feel, mostly a local mans place with an older clientel. The beer from Milk Street brewery makes it well worth visiting though, fresh and reasonably priced. Not a place I would take the wife for a meal, in fact, I'm not sure if they do food, but for a decent drinking gaff it fits the bill well. Everyone was keen for you to enjoy the experience and I did.
imdownthepub - 26 May 2010 09:16
Superbly kept and rarely seen 'Milk Street' beers and friendly landlord. A few raucous local lads but not bothersome. A nice surprise and I will be back.
bustergonads - 18 Jan 2010 00:07
Great pub with Milk Street beers at a reasonable price.
Regular guest beers available always at a good price.
Two nice pool tables, a jukebox, pinball machine and the usual fruit machines.
Smoking/outdoor drinking areas front and rear.
Now also serving proper coffee.
Highly recommended - Too many CAMRA awards to mention.

stagemanager - 7 Dec 2009 19:39
Nice pint of funky monkey & roosters, bar kept reasonably clean.One of the locals an aging blond bloke i think is called julias wants to know all your business and is always gossiping.
beckhamno1 - 2 Dec 2009 19:48
excellent little pub with some really good beers and no boom boom music so you can here what you are actually saying, the locals are differant but fun and harmless
happything2008 - 23 Nov 2009 11:36
Excellent quality, cheap beer....some of the locals seem to be of questionable sanity but still seems friendly...good pob 8/10
clarkey_cat - 22 Jun 2009 12:18
alright quality of beer which is more than i can say for the staff. the barmaid must have been having an extremely bad day as she was rather unpleasant. customers seemed friendly enough but very much a locals place.
bangboy - 26 Jan 2009 18:06
Ales are from the little known Milk Street brewery in Frome. Mermaid is a particular favourite of mine and it's only 2.30 a pint which is a bargain in these times. Two pool tables, quirky jukebox, pinball machine and locals who are friendly in a care in the community sort of way.
johnkn7 - 6 Jan 2009 15:06
Good knockabout pub. One for a night out with the lads. Really great range of beers at good prices.
Old_King_Cole - 5 Jan 2009 21:05
Tried the "beer" and the Mermaid and both were excellent pints.Its a bit scruffy here but they were friendly enough,and its nice to find a real ale lovers pub with pool tables .
Henners - 16 Jan 2008 15:13
Yes the beer called "Beer" was a great pint
beer_hunter - 11 Aug 2007 19:22
Hadnt been in here for many a year, so thought I would try it out again, was greeted to a few looks by some of the locals and the vocabulary of a bunch of old drunk guys sitting at the tables seemed to pretty much consist of the work f*ck. Having said that, the service was friendly and fast and the beer was excellent, the many CAMRA awards on the walls vouch for their ability to keep good beer. The unimaginatively named BEER was an excellent pint and at 5% was pretty powerful.
Nurke - 1 Nov 2006 15:12
Milk St brews are a pleasant change from the run of the mill and very fine they are too.

Has the variety of "characters" you would expect of an unpretentious boozer on a High St and is none the worse for it. Well worth its place in the Good Beer Guide this year.
SJC - 30 Jul 2006 21:53
Good choice of well kept Ales, good pool tables and a great Jukebox
alewhale - 24 Jul 2006 21:58
Strange hybrid of a pub. Looks gloomy and unwelcoming from outside and the usual array of old blokes propping up the bar fit in with this. Seemed friendly enough though. Has two great pool tables which look like they cost more than the whole pub and the fairy lights behind the bar round off the slightly surreal feeling you get.
Pubgrabber - 21 Jul 2006 15:21
Not quite sure why I came in here, but felt like I was intruding on someones front room.

Having said that, credit where its due, the service was friendly. I suppose as this pub is located in Poole High street, which seems like some sort of weird stuck in the 80's decrepit mess with loads of fat chavs thrown in must rub off on the pub - Not their fault though.
TheGP - 16 Jul 2006 18:27
great pub, great pool tables, good music (jukebox) great management and bar team. very much a local pub.
trudiscrumptious - 19 May 2005 13:59
Now a Milk Street Brewery pub; new landlord is refurbishing it, keeps full range of very drinkable ales, toilets are a lot cleaner, a proper boozer!
Clive - 30 Apr 2004 17:57
Long bar with creaky wooden floorboards.Cheap beer,seems to attract alcoholics who sit by the window.Toilets filthy.
eddie - 16 Oct 2003 21:55
A no frills alehouse.Brews its own bitter which is very cheap but not to my taste.
joe - 17 Sep 2003 16:29

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