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The Bankes Arms Hotel

East Street, Corfe Castle BH20 5ED, England
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Poole, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it looks beautiful and traditional from the outside, yes the food is good and reasonably priced, and yes the view is breath taking... But all appeal goes out the window when None of the staff Smile or speak English.... Its busy...its rammed you wait at the bar for service on a Sunny day far too long and I have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Rarely do I write bad reviews, I'm a firm believer in not saying anything if you can't say something nice. But for this hotel I had to share our experience, it was awful. Checking in and getting settled into our room, all seamed well. After dinner we returned to our room to get some sleep as we had an early... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visited the pub with my wife one lunchtime while on a weekend away in Bournemouth. Found the staff to be very friendly. The cider I had was really nice. The Ploughmans lunch was ok - not the best I've ever had. What let it down was the serving of the butter in the foil wrapper and the pickle in a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I always try and stay here when I visit the area. Amazing old historical building with a roaring open fire and friendly staff. It has a carpark right next to the steam railway station and it overlooks the village square within spitting distance of the castle grounds.The breakfast I had was fantastic and the rates were pretty reasonable.I sincerely hope... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

We called here as I have family history here, I've been here as a child in the seventies and since, my great grandmother and grandmother used to live and work here in the 1920s 30s and during the war serving fish suppers and cream teas in the garden on the hill over the sea. It has dramatically gone down hill.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Stayed here for two nights in a front room with four poster bed. Good sized room, comfy bed and clean. Great breakfast, good choice and very filling! Friendly and helpful staff. The hotel is in need of refurbishment and is closing shortly for this to happen. I hope the National Trust and the new management retain the historic value of... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Visited for lunch and as it was a nice day sat in the large garden next to the railway and with an excellent view of corfe castle. The food was lovely and the portions large. Only downside was only one person serving on the bar so had a short wait to order.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We popped in here for dinner after visiting Corfe Castle. The prices were reasonable and the bar staff friendly enough. The portions were generous and the quality was pretty good but not great. If you're looking for a reasonably priced family dinner this is a good spot, if you want a nice dinner out the Greyhound over the road is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Staying locally for relatives wedding. Did not stay here but popped in for evening meal after a 7 hour drive. Found the bar maid to be quite unwelcoming/unhelpful. Had reserved a table for 10 of us. Found our own table, had to ask for menu. After ordering curry for 2 of us waitress informed us that there was no "yellow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Had a great stay here overnight next to Corfe Castle. Room was fine quite large and comfortable and had a nice evening in this classic Dorset bar. Didnt eat in the restaurant apart from breakfast which was excellent. would definitely go back.

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