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The Bankes Arms Hotel Restaurant

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East Street | Corfe Castle, Dorset, Corfe Castle BH20 5ED, England
01929 480206
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: A real foodie haven, the Kitchen at the Bankes arms is always bustling...
A real foodie haven, the Kitchen at the Bankes arms is always bustling with chefs chopping herbs, making specialty herb oils, rolling freshly ground beef for burgers, making dough for pizza, singing and smiling as they buzz along. The team source and cook fresh daily, bread is baked next door at Dragons Bakery, Local fisherman and butchers supply the freshest catch, the dairy is down the road and the food offer is superb.The menu has a strong Mediterranean influence and a traditional Italian stone fired pizza oven makes our pizzas simply delicious. The abundance of fresh seafood in nearby waters allows us to have fresh scallops, crab, lobster, plaice and bass on offer together with a superb selection of steaks.
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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 19
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
views told die for

They have a great beer festival and the views are to die for! We take the boat to Studland walk up the hill for a beer, mm

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

having stayed at the Bankes Arms, Corfe before, we were disappointed to find it closed. Apparently, no-one has taken over the rather expensive lease from the National Trust.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We came for lunch and a pint. The waiting staff (apart from one guy) were slow and very uninterested in giving good service. The food arrived almost immediately which is actually a bad thing as it shows it must be cooked from frozen/microwaved/preheated. We ordered a spag bowl which was burnt! terrible scampi and tasteless battered fish. Would not recommend... More 

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chris a, Owner at The Bankes Arms Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

The premises have been closed since September 2014. The hotel is undergoing extensive renovation and will re open under new management later this year with a Menu based on fresh local produce. More 

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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

They have a great beer festival and the views are to die for! We take the boat to Studland walk up the hill for a beer, mm

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Upton upon Severn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We had hired some bicycles from Norden and cycled over to Studland Bay. This pub was recommended to us as a good place for lunch. Unfortunately it took us longer to get there than we'd hoped and were a bit concerned that we wouldn't have enough time to eat before we had to return, but we ordered two ploughman's lunches... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We visited Corfe Castle on a very busy early May Bank Holiday 2015. The Bankes Arms was closed and local knowledge seemed to think it was not likely to open soon. The other hostelries may need booking to assure yourself of an evening meal on busy days.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

The owner, who "welcomed" me, served me warm cider (without even adding ice cubes or asking me if I wanted any), beside this an expensive terrible sandwich. It was the worst moment of my short trip to Dorset.. The rest of the staff (some young girls) was really friendly.

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Corfe Castle, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My "terrible" rating is not really applicable because the Bankes Arms is closed, apparently until the spring of 2015. I merely put in a rating so that I could write to let would be customers know that they will not be able to make any reservations at the moment. We all (local people) hope to see the Bankes re-opened as... More 

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Ealing, England, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

First the good points, cozy pub with plenty of tables inside and out. Great view from garden and decent selection of beers and ciders. However food was really not great. Two of the party had the sausages, chips and peas. These were ok but peas were tinned, maybe in the 80's that would be ok but not now. My wife... More 

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great warm welcome and conversation despite imminent closure. We had two lamb mains and the food was quite simply AMAZING home cooked and delicious !

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Just love this place, have been going there for years whenever one can get across from the mainland. A perfect 'watering hole' for when one has completed the Old Harry/Ballard Down walk.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: East Street | Corfe Castle, Dorset, Corfe Castle BH20 5ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Corfe Castle
  • Phone Number: 01929 480206

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 34
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Description

A real foodie haven, the Kitchen at the Bankes arms is always bustling with chefs chopping herbs, making specialty herb oils, rolling freshly ground beef for burgers, making dough for pizza, singing and smiling as they buzz along. The team source and cook fresh daily, bread is baked next door at Dragons Bakery, Local fisherman and butchers supply the freshest catch, the dairy is down the road and the food offer is superb.The menu has a strong Mediterranean influence and a traditional Italian stone fired pizza oven makes our pizzas simply delicious. The abundance of fresh seafood in nearby waters allows us to have fresh scallops, crab, lobster, plaice and bass on offer together with a superb selection of steaks.

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