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The Cove House Inn, Portland - pub details

Cove House Inn
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Address: Chiswell, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1AW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30247) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Weymouth (4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 16 users)
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We visited during Covid19 and the pub did a decent job of keeping things going. The location in Chiswell is pleasant and there are sea views aplenty and a cool dude with a beard, piercings and tattoos served us well.
BoehmBawerk - 19 Jul 2021 18:51
Atmospheric and of course with a good situation, but expensive for what was a crab sandwich and a bottle of beer coming to over ten quid. Portland does have a lot of pubs and most of them seem to keep going.
rainlight - 24 Mar 2017 20:42
I'm sure that on a warm sunny Spring day you could sit outside on the benches and soak up the view and the atmosphere. However on a windy Sunday lunchtime in Autumn it doesn't really work.
There's just two tables in the central proper pub part of the building. The rest is all given over to dining tables. Lucky for us we got there at noon and got one of the two tables. Someone already occupied the other one.
Got a half of overly cold Doom Bar that tasted like the pump hadn't been pulled through that morning.
A family came in with a dog and were clearly put out that there wasn't a table free. Dogs only allowed in centre of pub. Then some others came in with a dog - ditto problem.
Had a pint of Doom Bar that tasted OK as others had ordered some by now.
First dog started yapping at second dog. Really annoying. Non existent atmosphere deteriorated further.
We changed plans and decided to leave. There was a scramble to get the table we were vacating. Could hardly get out for them now blocking the way. As we left the two groups were starting to argue over who should now have the table.

They could ban dogs inside. That'd help for a start. Pub is already rated 5.9 - I can't rate it lower due to the nice location. But it didn't feel like a six today. So I won't rate it.
We went somewhere else but it was no better unfortunately.
Old_King_Cole - 17 Nov 2015 21:46
Literally just finished my meal here with my partner and unfortunately we are quite disappointed. Ordered 2 whitebait starters, and 2 mains from the "specials" board - seafood paella and seafood linguine. The whitebait was bland and the mains were lacklustre and, I swear, from a packet. I was expecting the seafood to be fresh and tasty given the coastal location but alas I was wrong.

The service wasn't bad but not exactly inspiring either. The view is definitely lovely and the pub itself looks well maintained.

Our pints of Jurassic (a local Dorset ale) were, I'm glad to say, top notch. Also available were Doombar and Adnams Broadside which we didn't try.

julesnuggy - 20 Oct 2012 15:04
Can't knock the views... Lacks the spark when the sun goes down, its more of a restaurant than a pub, very few seats just for a drink.. As a summer venue it will be great however, we don't get much of that these days....
lovepubsportland - 6 Jan 2012 15:32

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