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The Poole Arms

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Mexican, Bar, Seafood, European, English, Pub
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The Quay | Poole Harbour, Poole BH15 1HJ, England
+44 1202 673450
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A pub with tradition...

We popped in on the off chance and had a fantastic lunch of all things fish, washed down with a great pint or two. The ambiance is traditional old Poole style with great photos on the wall of the old town and harbour side. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Jay M
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Poole, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lovely traditional pub with excellent fish and seafood menu. I tried the dressed crab salad and the gambas pil pil. Both dishes were excellent. Reasonable prices and very friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere too with all the locals visiting. Fast service. Will be back next time I find myself in Poole and would recommend a visit to anyone unreservedly.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I loved everything about this place, it's tiny inside and very old. I've eaten here three time now and have not been disappointed, I intend to try everything on the menu! It's all about the Fresh Fish .

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Poole, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We popped in on the off chance and had a fantastic lunch of all things fish, washed down with a great pint or two. The ambiance is traditional old Poole style with great photos on the wall of the old town and harbour side. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Amazingly there are not too many restaurants and pubs around Poole. We were happy to have an authentic English pub meal here on our last night in the UK. Delicious local oysters and fish, reasonably priced, in a nice old pub. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I was on my own and started with a pint but the four girls behind the bar were knowledgeable and very bubbly . When I saw the food coming out I decided to stay for a crab salad - absolutely fabulous ! thank you Poole Arms- shame you close between 3 and 6 weekdays but understand that the footfall is... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Very difficult to fault.Great fish, well organised staff with an old Poole feel! about it.I will be back!

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I have had a main meal here before and have always found the food excellent. Today we had a sandwich. I had prawns and my son and husband had crab. Excellent. More prawns than sauce which is how it should be. I thoroughly recommend this pub.

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London
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I went to Poole on a day trip with my best friend, and after a boat journey around the harbour we were drawn to this funny-looking little green house on the quayside for a late lunch. When you first step inside it feels as if time stopped here a long time ago, and it has that old-men's pub feel to... More 

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Wells, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Querkey from the outside, right on the Quay-side, a tiny old wooden door is the entrance to this fab little pub, the smells of garlic fish wine hit you as soon as you walk in. Huge creamy oysters, we even found a pearl! 2009 Montrachet, moules, fish stew, fantastic. Will definitely be returning, the owner was friendly and knowledgeable.

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Surrey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A warm welcome and good service, plus most importantly the food was delicious. There are many fish dishes to choose from and daily specials, which are worth considering.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Quay | Poole Harbour, Poole BH15 1HJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Poole
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 673450

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 39
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar, Seafood, European, English, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?