The best pubs in Dorset to visit this weekend

WITH THE temperature finally rising, it’s definitely the perfect time for a good cold pint.

For those looking to visit a pub this weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the best in the area.

Using Google Reviews, here are the top rated pubs in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole:


Chaplin’s and the Cellar Bar

529 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG

With a whopping 1,374 reviews, Chaplins has a rating of 4.5 on Google Reviews. The quirky and quaint bar features local bands and serves real ale.

It even has an enchanted, paved garden to the rear with a patio and string lights.

The Firkin hangar

279 Holdenhurst Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH8 8BZ

With an impressive 4.7 rating and over 300 happy customers on Google Reviews, the small independent pub is a hit with residents and visitors alike.

The Firkin Shed has also been named as one of Britain’s best pubs with several CAMRA awards, including being the former winner of the CAMRA National Cider Pub Award.

Paul Gray of The Firkin Shed with both of his previous CAMRA awards

One customer said: “Great beer selection, great company and better staff. ”

Another beer lover said: “” This is a great place for an unpretentious pint, just good people and good beer. ”

The ghost bear

65 Southbourne Grove, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3QU

This upbeat and quirky place offers a huge selection of beers, lagers and ciders with something for everyone.

The friendly staff, relaxed setting, and brilliant snack menu made a splash with patrons who received 4.7 out of 5 stars.


Saxon bar

5 Saxon Center, Fountain Roundabout, Christchurch BH23 1QN

With an impressive 4.7 stars, the Saxon Bar offers a selection of beers and ciders at reasonable prices.

A satisfied customer said: “Superb micropub open Monday. Offers a wide variety of real and craft beers.”

Another said: “Very good range of specialty beers and ciders. Try one of their palettes (3-third-quart samples served on a wooden pallet) and ask for a recommendation for a good selection. Always one. excellent service. ”

Ye Olde George Christchurch

2A Castle St, Christchurch BH23 1DT

Another popular pub is Ye Old George with 4.3 stars and over 800 reviews.

The pub offers outdoor seating and dining, one customer said: “Amazing food and amazing staff. Five stars – would recommend it to anyone who likes a cool place to eat and drink with friends or family. ”

Bournemouth Echo:

Ye Olde George Inn in Christchurch

the cozy

10 Church Street, Christchurch BH23 1BW

The Snug has a stellar 4.8 rating with lots of people complimenting the pub decor and atmosphere as well as an extensive drink menu.

One reviewer said: “Nice pub, great beer, friendly, cheerful staff – micropub downstairs, stylish lounge upstairs. Excellent.”


Poole Arm

19 Le Quai, Poole BH15 1HJ

The Poole Arms claims to be “Poole Quay’s oldest seafood bar”. The historic, rustic pub has a terrace and serves homemade seafood specialties and international wine.

One reviewer said, “Absolutely superb! Lovely quirky little pub, great menu choice and the food was amazing! The staff were very attentive and really welcoming and the pub has a very nice friendly atmosphere, I would highly recommend a visit here, we will definitely be back.

4.6 – 740 reviews

Rope and anchor

Sarum Street, Poole BH15 1JW

Cozy pub with wood accents offering English dishes, draft beers and weekly concerts, and an outdoor courtyard.

A satisfied customer said: “We came here with our puppy on Friday night. It was perfect. Friendly welcome and delicious food. Oh and they sell real ale which was a big bonus for me.”

4.5 – 499 reviews

The Hoy of Portsmouth

Le Quai, Poole BH15 1HJ

Portsmouth Hoy describes itself as an atmospheric waterfront pub with the feel of a historic galleon – the pub serves real ales and regional produce.

With a rating of 4.5 and over 400 reviews, it’s a real storm with customers.

One of them said: “Fabulous pub with a great atmosphere. The food was spot on and very affordable compared to others in the area. The girls serving us were extremely friendly. We loved it so much. We are going back for the last night of our weeks vacation here in Poole. ”

If we haven’t featured your favorite in this list, then shout it out in the comments below.

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