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Dolphin, Botley - pub details

Address: 9 High Street, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO30 2EA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10754) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Botley (0.6 miles), Hedge End (1.7 miles), Bursledon (2.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.6/10 (rated by 12 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Bugle Inn Hotel, Botley (0.0 miles), Brewery Bar, Botley (0.2 miles), Railway Inn, Botley (0.5 miles), Barleycorn, Hedge End (1.2 miles), Horse and Jockey, Curbridge (1.3 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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No longer a hungry horse
Has been run by Steve and his team for past 3 years
Great Venue inside and out
Has free parking for 3 hours for customers
Outstanding menus that change each season along with succulent special boards
It is also the centre of the community with community events during the weekday
Repeated visits always impress
Botleytrue - 28 Nov 2021 10:53
Wonderful building - an imposing 3 storey Georgian (built sometime in the 1700s) edifice which has been listed. This was originally a coaching hotel. There's plenty of space inside providing comfortable seating, though much of it is a little worn and basic. The bar has been knocked through to create a long space extending almost to the back. The only windows are at the front, so the impression is more of an airless working men's club or holiday park entertainment's bar. This is compounded by the pub being a Greene King Hungry Horse serving value for money chips and stodge. It is difficult to tell what are original features, and what is fake. The exposed beams are fake, and are not in keeping with the age or style of the building. It is a pity the interior does not match the expectations of the exterior.

I found the pub to be the most comfortable and spacious of the three in Botley, but once inside, the least attractive. The beer is the cheapest in town. There were three cask pumps, but only two were on - Abbot and IPA. The IPA was drinkable, but wasn't cool and wasn't fresh. The pub says it has WiFi, but I couldn't find it on my phone during my visit.

Botley is an interesting looking village, and the three pubs are all acceptable, and serve food. Being close to the Hedge End shopping complex, any of them would be OK for a quick lunch before shopping. But not for anything special. The Dolphin is probably the most down to earth and family friendly, the Bugle the most upmarket and characterful, and the Brewery Bar the freshest looking.
SilkTork - 28 Mar 2015 19:46
Yep! a Hungry Horse. Loads of cheap grub and large portions. Pool table, darts. It's big, so no trouble getting a seat to look at the SKY Tv and you can even watch the match on the screens behind the bar which has a couple of ales on at cheap prices. There's a good crowd of locals who follow the 'Saints'. Not the best pub in town but worth a visit.
BARRY2771 - 5 Jul 2014 16:33
A bit of a dump, rubbish beer the night I visited. Over the road was better and friendlier.
odbod - 14 Sep 2010 14:57
Not bad, typical chain style but the beers reasonable. Food is cheap but nothing special, look for the independant pubs for better food.
leon_t - 24 Jan 2008 16:50

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