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The Firkin Shed, Springbourne, Bournemouth

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279 Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BZ
Phone: 07719491971
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Firkin Shed

With the conversion of the nearby Dolphin to yet another Tesco store in 2012, there was a bit of a vacuum in this part of Springbourne, until the opening of this fine little micropub in 2015. Situated roughly 10-15 minutes walk from Bournemouth station, this is a simple shop converted pub that serves a loyal band of regulars but offers a warm welcome to strangers too. A nice banquette runs along the front wall of the simple single room layout, beneath a front window liberally lined with potted plants and strung with fairy lights. Low stools serve a series of low tables through the main body of the bare boarded room, with the only other seating coming in the form of a drinking ledge down the right-hand side, with a row of swivel-top bar stools. The servery occupies the rear left corner, in a small cabin-style structure with a wood panelled counter front, stained glass side pane, corrugated metal sheet canopy with a model Millenium Falcon crash landed on top, and a modern shelving unit bar back. The wall opposite has large beer boards hung on it, listing the entire draught range, and next to this is a TV screen which was being used to show a live Six Nations fixture to a small but lively group of customers, who the barmaid was supplying with bowls of roast potatoes from somewhere. The ceiling is covered in many different flags for various nations and organisations, and there is a low-key Star Wars theme throughout, including a life-size Han Solo frozen in carbonite image on the door to the toilets.
There were just two cask ales on the bar on my Sunday afternoon visit - Stonehenge Heel Stone and Electric Bear Werrrd - but this is supplemented by nine or ten craft keg lines from the likes of Deya, Verdant, Vibrant Forest, Siren and Barefaced Brew. The friendly barmaid served me a very good pint of the Werrrd, which flew down so quickly that I still ended up with a long wait for my train when I got back to the station. The pub is a former CAMRA National Cider Pub of the Year and there were two real ciders and five bottled options listed on the beer boards.
This is a great little pub - part of a small but thriving micropub scene throughout Bournemouth’s various suburbs - and a great boon to the local area, which is severely low of pub stock at present. The prospect of some interesting beer isn’t a given throughout much of the town, and with a location relatively close to the station, this place makes an obvious port of call for locals and visitors alike.

On 21st February 2022 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Firkin Shed

Excellent beer and cider micro-pub, with a small counter towards the back on the left-hand side. Everything is served on gravity, so no handpumps required, but this means that the full choice is not immediately obvious until you spot the 'menu' boards. Traditional furniture and as much mixed decor that can sensibly be fitted into the space. Only had time for a short stop, but enjoyed my quick pint of a red-rye beer and some friendly conversation.

On 16th April 2017 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about Firkin Shed

A micropub in what was previously Blockbuster Video, the former shop has been decked out in timber and has a very welcoming atmosphere. The single bar has a corner taken out for the counter which isolates part of the bar. There is a tiny yard at the back for smokers, but drinks can’t be taken out there after 8pm. No hot food is available, but there is a small selection of pies and other cold snacks at a reasonable price. The landlord and landlady are incredibly friendly and welcoming, there is a real local feel and time slips away quickly here. There is minimal clutter on the walls, though there does seem to be a collection of stringed instruments hanging from the ceiling. There is a ban on mobile phone use. Six ales and 7 ciders on, I had pints each of Maverick chilli and ginger cider, Yeovil Mandolin Bitter and Vibrant’s Metropolis (the landlord told me this was his all-time favourite beer). All three were in perfect condition, and I wish I could have stayed for more. An excellent pub run by people who are passionate about their beer, and somewhere to which I shall most certainly return. A definite for a crawl.

On 14th October 2015 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Bournemouth, 0.57 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Pokesdown, 1.54 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Branksome, 3.56 miles, 1 hr 8 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Firkin Shed, Bournemouth
21st Feb 2022, 18:48
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15th Jul 2017, 10:48
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 March 2015 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 March 2015 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint - last updated 14 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Darts : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza shack in garden - last updated 21 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 21 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 February 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 17 March 2015 by David McNally
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 March 2015 by E TA
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 August 2015 by E TA
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