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The Curlew, Bournemouth - pub details


Address: 287 Christchurch Road, West Parley, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH22 8SQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3591) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bournemouth (4.1 miles), Branksome (4.5 miles), Pokesdown (4.5 miles)

Chain: Vintage Inns

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Just moved to the area & I must agree with all the previous comments. It's not a drinking pub but an eatery. Staff seemed to be friendly and hard working but I only went in for a couple of pints with an old friend. Found a couple of comfy seats near the bar but there seemed to no other drinking tables, They assumed you wanted to eat. Interestingly after approx. 10pm the place is almost empty and some drinkers arrived (after football training) so this might be a good time to go. Drank Doom Bar which was excellent.
addick - 26 Dec 2014 21:51
Agree completely with previous post. The poor old Curlew had just mellowed from the previous assault from the brigade with too much mushroom paint and a mistaken belief that Starbucks Stylie furniture is appropriate for a country pub - and now this. The etched glass panels have driven the nails into the coffin. All remaining atmosphere gone - greedy shoe-horning in of extra tables and nowhere left for locals to sit except a mean little area with nasty little chairs right next to the 'rent a mob' table. So now you can have over-excited twits braying in your ear. Still, if you're reading this and think nail bars are a good idea, or you drive a glaring white 4x4 with blingy headlights, you'll probably love it.

I'll be at the Owl's Nest.

quackers - 25 Mar 2013 21:37
Sad, very sad. Avoid like the plague. It's very obvious that corporate greed has taken over, big time. The recent refit has sucked out the last traces of any ambience the place had. Overpriced, pre-packaged corporate good taste. I have been a regular there for the last 7 years or so and it has had it's ups and downs, but now, it's finished. Such a shame.
n4j - 25 Mar 2013 21:23
I was going to sit down and try and write some sort of witty review for the recent abominable experience my wife and I had at this restaurant but my time will be better spent on more productive things, although I will say:
Cold flavourless food, rude staff and an offensive manager!
dead_like_me - 9 Mar 2010 00:57
Well we paid our annual visit to our local,we only live over the road,and despite it being a mid week lunchtime it was pretty busy.
The wife picked the only thing on the menu that was un-available,still despite the omens we stuck to our task,well we had walked all the way over there,and with her changed order we sat and watched the world go by,,,,,
My steak+fries were OK,nothing special but what do you expect from a place relying on Brake's version of haute cuisine,no it was the wifes fish that arrived with the wrong sauce that let the place down.
To be fair they offered her a free pud+coffee after explaining they were so busy the guy operating the micro-wave got confused.
Still despite the expected glitch the beer was grand just like an ale should be and at 2:90 a throw pretty good value.
I might even go over for the odd pint or three unless folk taking up a table just for a beer+a yap instead of eating is frowned upon then maybe i'll order a sarnie which looked pretty good as they passed by our table.
billieposter - 1 Nov 2009 21:15

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