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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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Map location corrected by Malden man
Weymouth, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Upwey, 3.32 miles, 1 hr 4 min walk (show)
Dorchester South, 8.32 miles, 2 hr 40 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Boot, Weymouth
20th Jan 2019, 23:20
Review submitted by Malden man
20th Jan 2019, 22:28
Pub map correction submitted by Malden man approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by West Dorset CAMRA - last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wenesday - last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 19 March 2017 by ROB Camra
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