35-37 High Street
Open all day
One of the circuit pubs near the quay on a Friday and Saturday nights.
However, on a week day it can a pleasant place to park your rear and enjoy a few good ales along with some decent - if overpriced - food.
The outside is very much shop front, with large windows letting lots of light and people staring at you. On a corner, this makes the pub an interesting place to visit inside as it has some nooks and crannies to get secluded in.
The decor is very much bright light pine style with an airy feel to it. Seating is at a mixture of light wood tables and chairs or there are some padded seats available.
A number of screens also break up the open expanse.
The bar faces the door and is a long dark wood one covered with hand pumps of all sorts, though the best real ale tends to be served directly from the barrels behind the bar. They usually have up to seven real ales on that are of interest, though they carry one or two of the national brands as well.
Prices tend to be a bit steep though, with many ales clocking in at over £2.60 a pint. Food is well presented but again a little over priced. There is plenty of choice for vegetarians. Also try the Hogs' Head Parkstone, 382 Ashley Road, Dorset, BH14 9DJ. 01202 740596
Royal Oak and Gas Tavern, Skinner Street, Poole. (01202) 672022 (4 real ales plus food)
The Lord Wimborne, 59 Lagland Street, Poole, Dorset. (01202) 493290
The Quay, 21 The Quay, Poole, Dorset. (01202) 664380 - Wetherspoon.
up to 5 guest ales.
3a Thames Street
From - S:£32, D:£50.