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The River Park Inn, West Parley - pub details

Address: 218 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8SS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7040) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bournemouth (4.2 miles), Branksome (4.3 miles), Pokesdown (4.8 miles)

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We found this pub on the internet. We booked when 130 miles away because it looked a reasonable place to meet with old friends who lived in Bournemouth and we were not disappointed.

The name has changed It is now "Twenty on the River". It also appears that most everything else has changed too. The decor is a delight. Simple light and modern without a single tacky artwork to distract or become a question of taste or opinion.

The welcome was great. We could have gone straight to the table but chose to wait for our friends in the bar where the barman knew our table number before we had decided what to order. When our friends arrived the Maitre D politely checked whether we wanted to stay in the bar or go to the table.

We were unhurried in our ordering and the menu looked good. The starters were exactly what we wanted and come to that the main meals and puddings were as well. The wine was served at correct temperature and tasted as though it had "breathers" for a bit. Quite an achievement for an wine such as a meaty Rioja.

The food was cooked perfectly and presented neatly. A crispy prawn starter had beautiful tempura batter, the rump of lamb was cut neatly and positioned mouthwateringly on the bed of vegetables. They even made the tagliatelli look neat!

The steaks and lamb were cooked just as we had ordered which is good for a 'pub' type establishment. Here they take pride in presenting the food. That doesn't mean it was varnished with garnish either.

We had loads of time to chat and enjoy the meal. The service was good but unobtrusive. The waitresses worked their socks off.

The cost? Not cheap but not too expensive either. For four three course meals, including a top of the shop steak,including drinks before and wine with, 30GBP ph didn't seem too bad. We left a decent tip.

We couldn't understand why the place was half empty on a Saturday night. Perhaps people can't wait for fresh cooked food these days.
eeyore58 - 20 Feb 2008 20:48
We found this pub on the internet. We booked when 130 miles away because it looked a reasonable place to meet with old friends who lived in Boiurnemouth and we were not disappointed.

The name has changed It is now "Twenty on the River". It also appears that most everything else has changed too. The decor is a delight. Simple light and modern without a single tacky artwork to distract or become a question of taste or opinion.

The welcome was great. We could have gone straight to the table biut chose to wait for our freinds inthe bar where the barman knew our table number before we had decidedwhat to order. When our freinds arrived the Maitre D poilitely checked whether wewanted to stay inthe bar or go to the table.

We were unhurried in our ordering and the menu looked good. The starters were exactly what we wanted and come to that the main meals and puddings were as well. The wine was served at correct temperature and tasted as though it had "breathers" for a bit. Quite an achievement for an wine such as a meaty Rioja.

The food was cooked perfectly and presented neatly. A smoked salmon and prawn starter was beautifully layered on a ciabatta, the rump of lamb was cut neatly and positioned mouthwateringly on the bed of vegetables. They even made the tagliatelli look neat!

The steaks and lamb were cooked just as we had ordered which is good for a 'pub' type establishment. Here they take pride in presenting the food. That doesn't mean it was varnished with garnish either.

We had loads of time to chat and enjoy the meal. The service was good but unobtrusive. The waitresses worked their socks off.

The cost? Not cheap but not too expensive either. For four three course meals, including a top of the shop steak,including drinks before and wine with, 30GBP ph didn't seem too bad. We left a decent tip.
eeyore58 - 20 Feb 2008 20:36
River Park Inn, nope, now TWENTY ON THE RIVER.
This visit has to be planned and you should ALLOW plenty of TIME??
Recently went for a family outing (13) Sunday afternoon. Firstly great looks, nice setting and views. Dress code states SMART CASUAL, me thinks footie gear was acceptable by dinners, some waiters with holes in jeans!! Will state that our waiter was VERY Good and could take control in most situations. THE LET DOWN!
It took ONE and HALF hours for a ALL of us to receive our main meals, so some of us had eaten and finished and others were still to be served. The strange question to be asked was that some of those waiting for their meals were the same as those who had already eaten an identical meal (roast beef)!! Neadless to say that when their meals arrived they were LUKE WARM. However now tired of waiting,a replacement meal would have taken for the next lunar passing.
Would like at this juncture to state that what was presented was good and the food excellent.
The coffee's and tea's came around, CUPS WERE DIRTY AND RETURNED, these were still stained (this was on what we could see!!), SO WHAT WAS IT LIKE ON THE other items that we could not see!!! HELP!!
Liquior coffee's were just luke warm, but why wait and ask for a replacement!
There are many other pubs (or should I say NOW restaurants as this one has now become) touting for trade and offer similar meals. If you are not in a hurry and can wait lengthy periods of time for your meals, then give it a try, BUT CONSIDER THESE POINTS FIRST. Lengthy waiting times for meals (Seemed the norm at several tables), certainly overpriced for their food (roast beef 9.95), and a glass of coke 1.80!
Take a look around before you book and maybe someone will take note on why their business has dropped off! Shame as this could be a very good eating place with a great ambience!
Bon appetite, fellow dinners!
poole1066 - 9 Sep 2007 20:30
Visited the Inn on Sunday, 9th April, impressed with the setting and the food was very good, but very poor on service, i.e. length of time waited before having our main meal served, overheard another table commenting on the fact that they had ordered their meals and after an hour wait one couple got their meal whilst the other 10 people waited nearly another hour for theirs and this was a party of 12 who were celebrating a 40th Wedding Anniversary. The fact that also it was supposed to be smart casual was quite clearly overstated, men there with their, to what I can only describe as, swimwear type shorts, even the waiters wore sloppy jeans, with holes in, its a shame that such a place as this lets itself down in this way, it could be such a high class, SMART, very excellent setting to eat if only the people who run this Inn tried a little harder and looked at ways on how they can improve!!!!!!!

anonymous - 9 Sep 2007 19:47
Booked a table for 2:30. Still waiting at 3:30 for a table - they brought one in from outside and put a cloth over it- right beside waiters desk so just heard them moaning over how busy it was - HELLO DON'T OVERBOOK - . 4:00 served starter (which I admit was good), walked out at 5pm still waiting for main course.

Overheard every table complain about wait / missing food / missing entire plates worth. Ended up at McDonald's in Ferndown. Thoroughly ruined the Father's day weekend - Don't let them ruin yours.


phillprice - 17 Jun 2007 18:12

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