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The Porterhouse, Bournemouth

113 Poole Road
Westbourne
Bournemouth
BH4 9BG

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Leased (Marstons)

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E TA left this review about The Porterhouse

Re-opened early 2016

Update: Reported closed by E Dorset CAMRA 15 Aug 15

Review from 6 Aug 15: A small high street ale house currently owned by Marstons. The single large bar is wood floored, the furniture is basic and the atmosphere remains unadulterated by noise form jukeboxes, gaming machines or other distractions. There is no WiFi. Although not that ancient, it gives the impression of an old fashioned boozer whose food menu sticks to the basics – freshly made rolls and some pub grub standards, all at reasonable prices. Two ales on, both Ringwood and a cider. I had a pint of Boondoggle, which was well kept and in very good condition. The staff were friendly enough, pleasant even, but there was an edge to the clientele whom we found cliquey and slightly resentful of our presence. Worth dropping in as part of a crawl, but I don’t think I’d spend the whole evening here.

On 10th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Porterhouse

Final pub of an epic day out, so notes pretty sparse. Bit of a trek from Bournemouth, best get a taxi back to the hotel like I did! Basic but fairly homely place with some full-length wood panelling and knick-knacks. Eight pumps, predominantly Marston stable ales. Ringwood Porter a pleasing sight and drank well. Liked it, overall.

On 26th November 2014 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Porterhouse

Situated in the Westbourne area of Bournemouth, to the west of the town, in the middle of a shopping parade, is The Porterhouse.

It’s a small single bar pub with wooden flooring and tables and a rather contrived ale house feel to the place. The walls are partly wood panelled, but the overall feel is reasonably light and airy. The premises, apparently, previously housed a wine bar. As a pub, it had a spell as The Old Thumper before becoming The Porterhouse.

This is the only Ringwood tied house in Bournemouth. A small L shaped bar in one corner of the room serves the full range of Ringwood beers plus the occasional guest which, on my recent Saturday evening visit, was Sunbeam Bitter. Marstons Old Empire was available in bottles, but no draught beers from other companies in the Marstons group ( eg – Jennings, Banks ) were available. Both the Ringwood Best and the 49er were in good condition at £ 3.00p and £ 3.10p respectively. The pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular and has been East Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year on several occasions.

There’s no fruit machines to spoil the atmosphere, in which beer and conversation rule. The lack of soft furnishings did lead to a rather noisy echoey atmosphere and, mainly because of that, I didn’t particularly warm to the place.

The pub is approx 10-15 minutes walk away out of town in a westerly direction from The Goat and Tricycle ( see my previous posting ), but, unless you’ve a particular penchant for Ringwood beers, I’d be inclined to stay in The Goat.

On 17th August 2011 - rating: 6
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Nigel Sheppard left this review about The Porterhouse

Just outside Bournemouth on the main road to Poole you will find the Porterhouse on the corner in Westbourne. This is a great little boozer for those who love Ringwood ales. They are served at optimum condition and with 1 pump rotating guest beers, well worth a visit.

On 31st May 2007 - rating: 8
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