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Dolphin Hotel

14 Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS, England
01752 660876
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Ranked #2 of 112 nightlife in Plymouth
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

As much an icon of the city as Smeaton's Tower or the fake Mayflower steps. An old fisherman's pub now serving a complete swathe of the community which has preserved all the features essential to the character of a vibrant example of the best of a small traditional English pub. Perfectly kept ales, most famously and especially Draught Bass poured... More

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London, United Kingdom
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94 attraction reviews
1,999 helpful votes 1,999 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have been coming here many times a year since the late 90s when we first based our boat at QAB. It was highly recommended and has never let us down. Completely laid back and unpretentious. No signs of any adjustments to pander to passing fads or to rip off the punters. I wondered whether the excellence of the Bass... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

None better in Plymouth. Perfect site, building and beer. Laid back atmosphere friendly staff and customers. And of course perfectly kept Bass!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I agree with all the previous reviews. We come here at least fortnightly. It is always welcoming and relaxed. The beers are well kept. Good mix of customers. I don't think you can expect more. It does not do food but you can bring anything in. Dog friendly too. Quite rightly a local icon.

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Fantastic old local pub. Has all the character I would wish for in a pub. Fish and chips by the fire. Handsome

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Been going to this PUB at least 30 years now. Some of the friends I have introduced to this pub over the year pontificate to me what a wonderful establishment and how much I'd love it. Simply they who enter are all discoverers of perfection. It is simply a top ten pub in Plymouth, Devon, South West, England, UK, GB,... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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198 reviews 198 reviews
83 attraction reviews
972 helpful votes 972 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The previous reviews get it just right. Nothing much I can add except confirm their descriptions and praise. Pity there are no interior pictures but then I suppose that would be an intrusion and I understand that. The beer here is very good. The atmosphere ideally suited to a few or several pints. I always feel at ease here. The... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Fancy a bite to eat? Forget it! Pretentious surroundings, with beautiful people? No chance! Cocktails? No! What about a beer, then? Ah! That'll do nicely! At last, a drinker's pub that does what it does without any effort. It is what it is, and the only way you'll ever appreciate this is to go. Accept the experience, enjoy the company... More

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United kingdom
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260 reviews 260 reviews
100 attraction reviews
1,939 helpful votes 1,939 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

There are dangers in trying to review places that are just good because they are what they are. So it is with the Dolphin. The factual descriptions in the earlier reviews are correct. Trying to give it a title or a grade adds nothing. Waxing lyrical reflects on the reviewer not the pub. Saying that it is the soul of... More

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Cirencester
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1,740 helpful votes 1,740 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

No food but you can bring in your own fom any takeaway. No music unless there is an impromtu performance with or without instruments. No carpet - hooray. No hassle for dogs. Nothing poncy except the occasional over glitzy hen group or officers from the citadel in jacket and tie. Real fires during cold snaps. Easy going but no nonsense... More

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