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Brewhouse & Kitchen, Poole

3 Dear Hay Lane
BH15 1NZ
Phone: 01202771246

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Moby Duck left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

A little detached from the main town but within easy striking distance of the train station its certainly one of the better pubs beer-wise in town. Large open plan and a little rambling inside, also some decent outside space for the summer months. There was five or six of they're own brews on, I opted for Telemark Extra American IPA, the last and best pint of the day. A decent spot worth a visit.

On 14th June 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

This Grade II listed pub, just off Poole High Street and relatively handy for the train station, was originally called the Brewers Arms, before being renamed the Rising Sun in the late '90's and switching to a gastro pub format initially offering Thai food, but latterly a standard gastropub menu. Recently, the pub has been taken over by the ever expanding Brewhouse and Kitchen chain (not to be confused with the unrelated Brewhouse pub on the High Street), complete with its own on site brewery. The pub was formed by converting two late 18th Century houses into a single premises, resulting in a very wide but shallow interior. You enter, via a decently furnished front patio space, into the mid section of the pub, with the servery directly opposite. There is a lot of copper on show around the bar area, hinting at the brewing process, and the servery has a standard counter and part white tile bar back with keg taps attached, as seems to be in vogue these days. Seating in this area is restricted to high stools along a drinking ledge with some old suitcases and travelling chests nailed to the wall above and filled with bits relating to the brewery. To the right is a bright space with a mixed range of seating options, some colourful art on the walls and eclectic décor, plus a large TV screen showing live rugby coverage. This seemed like the 'pubby' half of the room, whilst over to the left was a slightly more formal section with a good deal of standard seating in a traditionally decorated area best suited to those wanting to eat perhaps.
The beers all come from the in-house brewery, with the options on this visit comprising Telemark Extra, Brewers Arms Bitter, Squirrel Island, Swing Low, Shaky Boat, Rhodes Test and Code Name, with one handpull remaining unclipped. There were nine taps on the bar back serving craft keg beers and ciders, plus a few more taps on the bar counter and a decent bottled beer range as well. I gave the Telemark Extra a try and thought it was a pretty good brew, whilst similarly positive feedback was received from others in our group regarding the Swing Low.
I'd never bothered visiting this pub in the past as it always stuck me as a dull gastro pub of limited interest to anyone just wanting a drink, but it is now very much a wet-led venue and I really enjoyed a brief visit here and would be keen to return for a longer session. A good addition to the town's drinking scene.

On 28th November 2015 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Previously The Rising Sun, it is a narrow town pub just off the High Street which brews on the premises. There is outside seating at the front and back. The building is Victorian and has been extended into a barn-like structure which may have been the stables for the original inn. The pub is family- and dog-friendly, although they ask dogs to avoid one of the dining areas. Food is OK, nothing special, delivered on scrappy old bits of wood and in twee enamel buckets by cheerful, if overworked, waitresses. There were 8 handpumps on the bar dispensing 3 home-brewed beers and 2 guests. On the wall behind the bar is a bank of taps with a selection of keg, foreign beers and ciders. Take-away beers are available in sizes from 2 – 72 pints at very reasonable prices. Free WiFi is available. I had a pint of a dark mild called Overlord, served in a jug without having to ask, and which was an excellent pint and cheap too. This current incarnation is a huge improvement over the old Rising Sun, and I’d be most happy to spend time here enjoying their beers.

On 27th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Rising Sun

Nicely done, massively extended gastro pub with a tidy side garden. Situated in a funny location, you have to do battle with a busy road to get to it. Well-described by Maldenman below, just to add that my eye was caught by a collection of 1982 World Cup drink miniatures in a glass case. Two pumps but just one ale in DBC Jurassic which was in good nick. Barmaid had more rabbit than Sainsburys, yip-yapping to all her mates behind the bar without drawing breath. Surprisingly acceptable for drinking.

On 26th November 2014 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Rising Sun

Having "Gastro Pub" boldly painted on the gable does not tend to bode well for the drinker in my experience, however it wasn't all that bad, there is certainly room for the drinkers. A funny entrance which is off a public car park gives the feel that you are entering by the back door, there is a bit of outdoor seating here before you get to the door. Inside there is a long and narrow room with the bar just to the left of the entrance on a back wall. Further on to the left was a formal dining area with set tables, I didn't explore further. To the right is the bar seating, it is heavily madeover, painted brickwork, large lampshades, bucket chairs, high backed benches, a fireplace full of decorative stacked logs, either side of the entrance door are narrow glazed screens containing shelves holding scores of miniature spirit bottles. It goes without saying that the tables had chunky white candles.
I was in here early probably before noon so the lunch rush had not started yet and menus were not out, they did have a couple of boards advertising a variety of World Cup nibbles and a Rio Grande burger for £12.95.
Beers were Greene King Brasilia and Doom Bar.
Finding no type of seat I wished to sit on I retreated to the attractive rear garden which was a nice spot on a lovely sunny morning.
Miles from my idea of a traditional pub however it continues to survive in this current guise so good luck to it, it is on the edge of the town centre and partially cut off by a busy roundabout and road junction so clearly has to do something to attract custom.

On 4th July 2014 - rating: 5
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I L left this review about The Rising Sun

I am sure this pub was very run down or closed when we walked past in the Summer of 2011 so it was good to see this pub very much revitalised but the word " gastro pub" made us think it was no really a restaurant. Upon going inside it does look very much like a restaurant but the alteration is very nicely done for oe where that could have been bulldozed. There is a central decent sized bar with seating areas to both sides. The garden has been superbly landscaped with a covered seating area.
There are three hand pumps and the flack Manor Brewery Double Drop was very good.

On 22nd July 2012 - rating: 7
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