Best pubs in Poole, Dorset


There’s nothing better than a nice cold tipple in the warm weather to help you keep cool while you take in some of the best views that Dorset has to offer. Whether you’re in search of an old-fashioned British pub, a craft ale, a meal with friends and family, or just somewhere to grab a quick pint while you prop up the bar, we’ve created the ultimate list of the best pubs in Poole.

The Best Pubs in Poole

So, in no particular order, we have…

The Cliff

Address: 6 Ravine Road, Poole BH13 7HX

The Cliff, which is based above the beach in Canford Cliffs, comprises a pub, bar, and restaurant with a courtyard and garden that enables people to enjoy a whole menu of tasty food paired with an array of wines, real ales, and beers in a stunning setting. As well as offering roast dinners and an all-day dining menu, the pub also offers a dedicated vegan menu to make sure everyone feels included.

Jenkins and Sons

Address: Bank Chambers, 7-8 Penn Hill Ave, Poole BH14 9NB

Jenkins and Sons, which is based in Penn Hill Avenue, is an absolute treat if you have never been to visit. It’s the perfect place for a catch-up with loved ones over some delicious food and drink. They offer some very substantial burgers, artisan wood-fired pizzas, sharing platters and mains. It’s well worth a try if you’ve ticked a lot of Poole’s pubs off your visiting list and we can guarantee that you’ll already be planning what you’ll eat next time while perusing the menu.

The Grasshopper

Address: 139 – 141 Bournemouth Road, Poole BH14 9HT

The Grasshopper, which is based in Bournemouth Road, has so many cosy spaces to sit and enjoy a drink, whether that’s one of Hall & Woodhouse’s Badger Beers on tap or a coffee. Keep an eye out for the self-serve tables which allow you to choose your tipple of choice on the pub’s iPads and then pull your own pint. It’s a fun gimmick that never loses its novelty and it’s definitely a talking point with friends.

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Address: 3 Dear Hay Ln, Poole BH15 1NZ

Brewhouse and Kitchen, which is based in Dear Hay Lane off Poole High Street, comprises of a microbrewery and pub offering customers an eclectic range of bottled beers from around the world, as well as wines and cocktails, which can be enjoyed alone or with food. Every Brewhouse is brightly decorated and offers an expansive menu of food to suit all appetites.

The Lord Nelson

Address: Poole Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ

The Lord Nelson, which is based on Poole Quay, always provides a warm welcome and offers the traditional pub charm combined with a host of live music to keep visitors and regulars entertained. They also have lots of picnic benches outside which are perfect for soaking up the sun.

And we couldn’t bring you this list of the best pubs in the town without recommending a visit to Poole’s oldest pub….

The Poole Arms

Address: 19 The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ

The Poole Arms on Poole Quay dates back to the 1600s and serves a host of seafood for you to enjoy while taking in far-reaching views across Poole Harbour. Delights on the menu include homemade fish pie, seafood casserole, smoked haddock fillet, and the Catch of the Day, which can be washed down with a choice of cask ales and wines.

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