There’s nowhere better to take in the town’s culture than in one of its many watering holes, mixing with the locals and fellow visitors with a fine beer. Our guide leads you through some of the best pubs in Poole.

Whether you’re staying at our Poole Centre hotel or our Poole North hotel, you will no doubt be heading down to the quay during your visit to Poole. When you do, be sure to visit The Poole Arms – you can’t miss it, with its iconic green frontage. It’s the oldest pub on Poole Quay, and its many years of experience are certainly evident in the excellent beers, ales and food that it offers. The seafood, as you’d expect from a pub so close to the ocean, is divine. You would struggle to find a better fish pie anywhere.

Rope and Anchor

Further along the quay on Sarum Street is Rope and Anchor. This is a proper traditional pub, with good beer, tasty pub food and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They also have live music acts performing on most Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Foundry Arms on Langland street, further north of the town, is a pub with a list of accolades almost as long as its wide selection of drinks. It won Marstons ‘Pub of the Year’ in 2015 and 2017, as well as a certificate of excellence in 2018. This is a brilliant place to come for a quick drink. Or, if you are visiting on a Sunday and fancy a bite to eat, then try their Sunday lunch, served between 12pm and 2pm.

Possibly the most characterful pub on our list, The Blue Boar on Market Close is well worth a visit. It has three bars on three separate floors, each filled with fascinating military and diving artefacts. Combine this with the open fires, well-kept beers and relaxed atmosphere, a and it’s no wonder this place is included in The Good Pub Guide.

If you are looking for a pub in Parkstone, look no further than The Dancing Moose Ashley Cross on Station Road. This is a really cool place, with stripped back decor combined with a modern feel. The food is exceptional too. Its American-style menu is filled with tempting burgers, hot dogs and other classics such as mac n’ cheese, and steak. It is served all day, as are the drinks, making this a great place to stop off during your visit to Poole.

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