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The Blue Boar, Poole

29 Market Close
BH15 1NE
Phone: 01202682247
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E TA left this review about The Blue Boar

This busy GBG regular just off the Town centre is currently owned by Fullers. The splendid Georgian building, a former merchant's house dating from the mid 18th Century, has an interesting vaulted cellar, which is used as a secondary bar and function room and may be much older the main part of the house. There is an additional function room on the first floor. The large main bar is serpentine due to knocking through the downstairs rooms. There is a welcoming atmosphere, although the staff were a little frosty and brusque. The locals, however, were engaging and friendly. There are tv screens over the fireplaces at both ends, on this occasion showing rugby, a very nice change from the soccer matches so frequently found in other nearby pubs. Free WiFi is available. There is also a coffee machine behind the bar for those who prefer caffeine to alcohol. There are various bits of bric-a-brac dotted around the walls and ceiling, some of it with a military flavour including a collection of military hats and a Bren gun. There are also various boar-associated bits and pieces including a stuffed boar's head and boar motifs in the fireplace friezes. There were 4 ales on, all from Fullers: I had Traitor's Gate, a new one on me, which was a really good pint served at the right temperature. One of Poole's better town centre pubs, a must for a town crawl and one to which I am sure I shall return.

On 17th February 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Blue Boar

Warm and homely Fullers outlet over three rooms in the historic backstreets of Poole. As noted below, space is at a premium so it’s not really suitable for larger groups and it was pretty busy on our evening visit - one way to get to know the locals I guess. Quirky décor includes lots of armed forces memorabilia - berets above the bar, framed guns, military crests. Also of note is the marble surround fireplace replete with boars head, though sadly the log fire was not lit on a chilly evening which would have rounded off the visit nicely. Four pumps; ESB, Pride, Seafarers and Gales Fire Catcher (which was in good nick). I liked this one and it’s certainly worth putting on the Poole ‘A list’ of pubs.

On 26th November 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Blue Boar

Situated in a lovely, ivy clad former merchant’s house in the historic part of Poole, the Blue Boar is a charming, three bar Fuller’s pub. The main bar is at ground floor level, although entering the front does require you to climb some steps (step free access can be found on the Market Close side of the pub). The bar is L shaped with a carpeted floor running around a narrow space which is restricted by the servery, before eventually opening out at the rear of the room. Space for tables is at a bit of a premium, with most of them confined to the open space at the back, so the majority of punters positioned themselves along the bar counter, which, despite its length, made getting served a bit tricky. On the rear wall there is a large fireplace with a marble surround that has a boar’s head carved into it as well as a real boar’s head mounted above and, for some reason, sporting a top hat. The room is packed full of military and emergency services artifacts including pictures, photographs, coats of arms, helmets, hats and caps. There is also a very nice aerial photograph of Poole near the end of the bar. A second fireplace near the corner of the bar had a TV screen above, but this was switched off on my Friday evening visit. The lighting came from some nice old lanterns which hang throughout the room and add to the warm and cosy atmosphere. There is a cellar bar downstairs and a large function room on the first floor, but neither appeared to be open during my stay.
Four ales were available, with a choice of Fuller’s London Pride and ESB, Gales Seafarers and Brains Rev James. I opted for a pint of the Seafarers which was served to me in a correctly branded glass and was in great condition. The pub has been a regular in the Good Beer Guide for some time now, deservedly so on this showing, and it’s nice to find a pub in Poole with no Ringwood or Badger monopolizing the hand pumps.
This is one of Poole’s classier pubs and one that is a nice haven of calm away from the chaos of the Quay. For some strange reason, I never used to drink here when I lived in the area, but I would now make it one of my first choices when in town.

On 18th January 2013 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Poole, 0.36 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Hamworthy, 2.12 miles, 40 min walk (show)
Parkstone (Dorset), 2.28 miles, 43 min walk (show)
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17th Feb 2015, 08:04
Review submitted by E TA
20th Jan 2015, 22:04
Review submitted by Quinno _

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  • Darts : Yes last updated 09 April 2015 by E TA
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 17 February 2015 by Dave McNally
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  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 09 April 2015 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 April 2015 by E TA
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