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Tom Browns, Dorchester Town, Dorchester

47 High East Street
Dorchester
DT1 1HU
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E TA left this review about Tom Browns

This basic town centre GBG-listed boozer, previously a brewhouse, now buys in all its beer and is the tap for the Dorset Brewing Company. The spit-and-sawdust-minus-the-sawdust air still endures, providing for a traditional feel. Food was advertised, and their pies are celebrated – but there was no food on at all during this visit; the apathetic, non-English speaking bar-staff was unable to explain why. They also advertise live music and big-screen sports viewings. Five ales on draft, I had the guest, Summerset from Yeovil. It was in perfect condition, well kept and most enjoyable. Attitude aside, I do like this place and believe it is a valuable inclusion in a crawl, but I feel its days are numbered unless they can sort their act out.

On 23rd July 2015 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Tom Browns

Operated by the Dorset Brewing Company,this is the pub to sample their wares,which is also a popular live music venue.The side entrance can be confusing,straight ahead is the entrance to the music,you need to go through a modest door to the immediate right to enter the bar room.It has bare floor boards,in the ale house style,with some basic wooden furniture,mainly settles but with a sofa opposite the real fireplace but obscuring the darts throw,I suppose you could just shift it forward if you wanted to play.There is a rear door to the beer garden,while the original pub sign mentioning the now defunct Goldfinch brewery sits above the front windows.The bar is faced in wood with bar stools for the regulars.The open plan interior with hops hanging from the beams feels basic while food consists of Pie Minister pies ,mash and mushy peas for £6.95,while on Tuesdays there is a pie and DBC pint offering of £5.50 all day which seems real value.The are Sunday roast and food is served noon til 3pm apart from Tuesdays.Live rugby from BT Sports in shown on a drop down screen.
At the bar there are nine handpumps with 7 working on my Monday lunchtime visit offering DBC Tom Brown's,Dorset Knob,Portland Porter (decent),Anniversary,Flashman's Clout and Fool Hardy with a sole guest Dark Star Original.Looking at the pump clips it appears the guest ale is often from XT,Dark Star or Titanic which shows a good guest ale selection operates here.Eclectic muzak at a back ground volume enhanced the experience and I would happily return to this town centre boozer in the search for some decent real ale,the GBG listing seems warranted.

On 30th April 2015 - rating: 7
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Soup Dragon left this review about Tom Browns

A terraced pub, eatery and music venue, in white render and brown, with small patio at the back. It is in the GBG 2010. It housed the former Goldfinch Brewery, but it is now, as JB says, a part of the Dorset Brewing Co - perhaps not to everyone's taste as DBC RIP was chalked up in the bogs.

The interior has a couple of rooms. The front room has the serving bar and is in mushroom, pea green and patterned wallpaper, with wood panel and wood floor and has a piano, as well as a Chesterfield sofa, stools and old prints, cartoons and photos on the walls. The other room is a small games room in white and chocolate, with a dart board. The service was fine and other clientele somewhat absent. The music was 60s based and at a decent level. They do food, but i didn't eat, so i can't comment on that.

Beer; tap stuff, with DBC's Durdle Door, Jurassic, Goldfich's Tom Browns and Pot Belly Crazy Daze on handpull. I tried a half of each and all were fine.

The modern elements are perhaps not to my personal taste, but overall the beer was fine. I would go back, but wouldn't stay all night.

On 14th December 2010 - no rating submitted
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15th May 2016, 17:05
Review submitted by train man
 
23rd Jul 2015, 08:25
Review submitted by E TA

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 May 2015 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10p per pint, 5p per half. - last updated 04 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Lunchtime only apart from Tuesday - last updated 30 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 May 2015 by E TA
  • Live Music : Yes - Fridays and Saturday,seperate room - last updated 30 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Rugby only from BT Sports - last updated 30 April 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 May 2015 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 May 2015 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 May 2015 by E TA
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 May 2015 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by ROB Camra
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