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Dolphin Hotel

14 Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS, England
01752 660876
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Ranked #1 of 112 Nightlife in Plymouth
Type: Bar/ Clubs
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London
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86 reviews 86 reviews
9 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It's only after visiting the Dolphin you realise how the breweries have ruined English pubs. Entering this wonderful place the first impression is one of shock that such a pub still exists, but that soon passes and you get swept up in the warmth and buzz of a real local pub run by people that care. It's a pub to... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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464 reviews 464 reviews
102 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We finally found this place (it is actually very difficult to miss!) on our second night in Plymouth and so pleased that we did. Great ales backed with great service - pure heaven. An absolute must visit for all real ale lovers.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is the best that Plymouth can do and the Dolphin does it very well. Good to be able to say that I agree with all the preceding reviews. Highly recommended.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
399 helpful votes 399 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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299 reviews 299 reviews
99 attraction reviews
2,155 helpful votes 2,155 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
39 attraction reviews
510 helpful votes 510 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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85 attraction reviews
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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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