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The Boot, Chapelhay, Weymouth

High West Street

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Leased (Marstons)

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Malden man left this review about The Boot

Situated a short distance from the centre of Weymouth and the harbour area, this old pub has a more authentic and local feel than some of the more tourist-centric pubs a short walk away. Claiming to be the oldest pub in town dating from the 17thC, there is an instant feel of age on entering the low beamed ceilinged main bar. The long and narrow building extends from here in each direction, left and right where it returns slightly, having a carpeted lounge type area with a log burning stove, a dartboard (needing a table moving if to be used) and a pair of alcoves one end; a snug-like separate section at the other end has a ship's wheel on the wall. Windows are leaded with coloured stained glass writing depicting the former separate rooms.
The beers come from a row of ten handpumps with some doubled up, all from the Marston's stable but with the beermats along the beams suggesting a guest policy may exist. Ringwood Fortyniner, Boondoggle, Old Thumper, Razorback plus a Thatcher's cider. Food seemed to consist of the usual bar nibbles plus large pork pies for £3 a go.
The pub was warm, busy and chatty late on Saturday afternoon with a number of dogs trotting around or dozing by the fire. I liked it in here very much.

On 20th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Graham Smith left this review about The Boot Inn

A really good drinking pub. The review by John Bonser describes the pub very well. A good choice of Ringwood beers were available on my visit. The Boondoggle was very good. The pub is hard to find - you won't walk past it accidentally, but it is quite close to the harbour area and is well worth seeking out.

On 11th May 2011 - rating: 8
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John Bonser left this review about The Boot Inn

Proudly announcing itself as Weymouth's oldest inn and dating back to the 17th century, The Boot is situated slightly away from the main central area of Weymouth, somewhat incongruously past the local Council Offices and on the fringes of a major town roundabout with a large ASDA supermarket. Its location means it's very much a locals pub with, seemingly, little passing trade. It's certainly not where the first time visitor to Weymouth would automatically expect the oldest inn in town to be found, although a small plaque high up on the pub wall tells us that the pub is "fronting the former busy High Street of Old Weymouth". Perhaps inevitably, it's where local ghost tours of the nearby harbour start - every Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

The pub consists of a low beamed bare boarded bar with a split level interior and additional drinking areas at each end. Leaded coloured windows denoting "public bar" and "saloon bar" tell us that it was formerly a multi roomed pub. Some hanging wellingtons and other types of boot and old photographs of the pub add character to the interior, although the colour scheme, which features a lot of greenish painted wood panelling, does jar somewhat. Note also the carved wood plaque with "The Boot" engraved on it above the fireplace in the lounge bar. The absence of music, fruit machines etc give the pub a rather basic old fashioned ale house feel to it, although live music ( guitarists ) feature occasionally.

A former Devenish & Co house, it's now a Ringwood Brewery pub which, on my recent Sunday evening visit, was serving Ringwood Best, Fortyniner,Old Thumper and Boondoggle ( a summer seasonal beer ). Jennings Cocker Hoop was on as a so called guest, although it is debatable whether this can be regarded as a true "guest beer" in a Marstons owned pub. The Ringwood Best - £ 2.85p - was in good condition. The pub has been a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular in recent years.

This pub is well worth seeking out when in Weymouth

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 8
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Steve Thorpe left this review about The Boot Inn

Great pub and probably the best in Weymouth. Never a bad pint of Ringwood here

On 6th September 2010 - rating: 9
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Manky Badger left this review about The Boot Inn

Having visited twenty two pubs in Weymouth on a holiday two years ago, this was the one we went back to. Excellent beer, a friendly welcome. Five ales on the hand pump including a storming porter. The Cheddar Gorge cider looks like orange squash and is worth trying a pint.
The landlord was very welcoming, and they are one of only two pubs we found that does pickled eggs. 9/10!!

And then we returned in May 2010. Having a small child in tow makes you revisit your opinions. One can respect a "no children policy" if voiced politely. And one resents it if the policy is snarled. What was once 9/10 drops to 6/10 because of the attitude.

On 9th May 2010 - rating: 6
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Nigel Sheppard left this review about The Boot Inn

Great range of Ringwood beers well served with a couple of guest beers. Situated in a quiet back street just off the marina it is a nice place to sit outside in summer and sample some great beers

On 28th May 2007 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Boot Inn

The Boot is the oldest pub in Weymouth and is close to the harbour but hidden from most people visiting Weymouth.
Once inside the pub has an olde worlde feel to it with a beamed ceiling and bare boards,this was a Ringwood tied house and had three of their beers on the bar i had a drink of Ringwood Forty Niner which was very nice there was also Ringwood best and Old Thumper.
I thought this was a really decent pub but unlike most pubs in Weymouth it does'nt let children in.

Pub visited 25 August 1999.

On 25th August 1999 - rating: 8
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