A place of note!
Poole is another childhood haunt.
We used to come here during school break, play in the sea, go sailing, do some shopping. It has fantastic shopping areas and is very popular in summer! I remember the long ques to do anything, which wasn't fun. But we were kids and didn't mind I guess :-)
Poole: Port, Pottery, Pubs and Pretty Girls
I hadn't been to Poole for many, many years but having recently found myself having to drop into Bournemouth from time to time and finding that Bournemouth, at least within the town itself, is a tad bereft of decent pubs, on my last visit I decided to have a day out in Poole, a couple of miles down the road - a minor pub crawl which seems to be lasting now for THREE DAYS!
Poole has a reputation as being one of Britain's most expensive towns to live, and certainly there is an undercurrent of wealth here, but the pubs are great proper pubs all, and not only the pubs but it also has a working port, fishing, commercial as well as being one of Brittany Ferries embarkation points. It is also host to some rather pretty women - some of whom aren't even barmaids!!
Arriving into Poole, whether driving, or by bus, or by train, isn't the most inspiring journey as you pass through the central conurbation of this part of the southern coast of England which seems to stretch, sprawling, in a never ending housing estate all the way from Kent to Devon, with no real distinction between one town and the next, but Poole stands out as a minor individual, with its own charismatic idiosyncrasy.
Poole's main claim to fame is its famous pottery, founded in 1873, which, apart from its eponymous collectibles, was responsible for providing much of the tiling for the London Underground in the 1930's - the pub here is a fine example of its products.