Poole Restaurants

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    Sandbanks Beach Cafe, Poole: Great position!

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 23, 2013

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    This is an area i visit often,and normally drop in for a breakfast,coffee or lunch.This is a cafe with one of the best seaside positions in the country.Most of the year tables are available on the outside terrace,which means you have lovely sea views,and on a clear day can even see the Isle of Wight.
    Staff have always been friendly,with good service.A nice choice of food is available whether you want a hot meal or just a cup of tea and a homemade cake.

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    Guildhall Tavern: A popular place with the locals.

    by CDM7 Updated Sep 20, 2013

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    This is one of the top seafood restaurants in the town of Poole,and a popular place with the locals,so an indication of how good it is.Although not cheap we found the seafood tasty,expertly cooked and nicely presented.All the seafood,which includes crab and lobster is locally landed.Meat and vegetarian dishes are also available
    Traditional real ales,chilled lagers,and non-alcoholic beverages,together with an excellent wine list add to the occasion.
    A very warm welcome and excellent service,together with the great food made the evening.

    Favorite Dish: The fresh fish here is all excellent,and my Turbot,which was served with fresh vegetables and French fries was know exception to the rule.This was followed by a hazelnut meringue with fresh cream and raspberries.

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    Custom House: The best steak ever

    by northeast80 Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    I had the best steak I have ever had in this place. We chose to eat in the cheaper downstairs bar, upstairs is a restaurant, we ordered drinks (they've a good selection of ale) and sat down to choose our food. Little did we know (wouldn't have ordered pre-drinks and nachos otherwise) that they had an offer for two steaks with salad and chips and a bottle of wine for just £30. This is a brilliant deal if you wanted wine too as on the menu steaks are from £14.25 each and their house wine is from £17.50.
    You choose the sauce you want (I had peppercorn) and you could choose from a few different wines too, they came with a huge bowl of chips for us to share too. The steak was melt in the mouth, mine was medium rare, my boyfriend's medium, so so tender but with a char-grill outer just perfect. The meat is hung for at least 21 days.
    We also chose a window table so could look out at the harbourside, there was a mixture of sofas, tables and cubby holes with magazine racks. You can also sit outside in warmer weather.

    The building itself is one of two similar in Poole, one is this the old custom house and the other is a registry office. It was built in 1756 with reconstruction following a fire in 1813. It's tall and narrow with a beautiful sweeping staircase up to the restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: If you haven't guessed that'll be the steak. They do a lot of lovely sounding fish dishes too (Tiger prawns with lemongrass and piri piri, various mussels and other fish of the day dishes).
    It's hard to put a comparable price in as this deal was very good but picking off the menu is more expensive than average.

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    Slug and Lettuce: Quick and cheap

    by northeast80 Written May 1, 2012

    We came here as we wanted something quick and cheap before we headded on our drive home, it was a Monday so we had 50% off our bill (one of their deals at the moment). Slug and Lettuce are a chain all around the UK and always seem to have different food and drink deals.
    The decor of this was nice and modern, I had a nice local beer; it is Cask Marque accredited and we sat looking out onto the high street. I had scampi and my boyfriend had beef in red wine pie. They were both tasty and just what we wanted.

    Eventhough the place wasn't too busy we had to clear our table, but they did come and wipe it down for us and delivered a trug of condiments for our meal. The meals are reasonable enough even withought the deal, mine would have been £7.95 and the pie was £8.95.

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    The Angel (pub): Angelic?

    by northeast80 Written May 1, 2012

    I believe this bar is recently under new management and has had a bit of a facelift, all the wood has been sanded and waxed, there are local photos on the walls and lots of light fresh paint. It also had an outdoor area at the back. The building, like many of the surrounding, is Grade 2 listed.

    We had a look at the menu and they do a lunchtime special with was nothing special; fishfingers, burger, cottage pie etc. Their normal menu looks much nicer; steak and guinness pie, pork in cider, sausage mash and gravy.

    The best bit is that they sell Ringwood ale, it's a local brewery and I've tried the Boondoggle and Fortyniner and enjoyed both.

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    Taj Mahal: Indian take-away

    by northeast80 Written May 1, 2012

    This is a restaurant too but we've only had a take away. We ordered over the phone and then went to collect, getting free popadoms too.
    I can't remember exactly what I had but it was tasty and spicy which is how I like it. We cooked our own rice at home to save money.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is in Poole and they don't have a website so I'm afraid I can't really remember but if you just want a standard curry then you can't go wrong here.

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    The Poole Arms: Wot! - No Chips?

    by johngayton Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    The Poole Arms simultaneously succeeds in being one of the town's most characterful (inside and out) pubs and one of its best seafood restaurants. The pub claims to be the oldest on the Quay (dating back to the 16th century) and its distinctive green-glazed tiled frontage dates back to Poole's heyday as a major pottery centre.

    The pub decor is subtly nautical without being kitschy and the wood panelled walls give it an intimate warmth. Service is friendly and usually fairly swift. Beers come from the local-ish Ringwood Brewery and the mainly seafood menu depends on the daily catch from the local boats with daily changing specials.

    Whilst the menu has a pub-feel to it (and pub-prices) it avoids the usual chips with everything. The fish and shellfish dishes are simply cooked, elegantly presented, and served with appropriate accompaniements.

    Favorite Dish: Although all the seafood options are excellent my favourite has to be the Fish Pie - chunky fish with prawns in a rich creamy sauce, finished under the grill with cheese and served with crusty bread and salad. At just under £9 this makes for a substantial lunch and is one of the best anywhere for value-for-money and flavourwise.

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    The Hot Sausage Company: For A Nibble On The Hoof

    by johngayton Written Jun 18, 2010
    Hot Sausages In Buns For Sale!

    Poole is far too posh to have "Hot Dog" vendors! Instead they have the "Hot Sausage Company" which does sausages in buns with fried onions and a range of ketchups and relishes.

    But they're NOT "Hot Dogs"!!!

    Tasty though and at less than 2 quid make for a cheap nibble on the hoof and the guy selling them is friendly and chatty - just don't call them *** ****!

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    The Angel: More Pub Than Restaurant But Good Food...

    by johngayton Written Jun 1, 2010
    More Toastie Than Rarebit!
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    ...and BEER!

    This is a cracking little pub. It's not the cheapest pub in town but for the quality of the beer (#1 priority) from the local-ish Ringwood brewery along with friendly service and a good local atmosphere it's well worth searching out. It's a little off the beaten path (in the Old Town) but that's a doubleplus bonus and the front courtyard catches the afternoon sun.

    The menu is short but comprehensively covers something for everyone from snacky stuff to full-blown pub staples, with odd touches of individuality.

    Not particularly cheap but everything is spot-on.

    Favorite Dish: The "Welsh Rarebit" wasn't the best I've eaten - it was more like cheese-on-toast but tasty with it and the beer was excellent and so no real complaints.

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  • the codfather: The only plaice for the best fish and chips

    by bubbles20 Written Mar 26, 2009

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    if your looking for a tasty fish and chips, then this is where you have to go. I have tried several in the area, and this is by far the best in taste and value for money. The fish is really 90sh with 10% batter, and the chips are crispy, yet fluffy inside. Dont forget to add salt and vinegar. The shop is ideally located next to the quay, with plenty of places to sit down and enjoy your meal. The atmosphere is very plesant, and the staff are also very cheerful and welcoming. I have eaten here on numerous occasions and will continue too as well. I travel down from the midlands with my family, and eat here at least 3 or 5 times in that one week. Highly recommended, and i will continue to pass this on.

    Favorite Dish: cod and chips, but my kids prefer the battered sausage and chips

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  • Mezza Luna: Avoid Mezza Luna

    by AAAAsmith Written Feb 18, 2008

    What an appalling place! Freezing cold day yesterday, and yet they were making people sit outside to order drinks; even though all the tables inside remained empty.

    I hope it closes and all the staff lose their jobs!

    Favorite Dish: Would not eat there even if they paid me!

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    MEZZALUNA RESTAURANT & BAR: At Poole Park

    by queenpud Written Oct 13, 2007

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    Stunning location on the edge of Poole Park Lake & wonderful ambiance. View from the first floor balcony encompasses the whole park and the wildlife complemented by the movement of the sailing boats.

    The staff are welcoming and helpful. The menu is classically Italian, comprehensive. The portions were enormous, beautifully served on huge oval dishes. This was quality produce cooked with excellence and with attention to detail.

    Booking essential at week-ends

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    Le Bateau Bistro: Great Nautical-Themed Restaurant in Ashley Cross

    by kgduke Written Jul 1, 2007

    Le Bateau Bistro, a nautical-themed restaurant, offers great food, nice window seating overlooking a park, a friendly atmosphere, a full bar, and live music.

    The interior design includes a life-sized shark and many other nautical items. The food is great and there are always new and interesting specials on the chalkboard. The atmosphere is relaxed and you are never rushed through your meal although the staff are happy to accomodate you if you are in a hurry.

    Several different rooms offer you the opportunity to have a private party or socialize with friends away from the crowds.

    Located in Ashley Cross, the restaurant sits in the midst of artsy shops and also has an outside seating area.

    Favorite Dish: Anything on the specials. They are always different and always good!

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    • Arts and Culture

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    The Codfather: The Codfather Fish and Chips

    by jolliette Written Mar 27, 2005

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    The Codfather

    The Codfather is a great fish and chips place just outside the Quay House B&B... it is located on the street just behind the main quay street.

    The fish and chips are amazing.. get fresh cod and ask for salt and vinegar all over it!! They wrap it in paper to go.. take it and eat on a bench right on the quay.. nothing better.

    Favorite Dish: hmmmmmmmmm... fish and chips perhaps.. cod...

    Just go there because the name of the place is awesome..

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