68 West Street
Mon-Sat 11-3; 5(Sat 6)-11; Sun 12-4; 7-10.30
According to the local CAMRA members, this is one of Poole's cosy old pubs, and I must say I agree. Situated the next street over, on the traffic lights, from the High Street, it is nicely situated half way down its length and not far from the Hogs Head and the Brewhouse.
This in itself makes it part of the weekend pub crawl for the real ale drinker. It stocks Dorset Piddle Brewery beers plus guests.
There is car parking outside and this is a bonus in Poole. Next to the car park is the beer garden, which has a number of picnic benches and umbrellas. Inside we have the ubiquitous nautical theme with old pictures and bric-a-brac.
You enter the pub from one side and the single bar is to your left - you actually walk into the bar area facing a roaring fire in winter which heats up the pub nicely. Above the fireplace is the specials board and main menu. The choices are not expansive, but they are wholesome and traditional (a single vegetarian choice available. Ask if landlady is there and she may well do you something else).
Food is served lunch and evenings. The seating is at square tables and chairs, all dark wood and traditional in pubs.
Access for the disabled is good and there is only a small step to negotiate and double doors are available on to the car park should you require them.
Toilets are clean, though there is no disabled access.
A dartboard is available and they are part of the local league, but there is no TV.
Very close to the town shops and the railway station.
No accommodation here.
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Dorset Piddle brews
3a Thames Street
Poole, Dorset, BH15 1JN.
From S:£40, D:£60.