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Barking Cat Alehouse, Poole

Pub added by E TA
184 Ashley Road
BH14 9DL

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Bradley McAnulty left this review about Barking Cat Alehouse

Probably one of my favourite pubs that I've ever been to.

Fantastic selection of ales/craft beers along with real ciders and spirits that aren't mainstream and found in most pubs.

Have never had any trouble in the pub in the years that I have been going (back to the original smugglers run) and have found it one of the few pubs where you can have a pleasant conversation with anyone at the pub.

Backroom with darts and pool table (50p a game on the pool table!) and a jukebox.

On 11th July 2019 - rating: 10
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Mark Ambrose left this review about Barking Cat Alehouse

Please disregard any reviews of the previous pub (Smugglers Run). We are a new pub (The Barking Cat Alehouse) with 8 ales on hand pull, 6 ciders on hand pull and 10 craft keg.
Still a function room for meetings (also a pool table/dart boards)
I'm not going to rate my own pub - that's down to you guys n girls :)

On 6th November 2018 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Smuggler's Run

Too big to be called a micro-pub, this elongated shop conversion has a narrow rectangular bar with a rear games room of almost equal size. Limited amount of furniture and basic decor. As a Bournemouth Brewing house, there were two of its beers on plus four guests in a variety of styles (e.g. Moonshine Night Watch Porter, £3.60) from six of eight handpumps.

On 16th April 2017 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about Smugglers' Run

A modern pub with traditional features housed in a former Chinese restaurant. It sort of feels like a micro but is too big to be one, really. There is a large bar at the front and a smaller room behind which houses a pool table and could be used for functions. The conversion happened last year, so the décor is fairly new. The landlord and landlady are friendly and engaging, and they are both experienced and knowledgeable of the brewing trade. The customers fall into 2 categories: ale lovers who make the effort to come here and the indigenous idle who are disappointed to find there is no fosters available and make do with the real ale, cider and craft beers on sale. The pub hosts various events such as Meet the Brewer and home brew gatherings, and it is fast becoming a firm favourite with the local CAMRA branch. There were 8 ales on handpump, 7 ciders and another 5 (I think) beers on pressure pump. Breweries included were Goddards, Bournemouth Brewing Company, Palmers and a couple of smaller ones. All the beers we tried were in excellent condition, as you would expect. A superbly enjoyable pub set to become a firm favourite.

On 4th March 2016 - rating: 9
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