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The Stable, Poole Town, Poole

2 High Street
BH15 1BW

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E TA left this review about The Stable

This corner bar and restaurant, the latest in a small chain, manages to pull off quite well the odd combination of pizza restaurant and cider house. It's a bit trendy, but the pizzas (and indeed pies) are a cut above most other pizzas. The bar is a refurbished corner building over 2 stories with views over the Harbour. It is also a suntrap at lunchtime due to the curved windows. The floors, furniture and walls are all made from reclaimed timber, there are a couple of barrels being used as tables and the bars are open and airy. The staff were less than welcoming, though, and it felt as though they resented serving us. Two ales and a cider on draft – I had a pint of the cider, Maverick's Orchard Pig which was full of flavour, in excellent condition and most enjoyable. Dogs are welcomed and there are nibbles set aside for them. Staff attitude aside, it's less superficial than most of the other bars here, and it's worth coming here to eat or drink, but I suspect it will get extremely busy in the Summer months.

On 2nd April 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Stable

Looks like a place that has been recently modernized with a fairly stripped out interior, distressed wood fittings, candles et al, although there’s some quarter-length wood panelling. Quite food-oriented and I made a special trip here to try the pies mentioned below (£9 - perhaps a tad pricey but tasted very good). Also pizzas on offer. Three ale pumps with two ales on; Stable Drop (rebadge?) Pale Ale (flat and murky, taken back and exchanged but not taken off) and St Austell Proper Job (good), plus Orchard Pig Cider. Note that there are also 12 boxed ciders behind the bar, a pretty good selection as well so a good destination for the appleheads. I’d give it another go for food but would stick to cider next time.

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

For the first couple of days of my trip to Poole I ignored this place on the basis it was a pub no more and now a restaurant. The slogan outside refers to pizzas and cider but also mentioning pies this attracted the attention of a northerner travelling in southern parts. A curious peek through the door showed that not only is there cider, but beer also in the name of St Austell Proper Job and what I imagine is a rebadge called Stable Drop Pale Ale. Another handpump contained a cider, Orchard Pig Maverick. The cider is however the star here, no less than twelve boxes behind the bar, I didn't get all of them but there were Joe's Cider, Crazy Goat, Dorset Dabinett, Cornish Orchards Farmhouse, Weston's Old Rosie, Jack Ratt Vintage, Ashridge Blush, Dorset Nectar plus others. This is certainly a destination pub for the appleheads.
The pub itself has a part boarded, part tiled floor, distressed wood bar counter and wainscoting, modern looking long tables and brown leather benches and wooden stools, plus a pair of large barrel tables with large white candles. Bright and airy, no TV and laid back music plus a bit of a boho feel as well as being child friendly, colouring sheets and crayons on offer.
The barmaid was very helpful and also patient while I dithered over choice having decided on a pint of cider, I ended up with something dry, strong and very pleasant. I liked it here a great deal, so much so that I returned later to eat, finding the place rather busy I ended up in the upstairs room which has the open kitchen. The food was very good and fairly priced. Pies are home made and solid served with herbed potatoes and salad. "Tuck in Tuesday" gets you a meal and a drink for a tenner.
Certainly one of the better spots on the quay, worth a look in for a drink or a meal, I believe there is occasional live music too. There are a couple of outside tables on the pavement giving quay views.

On 29th June 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Spotted Cow

This used to be my pub of choice on Poole Quay during my A-levels, as they were fairly lax about checking our ID. Back then, the pub was known as the Slurping Toad - one of several ridiculous names the pub adopted in recent times, including Inn on the Quay, Water's Edge, Spotted Cow and Hector's House. The ground floor bar was a fairly spacious room with the servery along the back wall and lots of bare boards and wood panelling. A pool table was tucked into the right rear corner, near the toilets, which had chalkboards fitted above the urinals - a cunning anti graffiti ploy and the source of plenty of amusing banter. Upstairs was a second bar, set up more for diners, but a good place to escape the crowds in the evenings. Good views of the Quay could be enjoyed from here until they built that ugly artwork opposite. I remember a couple of ales being available in those days, but only Ringwood Best was on when I last popped my head in during the Spotted Cow years. Sadly, the place is now being turned into a pizza restaurant, although I wouldn't be surprised to find it returning as a pub in the future, probably with another preposterous new name.

On 13th November 2013 - no rating submitted
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